About me

I am a CCNA SECOPS certified engineer who penetrated the tech scene through the hair-raising vector of offensive security testing. My hats include .

I've grown super involved in the Hackathon Hackers community in my free time. In the past 10 years, I've traveled the world to teach 2000+ students, compete in 100+ CTFs/Hackathons, and continue learning everyday alongside fellow hackers.

I currently work as a Linux Support Engineer at Microsoft (AMS) in HPC (Supercomputing) Infrastructure for Electronic Design Automation (EDA). I also lead Microsoft's internal SIDG CTF Team (90+ members).

Engineering Roles

Board Positions

Education Roles


  • Top 15 Pentesters in Nation at MIT Cambridge2Cambridge
  • Top 5% of RITx Computer Forensics (Class of 21,680 students)
  • Winner of GitHub HackUK Hack Quarantine 2020
  • Winner of Caltech Hacktech Security Challenge CTF 2020
  • Winner of Stanford University TreeCTF 2018
  • Winner of Stanford University TreeHacks 2018
  • Winner of WWCode Hackathon 2017
  • Winner of Silicon Valley Hackathon 2016
  • Winner of HackingEDU Hackathon 2015
  • Winner of SB Hacks FLIR Security Challenge 2014
  • Winner of USC HackSC Microsoft Coding Challenge 2013


  • AT&T Aspire to Tech Android Scholar
  • Cisco Cybersecurity Scholar
  • Clarifai Champion at Clarifai
  • Google Developer Challenge Scholar
  • Intel® Edge AI Scholar
  • Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Scholar
  • SUSE Cloud Native Foundation Scholar
Cybrary IT Certificates:


I practice offensive security in order to improve defense of computers, networks, software, data or information systems against viruses, worms, spyware, malware, intrusion detection, unauthorized access, denial-of-service attacks, and an ever increasing list of attacks by hackers acting as individuals or as part of organized crime or foreign governments.

These are a few samples of my technical stacks:

LINUX DISTRIBUTIONS: CentOS, Debian, Kali, Parrot, RedHat, Solaris, Ubuntu
NETWORK: Cisco IOS, Firebug, OSI Model, Routing, Switching, Subnetting, Wireshark
PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: BASH, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, PERL, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL, Swift
SECURITY: ACL, BURP, CAINE, EnCase, Fiddler, FTK, IDS/IPS, Kali, Metasploit, Nessus, Nexpose, Nmap, OWASP 10
VIRTUAL: Oracle VirtualBox, VMware Player, VMware vSphere ESXI, VMware Workstation
WEB: Flask, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, LAMP Stack, MEAN Stack

Red Team

Penetration testing and offensive security wargame attack activities

Blue Team

Ensure safety, verify defensive measures, and make certain of persistent effectiveness


Investigation, recovery, and analysis of legally admissible digital evidence


Techniques for secure communication in the presence of adversaries

Software Development

Ainomaly - University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Wrote artificial intelligence security incident response tracking software for the Canadian Special Forces (CANSOFCOM) using Computer Vision and TensorFlow
AutoMate - University of California, Berkeley
  • Reverse engineered Tinder's API by wireshark network sniffing to automatically analyze, rate, and swipe "selfies" with computer vision
CharityOr.Me - University of California, San Diego
  • Developed to-do list app that punishes overdue tasks by donating money from bank accounts to charities through Venmo API
Cisco Jailbreak - University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Analyzed and exploited a vulnerability in Cisco’s Mobility Service Engine to circumvent the system’s location tracking services security feature
EveryChat - University of Pennsylvania
  • Reverse engineered Yik Yak API to make real-time chat app powered by NodeJS and Socket.io in geolocation fences (Chrome and Comcast)
FistPump - University of Southern California
  • Developed Unity Oculus Rift videogame utilizing Leap Motion sensors for augmented reality; Google Sketchup of 3-D Printed VR peripheral
HF Translator - University of California, Berkeley
  • Built a speech-to-speech hands-free translator using Google’s Web Speech API for transcription and vocalization, wrapping Google's Translate API
InfinityEncryption - California Institute of Technology
  • Created a new mode of PGP RSA encryption key algorithm seed entropy generation by the Synaptic Telegraphe prototype in Python (Win7 API)
Instareact - University of California, Los Angeles
  • Automated Instagram with Google Cloud Vision's sentiment analysis machine learning model API
Juni - Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale
  • Developed a web-wide scalable AI-enhanced Text-Editor in JavaScript that allows everyone to perform research in an easy and streamlined form-factor
JusticeMatch - Paypal, San Jose
  • Created an aggregated social network for easy yet effective social signal-boosts with Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter APIs
Nutrifeye - University of California, Berkeley
  • Wrote a phone web app to track user macronutrition intake from camera with Google Cloud Computer Vision and USDA database API
ReYoda - University of California, Los Angeles
  • Created MEAN Stack web app that leverages Mashape's and ReSpoke’s RESTful APIs to ”Yoda-fy” user messages prior to transmission
SecureDrop - Internet Archive, San Francisco
  • Contributed to the open-source software platform for secure anonymous communication between journalists and whistle-blower sources
Social-Engineer Firewall (SEF) - Stanford University
  • With Houndify NLP, developed the world's first firewall software that protects OSI Level 8 (end-user/human) against Black Hat Social Engineers
Summoning Surge - Facebook, Menlo Park
  • Designed and programmed a multi-dimensional videogame in C#, powered by the Unity 5 Game Engine
Toucan - "Design the Future of wikiHow", San Mateo
  • Programmed an app in C and JavaScript with CloudPebble to take natural language voice dictation input, scrape wikiHow, and determine best result (Python fuzzy string matching) for smartwatch output
Unlostbot - San Francisco
  • Developed and launched a social network bot that helps and informs immediate victims of their legal rights


42 University of Silicon Valley
Fremont, California

Computer Science

Cisco Network Academy
Santa Clara, California

Cyber Ops, Routing & Switching

Rochester Institute of Technology RITx


Mission College
Santa Clara, California

Ethical Hacking, Kinesiology

Select Coursework

CCNARS1CCNA R&S: Introduction to NetworkingCisco Network Academy✔️
CCNARS2CCNA R&S: Routing & Switching EssentialsCisco Network Academy✔️
CCNACY2CCNA Cybersecurity OperationsCisco Network Academy✔️
CIS037AC ProgrammingMission College✔️
CIS045Linux EssentialsMission College✔️
CIS046Shell ProgrammingMission College✔️
CIS047Linux System AdministrationMission College✔️
CIT012Computer NetworksMission College✔️
CIT016IT Security and Ethical HackingMission College✔️
CIT021Cisco Network Fundamentals (Cisco-1)Mission College✔️
CIT022Routing Protocols and Concepts (Cisco-2)Mission College✔️
CS101SPComputer Science in JavaScriptStanford University✔️
CS001UPractical UNIXStanford University✔️
CS106AProgramming Methodology in JavaStanford University✔️
CS145SQL Relational DatabasesStanford University✔️
CS147Human Computer Interaction DesignStanford University✔️
CY501Cybersecurity FundamentalsRochester Institute of Technology✔️
CY502Computer ForensicsRochester Institute of Technology✔️
CY503Cybersecurity Risk ManagementRochester Institute of Technology✔️
CY504Network SecurityRochester Institute of Technology✔️
CY1000CompTIA A+CybraryIT✔️
CY1001CompTIA Cloud+CybraryIT✔️
CY1003HIPAA TrainingCybraryIT✔️
CY1006ITIL FoundationCybraryIT✔️
CY1007CompTIA Linux+CybraryIT✔️
CY1009CompTIA Security+CybraryIT✔️
CY2001Computer and Hacking Forensics (CHFI)CybraryIT✔️
CY2008Microsoft SharePointCybraryIT✔️
CY3011Corporate Cybersecurity ManagementCybraryIT✔️
CYPAFWPalo Alto Networks FirewallsCybraryIT✔️
M101PMongoDB Python DevelopmentMongoDB University✔️
OST008Introduction to Cellular SecurityOpen Security Training✔️
OST013Offensive, Defensive, and Forensic Web User IdentificationOpen Security Training✔️
SL1073Python 3SoloLearn✔️


Strength & Nutrition

As part of the Reddit Bodyweight Fitness modteam, I maintain the subreddit while constantly improving our knowledge base to share best exercise, nutrition, and skillwork practices with the RedditBWF Community. Our free BWF RR Strength Training program has served over 2 Million people around the world! Some of us also train with our local Barstarzz Street Calisthenics Teams. We have open source apps on Android and iOS.

Current Subscribers: 💪

I am certified by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in Exercise Physiology, Sports Medicine, and Sports Nutrition, and studied Food and Health at Stanford University School of Medicine. I offer online personal nutritionist consultation and gymnastic strength coaching. Sign up now at GAINX:


I began playing badminton in 2004 at Bintang, went on to train at Smash City, then BBC3. I qualified for U15 Jr. Nationals, then started my high school badminton career as Varsity 1 BS for MHS in SCVAL of California Interscholastic CCS. I have also competed in many open tournaments at Flights C and D, in events: MD, MS, and XD. At Mission College, I helped train the Women's Intercollegiate Team. I am also a community manager for /r/badminton.

Past Coaches: Angie De Pauw, Arnold Setiadi, Holvy De Pauw, Jade Tang Jie Yun, Kowi Chandra, Lauren Todt

Current subscribers: 🏸

Martial Arts

My background includes American Vovinam, "hard-style" Tenshinkai International Aikido, and Olympic TaeKwonDo. The Martial Art i've trained longest is Wado Ki Kai Karate, a comprehensive descendent of Goju, Naha-te, Shoto, and Shuri-te lineages from Okinawa, along with fluid foot styles of TaeKwonDo from Korea, and grappling techniques of Judo and JuJitsu from Japan.

I have since begun training Muay Thai Kickboxing to compliment my Karate Kickboxing from World Champion Bas Rutten, Duane Ludwig, and Sean Fagan.

Karate Lineage 🥋

Sports Go Sports

I also Boulder, Climb, Dance [Ballet, Funk, Haitian, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Latin Ballroom (Bachata Sensual at Stanford, Cha-cha at San Jose, L.A. Style "On-1"Salsa at Stanford, Cuban Salsa "Rueda de Casino" at 42), Tap], Play Football & Fútbol & Tennis & Table Tennis, Skate (Boosted/Electric Skateboard, Casterboard, Freeline, Heely, Inline, Longboard), Surf, and much more!

Adventure book 📸

Let's Get In Touch!

Ready to start our next project together? That's great! Simply send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible!


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For offline encryption, my PGP Public Key is available here 🔒.
For offline verification, my fingerprint is:

390D C31A 352E BC23 A5AC 27E1 28BE AA9D 542B 7B5C

Human Languages: Native[2] = {English, Việt}; Proficient[4] = {Español, Français, Português, Valyrian}; Elementary[7] = {普通话, Deutsch, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Română, усский};


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