Dan Wallach / Bio

Hi, my name is Dan and I'm a child of the 80's.

I'm a professor at Rice University in the department of computer science. I've been here since 1998.

I got my PhD working at Princeton University. I studied Java security, which included spending two cool summers working at Netscape and, among other things, helping design their Java security architecture, which has since influenced the Java2 architecture as well as Microsoft's C# system.

In my life outside the computer science building, I've tried all kinds of hobbies over the years, but I seem to have settled into swing dancing as my favorite thing.

I did my undergrad work at UC Berkeley, where I was a member of the Computer Science Undergraduate Association, which has quite an interesting on-and-offline social scene. Check out this paper by Tara Bloyd for some amusing details. I also spent a year living in Bowles Hall, a beautiful dorm built in 1929, directly atop the Hayward Fault. Rumble.

I went to high school at J. J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. Brian Eisemann once maintained a fantastic alumni address book, but he graduated from college and it went away, although you can look at an archived copy from 2001. J. J. Pearce, itself, used to maintain another address book, but that died as well, and they killed off the Archive.org version as well. These days, there are about as many people in Facebook from my high school class as there ever were on those other resources. It's still a tiny fraction of our class - not like kids today, who do this stuff automatically.

Sometimes, people ask me for a formal bio statement, maybe because I'm giving a talk or something. Here's what I tend to say:

Dan Wallach is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and a Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas His research considers computer security and has touched on issues include web browsers and servers, peer to peer systems, smartphones, and voting machines. He has testified about voting security issues before government bodies in the U.S., Mexico, and the European Union, and has served as an expert witness in a number of voting technology lawsuits.

Dan Wallach, CS Department, Rice University
Last modified: October 22, 2015