Brad Girardeau is from Austin, Texas. He studied at Stanford for his undergraduate degree in Computer Science with a focus on theory. He became interested in security after taking a cryptography class and is now continuing his study of security and networking at Stanford in the MS program in CS. He plans to use his knowledge of computer security to protect user data and to secure large scale systems as part of a security engineering team. Outside of technology, Brad enjoys playing the violin in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra as well as running and social dancing.