Curriculum Vitae

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan where my research focuses on computer security and privacy. I am advised by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

My research attempts to understand the world's most powerful attackers including nation-state adversaries such as NSA and GCHQ. By analyzing their known behaviors, we can better understand how to detect attacks and build systems and protocols to protect against well resourced adversaries.

Contact Information

aaspring@umich.edu (PGP key)
Beyster Building, Room 4808
2260 Hayward Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Education

Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2013 – Fall 2017 (expected)
  • Advisor: J. Alex Halderman
  • Committee: Peter Honeyman, Atul Prakash, and Florian Schaub
M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2013 – 2015
B.S. in Computer Science, University of Alabama, 2009 – 2013

Awards and Honors

  • Honorable Mention for Graduate Student Instructor Award (2017)
  • 2015 Pwnie for Most Innovative Research (2015)
  • Best Paper Award, ACM CCS (2015)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2013)

Peer-Reviewed Research Papers

The Security Impact of HTTPS Interception
Zakir Durumeric, Zane Ma, Drew Springall, Richard Barnes, Nick Sullivan, Elie Bursztein, Michael Bailey, J. Alex Halderman, and Vern Paxson
Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), February 2017
    Measuring the Security Harm of TLS Crypto Shortcuts
    Drew Springall, Zakir Durumeric, and J. Alex Halderman
    ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), November 2016
      FTP: The Forgotten Cloud
      Drew Springall, Zakir Durumeric, and J. Alex Halderman
      IEEE/IFIP Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), June 2016
        Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice
        David Adrian, Karthikeyan Bhargavan, Zakir Durumeric, Pierrick Gaudry, Matthew Green, J. Alex Halderman, Nadia Heninger, Drew Springall, Emmanuel Thomé, Luke Valenta, Benjamin VanderSloot, Eric Wustrow, Santiago Zanella-Beguelin, and Paul Zimmermann
        ACM Computer and Communications Security (CCS), October 2015
        Best Paper Award
        2015 Pwnie for Most Innovative Research
          Security Analysis of the Estonian Internet Voting System
          Drew Springall, Travis Finkenauer, Zakir Durumeric, Jason Kitcat, Harri Hursti, Margaret MacAlpine and J. Alex Halderman
          ACM Computer and Communications Security (CCS), November 2014

          Work Experience

          Graduate Student Instructor — University of Michigan
          EECS 388 Introduction to Computer Security, Winter 2017
          • Lectured on binary exploitation and control hijacking
          • Led weekly recitation section
          Software Engineering Intern — Google (Mountain View, CA)
          Android SafetyNet Team, Summer 2016
          • Implemented new developer-facing Android APIs to provide application developers the ability to leverage Android SafetyNet's anti-malware efforts within their own applications
          • Drafted public documentation and internal design documentation for Android SafetyNet APIs
          Software Engineering Co-Op Intern — Hewlett Packard (Houston, TX)
          ESS BIOS Development Team, Jan. 2011–Nov. 2012
          • Developed, improved, and maintained capabilities and functionality for Proliant server BIOS and UEFI firmware applications to improve customer ease-of-use and remote management
          • Created a suite of developer-centric tools allowing intelligent reporting, maintenance, updating, and collaboration of development and bug trackers
          Special Intelligence Communications Technician — United States Marine Corps (various)
          Sergeant (2651), 2004–2009
          • Installed, administered, maintained, and repaired secure computer, radio, SATCOM, and telephone networks and equipment
          • Served in many technical billets throughout the US, Iraq, and Afghanistan in support of the Marine Corps, National Security Agency, and multinational Intelligence Community