Alex Pissinou Makki earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the renowned University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he earned a Master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary research focus centers on the dynamic convergence of Machine Learning and Cybersecurity, where his contributions have manifested in peer-reviewed articles featured in esteemed academic forums. His research interests also span deep and federated learning, artificial intelligence, information theory, the Internet of things, and data science—with a particular interest in the intersections of these fields. He is also interested in the foundations of machine learning, particularly as it pertains to adversarial models. In 2018, he received an honorable mention as an “Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher” by the Computing Research Association. Furthermore, his affiliation with prestigious honor societies, such as Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Alpha Pi, is a testament to his continuous pursuit of academic and professional distinction. Alex is devoted to training and inspiring tech-savvy students to mobilize their passion and knowledge of technology for social change.