Career Profile

I am currently a PhD student in the Societal Computing program at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Lorrie Faith Cranor. My research interests span many areas of security and privacy, and include understanding user behavior and preferences in relation to privacy and security and developing effective notification methods for communicating privacy and security information in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Prior to starting my PhD, I completed a Bachelors in Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters in Information Technology - Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University. I also worked as a software engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Selected Publications

Sarah Pearman, Jeremy Thomas, Pardis Emami Naeini, Hana Habib, Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Serge Egelman, and Alain Forget. "Let’s Go in For a Closer Look: Observing Passwords in Their Natural Habitat." In Proceedings of the 24th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS’17). 2017.
Blase Ur, Felicia Alfieri, Maung Aung, Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, Jessica Colnago, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Henry Dixon, Pardis Emami Naeini, Hana Habib, Noah Johnson, and William Melicher. "Design and Evaluation of a Data-Driven Password Meter." In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’17). 2017. [Best Paper award]
Hana Habib, Jessica Colnago, William Melicher, Blase Ur, Sean Segreti, Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, and Lorrie Faith Cranor. "Password Creation in the Presence of Blacklists." In Proceedings of the Workshop on Usable Security (USEC '17). 2017.


Graduate Research Assistant

Aug 2016 - Present
CMU CyLab Usable Privacy & Security Lab, Pittsburgh

As PhD student researcher, I develop user study protocols to investigate research questions in the space of usable privacy and security. I then utilize quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze data collected from these user studies.

During the Fall 2016 semester I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Privacy Policy, Law, and Technology, a cross-discipline graduate level course.

Intern, Privacy Engineering

May 2015 - Aug 2015
Apple Inc, Cupertino

At Apple, I collaborated with teams cross-functionally to ensure that feature designs for new and existing Apple products were privacy-protective for customers. I also developed tools to automate recurring Privacy Engineering tasks and analyzed reported data to better understand customer privacy needs.

Graduate Research Assistant

Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
CMU CyLab Usable Privacy & Security Lab, Pittsburgh

As a research assistant, I facilitated a diary and interview study of online data sharing practices in order to better understand user requirements for applications and services. My contributions included coordinating and conducting participant interviews, and analyzing survey data through interview coding.

I also helped design a user study protocol to investigate effective notification mediums for Internet of Things devices. As part of this study, I modified a PhoneGap Android application to send push notifications containing variations of a privacy notice for a Fitbit device.

Product Owner/Software Engineer

June 2013 - July 2016
Department of Defense, Maryland

While at the DoD, I led efforts to implement capabilities to generate different cryptographic products by a Key Management Infrastructure (KMI). I also updated system components to integrate new KMI capabilities and virtualized them for use in the development environment.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jan 2010 - May 2012
Cornell Creative Machines Lab, Ithaca

As part of the Fab@Home3D Printer project team, I redesigned the printer’s software to improve efficiency and printer control and programmed a command line interface for testing. I also designed and built a safety enclosure for the printer and developed a printed circuit board to integrate the printer’s milling tool with the main controller board.

Scholarships & Awards

Privacy Scholars Fellowship Program - Awarded by the Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School to support research on the economics of privacy and data security.

CyLab Presidential Fellowship - A one-year tuition scholarship awarded to high-achieving exemplary CyLab graduate students researching topics in security and privacy.

Executive Women's Forum Fellowship - A full-tuition scholarship awarded to an incoming female student studying information security at the Information Networking Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program - A DoD sponsored scholarship awarded to high-school seniors who plan to study computer science or computer/electrical engineering.

Skills & Certifications

JavaScript & PHP