While at UIUC, I worked with the Network Security Research Group under Michael Bailey as an undergraduate researcher. I was also the head of SIGPwny, UIUC’s undergraduate security club, and DDRIllini, a rhythm game club. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make the clubs approachable and friendly; they saw considerable growth during my time there.

I’ve had a lot of professional/life interests over the years, but they’ve changed a lot through school. Here is a list of things that I have considered going into for my career:

  • civic tech, policy work, and voting machines
  • automated exploit generation (fuzzing, symbolic execution)
  • networks (routers and firewalls, reverse engineering them)
  • social network design (from cryptography primitives and from the perspective of abuse)
  • information security and user privacy (whether my own or for entire systems)
  • virtual reality (broadly, video games as storytelling tools)

I grew up in Chicago to a Polish-American family, which inspired an early interest in languages and international affairs. My father is a local business owner and village trustee, so being involved in local communities has always been an important part of my life.

I play dance games for fun and fitness — specifically on an In The Groove 2 (ITG) cabinet running StepMania 5 that I used to maintain. I led the planning of a 130+ attendee, internationally-attended tournament for two years.

I grew up on a diet of science fiction. Some of my favorites include Accelerando (Charles Stross), Dune (Frank Herbert), Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) (it’s not perfect but it holds a special place in my heart) and Evidence, The Last Question, and The Last Answer (Isaac Asimov). Asimov has always inspired a wonder for what humanity can be. I’ve also enjoyed a lot of Cory Doctorow’s writing and speaking.

My email is first initial last name AT gmail and you can find me on most services as ian5v or ianklatzco.


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The first and only time I’ve ever seen Ian angry was when someone mentioned SystemVerilog.