Michael de Mare's new book, Confessions of a Recovering Preppie, is a witty and yet thought-provoking autobiographical account of the author's life while he studied computer science at SUNY Institute of Technology in New York. Combining a research-level understanding of cryptography garnered from extensive research and academic training, as well as his knowledge and exploits in software engineering gained from 10 years in the field, Michael de Mare is well-known and respected within the shadowy world of cryptology.
But what was not known, until the publication of this intriguing book, were his many adventures while he was working towards a master's degree at SUNY Institute of Technology -- including romantic adventures, spirited friendships, ambitious goals, and the sort of brilliant scheming that one would expect from a top-notch cryptography and computer science expert.
Confessions of a Recovering Preppie is a compelling and well-written book, filled with wit and intelligence, that is sure to give outsiders a unique view into the mind and life of one of the nation's elite in the field of cryptography.
Our world is full of secrets, and the duty of protecting those secrets -- and discovering those of our enemies -- lies with such organizations as the National Security Agency (NSA). Entrusted by the nation with this unimaginably critical job, the NSA and other branches of the government must rely upon a unique breed of men and women, who typically study at the finest technical schools in the United States. These individuals must possess the rare qualities of unequaled intelligence and an understanding of mathematics and computer science, combined with outstanding analytical abilities.
Michael de Mare is one such individual, as evidenced by his accomplishments even before earning a Ph.D. With a remarkable academic and professional background in cryptography and software engineering, he has rapidly made his mark on the highly competitive world of code making and code breaking. But one does not have to be an expert in cryptology to appreciate this autobiographical account of his colorful time while studying for his master's degree in computer science, at SUNY Institute of Technology in New York.
In this compelling book, he lays bare the instructive stories of romantic adventures, intense studies, fascinating friendships, highly ambitious goals, and the wit and wisdom that can only come from the minds of those who are capable of fathoming the black arts of advanced cryptography and computer science.
About the Author
Michael de Mare (rhymes with star) was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1969. His early instruction took place at prep schools in New Jersey, until he was 14 years old, when he began attending public school after moving to his grandmother's dairy farm in rural upstate New York in 1984. His undergraduate and postgraduate training well prepared him for a career in cryptology. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarkson University, in Computer Science, and a Master of Science from State University of New York Institute of Technology, in Computer Science. In terms of his professional experience, he has worked in systems analysis and software engineering at several firms: Giordano Automation, Ikos Systems, Technoproductions, and LSI Logic -- winning an Engineering Excellence Award at LSI Logic. He is well-known for his work in cryptography, and is credited with several publications, including Efficient Broadcast Timestamping, One-Way Accumulators: A Decentralized Approach to Digital Signatures, Secure Set Membership Using 3SAT, and his master's thesis, An Analysis of Certain Cryptosystems and Related Mathematics. Currently unmarried, he is a doctoral candidate in Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology.
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