Austin Snider is a senior pursuing a BS degree in Cybersecurity. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Austin has always had a strong passion for computers and technology. In high school he participated in the Cyberpatriot competition, and later COOPed with Northrop Grumman, a government defense contractor. He enjoyed serving a purpose larger than himself and was inspired to continue working for the federal government after graduation. For his senior design project, Austin worked with his team to repurpose obsolete hardware to use newer mesh-network capabilities in hopes to provide a low-cost, user-friendly networking solution in an effort to promote internet access to underprivileged communities.
Austin participated in a year-long exchange program in Seoul, South Korea in 2018, during which, he was a full-time student at Korea University. As a recipient of the Boren Scholarship, Austin will study Korean for a full year at the Korean Language Education Center at Sogang University. Upon graduation, Austin hopes to use his experience in both cybersecurity and the Korean language within the federal government. His long-term goal is to help aid bilateral cybersecurity cooperation between South Korea and the United States.
- 2020–21- Boren Scholar