Derek earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He wrote his thesis on Vault, a scalable cryptocurrency storage scheme, under Nickolai Zeldovich at MIT. He also helped develop Stadium, a scalable metadata-private messaging system. Prior to this, he earned his B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics at U.C. Berkeley. There he worked on usable security in IoT devices under David Wagner. He also served as a teaching assistant for Joseph Hellerstein’s undergraduate classes on databases.