Joseph O. Eichenhofer

Undergraduate Computer Security Researcher
University of Wisconsin - Madison


I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science from UW Madison in Computer Engineering with a second major in Computer Science. My primary interests lie in secure programming research. I am collaborating with Professors Barton P. Miller and Elisa Heymann to apply and refine vulnerability assessment techniques on software that runs in maritime shipping terminals. In this project, we are discovering and mitigating vulnerabilities that threaten the operation of billion-dollar infrastructures. After graduating in Spring, I will continue my studies and research in pursuit of a Master of Science in Computer Science.

I am a tinkerer at heart, and I enjoy a challenge. For those reasons, I build and upkeep my own computers, complete with custom liquid cooling (which is always more expense and trouble than I can afford). I am a jazz trumpeter, currently playing with a student organization that studies and celebrates black musicians and their contributions to musical culture; you can hear us perform for free twice a semester at the UW Memorial Union. I also like to take pictures on my dad’s old Nikon SLR; you can see a sample of my pictures below.


University of Wisconsin – Madison
B.S. Computer Engineering
Second Major in Computer Science
3.83/4.00 GPA

Work Experience

Undergraduate Research AssistantSpring 2015 – Present

UW Madison Computer Sciences Department
Analyzed major seaport Terminal Operating System software in research with Professors Barton Miller and Elisa Heymann. Modeled structure and resources of 300,000-line Java and ActionScript code-base. Identified high-value targets for vulnerability. Analyzed source code and web traffic using Oracle Eclipse, Adobe Flash Builder, and Burp Suite to uncover vulnerabilities. Collaborated with international partners to report vulnerabilities and support remediation.

Software Development InternSpring 2014 – Spring 2018

Digital Iris LLC, Milwaukee WI
Collaborated with fellow programmers to implement medical triage application for Meta Vision augmented reality glasses. Mobile application identified physical tags to look up and display patient data in user’s field of view. Designed and implemented C# ASP.NET Restful Web API to serve requests from device.


MadHacks UWFall 2017 – Present

UW Madison Student Organization
Organizer and public relations officer for MadHacks hackathons. Cooperate with organizing team to run Twitter and Facebook outreach for 250+ participant events. Respond to public questions and assist with travel logistics.

Black Music EnsembleSpring 2016 – Present

UW Madison Student Organization
Study, discuss, and teach the presence and impact of music in the context of oppression and racism. Organize, lead, and perform in jazz combo groups for two concerts each semester.

FIRST Robotics TeamFall 2012 – Spring 2014

Port Washington High School Student Organization
Co-founder and team captain of high school robotics team for FIRST Robotics Competition. Raised and managed average of $20,000 annual donations as financial team leader. Won regional 2013 “Rookie Inspiration Award” for exemplary first-year performance.