Adams of Argonne National Laboratory talks engineering

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Nathan Adams of Argonne National Laboratory talks engineering with students

Published: December 4, 2012.

Nathan Adams, a software engineer at Argonne National Laboratory and a 2010 alumnus of Lewis University’s Computer Science program, recently shared his insights about reverse engineering with students in a File Systems and Digital Forensics class at Lewis University in Romeoville.

Reverse engineering is a computer science technique of deducing programming code from compiled software executables and the content of communications from network traffic, even when that traffic might be encrypted between its two endpoints. Filled with thorough research, Adams’ presentation gave students a better understanding of how data is stored in files and how to recover data that has been hidden in such systems. Adams also shared a number of free and commercial tools for recovering source code and communications including WiresharkIDA Pro Free, Dotpeek, Disasm, OllyDbg and Fiddler.

“We are grateful that Nathan returned to campus to share his expertise with our computer science students. Our students are looking forward to using the tools and tips that he shared with us,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Lewis University offers bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science with areas of specialization in Computer and Network Security, Video Game Development, Distributed and Mobile Computing Technologies and Simulation of Scientific Systems. Many Lewis Computer Science students pursue internships in the field as students, and several alumni have gone on to found and lead area technology firms. Over its 40-year history, the Computer Science program has undergone continuous improvement and refinement to keep pace with changes in technology. It recently opened four new labs, including the Ubiquitous Computing Lab to teach students how to program mobile and embedded devices, and the Networking and Security Lab to equip students to work on the front lines of cyber defense. The department is currently working on new offerings in cloud computing and data mining.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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