Lawrence Hoffman


I’m currently studying Computer Science at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and planning to graduate in May of 2019. Before seeking a degree I spent just under a decade in the United States Army where I served as an Airborne Infantryman. I’m an avid learner and reader and love my field as it affords me an endless world of new problems to solve and subjects to research.

I spent a lot of time writing C and C++ as a hobby between the ages of twelve and thirty and have recently come to find a love of Go. I’ve also had opportunities to work in Python, Arm Assembly, Java, Lisp, Lua, and Terra. I’m a Unix enthusiast who prefers the Unix philosophy to approaching problems. I prefer small and “boring” programming languages that prefer efficiency and readability to shiny features.

I pass all of my time on either Linux (Void) or BSD (FreeBSD) systems, and most of that time in a terminal, where I find myself most productive. I typically edit code with Vim until projects become large enough to warrant the use of an IDE, at which point I usually pick up something from JetBrains.

My primary interests include operating systems, compilers, data analytics, image processing, and security. I have as strong preference for working on low level problems and am perfectly happy if I never need to design a graphical user interface to the code I write.


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science May 2019, GPA 3.25

Certifications and Additional Training

Linux Foundation

LFD 420 (Linux Kernel Internals) 2017


GIAC Certified Incident Handler 2014


Black Hills Information Security

Internship in Software Engineering and Security Analysis 2014 - 2018

GenCyber Girls Camp

Instructor 2017 and 2018

Department of Natural Resources, Anchorage AK

IT Support Intern Spring 2012

United States Army

Infantryman 2002 - 2012


Real Intelligence Threat Analytics (RITA) 2014 - 2016

Suterusu Rootkit Upgrade Summer 2017

Boundary-Representations Spring 2017

Block G LLC

Founding Member 2018

Constellation Current Research