I’m a mathematician, with interest in algebra, number theory and cryptography. I’m doing my master program in mathematics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Currently, I’m an international student at UC Berkeley in California, USA, doing graduate courses in mathematics and computer science.

Photo: Bjørn A. Grimstad

The reason why I study mathematics is because I’ve always had interest in numbers, exploring patterns and find it fascinating that we can prove that things are universally true. Also, the right to keep secrets and have privacy has always been important to me, so I decided to immerse myself in cryptography and information security. I wrote my bachelor thesis about elliptical curves and the Diffie-Hellman key-exchange, which are important primitives in modern cryptography.

While doing my bachelor program I got involved in activities who are trying to make an impact to inspire kids and pupils into science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). In particular, I was volunteering in Vektorprogrammet (The Vector Project) and Lær Kidsa Koding (Teach Kids Code).  I worked full time as the project manager of Lær Kidsa Koding in 2015 and 2016, while finishing my bachelor degree. I also coordinated a education project via IKT-Norge (ICT-Norway) about teaching kids coding in Sri Lanka the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017. Read more about some my projects here:

Besides of my studies, I work as a university college teacher at Høgskulen på Vestlandet (HVL), the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. At HVL I’m currently teaching a new course named Technology and Programming, aimed at teachers who are continuing their education, to teach this subject in Norwegian classrooms.

– Tjerand