Nicholas Ward (강한진)

Hi! I'm Nick. I'm a masters student in computer science at UC Berkeley, advised by Alessandro Chiesa. My research focuses on cryptography, specifically succinct argument systems (also known as zkSNARKs and, colloquially, as zero-knowledge proofs) and their applications to blockchain systems. In addition to developing the theory of new protocols (see my publications below), I work on their practical implementation and deployment, as a core contributor to the arkworks Rust libraries (an ecosystem for creating proofs). My Erdős Number is four. I am an entirely different person from Nick Spooner.

I love teaching, and in the past I've been an (under)graduate student instructor for CS 61A, 70, 161, 170, and, most recently, 276.

Outside of school, I love running and baking, and am heavily involved with my church and campus fellowship. I'm also a very casual fan of poetry.