My name is Aleksejs Popovs. I usually go by my first name and tell people to pronounce it as if the last three letters were silent.

I am originally from Riga, Latvia, where I graduated from the Riga State Gymnasium #1 in 2016. I am now an undergraduate student at MIT, pursuing a double major in Mathematics with Computer Science and Philosophy.

I like theoretical computer science, applied cryptography, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and weird music (which I strongly believe should be purchased DRM-free, not streamed).

I have worked on improving the performance of libsnark and libiop, open-source implementations of multiple general zero-knowledge proof schemes. I have done internships on the Product Security team at Dropbox and with the Cryptography Services practice at NCC Group.

If you'd like to know how I'm doing, check out my twitter. If you'd like to say hi, email me at