My name is Aleksejs Popovs. I usually go by my first name, you can pronounce it like ‘Aleks.’

I am originally from Riga, Latvia, where I graduated from the Riga State Gymnasium #1 in 2016. In 2020 I graduated from MIT with a BSc in Mathematics with Computer Science and in 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. In July 2020 I will be joining Duolingo as a Security Engineer.

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