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2013 TEDxColumbus: Out There

Chris Domas

Chris Domas is a cyber-security researcher at the Battelle Memorial Institute. He specializes in embedded systems reverse engineering and vulnerability analysis – hacker speak for figuring out how to manipulate electronic devices. Applying this towards national security, his group develops cyber technology that protects people and saves lives.

Chris graduated from The Ohio State University, where he set out to take every class offered by the school. He bounced between majors in electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, biology, chemistry, statistics, biomedical engineering, computer graphics, psychology, and linguistics, but finally ran out of money and was forced to graduate. Settling on a degree in computer science, with an irrelevant handful of minors, he joined Battelle as a cyber security researcher. Today, he strives to incorporate ideas from these disparate fields to tackle the world’s most challenging cyber problems in innovative and unexpected ways. As a result of his work, he received Battelle’s coveted 2013 Emerging Scientist and 2013 Technical Achievement awards. He continues to present research around the country, most recently at the cyber security conferences Black Hat, REcon, and DerbyCon.


Hacker, Multi-Disciplinary Learner, Problem Solver.