The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Esteban Gutierrez

Class year: 1994
Major: Linguistics/Psychology
Company/organization: Intel Corporation
Job title: Senior Information Security Strategist
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I would love to connect with students. In addition or instead of attending the Schmooze, I am available for one:one meetings during the weekend. Drop me an email and we'll arrange a time to meet. I arrive on Thursday.

How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)

A long sordid road starting with hanging around in the CUS office in college and being told to help with questions while I hang out there.... to doing tech support for an ISP in 1995... to building parts of the Internet and finally to dealing with the rise of internet security problems.   Mostly, I would just get my hands dirty and make a lot of mistakes.

What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?

There's an old joke about why so many Reedies end up in tech even though there's no CS degree program. Reedies will actually stop and read the manuals.

In what ways you think you can help Reed students?

Networking, advice, opinions, ideas, encouragement.

What else should students know about you? (e.g., volunteer engagement, avocations, interests)

I help organize a security conference in Portland called Security BsidesPortland. I'm very active at Defcon, a large hacker convention in Las Vegas. I like to point people in the right direction.