Interested In Joining?

Are you interested in helping make Slug Security better? Join our administrative team! We’re always looking for new members to help us grow and improve. Keep an eye on our Discord server for announcements about officer applications—it’s your opportunity to contribute! If you have any questions about how to apply or what being an officer involves, don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Discord.


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President & Founder

Nancy Lau


Undergraduate computer engineering student, interested in cybersecurity, hardware, and AI

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Vice President & Founder

Ex Taranenko


Dual undergraduate computer engineering and cybersecurity student. Interested in vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering, and cybersecurity education.

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Founding Faculty Advisor

Alvaro A. Cardenas


Alvaro A. Cardenas is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


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Operations & Infrastructure

Brian Mak


Undergraduate computer science student, interested in cybersecurity and systems programming, with a proven track record in numerous cybersecurity competitions. Led the '23 & '24 UCSC eCTF team.

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Jaden P. Maxwell-Comfort


Undergraduate Computer Science student, Cybersecurity Researcher, and Programmer. Main focuses include malware analysis, incident response, and Emacs.

Outreach & Finance

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Ian Phan


Current Psychology/Cognitive science student, interested in applied cognitive psychology, HCI, human factors engineering, and social engineering. Busy teaching new hackers at the moment!!

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Rudy Chavez


Interested in social engineering and cryptography, feel free to talk to me about project ideas and software.

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Kevin Sun


Computer Science and Bioinformatics student, interested in cybersecurity, biotechnology, and data science. Passionate tutor, and loves a good philosophical question.


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Jeffrey Zhang


not fish. UCSC '23.

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Jackson Kohls


Math/Econ double major who fell into the joys of cybersecurity and CTFs. UCSC '23.