Every academic needs a third person biography. Here is mine.

Clay Shields is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgetown University. Prior to coming to Georgetown he was an assistant professor at Purdue University, where he held his first academic position after earning his PhD from the University of California Santa Cruz. Before graduate school Clay was an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division and earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virgina. Clay spent many years living overseas as a child, as his parents worked at US embassies overseas. Clay works in the area of computer and network security, with a past focus on attack attribution and anonymity and more recent focus on forensics, including identifying idnviduals sharing CSAM material, and resiliance of computers to compromise. He is currently the PI of Georgetown's Scholarship for Service Program, which provides almost $1M a year in full scholarships to Georgetown students who study computer-security related topics and go on to work in government.


After we were married, Sonia and I had an amazing honeymoon in the Galapagos and in Ecuador. I would recommend to anyone that they go. Pictures and video slideshow here.


I raised a puppy named Kaiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. He is now a working guide dog in Oregon. I have a bunch of unlabelled pictures of him. He is amazingly cute, though somehow he got huge. We later raised another guide dog named Horton, who is now a working dog in Massachusetts. You know how it is with second children, so no separate picture page.


As a present for getting my Master's degree, my parents got me a trip to go kayaking in Chile. I wrote a little trip report about it, though I never quite finished it.