“Hackers are always one step ahead. That’s why my learning will never stop,” said Zachary Delardi, a sophomore from Monroe, N.Y., who is double majoring in computer science and cyber security.
Even though he is up early every day to manage a full load of credits, most nights Delardi can be found in the computer science labs in the Walsh Science Center.
He spends hours analyzing malware, breaking viruses, or reading up on the latest information about artificial intelligence, data mining, machine learning, and more.
Delardi values the strong foundation and interdisciplinary knowledge he’s acquiring at Bona’s. He especially appreciates the guidance and work ethic of Dr. Hossein Sarrafzadeh, director of the cyber security program. “He is constantly encouraging us and making sure we stay up to date,” Delardi said.
From the hands-on experience he’s gaining in the labs to the challenges and camaraderie he finds in clubs like the app club and the cyber security club he founded, Delardi is excited for the future.
“I feel confident that whatever problem you hand me, I will find a way to solve it,” he said.
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