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Fireside Hacks: A Conversation with Distributed Spectrum


Kedar Pavgi
NSIN, Program Manager

Kedar is currently a Program Manager supporting the National Security Innovation Network's Hacks program. Previously, he was a consultant in Deloitte Consulting's Government and Public Sector practice, and a Washington D.C. based journalist covering national security, defense and international affairs. He received his graduate degree in international relations and international economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.


Alex Wulff
Distributed Spectrum, Co-Founder

Alex Wulff is a co-founder of Distributed Spectrum and a student at Harvard studying electrical engineering. He enjoys building projects related to the intersection of sensing and computation, and has written a book on radio communications. Before Distributed Spectrum, Alex helped to develop sensor systems at Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Alex is originally from Upstate New York.

Isaac Struhl
Distributed Spectrum, Co-Founder

Isaac is from Weston, Massachusetts, and is a senior at Harvard. He is pursuing a combined bachelors in Physics and masters in Computer Science. Isaac has worked in various roles and fields, including research in neurobiology, computational biology, and machine learning. He also has experience from industry positions as a lead software developer at a small media startup, director of operations for the Harvard College Consulting Group, a large student-run nonprofit, and as a software engineer at Google.

Ben Harpe
Distributed Spectrum, Co-Founder

Ben is a rising senior at Harvard studying computer science and statistics. He has worked as an engineering intern at Microsoft and Bridgewater Associates and served as Director of a 122-member fully student-run consulting group.


As winners of NSIN's Mad Hacks Fury Code, Distributed Spectrum developed a solution to detect cyber attacks in the radio spectrum in real-time by identifying enemy transmissions designed to disrupt vehicle operations and determining the threat they posed to the vehicle’s safety. They later went on to win NSIN's Vector pilot program, an intensive course for student teams interested in venture formation.

Hear this student-led team of innovators share more about the technology behind their solution as well as their experience collaborating to help solve this mission-critical problem.


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Wayne Polatkan
Wayne Polatkan
Tuloy, Chief Executive Officer
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Judson Crane
Judson Crane
Defense Innovation Board, Research Director (People & Process)
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Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Tom Dougherty
Tom Dougherty
Intelligent Waves, VP software Products
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