Erik Trickel

Application security researcher and Computer Science PhD student at Arizona State University

Exploring complex and interesting security questions


For me, happiness is constantly being on a learning curve and feeding my insatiable curiosity. I find many ways to do this from taking classes at school, tinkering with technology, tackling new challenges, and through my research.


Critical thinking is infused into everything I do. It is second nature for me to objectively analyze with the intent of discovering the "why". In some situations, continued analysis can have diminishing returns, but over the years I have developed an intuition for when it is optimal to move from analysis to action.


I enjoy serving others, as a coach, mentor, and teacher. I find it satisfying to help people grow and develop and overcome their problems.