Research
My research interests are expansive, but always rooted in security technology. On this page you will find different projects, papers, talks, and workshops. I will continue adding to this page until I have a solid representation of everything I study.
The Origins of the Lock
Back in 2010 I was given the opportunity to write a brief overview of the history of locks. As I began to write the introduction, I asked myself "how do I know what I know" and three years later I had published a new theory for the origin of the lock...and never actually wrote that original overview.

Check out: the paper
Watch: the talk

The talk covers more of the initial research process than the paper does.

X-Locks
The US Patent Office fire of 1836 robbed us of some of the earliest artifacts of our industrial heritage. The security-related patents include the first modern pin tumbler lock, clever combination locks, & locking filing cabinets.

In 2013 I started a public research project to investigate the "x-locks" (patents lost prior to 1836 have an "X" designation with the USPTO). While the ultimate goal of the project is to restore the patent record, I also focus on the biographies of the inventors.

Watch: the talk that launched the project.
Check out: the public Zotero Database