Hi! I'm Chris

I have always been driven by an unquenchable thirst for understanding the intricacies of our interconnected world. From a young age, my passion for technology has fueled my desire to explore and unravel the complexities of the digital realm, ultimately leading me to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Network Security at the prestigious University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.

My journey began with a simple yet profound fascination with the first computer my family brought home—an IBM desktop running Windows 98. Though I was too young to fully comprehend the workings of the machine, the hours spent playing basic games under the guidance of my older sister ignited a spark that would become a lifelong passion.

As I ventured into adolescence, I found myself immersed in the world of social media, discovering the creative potential of platforms like MySpace. Eager to personalize my profile, I dove into learning CSS and HTML, unknowingly laying the groundwork for a successful freelance career in web design and administration during my high school years.

My technological pursuits didn't end there. Throughout high school, I continued to expand my skillset, taking a variety of technology courses, including computer repair and programming. This period of exploration led me to discover a love for robotics, and I became a founding member of the FIRST Robotics Competition team at Coronado High School. Here, I not only honed my technical prowess but also developed crucial teamwork and mentorship skills, which I later employed as a mentor for Hohokam Elementary's FIRST Lego League Team.

During my high school years, persistent health issues significantly impacted my attendance and academic performance. Faced with these challenges, I refused to let my circumstances define me. After taking the time to focus on my health, I made the difficult decision to pursue my High School Equivalency Diploma. Thanks to the unwavering support of my family, friends, and a particularly influential former teacher, I overcame my self-doubt and anxiety to graduate with the highest test scores in my class.

This former teacher not only provided emotional support but also recognized my technical abilities and offered me multiple employment opportunities as a systems administrator contractor. Fondly referred to as the "Technical Wizard," I was able to continue honing my skills while making valuable contributions to my school's technology infrastructure. This experience further solidified my passion for technology and reinforced my resolve to pursue higher education in the field. In my journey to promote STEAM education, I have been actively involved with the SciTech Institute and played a supportive role in the Chief Science Officers (CSO) program. These experiences have allowed me to contribute to my community while inspiring and empowering others to pursue STEAM-related careers.

As a member of the SciTech team, I have been responsible for data entry, specifically posting STEAM events to help promote community engagement and awareness. This work has allowed me to connect with various nonprofit organizations, industry leaders, and academia, which has helped build a world-class community with a strong understanding of STEAM.

Although I was not directly part of the CSO program, I played a crucial role as a systems administrator during the event. My responsibilities included web development and IT support, ensuring that the event ran smoothly and participants had access to the necessary resources. This involvement allowed me to work closely with CSOs, advisors, and industry mentors, further strengthening my passion for technology and STEAM education.

My commitment to promoting STEAM education extends beyond my involvement with the SciTech Institute and the CSO program. I was also part of a startup initiative focused on creating a STEAM after-school program for middle school students. Although the program did not get off the ground, this experience provided me with valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with launching educational programs for young students.

Being part of this startup allowed me to explore innovative ways to engage middle school students in STEAM education and further refine my skills in program development, project management, and collaboration with like-minded individuals. Despite the program not materializing, the lessons I learned and the connections I made have contributed to my personal and professional growth in the STEAM field.

As I continue to pursue my academic and professional goals, I remain dedicated to promoting STEAM awareness and fostering a culture of curiosity, innovation, and collaboration. I am eager to apply the knowledge and experiences gained from my involvement with the SciTech Institute, the CSO program, and the STEAM after-school program initiative to make a lasting impact in the world of technology and STEAM education.

These experiences with both the SciTech Institute and the CSO program have been integral to my passion for technology and STEAM education. They have allowed me to make a tangible impact on my community while inspiring the next generation of global leaders in the STEAM fields. As I continue to pursue my academic and professional goals, I remain committed to promoting STEAM awareness and fostering a culture of curiosity, innovation, and collaboration.

My academic accomplishments unlocked new doors, allowing me to continue applying my technology skills in various capacities. I mentored robotics teams at Coronado High School, pursued freelance web design projects, and even served as a Systems administrator for my alma mater. Each experience solidified my passion for technology and fueled my resolve to further my education at the University of Advancing Technology.

Since enrolling at UAT, I've had the privilege of participating in the National Cyber League Competition, both individually and as a member of a team. My consistent high rankings in these competitions stand as a testament to my dedication, skill, and potential in the field of network security.

Despite my rigorous academic schedule, I make it a point to maintain a healthy work-life balance. When I'm not immersed in my studies or engaging in extracurricular activities, I unwind by indulging in my hobbies of vehicle repair, 3D printing, and gaming. I also cherish the time spent with my family and friends, who have provided unwavering support throughout my journey.

My story is one of resilience, determination, and a boundless passion for technology. As I forge ahead in my academic and professional pursuits, I remain committed to pushing the boundaries of my capabilities, learning from every experience, and using my skills to create a positive impact on the world around me.

My Life

Simple Spyro cosplay for Phoenix Fan Fusion

2000 Ford Mustang GT I have been building with my dad for 10 years

Trip to Canada Side of Niagara Falls, what a view

Relaxing with my boy Zeus

Camping Time with the family

Family day at Odysea Aquarium

HSE Graduation at Arizona Center For Youth Resources

Spending day in the Sun listening to the waves at Bartlett Lake

Waiting for the King to open the gates to Arizona Renaissance Festival


Cyber Secruity Intern

Grab The Axe LLC

​January 2023 - Present

Contracted Web Developer

PerfOpt Technologies
  • Created and maintained custom WordPress websites for subsidiaries of PerfOpt
  • Designated for company logo vector creation in Adobe Illustrator 
  • Created Advertising Documentation, Brochures and Signage for print with Adobe InDesign
​March 2018 - June 2018

Website Backend Data Entry

SciTech Institute
  • Researched thousands of local Arizona STEM education related events for the purpose of displaying in the SciTech Institute online event calendar
  • Preformed STEM event data input through a WordPress panel
​​November 2016 - June 2018

Systems and Web site Administration

Chief Science Officers
  • Maintained and updated the Chief Science Officers website through a WordPress panel
  • Created custom HTML webpages
  • Created and reviewed online form submission with a custom API export to Google Sheets
  • Created and updated the online portfolios of hundreds of students attending the program from around the world
  • Performed on-site IT support duties in office and at remote institute events
  • Formatted and Maintained 50 HP laptop computers with a Linux OS
  • Maintained the Administration panel for the programs Canvas Learning Management System
​November 2016 - June 2018


Google IT Support Professional Certificate

​The Google IT Support Professional Certificate introduces learners to troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security. This certificate is for beginners - no prior experience is required.




University of Advancing Technology

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Field of Study: Network Security
May 2020 - May 2023

​Offered by a technology college, UAT’s Network Security Bachelor of Science is a cyber security degree that prepares students to take on the ever evolving world of online theft and corruption of information. UAT's cyber security degree combines essential and best of class elements of software and network programming and network security analysis. This leading edge cyber security degree is designed around the contemporary skills and advanced industry-standard tools associated with security for information network technology initiatives. UAT is designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education by the US National Security Agency, UAT offers an ethical hacking degree that’s highly recognized by industry and government entities alike.

Arizona Center for Youth Resources

High school equivalency
Graduation: December 2019

The most important experience and biggest risk that I have taken so far in my life was having the courage to get my High School Equivalency Diploma. For most people this may not seem like a major feat to undertake, but for me it meant everything. Throughout my high school career, I was plagued with stomach health problems that required me to spend many days out of school. Eventually, my health caused me to fall behind in my school work, and resulted in my choice to remove myself from Coronado High School. After getting my health back on track, I spent the next few years doing freelance Web Design and mentoring Coronado’s Robotics Team.Throughout all this time, I have always had an urge to continue my academic path. The biggest obstacle that stood in my way was my own self. After so many years of being out of school, I was weighed down with anxiety and self doubt about whether or not I could complete my life goals. Thanks to the encouragement of family, friends and especially my High School CTE teacher, I was able to push past my own limits and successfully passed my High School Equivalency testing. I graduated with the highest test scores in my class. Now that the pressure has subsided, I can now look forward to my future achievements starting with my college career


Extracurricular Activities

National Cyber League Competition Team root@uat-cyber:~#

University of Advancing Technology
Fall 2020 Team Game
National Rank: 159 / 957
Fall 2021 Team Game
National Rank: 88 / 3910
Spring 2022 Team Game
National Rank: 157 / 3658
Fall 2022 Team Game
National Rank: 142 / 3926

National Cyber League Competition Individual

University of Advancing Technology
Fall 2020 Individual Game
National Rank: 234 / 6070
Spring 2021 Individual Game
National Rank: 423 / 5794
Fall 2021 Individual Game
National Rank: 161 / 6480
Spring 2022 Individual Game
National Rank: 119 / 6010
Fall 2022 Individual Game
National Rank: 145 / 6675