Get to Know TNS Instructor Heather Eacmen

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Teaching the TNS Hardware Hacking Workshop is just part of Heather Eacmen’s varied technical pursuits and interests.

Heather hails from New Mexico, where she attended the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (aka New Mexico Tech). There, she earned a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Computer Science.

As undergraduate, Heather was a recipient of the “CyberCorps Scholarship For Service” scholarship program that promoted the study of cybersecurity, and required 2 years of federal service upon completion of studies. Towards the end of her undergraduate classes, she distributed her resume within the federal space and attended a CyberCorps career fair, which stoked her desire to work for the Department of Defense.

Soon after graduation, she began her professional career with the NSA and took part in an internal rotation program to further expanded her cyber knowledge.

After leaving the NSA, Heather joined TNS to teach and develop curriculum. Her initial efforts included developing the Hardware Hacking Workshop with Craig Heffner, where she applied lessons learned in the areas of code development, tool development, knowledge of unit testing, and vulnerability analysis that fostered core elements in the current class.

Heather enjoys the challenges of the Hardware Hacking Workshop and teaching students how to handle situations when they go wrong. Her style includes presenting information in digestible, relatable pieces, which supports a variety of learners. Over the years, she’s worked with hundreds of students who are proactively building more secure embedded firmware.

In her free time, Heather enjoys playing the piano and playing Mario Kart and Tetris! She also loves robotics.

But wait, there’s more…Get to Know TNS Instructor Craig Heffner and Get to Know TNS Instructor Steve Sem.

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