Frank Y. Wang


I am currently the lead security engineer at Headway. Before this, I was the first security engineer at dbt Labs. In the past, I dabbled in venture capital at Dell Technologies Capital and academia.

I regularly write about my thoughts on security in my Substack newsletter, Frankly Speaking.

This website is from an old life where I did academia for a living. However, I still write about cool technical ideas and occasionally publish papers. To keep up with what’s happening in my life, you can also follow me on Twitter.

I received my PhD from MIT focused on security and cryptography. I was in the PDOS group, advised by Nickolai Zeldovich and James Mickens. Some of my other close collaborators were Vinod Vaikuntanathan, Shafi Goldwasser, and Matei Zaharia. Before MIT, I received my B.S. in computer science from Stanford, advised by Dan Boneh.

During my PhD, to bridge the gap between academia and industry, I co-founded Cybersecurity Factory with Jean Yang, a summer program for early stage cybersecurity startups. I also hung out with people from Rough Draft Ventures.