James started mining Bitcoin in 2013 and was captured by the prospect of a trustless, permissionless financial system. Since starting at the DCI two years ago, James has been working primarily on Cryptokernel; a distributed ledger development toolkit as well as Lightning Network related projects. James works on the Digital Fiat Currency project, aiming to use Cryptokernel to demonstrate a workable fiat currency design based on distributed ledger technology. James is also the lead developer of Vertcoin, which he has been lead developer of since late 2014.
Jeremy B. Ney | Graduate Researcher
Fredric became interested in and started building blockchain applications in 2017. Starting in 2018, Fredric has been working on Discreet Log Contracts. More specifically, he is building off-chain solutions for Bitcoin Future Contract trading, as a means of mitigating the risk associated with Bitcoin's volatility.
Luke Horgan | Co-op - Undergraduate Researcher
Luke is a Northeastern University undergrad with a penchant for strange things that seem useful and interesting. He spent several years as a research assistant at Northeastern’s Lazer Lab, where he assisted in the development of the social psychology platform Volunteer Science (volunteerscience.com). He was new to the crypto sphere before joining the DCI, but has since come to see that it unequivocally checks all the “penchant” boxes. His primary role is to further the development of Cryptokernel, an open source blockchain toolkit. He looks forward to exploring the crypto arena and, hopefully, making his mark there.
Trey Del Bonis | Co-op - Lit Developer
Trey is an undergraduate student at Northeastern University studying computer science that joined the DCI in 2018. He is primarily working on extending and refactoring the Lit Lightning Network implementation with new features under Tadge and also renovated the Bitcoin vending machine in the Media Lab to accept payments though Lit. His goal at the DCI is to build "cool Bitcoin stuff" in new and creative ways. He also loves programming in Rust. Outside of technology, he is a proud Rhode Islander and a lifelong snowboarder.
Nabeel Younis | Co-op - Junior Software Developer
Currently a senior at Boston University studying Computer Engineering with a focus on algorithms and distributed networks. At mit-dci Nabeel developed zkSigma, a stand-alone cryptographic library for generating non-interactive zero knowledge proofs of knowledge (NIZKs). In his spare time he enjoys video games and reading about current events in the Middle East.
Amanda Horne | Undergraduate Researcher
Amanda is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She joined DCI in Spring 2018, as part of the Cryptokernel development team. She has a passion for cryptocurrency and cybersecurity, and works on the security and stability of the Cryptokernel application. Amanda hopes to pursue a Master’s in Computer Systems at MIT after her Bachelors, ultimately leading up to a career in Cybersecurity. In addition to academics and her work in DCI, Amanda is a Tour Guide for MIT Admissions, currently serves as the Alumnae Engagement Director for her sorority, and enjoys skiing, seeing broadway musicals, and traveling for fun in her spare time.