1. your name: Saroch Panichsakul

2. the intended topic area for your PhD: Networking, esp. Wireless Sensor Network and Network security

3. most important reason for you personally to get a PhD: To satisfy my personal needs

4. name three computer scientist which YOU consider most important for the field and what you consider their contribution
4.1. Bjarne Stroustrup - without this guy, we wouldn't have C++ and tons of very useful applications
4.2. Alan Turing - who cracked the Enigma machine?
4.3. John von Neumann - a father of game theory and von Neumann architecture

5. name the three most important, professionally relevant books which you have read
5.1. TCP/IP Illustrated Volume 1 - W. Richard Stevens
5.2. Unix Network Programming - W. Richard Stevens
5.3. Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach - Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig

6. assuming you will collaborate with researchers and explore ideas outside of CS during your PhD studies which domains are the most likely candidates for this effort
6.1. Biomedical Engineering
6.2. Economy
6.3. Finance

7. briefly characterize your own digital literacy:
7.1. which programming language do you know (mention them in an order of decreasing familiarity): C, Tcl, Java, C++, Python

7.2. describe the top three projects (problem, programming language used, for what) which you have done in the past
a. Building a unidirectional link testbed, Tcl, for testing a unidirectional feature for UDLD test plan when I did an internship at Cisco Systems
b. Developing a blood pressure reducing machine, C for microcontroller, for my undergraduate electrical engineering senior project
c. SensorFlock, C for OPNET Modeler, for my current project with Prof. Richard Han

7.3. which are the top three applications that you are familiar with (e.g. Photoshop, Canvas, Dreamweaver, iMovie, .)?
a. Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird
b. VI
c. IXIA Traffic Generator

8. List your three favorite topics that you would like to see discussed in this course!
8.1. network security
8.2. what point should we as a PhD student stand on in the next 3, 5 and 10 years
8.3. what are opportunities that PhD has more than anyone else