Layton earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering at Lyle. He was a graduate research assistant at the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, investigating hardware Trojan placement and mitigation strategies, which involves circuit design, testing and hardware security. He was also a teaching assistant (TA) for Intro to Engineering Design class for first-year students.
Layton chose to concentrate his studies in Computer Engineering because he was interested in understanding how information is processed and what goes into the hardware that makes computing possible. While at SMU, he held several summer internships, including those at Los Alamos National Lab, working on high-performance computing; at Intel Corp., focusing on embedded algorithms and; at Texas Instruments researching integrated circuit testing methods. He was also involved in many student clubs, including Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society.
Layton’s research for his master’s thesis, titled “Pre-Synthesis Threat Analysis of Hardware Designs,” was funded by Amida Technology Solutions, an open-source software company that focuses on cybersecurity, health information technology and open data. He now works full time at Amida, continuing his research in this area.