Terrence Lim

Terrence Lim

PhD Student
Office: GS 725
Interests: Compilers, Database, and Programming Languages
Advisor: Dr. Saumya Debray


I’m a PhD student in the University of Arizona’s department of Computer Science, advised by Dr. Saumya Debray. Before joining the University of Arizona, I received Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from California State University, Chico. My research interests lie in Compilers, Database, and Programming Languages. Before I came to the U.S. for the higher education, I used to work at one of the trading companies in Thailand as a marketing assistant manager mainly focused in the international trading for 2 years.

​​​​​Research Interests

My research interests are in Compilers, Database, and Programming Languages. Currently, I’m working on analyzing the vulnerabilities in JIT compilers.

What long-term project do you want to work on?

I have not come up with anything specific project by myself to work on long-term yet. However, the research that I am currently working on about the JIT compiler vulnerabilities provides me a lot opportunities to gain variety of new knowledges, so I would like to be part of the team and carry on it.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I’m a person who believes there’s no limit or cap in knowledge that I always find something I do not know and have learn them even if they are very basics for others. However, learning a new theories and skills is very enjoyable. There are, of course, stresses follows, but they are part of self-improvement for better me, so I tend to enjoy moderate level of stress from doing study, research, and learn entirely new things.

What are your career goals?

I would like to work in academia as well as continuing research.

​​​​Tell us something interesting about yourself!

I was born in South Korea, but grew up in Thailand for 12 years. There I went to British International school for my primary and secondary school. Then, I came to the U.S. 5 years ago. So, I can speak Korean, English, and a little bit of Thai. However, because I’ve been living in multiple different countries and went to British school, I have somewhat a weird mixed accents of all.