Azza Abouzied

NYU Abu Dhabi

Azza Abouzied’s research work focuses on designing intuitive data querying tools. Today's technologies are helping people collect and produce data at phenomenal rates. Despite the abundance of data, it remains largely inaccessible due to the skill required to explore, query and analyze it in a non-trivial fashion. While many users know exactly what they are looking for, they have trouble expressing sophisticated queries in interfaces that require knowledge of a programming language or a query language. Azza designs novel interfaces, such as example-driven query tools, that simplify data querying and analysis. Her research work combines techniques from various research fields such as UI-design, machine learning and databases. Azza Abouzied received her doctoral degree from Yale in 2013. She spent a year as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. She is also one of the co-founders of Hadapt--a Big Data analytics platform.


Mustaque Ahamad

NYU Abu Dhabi

Dr. Ahamad's research interest focuses on the operating systems and middleware support that is essential for enabling emerging applications in wide-area distributed computing systems. Currently, he directs projects that focus on two specific problems in such environments: scalability and security. Scalable distributed services will be needed for supporting complex and information rich applications that will allow widely distributed users to interact with each other in real-time.

Dr. Ahamad's work is exploring implementations of distributed services that scale along many different dimensions. For example, by making aggressive use of caching and replication, a service can not only accommodate a larger number of clients having different needs but by developing flexible and adaptive consistency models and protocols for shared state, response time can be tailored based on available resources and application requirements. A distributed object caching framework that provides such resource usage vs. consistency tradeoffs has been integrated with the BBN QuO middleware.


Justin Cappos

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Justin Cappos is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at New York University. Justin's research philosophyfocuses on improving real world systems, often by addressing issues that arise in practical deployments.

Our research targets real world problems and deploys solutions to these problems in practice. Our goal is to solve problems that make a difference in people's lives.

We tend to focus on security, operating systems, software engineering, networking, virtualization, and software update systems.


Jay Chen

NYU Abu Dhabi

Jay Chen is an assistant professor at NYU Abu Dhabi and runs the Design Technology Lab. His research is in the area of information and communication technologies for development (ICTD), a rich seam at the intersection of technical systems and social systems. His security-related projects focus on usable security and network security.




Phyllis Frankl

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Phyllis Frankl is a Professor in the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s Computer Science and Engineering Department. Her research interests include software testing, program analysis, application security, and privacy. She and her students have developed techniques for analyzing and testing database application programs, preventing cross-site scripting and SQL injection attacks, and analyzing mobile applications’ access and use of sensitive data. Prof. Frankl has a BA in mathematics and Physics from Brandeis University, and MA in math from Columbia, and an MS and PhD from NYU Courant Institute. Her research has been funded by numerous NSF grants, as well as grants from the industry.


Nick Freris

NYU Abu Dhabi

Nick Freris joined NYUAD as an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2014. He received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece in 2005 and the M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the M.S. degree in Mathematics, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, 2008, and 2010, respectively.

His research lies in cyberphysical systems. In particular:

  • Distributed algorithms for estimation, optimization and control
  • Wireless sensor networks; clock synchronization, network resource allocation, video streaming
  • System theory, control & optimization
  • Big data: data mining/machine learning algorithms with provable guarantees
  • Signal processing: sparse sampling and online algortihms

Dr. Freris has published in several top-tier journals and conferences on Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, held by IEEE, ACM and SIAM. His research was recognized with two IBM invention achievement awards, a Vodafone fellowship and the Gerondelis foundation award.Previously, Dr. Freris was a senior researcher in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where he was the project manager of a long-standing collaboration with Qualcomm, San Diego, conducting research on sparse sampling and wireless sensor networks, as well as supervising several M.S. and Ph.D. students. From 2010-2012, he was a postdoctoral researcher in IBM Research – Zurich, Switzerland, where he was involved in a 5-year ERC project on Big Data, as well as the IBM Operations Research Group. During his graduate years, he also worked as an intern in Deutsche Telekom and Xerox Research labs. Dr. Freris is a member of IEEE, SIAM and ACM.


Siddharth Garg

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Siddharth Garg received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Enginerring from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He joined NYU in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor, and prior to that, was an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo from 2010-2014. His general research interests are in computer engineering, and more particularly in secure, reliable and energy-efficient computing.

For his research, Siddharth has received best paper awards at the USENIX Security Symposium 2013 and at the International Symposium on Quality in Electronic Design in 2009. Siddharth also received the Angel G. Jordan Award from ECE department of Carnegie Mellon University for outstanding thesis contributions and service to the community. He serves on the technical program committee of several top conferences including the Design Automation Conference (DAC) and the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD).


Zachary K. Goldman

NYU School of Law

Zachary K. Goldman is the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. Zachary returned to NYU in 2012 after having served for several years in the U.S. government.  He first served as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he was the subject matter expert on terrorist financing in the Arabian Peninsula, and worked on the development of Iran sanctions policy.  He then served at the U.S. Department of Defense as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In the private sector, Zachary worked as an Associate in the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.  He has published articles on national security strategy, financial sanctions, counterterrorism, and U.S. foreign policy in outlets such as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Cold War History, The Atlantic, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and others. Zachary is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, his Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and his B.A. from Harvard University.


Ramesh Karri

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ramesh Karri is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. His research interests include trustworthy hardware (integrated circuits to processor architectures); High assurance nanoscale integrated circuits, architectures, and systems; VLSI Design and Test; Interaction between security and reliability.

He has over 150 journal and conference publications. He has written two invited articles in IEEE Computer on Trustworthy Hardware, an invited article on Digital Logic Design using Memristors in Proceedings of IEEE and an Invited article in IEEE Computer on Reliable Nanoscale Systems. 

He is the recipient of the Humboldt Fellowship and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He is the area director for cyber security of the NY State Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technologies at NYU School of Engineering; co-founder of the Trust-Hub ( and organizes the annual red team blue team event at NYU, the Embedded Systems Security Challenge (


Michail Maniatakos

NYU Abu Dhabi

Michail Maniatakos’s scholarly interests span from abstract computer science to hardware manufacturing. Maniatakos has published in several key research areas, such as computer architecture, design and test, microprocessor reliability, and hardware security. He has received the IEEE TTTC Gerald W. Gordon Award for exceptional service to the community, and won the Embedded System Challenge at CSAW VIII and CSAW X, in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Maniatakos directs the Modern Microprocessor Architectures Lab (MoMAlab) at NYUAD and his research focuses on homomorphically encrypted general-purpose computation, hardware security, industrial control system security and heterogeneous microprocessor architectures. In 2014, he received a $400,000 grant from Consolidated Edison, New York, for research on smart-grid cybersecurity. Maniatakos received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Piraeus, Greece and his M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.


Nasir Memon

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Nasir Memon is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) laboratory at the NYU School of Engineering. His research interests include digital forensics, data compression, and information security.  Memon earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mathematics from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India in 1981. He received a Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska in 1989 and 1992, respectively.

He has won several awards including  several best paper awards and the Jacobs Excellence in Education Award from the School of Engineering. He has been on the editorial board of several journals including the editor-in-chief IEEE Transactions on Information Security and Forensics. He is an IEEE and an SPIE fellow. 


Helen Nissenbaum

NYU Steinhardt

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her work spans social, ethical, and political dimensions of information technology and digital media. She has written and edited seven books, including Values at Play in Digital Games, with Mary Flanagan (MIT Press, 2014), and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford University Press, 2010) and her research publications have appeared in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science. The National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator have supported her work on privacy, trust online, and security, as well as several studies of values embodied in computer system design, search engines, digital games, facial recognition technology, and health information systems. 

Nissenbaum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Before joining the faculty at NYU, she served as Associate Director of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University. 


Samuel J. Rascoff

NYU School of Law

Samuel J. Rascoff is the Faculty Director of The Center on Law and Security and an Associate Professor at NYU School of Law.  Named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009, Rascoff came to the Law School from the New York City Police Department, where, as director of intelligence analysis, he created and led a team responsible for assessing the terrorist threat to the city. A graduate of Harvard summa cum laude, Oxford with first class honors, and Yale Law School, Rascoff previously served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was also a special assistant with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  Rascoff’s recent publications include “Establishing Official Islam? The Law and Strategy of Counter-Radicalization” (Stanford Law Review); Domesticating Intelligence” (Southern California Law Review) and “The Law of Homegrown (Counter-) Terrorism” (Texas Law Review).


Keith Ross

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Keith Ross is the Leonard J. Shustek Chair Professor in Computer Science at the NYU School of Engineering  Before joining NYU in 2003, he was a professor at University of Pennsylvania (13 years) and a professor at Eurecom Institute (5 years). 

Professor Ross has worked in security and privacy, peer-to-peer networking, Internet measurement, video streaming, multi-service loss networks, content distribution networks, queuing theory, and Markov decision processes. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, recipient of the Infocom 2009 Best Paper Award (1,435 papers submitted), and recipient of  2008 and the 2011 Best Paper Awards for Multimedia Communications (awarded by IEEE Communications Society).  His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Bloomberg Television, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Ars Technia, and the New Scientist.

Professor Ross is co-author (with James F. Kurose) of the popular textbook, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, published by Addison-Wesley (first edition in 2000, sixth edition 2012). It is the most popular textbook on computer networking, both nationally and internationally, and has been translated into fourteen languages. Excluding introductory programming textbooks, it is the fifth most popular CS textbook overall. Professor Ross is also the author of the research monograph, Multiservice Loss Models for Broadband Communication Networks, published by Springer in 1995.


Davood Shahrjerdi

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Davood Shahrjerdi received his Ph.D. in solid-state electronics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Subsequently, he joined IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a Research Staff Member. He joined the faculty of the New York University in 2014 where he is currently an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a faculty scientist at the NYU Wireless Research Center.

Professor Shahrjerdi’s research focuses on the study of new electronic materials, device structures and circuits- often at extreme nanoscale limits- for nascent technological applications ranging from energy harvesting to biosensing to next generation logic switches. His work has been featured in various journals and conferences including applied physics letters, advanced energy materials, and IEEE electron device meeting. He is the author and co-author of over 100 journal and conference papers. Additionally, he holds over 100 pending and issued patents. He is also the recipient of several prestigious recognitions and awards including IBM Master Inventor (2013), journal of electronic materials best paper award (2013), IBM Research Division award (2012), and IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement award (2012).


Ozgur Sinanoglu

NYU Abu Dhabi

Ozgur Sinanoglu is an electrical and computer engineer. He obtained B.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and in Computer Engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He worked for two years at Qualcomm in San Diego as a senior Design-for-Testability engineer, primarily responsible for developing cost-effective test solutions for low-power SOCs. After a 4-year academic experience at Kuwait University, he has joined in Fall 2010 New York University in Abu Dhabi. He is the director of the Design-for-Excellence (DfX) Lab at NYUAD. His primary field of research is the reliability and security of integrated VLSI circuits, mostly focusing on design-for-testability and design-for-trust. He has more than 100 conference and journal papers in addition to 15 issued and pending patents and has given more than 10 tutorials at conferences. He is the recipient of two consecutive IBM PhD Fellowship awards in 2001 and 2002, Best PhD Dissertation Award at the CSE Department of UC San Diego, Best Paper Award of IEEE VLSI Test Symposium 2011 and co-authored a paper that received the Best Student Paper Award of ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security 2013. His research is being funded by three major grants from the US National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation and Advanced Technology Investment Company (UAE).


Lakshminarayanan Subramanian

NYU Courant

Lakshminarayanan Subramanian is an Associate Professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. His research interests are in the areas of networked systems, computing for development (ICTD) and big data analytics. He co-leads the Center for Technology and Economic Development and is a member of the NYU Systems group. He is affiliated with the Center for Data Science, Global Institute of Public Health and NYU WIRELESS.


Hamidou Tembine

NYU Abu Dhabi

Hamidou Tembine  is an assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering  at New York University Abu Dhabi  since 2014. His main research interests are game theory and learning. In 2014, Tembine received the IEEE ComSoc Outstanding Young Researcher Award for his promising research activities for the benefit of the society. He was the recipient of 5 best paper awards in the applications of game theory. Tembine is a prolific researcher and holds several scientific publications including magazines, letters, journals and conferences. He is author of the book on “distributed strategic learning for engineers “ (published at CRC Press, Taylor & Francis 2012) which received the book award 2014 in the category of science and engineering, and co-author of the book “Game Theory and Learning in Wireless Networks” (Elsevier Academic Press). Tembine has been co-organizer of several scientific meetings on game theory in networking, wireless communications and smart energy systems.   He is a senior member of IEEE.

Tembine graduated in applied mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) in 2006 and received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from INRIA and University of Avignon in 2009. He was previously a faculty member  at Ecole Superieure d'Electricite, France.


Quanyan Zhu

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Laboratory for Agile and Resilient Complex Systems (LARX) focuses on developing scientific foundations for security. Our research goals are discovering new laws and principles in cybersecurity, developing a multidisciplinary approach to advance the frontiers of fundamental security research, and creating a scientific foundation for designing security through built-in agility and resilience. Toward this end, we focus on the following research topics: Cyber agility and moving target defense, security, resilience and robustness of cyber-physical systems (robots, unmanned vehicles, smart homes), interdependent security of critical infrastructure (smart grid, transportation, buildings, water), and economics of security and privacy.


Rae Zimmerman

NYU Wagner

Rae Zimmerman is Professor of Planning and Public Administration at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and since 1998, Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS), a center, initially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for collaborative and interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach on infrastructure services. In 2011-2013 she directed Wagner’s Urban Planning Program for the fifth time.

Her teaching and research encompasses environmental quality, environmental health risk management, and urban infrastructure in the context of the quality of life in cities. Some specific areas of focus of her research include social and environmental performance measures for the resiliency of urban infrastructure services in the face of extreme events of both natural and human origins. Her work on these and other topics covers security and global climate change; the ability of institutions to cope with these stresses; public attitudes toward environmental protection; social and economic characteristics of communities facing environmental stresses; and social justice. Her research also has addressed risk communication in the context of unanticipated events. She has developed and teaches courses in areas that encompass her research, for example, on how cities adapt to innovations in energy, transportation and water; environmental impact assessment; environmental planning; and emergency planning. Professor Zimmerman has directed research projects with federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (through three universities-NYU, the University of Southern California, and Dartmouth College), and various state and local agencies. Professor Zimmerman works closely with NYU-Poly on research and educational programs connected with cyber threats to physical infrastructures.

She is the author of Transport, the Environment and Security (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012) and Governmental Management of Chemical Risk (Lewis/CRC).


Rajesh De

NYU School of Law

Rajesh De is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, focusing on cyber governance. Raj is also a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and leads the firm’s global Privacy & Security practice. Most recently, Raj served as General Counsel for the United States National Security Agency (NSA). Prior to his service at the NSA, Raj served in the White House as Staff Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States. Raj started his career at DOJ, where he was a trial lawyer in the Antitrust Division under the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Raj has also had significant congressional experience over the course of his career. He served as Counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”) and afterwards as Counsel to a special bipartisan staff of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Earlier in his career, Raj clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California. Raj graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Judith H. Germano

NYU School of Law

Judith H. Germano is a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, focusing on cutting-edge cybersecurity and privacy issues and leading the Center on Law & Security’s cybersecurity task force of corporate executives and senior government officials.  Judith also is the founding member of GermanoLawLLC, advising Fortune 50 and other companies, entities and individuals, on privacy, cybersecurity, securities fraud and other complex white-collar criminal and regulatory-compliance matters.  She has counseled organizations on matters of corporate governance, internal investigations, and crisis management. Judith previously was Chief of Economic Crimes at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.  A federal prosecutor for 11 years, Judith supervised and prosecuted complex criminal cases of national and international impact, involving cybercrime, securities and other financial fraud, corruption and national security.  Judith also worked at Shearman & Sterling, and served as a law clerk to federal judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.  Judith received her J.D. degree, with honors and a full academic scholarship, from St. John’s University School of Law, and received her B.S. degree from Cornell University. Judith lectures nationally and internationally on issues related to cybersecurity, privacy, financial fraud, private and public-sector corruption (including FCPA), ethics, and national security.

Randal Milch

NYU School of Law

Randal Milch ’85 is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, focusing on cyber governance. He was most recently executive vice president and strategic policy adviser to Verizon’s chairman and CEO.  He served as the company’s general counsel from 2008 to 2014, and before that was general counsel of several business divisions within Verizon.  Earlier in his career, Milch was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine.  He clerked for Clement F. Haynsworth Jr., chief judge emeritus of the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


Tzipora Halevi

INSPIRE member

Tzipora Halevi is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Tzipora received her Ph.D. from NYU-Poly , her M.Sc. from Northeastern University in Boston and a Bs.C. from the Technion, Israel in Electrical Engineering. Prior to her Ph.D., Tzipora worked in the industry for a few years, developing medical imaging systems for the medical and dental markets.


Jerry Backer

INSPIRE member

Research Interests
Design for Security and Testability of systems-on-chip (SoCs)
Counterfeit hardware
Power-efficient micro-architecture design


Eric Chang

INSPIRE member







Ratan Kumer Dey

INSPIRE member

I am a Ph.D student at New York University - Polytechnic School of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. My research advisor is Prof. Keith W. Ross. I received my B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
My research focus is in the areas of Privacy, Social Networks, and Networking Measurement. My interest is in Security & Privacy, Protecting Online Privacy, Social Search & Mining, Internet Measurement, Programming, Big Data, and Machine Learning.


Jessica Feldman

INSPIRE member






Russell Ford

INSPIRE member


Kevin Gallagher

INSPIRE member

Kevin Gallagher received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from CUNY's Hunter College in January 2014. Since then he has done development work for CUNY's Central Office and performed research at the CUNY Graduate Center in bibliometrics and social networks. Kevin is currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Science at The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.


Jessica Jaquez

INSPIRE member


Zubin Jelveh

INSPIRE member

I’m a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering. My advisers are Keith W. Ross and Anindya Ghose.  I’m also a Doctoral Fellow at the New York City site of University of Chicago’s Crime Lab.

My area of focus is computational social science. Specifically, I build and study predictive models of human behavior in the domains of academic publishing, criminal justice, and online commerce. Additionally, I study the, sometimes unintended, consequences of these predictive algorithms.


Mike Karlesky

INSPIRE member

While my business card lists my title as Misfit of Computer Science, officially I am a Ph.D. candidate studying Human Computer Interaction.Katherine Isbister is my advisor.

I became fascinated with the human element of computing during my twelve years in the computer engineering and contract software world where I worked on everything from weather balloons to smart rear view mirrors. A lifelong love of theme parks and miniature golf courses led me—naturally—to a particular interest in the interrelation of technology and play.

My work at Poly has centered on embodied interaction with applications in peripheral interaction and security research.


Jay Koven

INSPIRE member

I am a third year PhD Candidate working with the cyber security and privacy group.  My interest is in Text Data Forensics and I am currently working on discovery and investigative techniques for large email datasets.

I recieved my BS in Computer Science from Worster Polytechnic Institute and my MS in Computure Science from Iona College.  I also spent half of my undergraduate time at UC Berkeley and completed most of the Computer Science degree requirements there.


Josh Lerner

INSPIRE member


Arthur Meacham

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Tehila Minkus

INSPIRE member

I am a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering advised by Professor Keith W. Ross. I research online privacy and usable security. I'm interested in why people are concerned about privacy, how we can create tools that meet these concerns, and factors that cause people to lose privacy online.



Dennis Mirante

INSPIRE member


Jeffrey Pawlick

INSPIRE member

Jeffrey M. Pawlick studies cybersecurity and privacy from an interdisciplinary approach that includes dynamic systems, game theory, economics, and neural science. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY), and is an MS/PhD student at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering. From Saratoga Springs, NY, he also enjoys hiking and skiing in the Adirondack Mountains and complicated board games.


Jeyavijayan (JV) Rajendran

Jeyavijayan (JV) Rajendran is a PhD Candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at New York University. His research interests include hardware security and emerging technologies. 
He has won three Student Paper Awards (ACM CCS 2013, IEEE DFTS 2013, IEEE VLSI Design 2012); four ACM Student Research Competition Awards (DAC 2012, ICCAD 2013, DAC 2014, and the Grand Finals 2013); Service Recognition Award from Intel; Third place at Kaspersky American Cup, 2011; and Myron M. Rosenthal Award for Best Academic Performance in M.S. from NYU, 2011. He organizes the annual Embedded Security Challenge, a red-team/blue-team hardware security competition. He is a student member of IEEE and ACM. 


Samah Saeed

Samah Mohamed Ahmed Saeed  is a PhD Candidate in the Computer Science department of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. She got her B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Computer Science Department of Kuwait University by graduating at the top of her classes in 2008 and 2010, respectively. During her studies, she worked as a teaching and research assistant Kuwait University at the same time. Upon receiving her M.S. degree in 2010, she worked as an instructor in Department of Information Technology and Computing, Arab Open University, Kuwait.  Since Fall 2011, she has been a PhD student in the Computer Science Department of NYU-Poly. Her primary field of research is Computer-Aided Design of VLSI Circuits, specifically Design-for-Testability, and hardware security. 


Sarah Smith

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Matt Tierney

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Luqin Wang

INSPIRE member