Students

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Adib Nahiyan

Adib Nahiyan is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Tehranipoor at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. His current projects include DSeRC: Design Security Rule Check, and FORTIS: A Comprehensive Solution for Establishing Forward Trust in SoC Design Flow. In his spare time, he likes swimming, listening to music, watching movies and books, and sleeping.
Research Interests: Hardware Security and Trust.
Email: adib1991@ufl.edu

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Andrew Stern

Andrew Stern is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Tehranipoor at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree from University of Rochester. His current project is MURI: Nanoscale hardware security with a personal focus on anti-tampering and anti-probing techniques. His hobbies include playing videogames, tennis, squash, listening to music, watching financial market trends, and eating different types of cuisine.
Research Interests: Finding solutions to hardware security problems utilizing novel nanoelectronic devices and physical properties. Exploring (and protecting from) information leakage through side-channels using different frequencies of EM radiation. Applied photonics and electro-optical systems.
Email: andrew.stern@ufl.edu

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Atul Prasad Deb Nath

Atul is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia at the University of Florida. He got his MS from University of Toledo, and BS from Khulna University of Science & Technology. His current projects include FPGA security, Trust in Co-Robotic System as well as Limit on Entropy. In his spare time, he likes traveling, camping, watching movies, and listening to music.
Research Interests:Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber-Physical Systems, Reconfigurable Computing.
Email:
atulprasad@ufl.edu

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Bicky Shakya

Bicky Shakya is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Forte at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree from Trinity College, Hartford in 2014. His current projects include Hardware protection through obfuscation and Emerging devices for hardware security applications. His hobbies include playing guitar, watching football, listening to music, and cooking.
Research Interests: Hardware security and trust, emerging devices, techniques for semiconductor IP protection.
Email: bshakya@ufl.edu

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Brad Reaves

Brad Reaves is currently working with Dr. Traynor at the University of Florida. He got two MS degrees from Georgia Tech and Mississippi State University. His current projects include Developing systems for end-to-end phone call authentication and Measuring market-scale app obfuscation. His hobbies include Netflix, running, reading fiction and non-fiction.
Research Interests: Mobile security, especially Internet and telephone network security and mobile app security.
Email: reaves@ufl.edu

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Christopher Patton

Christopher Patton is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Shrimpton at the University of Florida. He got his MS and BS degrees from the University of California, Davis. His current projects include hedged public-key cryptography, enclave-enabled secure function evaluation, and anonymous communication. In his spare time he likes running, playing music, hiking/camping, and drinking coffee.
Research Interests: Cryptography, provable security, cyber security, and privacy in an era of mass surveillance.
Email: cjpatton@ufl.edu

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Christian Peeters

Christian Peeters is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree from Elizabethtown College, Elizbethtown, Pennsylvania. His current project includes Fraudulent magnetic stripe card detector and Call eavesdropping detection. His hobbies include playing music (Guitar, Drums, & Piano), collecting vinyl records, craft beer, & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Research Interests: Applications of signal processing, cyber security, embedded systems, and machine learning.
Email: cpeeters@ufl.edu

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Daniel Capecci

Daniel Capecci is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia and Dr. Oliveira at the University of Florida. He just got his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. His current projects include IoT Security and Secure RTL through security aware design. His likes soccer, guitar, mobile app development, graphic design. He was a professional soccer player.
Research Interests: Machine learning, evolutionary computation, bio-inspired security solutions.
Email: dcapecci@ufl.edu

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Fahim Rahman

Fahim Rahman is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Tehranipoor at the University of Florida. He got his MS degree from University of Connecticut, and BS degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Tech. His current project is Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: Universal Security Theory for Evaluation and Design of Nano-scale Devices and for Development of Innovative Security Primitives. His hobbies include traveling, cooking, reading books.
Research Interests: Hardware Security and Trust.
Email: fahim034@ufl.edu

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Gustavo K. Contreras

Gustavo K. Contreras is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Tehranipoor at the University of Florida. He got his MS and BS degree from University of Connecticut. His current projects include Deterministic built-in-self-test, BIST for reliability measures, Test point insertion, and Secure test methods and vulnerability analysis. His likes playing soccer, music mixing, grilling, cooking, rock climbing, and kayaking/boating.
Research Interests: SoC design, Design-for-secure-test, Hardware security, Cross-layer security, penetration testing.
Email: gustavokcm@ufl.edu

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Hadi Abdullah

Hadi Abdullah is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Traynor at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree from University of Richmond in Electrical Engineering. His is currently working on the Mobile Security project: Weak Server Side Control, Client Side Injection and Unintended Data Leakage. In his spare time, he likes watching cricket, drinking chai, self-deprecating humor, listening to music, watching movies and reading.
Research Interests: Network Security, Oat Recipes.
Email: hadi10102@ufl.edu

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Huanyu Wang

Huanyu Wang is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Tehranipoor at the University of Florida. He got his MS degree from Northwestern University in Electrical Engineering in 2015, and BS degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, in Electronic Science and Technology in 2014. His current projects include Secure RTL, and Internet of Things Monitor. In his spare time, he likes eating, cooking, listening to music, and hiking.
Research Interests: Exploring something new and interesting.
Email: huanyuwang@ufl.edu

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Imani Sherman

Imani Sherman is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under Dr. Gilbert at the University of Florida. She got her MS degree from Kentucky State University, and BS degree from University of Dayton. Her current projects include Prime III (Tally, Usability Studies) and Vsquared (Usability Study). In her spare time, she likes baking, dancing, hiking, fishing, exploring new places, and coaster
Research Interests: Educational Technologies, Usable Security, Privacy Policy, Information Security, Accessibilit
Email: shermani@ufl.edu

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Jasmine Bowers

Jasmine Bowers is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under Dr. Traynor at the University of Florida. She received her MS degree from North Carolina A&T State University and BS degree from Fort Valley State University. Her current projects include Mo(bile) Money, Mo(bile) Problems: Analysis of Branchless Banking Applications in the Developing World, and Assessment and Evaluation of Android Application Analysis Tools, and An Analysis of Traditional vs. Emerging Financial Institutions’ Privacy Policies. She enjoys scrapbooking, budget planning, roller blading, playing basketball, and serving at her local churc
Research Interests: Mobile application security, privacy and policy.
Email: jdbowers@ufl.edu

Joey

Ulbert (Joey) Botero

Joey is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Forte at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree from University of Central Florida. His current projects include Medical Biometrics and Wearable Sensor for First Responders (Integrated Emergency Device). His hobbies include Olympic Weightlifting, listening to music, watching movies and TV shows, and having a good tim
Research Interests: Wearable technology, Biomedical applications, Signal Processing, Hardware, Biometrics, Sensors, Security.
Email: jbot2016@ufl.edu

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Joseph Choi

Joseph Choi is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Butler at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree from University of Miami. His current projects include Intersection of Secure Multiparty Computation and Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX), Securing Neighbor Discovery using Trusted Platform Modules(TPM), and One-Time Programs. In his spare time, he likes powerlifting, playing the piano, and following the MC
Research Interests: Systems and Network Security, Cryptography, Android and iO
Email: choijoseph007@ufl.edu

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Kai Yang

Kai Yang is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia at the University of Florida. He got his MS degree from Beijing Institute of Technology, and BS degree from Tianjin University. His current projects include FPGA Virtualization, Finite State Machine based Obfuscation, and Energy-Efficient Adaptive Computing using Multi-functional Memory. His hobbies include watching basketball & football, listening to music, watching movies, playing piano, and fishin
Research Interests: Hardware Security, Reconfigurable Computin
Email: kyang84@ufl.edu

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Kalaivani Sundararajan

Kalaivani Sundararajan is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under Dr. Woodard at the University of Florida. She got her MS degree from Clemson University, and BS degree from Anna University. Her current projects include Authorship attribution: finding author of a text based on their language style, and Deep Learning for Identity Science. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking, painting, submitting manuscripts to Journal of Universal Rejectio
Research Interests: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Identity Scienc
Email: kalaivani.s@ufl.edu

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Logan Blue

Logan Blue is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Traynor at the University of Florida. He got his MS and BS degree from University of Florida. His current projects include Authentication of telephony calls, Using Generative models in a FTE-Encryption scheme, Data driven network study over the Shands network, and Data driven study on the security, use, and misuse of SMS. His hobbies include board games, working out, running, online games, reading, over-baked/half thought out arguments about nothing, anything to do with science(space elevators!), math, or histor
Research Interests: Mobile networks, machine learning, building secure systems, secure protocol desig
Email: bluel@ufl.edu

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Luis Vargas

Luis Vargas is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Traynor at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree Florida International University. His current projects include Characterizing the Security of the SMS Ecosystem with Public Gateways, and UF- Health Network Analysis and Threat Prediction. In his spare time. he likes doing some extreme sports such as scuba diving and mountain biking. He also likes listening to music and watching movie
Research Interests: Data Science, Medical Systems Securit
Email: lfvargas14@ufl.edu

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Mahbub Alam

Mahbub Alam is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Forte and Dr. Tehranipoor at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. His current projects include Analog and Mixed Signal Security and Counterfeit IC detection and Prevention. His hobbies include playing and watching Cricket, and travelin
Research Interests: Hardware Security, Security Primitives, Developing Tools, Internet of Things Securit
Email: mahbub.alam@ufl.edu

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Pankaj Chand

Pankaj Chand is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Butler at the University of Florida. He got his MS degree from Vanderbilt University in Computer Science in 2016. His current projects include Data Analysis of Digital Certificates and Cert-Mod: Server Extensions for Digital certificates. In his spare time, he likes listening to music, watching movies, reading books and exploring different cuisines.
Research Interests: Hardware Security and Trust, System Security and Computer Networkin
Email: pchand@ufl.edu

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Robert Karam

Robert Karam is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia at the University of Florida. He got his MS and BS degree from Case Western Reserve University. His current projects include Security for reconfigurable systems against IP Piracy, Tampering, and RE; Security through diversification for power/area constrained systems; Secure FPGA overlay for device uniquification, programmability. His hobbies include photography, playing guitar and piano, reading, baking, beer/wine tastin
Research Interests: Hardware security, reconfigurable computing, and implatable system
Email: robkaram@ufl.edu

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Ruimin Sun

Ruimin Sun is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under Dr. Oliveira at the University of Florida. She got her MS degree from University of Florida, and BS degree from Southeast University. Her current projects include Malware contingency plan with an unpredictable system and Software aging/senility analysis. In her spare time, she likes hiking, traveling, playing badminton, running, skiing, snorkeling, watching movies, and playing card game
Research Interests: System security, Software reliability, Cyber Securit
Email: gracesrm@ufl.edu

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Sarah Amir

Sarah Amir is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under Dr. Forte at the University of Florida. She got her BS degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Electrical Engineering. Her current project is FORTIS: Establishing Forward Trust for Protecting IPs and ICs in Today’s Complex Supply Chain. Her hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, and crafting(paper craft, stitching, sewing, painting, drawing, coloring etc.)
Research Interests: IC Designing, Design for Security, Tool Developmen
Email: sarah.amir@ufl.edu

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Sreeja Chowdhury

Sreeja Chowdhury is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under Dr. Forte at the University of Florida. She got her MS degree from University of Florida. Her current projects include Analog Enabled Security: Designing novel techniques to secure Analog and Mixed Signal chip, and FPGA based Physical Unclonable Functions increasing resourcefulness and reliability/ Her hobbies include listening to music vocals, watching movies, reading fiction/detective novel
Research Interests: novel Analog security designs, IOT security, novel FPGA/reconfigurable security designs, security automation.
Email: sreejachowdhury@ufl.edu

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Sumaiya Shomaji

Sumaiya Shomaji is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia and Dr. Forte at the University of Florida. She got her BS degree from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology. Her current projects include Integrated Emergency Device, and A Wearable Ultrasound Assembly for Early Detection of Cardiovascular Diseases. Her hobbies include travelling, oil painting and sketchin
Research Interests: Wearable and implantable devices for health monitoring, biometric identification, affective computing and hardware securit
Email: shomaji@ufl.edu

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Tamzidul Hoque

Tamzidul Hoque is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia at the University of Florida. He got his MS degree from University of Toledo, and BS degree from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology. His current projects include FPGA security, FSM based obfuscation, and Trust in co-robotic system. His hobbies include playing soccer, playing computer games, listening to music and watching cricke
Research Interests: Hardware security, with emphasis on hardware Trojan detection, device and IP securit
Email: thoque@ufl.edu

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Tauhidur Rahman

Tauhidur Rahman is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Tehranipoor at the University of Florida. He got his MS degree from University of Conncticut, and MS degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. His current project is Hardware-based Security Primitives and their Applications to Supply Chain Integrity. His hobbies include watching Soccer, playing Socce
Research Interests: Hardware Security, IoT Security, SoC Security, Supply Chain Integrit
Email: rahman.tauhid@ufl.edu

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Yiming Yan

Yiming Yan is currently pursuing her M.S. under Dr. Woodard in the department of Electrical and Computer Science, University of Florida. She got her BS degree from Beijing Institute of Technology. She expects to graduate in 2017. Her current project is Large-scale authorship attribution using deep learning. Her hobbies include piano, guitar, skiin
Research Interests: Natural language processing, machine learning and pattern recognitio
Email: yanyiming@ufl.edu

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Tempestt Neal

Tempestt Neal is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under Dr. Woodard at the University of Florida. She received her M.S. from Clemson University and her B.S. from South Carolina State University. Her current projects include investigation of large-scale authorship attribution and biometric implementations on mobile device platforms. Her hobbies include cooking, weight lifting, drinking coffee, watching movies, and listening to musi
Research Interests: Machine learning, biometrics, pattern recognition, cyber securit
Email: tempesn@ufl.edu

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Grant Hernandez

Grant Hernandez is currently pursuing his Ph.D under the supervision of Dr. Butler. His current research interests include analyzing USB firmware with symbolic execution in order to classify devices and applying Intel SGX to two-party computation in order to improve performance, while maintaining security properties. On the side, Grant is a member of UF’s Student InfoSec Team where he participates in Capture the Flag (CTF) and cyber defense competitions. Some of his assorted hobbies include administering computers, creating audio-synced computer graphics, and going to electronic music festival
Research Interests: Hardware-assisted software security, systems security, USB devices, program analysis, binary exploitation, and reverse engineerin
Email: grant.hernandez@ufl.edu

Dave

Dave (Jing) Tian

Dave Tian is currently working with Dr. Butler at the University of Florida. His recent projects involve embedded storage, trusted computing, and USB security. He holds an ME degree and has worked in Alcatel-Lucent R&D for 4 years. He was a member of OSIRIS Lab. He enjoys Linux kernel hacking, compiler hacking, drinking beers, listening to music, watching movies and playing guitars.
Research Interests: Cyber Security, Systems Security, System infrastructure, Security and Storag
Email: root@davejingtian.org

Farimah

Farimah Farahmandi

Farimah Farahmandi is currently pursuing Ph.D. under supervision of Prof. Mishra at the department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, the University of Florida. She received her B.S. and M.S. from department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), University of Tehran, Iran in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Her current projects include security analysis of post-silicon validation infrastructures and IPTrust: a comprehensive framework for IP Integrity validation with a focus on formal methods. In her spare time, she likes dancing, swimming, listening to music and reading novels.
Research Interests: Hardware Securit
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Yuanwen

Yuanwen Huang

Yuanwen Huang is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Mishra at the University of Florida. He got his BS degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2012. His current projects include Verification of IP Security and Trust, and Authentication using Intrinsic Identifiers. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, cooking, hiking, playing badminton, playing tennis and hanging out with friend
Research Interests: Hardware Trojan Detection, Hardware Verification, Reliability and Energy Optimization of Embedded System
Email: yuanwenhuang@ufl.edu

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Aneez Fatima

Aneez Fatima is pursuing her M.S. under Dr. Woodard in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida, and expects to graduate in May 2017. She got her B.E. from Osmania University. Her current project is Individualized Style Markers for Large-scale Authorship Attribution. Her hobbies include photography and gardenin
Research Interests: Data science, machine learning, pattern recognition, natural language processing and computer visio
Email:
aneez.fatima@ufl.edu

Adam

Adam Soliman

Adam Soliman is currently an undergraduate student under supervision of Prof. Oliveira at the department of Electrical and Computer Science, the University of Florida. He expects to receive his B.S. in 2017. His current projects is Social Engineering of Spear Phishing emails. In his spare time, he likes playing basketball, watching movies, reading bug bounty/security blog
Research Interests: Reverse Engineering, Exploit Developmen
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Abdulrahman Alaql

Abdulrahman Alaql is pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. He got his BS degree from Taibah University and MS degree from the University of South Florida. His hobbies include playing video games, watching movies, solving logical puzzles, and cookin
Research Interests: Cyber and Hardware Security, Malware Detection, Design and Testing of Reconfigurable Device
Email:
alaql89@ufl.edu

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Stephen Kirkman

Stephen (Steve) Kirkman is currently working with Dr Newman at the University of Florida. He got his MBA from Regis University and MSCS from University of Illinois at Springfield. He spent time in the Air Force and Intelligence Community. He is currently studying systems to improve cloud trust. Steve lives near Blue’s Creak with his wife Eva (retired Air Force) and their 12 year old son William. He plays the piano, enjoys reading, and weightlifting, and Tae Kwon D
Research Interests: Cloud Security and Big Dat
Email: Kirkman@ufl.edu