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Networking and IT Security Faculty


Amirali Abari, PhD

Assistant Professor
Information Technology
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • computational decision making
  • recommender systems
  • network science
  • computer security

Khalil El-Khatib

Khalil El-Khatib, PhD

Associate Dean, Programs
Information Security


Garrett Hayes, MSc, OSCP

Associate Teaching Professor
Networking and IT Security
  • computer and network security
  • penetration testing and vulnerability analysis
  • industrial control system security
  • blockchain technologies
  • cloud, virtualization, and software-defined everything (SDx) technologies

Patrick Hung

Patrick Hung, PhD

Director, International Programs
Information Security
  • smart toys
  • robotic computing
  • services computing
  • workflow
  • security and privacy

Zeinab Joudaki , PhD

Academic Associate
IT Security
  • user authentication
  • human-centered computer security

Josh Lowe


Program Director- Networking and IT Security
Associate Teaching Professor
Advanced Computer Networking

Brent MacRae

Brent MacRae

Associate Teaching Professor
Networking and IT Security

Samaneh Mazaheri

Samaneh Mazaheri, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Computer Vision
  • Image Processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cryptography
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Blockchain Technologies


Shahram S. Heydari, PhD

Associate Professor
Information Technology
  • network protocols and services
  • critical infrastructure reliability and failure recovery
  • software-defined infrastructures
  • cloud-based content delivery
  • quality of service and traffic modeling

Julie Thorpe

Julie Thorpe, PhD

Associate Professor
IT Security
  • Authentication
  • Biometrics
  • Graphical passwords
  • Human factors in computer security
  • Operating system security
  • Passwords
  • Security policy
  • Software security

Miguel Vargas Martin

Miguel Vargas Martin, PhD, PEng

Graduate Program Director
Computer Science
  • authentication
  • applications of machine/deep learning
  • brain-computer interfaces
  • companion robots

Miguel Vargas Martin

Richard W. Pazzi, PhD

Associate Professor
Next Generation Wireless Networks and Applications
  • vehicular ad hoc networks
  • wireless sensor networks
  • multimedia streaming
  • performance evaluation
  • algorithm design

Miguel Vargas Martin

Ying Zhu, PhD

Associate Professor
Information Technology (cross-appointed with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)