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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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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


Tosan Atele-Williams, Master of Information Technology

Academic Associate
Networking and Information Technology
  • Privacy and Security
  • HCI
  • UX
  • Computational Trust
  • Bigdata and ML/AI

Khalil El-Khatib

Khalil El-Khatib, PhD

Director, Institute for Cyber Security and Resilient Systems
Information Security

Patrick Hung

Patrick Hung, PhD

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

Josh Lowe


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
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Medical Image Processing
  • Computer Science Education
  • AI in Education


Shahram S. Heydari, PhD (Research Leave)

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


Mehdi Shajari, PhD

Academic Associate
Networking and IT Security
  • cybersecurity
  • risk management
  • electronic commerce
  • blockchain
  • machine learning

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

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)