Patrick McDaniel, Co-Director

Dr. Patrick McDaniel

Patrick McDaniel is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University and co-director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory. Patrick's research efforts centrally focus on network, telecommunications, and systems security, language-based security, and technical public policy. Patrick is the editor-in-chief of the ACM Journal Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT), and serves as associate editor of the journals ACM Transactions on Information and System Security and IEEE Transactions on Computers, and stepped down from the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering position in 2012. Patrick was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and has chaired several top conferences in security including, among others, the 2007 and 2008 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy and the 2005 USENIX Security Symposium. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. in 1996 at the University of Michigan, Patrick was a software architect and program manager in the telecommunications industry.

Trent Jaeger, Co-Director

Trent Jaeger

Trent Jaeger is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University and director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1997 where he studied mechanisms and policies for controlling the execution of mobile code. Prior to joining Penn State, Trent was a research staff member in the Security and Networking Department at IBM Research in the T. J. Watson Research Center.

Trent's research interests include operating systems security, access control, and source code and policy analysis tools. He has published over 90 refereed research papers on these subjects. Trent has made a variety of contributions to open source systems security, particularly to the Linux Security Modules framework, the SELinux module and policy development, integrity measurement in Linux, and the Xen security architecture. Trent is the author of the book "Operating Systems Security," which examines the principles and designs of secure operating systems. He is active in the security research community, having been a member of the program committees of all the major security conferences, and the program chair of the ACM CCS Government and Industry Track, ACM SACMAT, as well as chairing several workshops. He is an associate editor with ACM TOIT and has been a guest editor of ACM TISSEC.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State. His research interests lie in cryptography, privacy and their connections to information theory, quantum computing and statistics. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2004 and was subsequently a visiting scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science and UCLA. In 2009, he received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Lead Graduate Student

Stephen McLaughlin

Stephen McLaughlin Stephen McLaughlin joined the SIIS lab in the fall of 2007 to research autonomously secure storage systems. He completed his computer science B.S. the following semester, and continued work with the lab as a Ph.D. candidate. Since then, his research efforts have included trustworthy storage systems, secure data provenance, and the hands-on penetration testing of smart electric meters. He is currently working on customer privacy issues in smart electric grids and exploring practical methods for hardening distributed SCADA systems. Stephen has interned at IBM and Google.

Graduate Students

Note: Given the large number of applicants, the laboratory must defer all admissions issues to the department of Computer Science and Engineering. Hence, if you are a student looking to be admitted to Penn State University, contact the department directly. If you are already a student at Penn State and wish to participate in SIIS research, please contact Professor McDaniel.

PhD Students

Damien Octeau

Damien Octeau Damien Octeau is a Ph.D. student in the department of Computer Science and Engineering who joined the SIIS Laboratory in Spring 2009. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering Sciences from Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France. He also received an M.S. from the CSE Department at Penn State in Spring 2010. His research interests include reverse engineering and static analysis applied to security.

Devin J. Pohly

Devin J. Pohly Devin J. Pohly is a Ph.D. student in the SIIS lab. He received his baccalaureate in computer science summa cum laude from Messiah College in 2008 and started his graduate work at Penn State in the fall of 2009. His research interests include systems and web security, and his current research specifically explores data provenance and its potential applications in securing systems.

Hayawardh Vijayakumar

huv101 Hayawardh Vijayakumar is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State. He graduated with distinction from Anna University in Chennai, India with a BE in Computer Science and Engineering in Spring 2007. His research interests focus on computer systems and security, and his current work is in operating systems and application security.

Youngtae Youn

Youngtae Youn Youngtae Youn is a PhD candidate in the department of Computer Science and Engineering. He is a member of the SIIS Laboratory and Theory Group. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea and MS in communication engineering from POSTECH, Korea. He is interested in theoretical analysis of cryptography, but also focuses on practical cryptographic systems after joining the SIIS laboratory.

Masters Students

Richard Burhans

Philip Koshy


Divya Muthukumaran - Ph.D., Summer 2013. Postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London, United Kingdom.

Joshua S. Schiffman - Ph.D., Fall 2012. Working for AMD.

Thomas Moyer - Ph.D., Fall 2011. Working for MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Sandra Julieta Rueda Rodríguez - Ph.D., Summer 2011. Assistant Professor at Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia.

William Enck - Ph.D., Spring 2011. Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University.

Kevin Butler - Ph.D., Summer 2010. Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon.

Machigar Ongtang - Ph.D., Summer 2010. Assistant Professor at The Dhurakij Pundit University.

Dave King - Ph.D., Fall 2009. Working for Rackspace's email and applications division.

Patrick Traynor - Ph.D., Spring 2008, Assistant Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Boniface Hicks - Ph.D., Summer 2007, Assistant Professor at St. Vincent College.

Sergei Miadzvezhanka - M.S., Summer 2011

Jil Verdol - M.S., Spring 2011

Guruprasad Jakka - M.S., Spring 2010

Yogesh Sreenivasan - M.S., Summer 2008

Luke St. Clair - M.S., Summer 2008

Lisa Johansen - M.S., Spring 2008

Sunam Ryu - M.S., Spring 2007

Dhananjay Bapat - M.S. EE, Fall 2006

Jennifer Plasterr - M.Eng., Summer 2006

Wesam Lootah - M.S., Spring 2006