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. Dr. McDaniel is also the Program Manager (PM) and lead scientist for the newly created Cyber Security (CS) Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA). 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 project manager in the telecommunications industry.

Trent Jaeger, Co-Director

Trent Jaeger

Trent Jaeger is a 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).

Postdoctoral Scholars

Damien Octeau

Damien Octeau Damien Octeau is a Research Associate with a joint appointment at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests lie in mobile security and program analysis. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014 and 2010, respectively. He also earned a Master's degree and a B.S. in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France. He is the recipient of the 2013 AT&T Graduate Fellowship in Penn State's Graduate School.

Suman Saha

Suman Saha Suman Saha is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State. He is interested to use static analysis approaches to improve system's security and reliability. He received his Ph.D. from Lip6/INRIA in Paris, France. His Ph.D. work won William C. Carter Award 2013 for making an important contribution to the field of dependable computing. He worked as a Postdoctoral research fellow in Harvard University for one year.

Robert Walls

Robert Walls Robert J. Walls is a postdoctoral scholar in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the Pennsylvania State University. His research is focused on developing the formal underpinnings of security. Previously, he attended the School of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts advised by Prof. Brian Levine. While there he focused on advancing digital forensics, providing law enforcement with novel techniques for investigating crimes. His past work includes an inference-based approach for mobile phone triage and an in-depth analysis of contraband on peer-to-peer networks. In 2011, Robert received the Yahoo Key Scientific Challenges award in the Security & Privacy category.

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

Berkay Celik

Berkay Celik Berkay previously worked with Dr. George Kesidis and Dr. David J. Miller on NSF NeTSE Unsupervised Flow-Based Clustering project (also supported by Cisco Systems URP gift and DHS/NSF EMIST/DETER project) during his Msc. studies at Penn State University, then he started to work under the supervision of Dr. Sema Oktug at Istanbul Technical University focusing on practical network security problems (e.g., fast-flux networks). He joined SIIS lab as a research assistant in 2014. His research interest include solving networking and security problems using system techniques, machine learning and probability/statistics.

Xinyang Ge

Xinyang Ge Xinyang Ge is currently a Ph.D. student in the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Lab advised by Dr. Trent Jaeger. He is particularly interested in system security. In 2012, he received his B.Eng. from Software Institute, Nanjing University, where he had been working with Prof. Zhenyu Chen on recommender systems. In 2014 summer, he took a research intern position at Microsoft Research working on fuzz testing in the cloud environment mentored by Dr. David Molnar.

Wenhui Hu

Wenhui Hu Wenhui Hu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.E. (honored) in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China. He also received his M.Sc. (Tech) with Distinction, from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. His current work is focusing on the security of third-party libraries used by Android applications. He is also interested in other topics in system security and network security.

Giuseppe Petracca

Giuseppe Petracca Giuseppe Petracca is a Ph.D. candidate in the SIIS Laboratory at the department of CSE at Penn State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. in CSE from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He started his graduate work at Penn State in Fall 2011 as Research Assistant in the department of Information Sciences and Technology with a research project sponsored by HP Labs. He joined the SIIS Laboratory in Fall 2012. His research interests focus on Security in Mobile Systems and Cloud Computing.

His industry experience includes a summer internship in 2013 as Graduate Researcher at Intel and a summer internship in 2014 as Graduate Technical Engineer at Intel Labs.

Devin J. Pohly

Devin J. Pohly Devin J. Pohly is a Ph.D. candidate in the SIIS Laboratory. He completed his bachelor's in computer science summa cum laude at Messiah College in 2008 and joined the Laboratory the following year. His research began in systemwide data provenance collection, and he is now exploring new ways of securing multipath network protocols. In addition to his research, he has taught undergraduate courses in both Systems Programming and Operating Systems, and in 2014 he was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Fellowship by the College of Engineering.

Master's Students

Eric Kilmer

Nathaniel Lageman

Nicolas Papernot

Meghan Riegel


Damien Octeau - Ph.D., Summer 2014. Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the Pennsylvania State University.

Hayawardh Vijayakumar - Ph.D., Spring 2014. Working for Samsung Research America.

Stephen McLaughlin - Ph.D., Spring 2014. Working for Narus.

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.

Matthew Dering - M.S., Spring 2014

Phil Koshy - M.S., Fall 2013

Diana Koshy - M.S., Fall 2013

Stephen McLaughlin - M.S., Spring 2011

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