Several PhD students passed their candidacy

The year 2018 has been an eventful one, and not the least of the events are the candidacy examinations of several PhD students in my group. Candidacy means a total focus on dissertation work, and a clear path towards the degree. Candidacy also is a result of hard work, and I am really grateful to (and happy for) all of my PhD students who worked hard to reach this milestone.

  • Ashar Ahmad (Nov 2018; expected graduate late in 2019).
  • Hisham Alasmary (Oct 2018; expected to graduate in summer 2020)
  • Jiyoo Jang (Dec 2018; expected to graduate in summer 2020)
  • Jinchun Choi (Dec 2018; expected to graduate in summer 2020)
  • Muhammad Saad (Feb 2019; expected to graduate late in 2020)
  • Jeman Park (Feb 2019; expected to graduate in summer 2020)

Up next will be Amin Khormali and Mo Abuhamad, who are both expected to graduate in late 2020).

EAI Securecomm 2019 in Orlando

With the help of several researchers from all around Florida and the country, I am glad to announce that we will bringing EAI Securecomm 2019 to Orlando during October 2019. I will be the program co-chair for the conference, along with Wenjing Lou of Virginia Tech, and my colleague, Xinwen Fu, from UCF, will be the general co-chair along with Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo. The deadline will be in April, so consider submitting your work and see you in Orlando later in the year.

It has been a while!

It has been a while since I last posted here, and indeed some many good things have happened to me and my research group.

First and foremost, I moved from SUNY Buffalo to UCF, in Orlando, Florida. That was a big move, geographically and mentally. A lot of things to look forward to and a few things to look backward to, but no regrets. Good times in both places.

Since I joined UCF, I have been working on building my research group, starting with hiring PhD students, and trying to find funding for them — so that they don’t have to worry about the continuity of their studies; and boy, that has been exhausting.

But it has been an eventful life. More updates to follow!