Dr. Patrick Drew McDaniel.

I am the William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Pennsylvania State University and a fellow of both IEEE and ACM. I am also the Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research (INSR), a research institute focused on the study of networking and security in diverse computing environments.

I am also the Program Manager (PM) and lead scientist for the Cyber Security (CS) Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA). The CRA is led by Penn State University and includes faculty and researchers the Army Research Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University, the University of California-Davis, and the University of California-Riverside and Vencore Labs.

My professional life is devoted to the pursuit of novel research in a broad array of areas of computer science (see below). As part of that pursuit I am fortunate to advise a number of exceptionally talented and committed graduate students and post-docs, as well as participate in many rewarding professional service activities. This website documents many of these activities, but is not even close to exhaustive. If there is a something you wish to know or want more detail on information that is here, feel free to contact me directly.

The pages linked from the menu at the left cover broadly my research, teaching, and personal activities. Those wishing to speak to me in a professional capacity should contact me via email. Email is probably the most reliable way of contacting me (warning, responses may take a couple of days due to travel and other factors).

Professor Patrick McDaniel
Computer Science and Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
W329 Westgate Buildingg
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 863-3599
Email: mcdaniel@cse.psu.edu
Research interests: My research focuses on a wide range of topics in computer and network security and technical public policy, with particular interests in mobile device security, adversarial machine learning, systems security, program analysis, and the integrity and security of election systems.

Recent Teaching:
CMPSC443 -- Introduction to Network and Computer Security (See PSU Canvas), Fall 2017


Past Post-Docs
Past PhD Students
  • Wenhui Hu (2016), now
  • Devin Pohly (2016), now Assistant Professor Wheaton College
  • Damien Octeau (2014), now Software Engineer in Security Google
  • Steve McLaughlin (2014), now Senior Software Engineer Samsung Research America
  • Thomas Moyer (2011), now Technical Staff Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Lincoln Labs
  • William Enck (2011), now Assistant Professor North Carolina State University
  • Kevin Butler (2010), now Associate Professor University of Florida
  • Machigar Ongtang (2010), now Assistant Professor Dhurakij Pundit University
  • Patrick Traynor (2008), now Associate Professor University of Florida
  • Fr. Boniface Hicks (2007), now Assistant Professor St. Vincent College
Current PhD Students

Professional & Personal Miscellanea/Highlights

I also keep a personal blog where I discuss a number of topics of interest that relate to my life within and outside of the academy.