Dr. Patrick Drew McDaniel.

I am a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. I am also the co-director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory (SIIS), a research laboratory focused on the study of security in diverse network and computer environments. In January of 2014, I took over as the Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Security and Privacy.

I am also the Program Manager (PM) and lead scientist for the newly created 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. In addition, an industrial partner will be selected to participate in the coming months.

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, 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). My full contact information is:

Professor Patrick McDaniel
Computer Science and Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
360A IST Building
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 863-3599
Email: mcdaniel@cse.psu.edu
Research interests: Network, Internet, telecommunications, and systems security, with interests in language-based security, voting systems, provenance, secure storage, cell phone operating systems and privacy.

Recent Teaching:
CMPSC311 -- Introduction to Systems Programming (Fall 2013) CSE543 -- Computer and Network Security (Fall 2011)
CSE545 -- Advanced Network Security (Spring 2011)


Current Post-Docs
Past PhD Students
  • Damien Octeau (2014), now Post-Doc University of Wisconsin/Pennsylvania State University
  • Steve McLaughlin (2014), now Technical Staff Narus
  • 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 Assistant Professor University of Oregon
  • Machigar Ongtang (2010), now Assistant Professor Dhurakij Pundit University
  • Patrick Traynor (2008), now Associate Professor Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Fr. Boniface Hicks (2007), now Assistant Professor St. Vincent College
Current PhD Students

Professional 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.