Meet the team

USF Faculty

Jean-Fran├žois Biasse, PhD

Jean-Francois Biasse is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. His research interests are the mathematical aspects of cryptography. At USF, he has taught MAD4471 (Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory) as well as MAT5932 (Applied Cryptography). He is the recipient of the CAREER award of the National Science Foundation. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Standards and Technology, The Florida Center for Cybersecurity and the Simons Foundation.

Attila Yavuz, PhD

Attila Yavuz is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. His research interests are the practical applications of cryptography. At USF, he has taught COP4931 (Information Privacy and Trustworthy Systems) and CIS4930 (Privacy-Preserving and Trustworthy Cyber-Infrastructures). He is the recipient of the CAREER award of the National Science Foundation. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and Bosch.

Research personnel

Annamaria Iezzi, PhD

Annamaria Iezzi graduated with a PhD in mathematics from the University of Marseille in 2016. She has extensive experience in outreach projects, including the production of a maths-inspired musical played in the three largest French cities: Paris, Lyon and Marseille. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Mathematics & Statistics department of USF.

Ben Pring, PhD

Benjamin Pring completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Bath in 2019. His area of research concerns the security of cryptographic schemes under the attacks of quantum computers. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Mathematics & Statistics department of USF.

Danilo Gligoroski, PhD

Danilo Gligoroski is a professor of Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He is an expert in applied cryptography, and in the development of cryptosystems resisting attacks from quantum computers. He is a member of Norwegian Cyber Security Challenge (NCSC) committee and was the coach for the Norwegian team on European Cyber Security Challenge in 2017. Cyber Security Challenge competitions include CTF tasks, cyber attacks, cyber defense and hardware attacks. He is currently visiting the USF while on a sabatical leave from NTNU.

USF students

Caitlin Cook

Caitlin is an undergraduate student in the Cybersecurity program at USF. She is a volunteer member of the Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) at USF. She provides us with instructional assistance.

Julie Gonzalez

Julie is an undergraduate student in the Cybersecurity program of the USF. She is the Public Relations Officer of the Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) at USF. She is in charge of our online presence and of the coordination between the camp and the Whitehatter club.

Rachel Klesius

Rachel is graduating in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Computer Science from USF. She is the Vice-President of Internal Affairs for Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE). She is in charge of the development of activities pertaining to networks and linux-based architecture.

Micaela Newman

Micaela is graduating with a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from USF in May 2019. She is the president of the Maths Club. She is in charge of curriculum development regarding Coding Theory and Error Correcting Codes.

William Youmans

William is a PhD student in the Mathematics and Statistics department of USF. William is in charge of the development of hands on activities and CTF challenges in applied cryptography.

Kevin Dennis

Kevin is a PhD student in Computer Science and the Vice President the Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) at USF. He provides us with instructional assistance.

Keller Blackwell

Keller is a mathematics undergraduate student at USF. He has co-authored a research paper on coding theory and he is one of only 2 USF students to have received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. He is helping with curriculum development on coding theory.

Peter Kavanagh

Peter is an undergraduate at USF, he is studying Information Technology and Cyber Security. Peter has a background in networking and computer building. Peters is Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) at USF. He provides us with instructional assistance.