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Professor Jonathan Katz joined the faculty of George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering this fall as a professor of computer science and Eminent Scholar in Cybersecurity.
In the near term, Katz hopes to grow the computer science and cybersecurity departments at Mason by attracting new faculty as well as strong students, postdocs, and researchers. He also wants to contribute to building a cybersecurity curriculum that will produce outstanding Mason graduates in that field.”
During his 17 years at the University of Maryland, the last six of which he spent as director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, Katz has had the opportunity to interact with cybersecurity professionals in academia, government, and industry.
Katz views the huge investments being made in the region, both by the Commonwealth of Virginia and companies such as Amazon, as an accelerator of future growth and plans to take advantage of these incredible circumstances to help Mason enhance its leadership role in cybersecurity.
Katz has served as the co-program chair for the annual Crypto conference and is currently serving as co-program chair for the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security as well as an editor of the Journal of Cryptology. He was a founding member of the steering committee for the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative and also chair of the education subcommittee for the State of Maryland Cybersecurity Council.
Katz is a recipient of a Humboldt Research Award as well as the University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award. He was recently named an International Association for Cryptologic Research Fellow in recognition of "his broad contributions, especially in public-key encryption and cryptographic protocols, and for dedication to service and education."
Faculty Rank: Professor