I seek multiple PhD students and post-docs in the field of hardware and embedded security. Here is a description of the positions, interested applicants can email me.
I conduct research on cybersecurity with an emphasis on hardware-based security. The focus of my research is the development of secure systems that prevent cyberattacks targeting hardware vulnerabilities. To that end, my research interests cover applied cryptography, computer architecture, and digital hardware design. Specifically, I study post-quantum (PQ) cryptosystems, lightweight IoT encryption, physical unclonable functions (PUFs), secure computer architectures with side-channel defenses, and malware detection with machine learning. I am a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an Adjunct Professor at the Computer Science Department of North Carolina State University.
Before joining NC State, I was a post-doctoral researcher at The University of Texas at Austin, and I was hosted by Prof. Mohit Tiwari and Prof. Michael Orshansky. I received my PhD degree from Virginia Tech, Secure Embedded Systems Labs led by Prof. Patrick Schaumont. Before my PhD, I was working as a digital design engineer at Vestek R&D Corp. I also hold MS in Electronics Engineering and BS in Microelectronics with Mathematics minor from Sabanci Univesity, Istanbul, Turkey. Here is my CV.
Academic & Industry Positions
North Carolina State University, ECE Dept.
Adjunct Professor at CS
The University of Texas at Austin, ECE Dept.
Security, Privacy, and Computer Architecture
Graduate Research Assistant
Virginia Tech, ECE Department
Secure Embedded Systems Lab
Summer Research Intern
Product Security Initiative
Digital Design Engineer
Vestek R&D Corp.
Pixellence Design Group
Sabanci University, Faculty of Engineering
System-on-Chip Design & Test Lab
PhD in Computer Engineering
MS in Electronics Engineering
BS in Microelectronics
Honors, Awards and Grants
2020Bennett Faculty Fellow Award — NC StateThe mother of Mr. R. Ray Bennett, Mrs. Alice B. Bennett, endowed a faculty fellowship for the NC State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a memorial to her son. The R. Ray Bennett Faculty Fellow Award provides support for high achieving young faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State in pursuing their academic and cutting-edge research initiatives.
2019Best Paper Award — GLS-VLSI (MSE Track)Single authored article, “Teaching the Next Generation of Cryptographic Hardware Design to the Next Generation of Engineers” won the best paper award at GLS-VLSI’19 coneference Microelectronics System Education (MSE) track.
2019National Science Foundation CISE Research Initiation Initiative (NSF CRII): SaTC: Secure Instruction Set Extensions for Lattice-Based Post-Quantum Cryptosystems
2018Best Paper Runner-Up — Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST)Co-authored article, “Horizontal Side-Channel Vulnerabilities of Post-Quantum Key-Exchange Protocols” has been nominated for the best paper award at the HOST’18 conference and selected as the runner-up.
2017Top 50 Article — Embedded System LettersFirst authored article, “SIMON Says: Break Area Records of Block Ciphers on FPGAs” listed in the top 50 popular articles of Embedded System Letters .
2015CESCA Outstanding Graduate Student AwardOutstanding Student Award is the highest recognition of Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications (CESCA) that is given annually to 1-2 students out of its 40+ members, and it recognizes the quality and quantity of awardees publications.
2014Best Poster AwardAt the annual workshop of CESCA research center, the best poster award is given to the best poster design and presentation among 40+ candidates.
Best Presentation AwardAt the annual workshop of CESCA research center, the best presentation award is given to the best 10 minute presentation among 40+ candidates.