Dr. Patrick Drew McDaniel.

I am a Distinguished Professor 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 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 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
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 2016)
CSE 597 -- Security of Machine Learning


Past Post-Docs
Past PhD Students
  • 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 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.