The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Graduate Programs | ECE | Virginia Tech

Emphasis in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity broadly covers the fields of information security, network security, and computer system security. As bad actors seek to steal information, protecting that information, the systems that process and store it, and the networks that carry it has become increasingly important. The curriculum for the ECE MEng degree, with an emphasis in Cybersecurity, provides a core technical foundation and project experience for careers in secure system design and operation. Students graduating with this degree could expect careers in software engineering, embedded systems engineering, or information systems management, with an emphasis on designing, developing, operating, or analyzing security features or subsystems. Graduates can expect to be highly qualified for careers requiring advanced degrees with government and defense contractors.


Required Courses: 3 Credit Hours

ECE 5560 – Fundamentals of Information Security (3C)

Required Courses (4 of the following): 12 Credit Hours

ECE 5434 – Cyber-physical Systems (3C)
ECE 5565 – Network Architectures and Protocols I (3C)
ECE 5566 – Network Architectures and Protocols II (3C)
ECE 5580 – Cryptographic Engineering (3C)
ECE 5584 – Network Security (3C)
ECE 6504 – Cyber-physical Systems Security (3C)

Suggested Out-of-Area and Out-of-Department Courses (2 of the following): 6 Credit Hours

ECE 5444 – Advanced Technological Singularity (3C)
ECE 5480 – Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (3C)
ECE 5585 – IT Security and Trust I (3C)
ENGR 5004 – The Systems Engineering Process (3C)
ISE 5164 – Transfer and Application of Emerging Technology (3C)
ISE 5174 – Engineering Program and Project Management (3C)

Required Courses (2 Semesters of Seminar): 2 Credit Hours

ECE 5944 – Seminar (1C)

Required Courses (Final Project and Report): 3 Credit Hours

ECE 5904 – Project and Report (3C)

Elective Courses (2 ECE or Related Area Courses): 6 Credit Hours

Examples include:

ECE 5424G Advanced Machine Learning (3C)
ECE 5454 – Optimization Techniques for Electrical and Computer Engineering (3C)
ECE 5504 – Computer Architecture (3C)
ECE 5514 – Design of Systems on a Chip (3C)
ECE 5554 – Computer Vision (3C)
ECE 5605 – Stochastic Signals and Systems (3C)

Total Credit Hours: 32 (comprised of 27 credit hours of graded courses, 2 credit hours of Seminar, and 3 credit hours of Project and Report)

Example Curriculum

Accelerated MEng Degree Program – Cybersecurity

Fall Semester

ECE 5560 (3C)
ECE 5565 (3C)
ECE 5480 (3C)
ECE 5424G (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Spring Semester

ECE 5444 (3C)
ECE 6504 (3C)
ECE 5566 (3C)
ECE 5984 (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Summer I & II

ECE 5904 (3C)
ECE 5434 (3C)
ISE 5174 (3C)

Three-Semester MEng Degree Program – Cybersecurity

Fall Semester

ECE 5560 (3C)
ECE 5565 (3C)
ECE 5480 (3C)
ECE 5424G (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Spring Semester

ECE 5444 (3C)
ECE 6504 (3C)
ISE 5174 (3C)
ECE 5984 (3C)
ECE 5944 (1C)

Summer

Summer Internship
GRAD 5944 (for International Students)

Fall Semester

ECE 5904 (3C)
ECE 5580 (3C)
ECE 5584 (3C)

Cybersecurity – Washington, D.C., metro area Faculty

 
Dr. Tam Chantem Dr. Ryan Gerdes Dr. Jerry Park Dr. Haining Wang
Tam Chantem Ryan Gerdes Jerry Park Haining Wang
 

 

Faculty Profiles

Tam Chantem

Assistant Professor of ECE

Dr. Tam ChantemDr. Tam Chantem is an assistant professor in ECE at Virginia Tech. Her primary areas of research are embedded systems and cyber-physical systems, with focuses on the hardware/software co-design of real-time embedded systems, integrated security, energy-aware and thermal-aware system-level design, and intelligent transportation systems. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and her Bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State University in 2005. Before joining Virginia Tech, Chantem was an assistant professor in ECE at Utah State University. Chantem received a U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship, Utah State University’s 2016 ECE Advisor of the Year, and 2011 Outstanding Research Assistant Award from University of Notre Dame. She has also served as the TPC co-chair (ISVLSI 2019, ICESS 2017, RTSOPS 2017, and LPDC 2015) and technical program committee for several conferences such as RTAS, ECRTS, RTSS, DATE, and DAC. Chantem is a senior member of the IEEE.

Dr. Chantem’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:

  • Real-time embedded systems, cyber-physical systems (especially intelligent transportation systems, emergency response systems, and smart cities), energy-aware and thermal-aware system-level design, and hardware-software co-design.

Ryan Gerdes

Assistant Professor of ECE

Dr. Ryan GerdesDr. Ryan M. Gerdes is an Assistant Professor in ECE at Virginia Tech. Dr. Gerdes’ work focuses on designing resilient computing systems, with an emphasis on cyber-physical systems operating in adversarial environments and leveraging the physical layer for defensive and offensive purposes. He is the principal investigator on NSF and DOE projects that examine the security and privacy of cooperative, automated vehicles; unmanned aerial systems (UAS); and next-generation battery electric vehicles and chargers. Recent research topics have included: use of intentional electromagnetic interference for the physical-layer manipulation of sensors and actuators, including radar and electric motors; identification and tracking of cognitive radios; attack detection and prevention for automotive systems; electromagnetic side-channel analysis for code-change detection; machine learning in adversarial environments; and detection of malicious logic in untrusted, integrated circuit designs.

Dr. Gerdes’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:
Cyber-physical systems security (physical-layer sensor/actuator spoofing and countermeasures, devising/countering attacks against control systems, and secure localisation), physical layer identification (identifying devices based on electrical side-channels), and integrated circuit security (designing, detecting, and remotely triggering malicious logic).

ECE Graduate Courses Taught

  • ECE 5580: Cryptographic Engineering
  • ECE 5434: Cyber-physical Systems
  • ECE 6504: Cyber-physical Systems Security

Faculty Profiles

Jerry Park

Professor of ECE

Dr. Jerry ParkDr. Jerry Park Dr. Jerry Park received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2003. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and the Site Director of an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I-UCRC) called Broadband Wireless Access & Applications Center (BWAC). Park is also an Executive Committee member of the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC). NSC is a large consortium of wireless industry stakeholders and universities collaborating with multiple US federal government agencies through a $1.25 billion agreement to support the development of advanced spectrum access technologies. Park’s research interests include dynamic spectrum sharing, cognitive radio networks, wireless security and privacy, applied cryptography, and IoT applications. Current or recent research sponsors include the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and several industry sponsors. Park is a recipient of a 2017 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, a 2014 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Faculty Fellow Award, a 2008 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, a 2008 Hoeber Excellence in Research Award, and a 1998 AT&T Leadership Award. He is currently serving on the editorial boards of a number of IEEE journals, and is actively involved in the organization of a number of flagship conferences. Park is currently serving as the Steering Committee Co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN). He is an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to dynamic spectrum sharing, cognitive radio networks, and security issues.

Dr. Park’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:

  • Dynamic spectrum sharing
  • Co-design and co-existence of heterogeneous wireless technologies, including coexistence of radar and communication systems
  • Emerging wireless technologies and applications, including V2X communications, 5G, and IoT
  • Wireless security and privacy
  • Security issues in machine learning
  • Applied cryptography
  • Prototyping and evaluation using large-scale wireless testbeds

ECE Graduate Courses Taught

  • ECE-CS 5560: Fundamentals of Information Security
  • ECE-CS 5566: Network Architecture and Protocols

Haining Wang

Professor of ECE

Dr. Haining WangDr. Haining Wang is a Professor in ECE at Virginia Tech. His research interests lie in the areas of security, networking systems, cloud computing, and Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems. The main thrusts of his current and past research include security issues in Domain Name Systems (DNS) and Content Distributed Networks (CDN), defense against use-after-free vulnerabilities in software, security issues in IoT devices, online reputation systems, energy/power attacks and countermeasures inside data centers, covert channel attacks and countermeasures in the cloud, behavioral biometric-based user authentication, automatic online bot detection, transparent anti-phishing, and countering distributed denial-of-service attacks. Before joining Virginia Tech, Haining was a Professor in ECE at University of Delaware.

Dr. Wang’s Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests:
Network and system security, networking systems, cloud computing, and IoT systems.