Meet the 2020 Team
Jean-Francois Biasse (Co-Director)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 & 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 Simon Foundation
GiacomoMicheli (Co-Director)Giacomo Micheli is an assistant professor at USF. His research interests spans from pure number theory to applied algebra, with particular emphasis on applications to cryptography and coding theory.
Mehran Mozaffari Kermani (Co-Director)Mehran Mozaffari Kermani is an Assistant Professor with the Computer Science and Engineering Department (College of Engineering) at University of South Florida, where he is the PI for the Cryptographic Engineering and Hardware Security Lab. Currently, he is serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE TVLSI (2016-present), the IEEE TCAS I (2016-present), and the ACM TECS (2015-present). He has been Guest Editing (Cryptographic Engineering and Hardware Security) special issues for the IEEE TCBB.
Attila Yavuz, PhD (Co-Director)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.
Ruthmae Sears (K-12 pedagogical expert)Dr. Sears is an associate professor at the University of South Florida. She has also 4 years of experience teaching at the high school level (the age group of the CodeBreakHERS campers).
Currently, she coordinates developmental mathematics courses (Introduction
to College Mathematics and Intermediate Algebra) and is the coordinator of
the Bachelor’s (Grades 6-12) and Masters program in mathematics education. She serves as a lead
sectional judge for the Florida VEX Robotics competition.
Annamaria Iezzi, PhD (Lead Instructor)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, PhDBenjamin 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.
William YoumansWilliam 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 DennisKevin 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.
Teresa FlaitzTeresa is an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida pursuing a B.A. in Applied Mathematics, a minor in Computer Science, and a certificate in Visualization & Design. She was employed at USF’s Academic Success Center for two years, where she worked
as a calculus tutor and study skills mentor. Teresa was an officer of the student organization Society of Competitive Programmers, through which she competed in multiple hackathons.