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Current Postdocs

Nalla
Dr. Nalla Anandakumar
Post-doctoral fellow (Jointly with Dr. Tehranipoor)

Research Interests
Physically Unclonable Functions, True Random Number Generator, Efficient and Secure Implementations of Cryptographic Primitives, Side-Channel Attacks and Hardware Trojan Detection and Prevention.

Dr. Nalla Anandakumar is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. Dr. Nalla received his PhD from IIIT-Delhi, his ME from Anna University, Chennai, and his BE from the Government Engineering College, Salem, India. Before coming to the University of Florida, Dr. Nalla worked as a Scientist at the Society for Electronics Transactions and Security (SETS), India and he was also a visiting researcher at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. In his 13 years research experience, he has led several scientific and development projects sponsored by government and public sectors in the field of hardware security. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Sree
Dr. Sree Ranjani Rajendran
Post-doctoral fellow (Jointly with Dr. Tehranipoor)

Research Interests
VLSI Testing; Hardware Verification; Hardware Security and Trust, with emphasis on: anti-counterfeiting, anti-Trojan, authentication, & anti-piracy solutions.

Sree Ranjani Rajendran is currently a postdoctoral associate with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA. She received her Ph.D. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India. She also worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Computer Science Department, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She had authored about 27 research articles published in refereed conference proceedings and renowned journal publications.

Kimia
Dr. Kimia Azar Zamiri
Post-doctoral fellow (Jointly with Dr. Tehranipoor)

Research Interests
VLSI Testability; Hardware Design and Verification; Hardware Security and Trust

Dr. Kimia Zamiri Azar is a Post-Doctoral associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. She received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from George Mason University, Fairfax, USA in 2021. She received her M.Sc. degree in computer engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran in 2015. She also received her B.Sc. from Khajeh Nasir University in Tehran, Iran in 2013. Her research interests focus on areas of hardware security and trust, security for supply chain, and VLSI design and test.

Former Postdocs

Shahed
Dr. Shahed Quadir
Post-doctoral fellow (Jointly with Dr. Tehranipoor)

Research Interests
Hardware Trojan, Hardware Security, Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs), Analog Obfuscation, Reverse Engineering and Countermeasures

Md Shahed Enamul Quadir is a post-doctoral associate at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, respectively. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Md Shahed Enamul Quadir’s work focuses on the development of secure analog and mixed-signal circuits, investigation of hardware trojans in analog circuits, as well as leveraging side-channel analysis for establishing security and trust. He is a member of IEEE and ASEE.

Current PhD. Students

Tao Zhang
Tao Zhang
M.S. in Communication and Information System, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 2019

B.E., Communication Engineering, Northwest University, 2016

Research Interests
FPGA Security, Reverse Engineering.

Tao Zhang is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Tehranipoor and Dr. Faramandi at the ECE department of the University of Florida. He graduated from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China with a Master’s degree in Communication and Information Systems. His interests include FPGA security and reverse engineering. In his spare time, he likes running and playing table tennis.

Arash Vafaei
Arash Vafaei
M.Sc. in Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2018

B.S. in Computer Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2016

Research Interests
Computer architecture, Low-power hardware design, Hardware security, Hardware verification, Machine learning.

Arash Vafaei is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Farahmandi. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer engineering from Sharif University of technology and his Master’s degree from Tehran University. His current research interests include Hardware design with respect to power, performance and security. Some of his assorted hobbies include Embedded system design, Volleyball and playing piano.

Avinash
Avinash Ayalasomayajula
B.Tech, Electronics and Communication Engineering , National Institute of Technology Goa , 2018

Research Interests
Security Validation, Obfuscation

Avinash Ayalasomayajula is currently pursuing their Master of Science from Electrical and Computer Engineering department specializing in Computer Engineering. They received their B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institute of Technology Goa(NITG). Their hobbies include reading fictional novels, cooking, swimming and football.

Rafid
Md Rafid Muttaki
B.S., Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), 2017

Research Interests
Hardware Security and Verification

Md Rafid Muttaki has been working as a Design Engineer in the semiconductor industry for the last 2.5 years. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2017. Right after graduation, he joined the industry with a view to learning design techniques and having hands-on experience with industry compatible tools. He has worked in device modeling and analog IP designs such as Bandgap Reference, SAR ADC, LED driver but also has a great interest in formal verification and hardware security. With this view to working with digital circuits and expanding his field of expertise, he has joined the research group of Dr. Farimah Farahmandi in Fall 2019.

Upoma
Upoma Das

Shams
Shams Tarek
Shams is currently pursuing his PhD under Dr. Farimah Farahmandi at the University of Florida. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2019. His research interest includes Hardware Security & Trust, Computer Architecture, and VLSI Design & Testing. His hobbies include watching sports, playing soccer, video games, and watching movies.

Nashmin
Nashmin Alam
Advised by: Farimah Farahmandi

Research Interests
Hardware Security, Device Architecture, Pre-Silicon Verification, Post Silicon Validation

I am currently pursuing my PhD at University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Farimah Farahmandi and Dr. Mark Tehranipoor. I completed my BSc from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in October 2018. After my graduation, I worked as a lecturer in University of Information Technology & Sciences (UITS) and Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT). In my free time, I love travelling, painting and watching movies.

Mridha
Mridha Md Mashahedur Rahman
Research Assistant

Advised by: Farimah Farahmandi

Mashahedur obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2017. Currently he is a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. His research interest includes hardware security and trust, secure VLSI design and finding vulnerabilities in ASIC design. He likes video games, movies and travelling.

Zahin
Zahin Ibnat
Zahin is currently pursuing her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering under Dr. Farahmandi at the University of Florida. She received her B.Sc. in Computer Engineering at UF in 2020. Her current research focus is in AI Security and Digital Watermarking. Outside of academics, Zahin participates actively in her Bangladeshi community with traditional dance and doing volunteer work. For leisure, Zahin likes making digital art, playing videogames, and watching most media on Netflix.

Dipayan
Dipayan Saha
Research Interests
Machine Learning, Hardware Security, Signal Processing

Dipayan Saha is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Florida. He received the B.Sc. degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). His research interests revolve around machine learning, hardware security, and signal processing. In his spare time, Dipayan likes reading books, listening to music, and playing chess.

Sajeed
Sajeed Mohammad
Research Assistant

Advised by: Farimah Farahmandi

Research Interests
Secure SoC development and life cycle management, CAD tools, Formal Verification, Hardware Security, Secure Firmware

Sajeed Mohammad is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Dr. Farahmandi in the ECE department at the University of Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, India in 2018. His research interests include but are not limited to Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), Secure SoC development and life cycle management, Formal Verification, firmware security, CAD tools, and secure firmware booting. He is a Kabaddi player and loves cooking, traveling, and watching movies in his spare time.

Rui
Rui Guo
I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. under Dr. Faramandi at the ECE department of the University of Florida. I received my Master’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Florida. My interests include hardware security and trust. In my spare time, I like painting and playing table tennis. China

Former Undergraduate Students

Jamsion
Jamison Stevens

Nicholas
Nicholas Samlal
Undergraduate Student, Computer Engineering, University of Florida