The University of Arizona

Center Co-Director

- Salim Hariri, PhD, (520) 621-4378, [about]

UA Site Director

- Ali Akoglu, PhD, (520) 626-5149,  [about]

Faculty Member

- Gregory Ditzler, PhD, (520) 621-6180,  [about]

Research Director

- Cihan Tunc, PhD, cihantunc@email.arizona.edu  [about]

University of Arizona Defense and Security Research Institute Program Manager

- Christine Fox, chrisfox@email.arizona.edu  [about]

UA CAC Cardiac Electrophysiology Research Director

- Talal Moukabary, MD, FHRS  [about]

Affiliated Researchers

Jesus Pacheco, Ph.D., University of Sonora.
Youssif Al-Nashif, Ph.D., Florida Polytechnic University.
Don P. Cox, Ph.D., Avirtek.
Nizar Al-Holou, Ph.D., University of Detroit Mercy.
Mohammad Horani, Mitsubishi.
Ray Doug, Mitsubishi.
Gareth Williams, Mitsubishi.

Post-Graduate Researchers

Cihan Tunc, Research Assistant Prof.

PhD from The University of Arizona and MSc from Northeastern University. Research areas include cloud computing, autonomic management, cybersecurity, IoT, and data analytics.

Jenoo Szep, Postdoc Researcher

Research in the domain of biomedical and data analytics.

Graduate Students

Pratik Satam, Ph.D. Student

Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Science by the University of Arizona, PhD. Student in The University of Arizona at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He is a research assistant in Autonomic Computing Laboratory (ACL). His research interest includes cyber security for wireless networks.

Likai Yao, Ph.D. Student

Masters of Science In Computer Science by New York University, PhD. Student in The University of Arizona at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. His research interest includes autonomic computing, parallel processing and big data analysis

Carla Sayan, Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student in the ECE department and a Principal Information Technologist at a government contractor.
Her research interests are in the area of : defensive and offensive cyber systems, data analytics, cryptography algorithms, reverse engineering, embedded software , high performance computing, cyber threat assessments , automation, continuous integration and agile methodologies.

Sicong Shao, Ph.D. Student

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering by State University of New York at Binghamton, PhD Student in The University of Arizona at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering . His research interest includes Machine Learning, Cyber Security and Data Analysis.

Shalaka Satam, Ph.D. Student


Masters of Science student in Electrical and Computer Engineering by the University of Arizona. She is a research assistant in the Autonomic Computing Laboratory (ACL). Her research interest includes security for smart cars.

Clarisa Grijalva Lugo, Ph.D. student


Her research areas include cybersecurity for IoT.

Xin Gao, Ph.D. student


His research areas include medical imaging and virtual reality.

Birkan Kolcu, M.Sc. Student


Masters of Science student in Electrical and Computer Engineering by the University of Arizona. His research areas include virtual assistant for patients and IoT.

Troy Adams, M.Sc. student

Master of Science in Management Information Systems from University of Arizona, and AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellow. Experienced IT practitioner. President of UA CyberCats and (ISC)2 Tucson Chapter. His research interests include automation, defensive and offensive cyber and cyber physical systems, and improving cybersecurity education.

Theodore Ha, Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student in the ECE department.

Jeff Garry Josiah , Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student in the ECE department. His research interests include secure hardware design.