PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2016MS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2011BS, MS, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007
Professor Zhang's research focus is system security, which lies at the intersection of security, computer architecture and programming language. He is particularly interested in secure software/hardware systems, side-channel analysis, malware and digital forensics. He is also interested in developing new methods to automatically discover and mitigate system vulnerabilities.
Professor Zhang joined the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Washington University in Fall 2018. Prior to that, he was a principal cyber engineer/researcher and technical lead at Cyber Security Innovations of Raytheon. Throughout his eleven-year career at Raytheon, he has worked to protect various critical networked and cyber-physical infrastructures.
Building provable security protection in mission-critical systems