Patrick Drew McDaniel


Dr. Patrick Drew McDaniel.

I am the William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Pennsylvania State University and a fellow of IEEE, ACM, and the AAAS. I am also the Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research (INSR), a research institute focused on the study of networking and security in computing environments.

I am also the director of The Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning (CTML), which is an Frontier project in Secure & Trustworthy Computing, and it is supported by the National Science Foundation. The consortium consists of faculty from Penn State (Lead), Stanford, The University of California, Berkeley, The University of California, San Diego, The University of Virginia, and The University of Wisconsin-Madison. The focus of the Center is to develop a rigorous understanding of the vulnerabilities inherent to machine learning, and to develop the tools, metrics, and methods to mitigate them.

My professional life is devoted to the pursuit of novel research in a broad array of areas of computer science (see below). As part of that pursuit I am fortunate to advise a number of exceptionally talented and committed graduate students and post-docs, as well as participate in many rewarding professional service activities. This website documents many of these activities, but is not even close to exhaustive. If there is a something you wish to know or want more detail on information that is here, feel free to contact me directly.

The pages linked from the menu at the left cover broadly my research, teaching, and personal activities. Those wishing to speak to me in a professional capacity should contact me via email. Email is probably the most reliable way of contacting me (warning, responses may take a couple of days due to travel and other factors).

Professor Patrick McDaniel
Computer Science and Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
W329 Westgate Buildingg
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 863-3599
Research interests: My research focuses on a wide range of topics in computer and network security and technical public policy, with particular interests in mobile device security, adversarial machine learning, systems security, program analysis, and the integrity and security of election systems.

Recent Teaching:
CMPSC331 -- Introduction to Systems Programming (See PSU Canvas), Fall 20202

Recent/Current Program Committees

  • IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (2022)
  • USENIX Security Symposium (2020, 2021, 2022)
  • ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) (2020, 2021)
  • Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF) (2021)
  • European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS) (2021)
  • ACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom) (2021)
  • EAI International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm) (2020)
  • MILCOM (2021)


Past Post-Docs
Past PhD Students
  • Z. Berkay Celik (2019), now Assistant Professor Purdue University
  • Nicolas Papernot (2018), now Assistant Professor University of Toronto
  • Wenhui Hu (2016), now Senior Member of Technical Staff Oracle
  • Devin Pohly (2016), now Assistant Professor Wheaton College
  • Damien Octeau (2014), now Software Engineer in Security Google
  • Steve McLaughlin (2014), now Senior Software Engineer Samsung Research America
  • Thomas Moyer (2011), now Assistant Professor University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • William Enck (2011), now Associate Professor North Carolina State University
  • Kevin Butler (2010), now Associate Professor University of Florida
  • Machigar Ongtang (2010), now Assistant Professor Dhurakij Pundit University
  • Patrick Traynor (2008), now Professor University of Florida
  • Fr. Boniface Hicks (2007), now Assistant Professor St. Vincent College
Current PhD Students

Professional & Personal Miscellanea/Highlights

I also keep a personal blog where I discuss a number of topics of interest that relate to my life within and outside of the academy.