Undergraduate Work Terms with a Research Focus

If you are interested in the following areas, follow the indicated links:
- Operating Systems and Computer Security, visit Dr. Anderson's web page
- Image Processing, visit Dr. Shehata's web page
- Cryptography and Digital Hardware Design, continue on this page.

Are you interested in spending a co-op work term working at the university on a research project? Does undertaking research in area of cryptography and/or cryptographic hardware sound interesting? Maybe you should consider applying for an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). If the application is successful then such a work term may be possible! The work term will be research focused and, yes, paid!

The principle focus of my research is the design, analysis, and implementation of cryptographic algorithms or ciphers, as well as the consideration of the application of cryptography to communication networks. The objective of the work is the establishment of the underlying principles in the construction of efficient, secure ciphers that can be easily tailored to suit a number of application environments. Most notably, a recent focus of the research has been the hardware design and implementation of lightweight symmetric key ciphers targeted to FPGAs and ASICs. Other work has focused on the cryptanalysis of ciphers and the application of cryptographic algorithms to various communication networks, ranging from wireless sensor networks to broadband networks. Most of my papers can be found on my publications page here. Some of these papers have been produced by undergraduate students on a USRA work term!

If this sounds like a research area that you would like to explore on a work term, then I encourage you to consider applying for an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). It is now possible to apply for USRAs for the summer 2018, fall 2018, and winter 2019 work terms. I would be happy to discuss the possibilities: come talk to me or contact me by email.

For more information on USRAs, check out:
Applying for an NSERC USRA Info
Note that the deadline for applying for an USRA for the summer 2018 work term has now been extended to Mar. 1, 2018.

If you want to work in another area, then consider other faculty members in ECE as listed here.

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