Month: May 2023

Three Faculty Members Promoted

The Connecticut Advanced Computing Center (CACC) is proud to announce the promotions of three faculty. Professors Khan has been promoted to full professor, and Professors Krawec and Miao have been promoted to associate professor with tenure. We would like to extend out congratulations to these highly dedicated individuals who are dedicated to the promotion research, higher education and guiding UConn engineering students.

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Professor Krawec

Professor Krawec has been promoted to Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Connecticut. His primary research interests are in quantum cryptography and quantum information theory. He is very interested in studying the quantum resources required to gain an advantage over a classical protocol in cryptographic applications. His other areas of interest include security, networking, and evolutionary algorithms (especially their use in studying problems in cryptography).

Professor Krawec is always happy to hear from motivated students at all levels looking to get involved in research.

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Professor Omer Khan

Omer Khan has been promoted to ProfessorĀ of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He holds the Castleman Term Professorship in Engineering Innovation, and serves as an Associate Director of Connecticut Advanced Computing Center (CACC). Prior to joining UConn, Khan was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before joining academia, he designed microprocessors at leading semiconductor companies, Motorola and Intel.

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Professor Fei Miao

Professor Fei Miao has been promoted to Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, with courtesy appointment at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and is also affiliated to Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering, University of Connecticut. Before joining UConn, she was a postdoc researcher at the GRASP Lab and the PRECISE Lab with Professor George J. Pappas and Professor Daniel D. Lee, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Miao received her Ph.D. degree, and the “Charles Hallac and Sarah Keil Wolf Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation” in Electrical and Systems Engineering in 2016, with a dual Master degree of Statistics from Wharton School, from the University of Pennsylvania. She received bachelor’s degree of Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2010 with a major in Automation and a minor in Finance.

Cybersecurity Competitions @ UConn

The Synchrony center hosted CyberSEED 2023 on March 4th. The Connecticut Advanced Computing Center (CACC) and CyberSEED bring together dozens of universities and colleges to compete in unique cybersecurity challenges for awesome prizes. The top three teams this year were University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of North Georgia and Michigan Technological University. UConn placed 7th and 8th in the top 10 ranking.

This was another fantastic edition with 333 registrations and 118 teams who participated in the event. The competition was fierce! The table below offers a summary of the top-10, prize winning teams! The maximum score attainable was 2700. Once more, we would like to extend my congratulations to the roster below as well as to all the participants. We hope it was as much fun for you to engage in and we look forward to see you again!


Rank School Team Name Points Accuracy
1 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign SIGwny 2495 98.85%
2 University of North Georgia NullPTR 2395 87.50%
3 Michigan Technological University CyberSNEED_v2 2390 93.41%
4 University of Central Florida KnightSec 2310 85.00%
5 Florida Institute of Technology FITSEC - Knights of the Hash Table 2265 82.83%
6 Syracuse University OttoLock 2225 78.30%
7 University of Connecticut The Heinous Hominids 2165 58.82%
8 University of Connecticut The distinguished gentlemen of UConn Cybersecurity Club 2150 85.57%
9 California State University - Fullerton CSUF 2145 73.87%
10 University of Tulsa Shadow Wizard Money Gang 2145 65.04%