I graduated 15 Ph.D. students and 37 M.S. students, and also
directed the theses of 6 undergraduate students. Eleven of my Ph.D.
students are currently professors: Three in the US, one in Mexico,
and four in Turkey, two in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and one in
South Korea. The other four work for global high-tech companies
in the US. Incidentally, three of my PhD students were the
Associate Editors of the prestigious IEEE Transactions on
Computers in of January 2015:
- Francisco Rodríguez-Henríquez,
Professor, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico
- Erkay Savaş, Professor, Sabanci University
- Berk Sunar, Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
There are essentially 4 groups of courses that I organize, prepare, and teach.
- The first group consists of basic computer science and computer
engineering courses. I had taught and have been teaching courses for
large classes (from 40 up to 200) with titles such as Introduction to
Computer Science, Data Structures and Algorithms, and
Computer Architecture. I have also taught interdisciplinary
courses, such as Computational Thinking for Scientists and
Understanding Science and Technology.
- The second group consists of graduate-level courses in my
research interests: Elliptic Curve Cryptography,
Computational Algebra, and Cryptographic Engineering.
I had also taught graduate-level courses in fields related to my
background and education, such as Computer Arithmetic, Embedded
Systems, and Parallel Computation.
- The third group includes short courses in my research and
development interests. I organize and teach two such courses
regularly, one at UC Santa Barbara:
Applied Cryptography and
Hardware Security and the other at Ecole polytechnique federale
de Lausanne (EPFL):
Engineering. I also offer and teach on-site courses, for example,
I taught such courses at Intel (Oregon), Samsung Electronics (South Korea),
KACST (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), and Turkey.
- The final group of courses are special projects in cryptography
for undergraduate students. I started teaching such a course at the
Honors College at Oregon State University in 2003. Now, I teach one
at the College of Creative Studies of University of California
Santa Barbara. The objective is to teach advanced, research-level,
and original material to undergraduate students in order to motivate
and lead them for independent research.
Selected UCSB Courses