Instructor: Krishna Sampigethaya

Krishna Sampigethaya
Biography: Dr. Krishna Sampigethaya is currently the Chair for the Department of Cyber Intelligence and Security at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, a DHS/NSA designated Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense and offering one of the world's few ABET accredited cybersecurity degree programs. Dr. Sampigethaya received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington (2007) and was one of the first in the world to defend a thesis on connected vehicle privacy and aviation cyber security research. He then joined The Boeing Company and was soon selected as the first Boeing Associate Technical Fellow for aviation cyber-physical security in 2012. More recently he was the first Associate Director for cyber security at the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Research Center (2016-2018), focusing on the security of aerospace systems and commercial products. He has also been an Assistant Director for the Masters in Telecom program at the University of Maryland (2014-2015), developing new courses on software-defined networks and connected vehicles.Dr. Sampigethaya founded the first aviation cyber security technical committee, sponsored by the SAE in 2008, and has been organizing aviation cyber security tracks at SAE as well as AIAA/IEEE conferences since then. He has served on the RTCA SC-216 standard committee working jointly with EUROCAE WG-72 (2017-2018). He co-edited the first special issue on cyber-physical systems, published in the first centennial year issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE journal (2012). He has authored over 50 papers-including 3 award-winning publications-delivered over 16 keynotes, and holds over 16 US patents in aviation CPS security. His work has been recognized in the community with awards such as the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) Engineer of the Year Award (2013), ASEI Corporate Engineering Excellence Award (2013), and a Best Instructor Award at UMD (2015). At Embry-Riddle, he has led several projects in aviation and aerospace cyber security including the world's first virtual aviation cybersecurity competition.If you would like to connect with Dr. Sampigethaya on LinkedIn, his profile can be found at He can also be reached through his email at

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