Michelle Mazurek

Director, Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Associate Professor, Computer Science and UMIACS
Affiliate Associate Professor, ECE
University of Maryland, College Park

My research focuses on human-centered computer security. I'm interested in understanding and influencing security and privacy behaviors and preferences by collecting real data from real users. Recently I have focused on topics including making security easier for professionals such as sysadmins and software developers, understanding how and why end users learn and apply security behaviors, and investigating adoption of end-to-end encrypted messaging.

I also direct the Security, Privacy, People lab (SP2) within the Maryland Cybersecurity Center.

I have limited openings for talented, motivated students who are excited about interdisciplinary research in HCI and security. If this sounds like you, whether you are already at Maryland or considering applying, please get in touch.

I am pleased to work with some excellent graduate students, including:

I also work with some great undergraduate research assistants, including Desiree Abrokwa, Anna Chan, Shruti Das, and Mary Nicole Dugay Punzalan.

Students I have supervised or worked closely with in the past: Wei Bai (ECE PhD 2019, now at Google), Kris Micinski (CS PhD 2017, now a professor at Syracuse), Elissa Redmiles (CS PhD 2019, now faculty at MPI-SWS), Rock Stevens (CS PhD 2020), Daniel Votipka (CS PhD 2020, now faculty at Tufts), Debjani Saha (CS MS, 2020), Moses Namara (UMD CS undergrad, now a PhD student at Clemson University), Dhruv Kuchhal (MAIT undergrad, now a PhD student at Georgia Tech).

Please consider submitting or attending:


Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2)
Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL)


CyLab Usable Privacy and Security lab (CUPS)
Parallel Data Lab (PDL)

Contact information

mmazurek at umd dot edu

5236 Iribe Center
College Park, MD 20742