Mahesh@Algonquin Park

Mahesh V. Tripunitara

DC 2532
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
The University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1
+1-519-888-4567 x32864
fax: +1-519-746-3077 (a cover page is necessary)

I have been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo since January 2009. Since July 2014, I am an Associate Professor (with Tenure). I was an Assistant Professor through June 2014. For 3 years prior to coming to Waterloo, I was principal research staff in the Security and Privacy Technology Lab at Motorola's corporate R&D Labs in Schaumburg.

I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University, where my advisor was Ninghui Li. Gene Spafford has also been a significant influence. Before returning to Purdue in 2003 for the Ph.D., I spent about 6 years in industry, mostly in software development. It included about 4 years in Silicon Valley. I have a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Computer Science from Dalhousie University, where my honours project supervisor was Patrick Keast. Before that, I attended the Chinmaya Vidyalaya, at its old campus in Ernakulam, near the Ernakulathappan Temple.

I research information security. Most of my work has been in authorization and access control. I have worked also on cryptographic key transport, secure payments, usable security, and security and reliability of computer hardware. My work tends to be a mix of fundamental and applied aspects.

Associate Director, Software Engineering     Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2017, I serve as Associate Director of the Software Engineering program (SE). Please use to contact me regarding matters related to SE.


(last updated: June 2015)


DBLP is fairly accurate.

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External Service

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CloudCom (Security & Privacy Track PC co-Chair 2015), CODASPY (PC 2012-2015), CCS (PC 2014-2015), ESORICS (PC 2013-2014), SACMAT (PC co-Chair 2014, PC 2009-2013, Panels co-Chair 2010, 2012-2013, Publicity Chair 2011), POLICY (PC 2010-2012], IFIPTM (PC 2009-2012), ICISS (PC 2009, 2012-2014), NSS (PC 2012-2013), NSF (Panelist).


I am cast as Banquo in Elora Community Theatre's production of Macbeth.