Dr. Mehdi Kalantari Khandani is an assistant research scientist at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Maryland (UMD). He received his BSc and MSc degrees in electrical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran 1996, and 1998, respectively. After gaining several years of industry experience in control and communication systems during 1996-2000, he started his PhD studies at UMD in 2000, where he received PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005, and since then he has worked there as an assistant research scientist. Dr. Kalantari's research interests include Communication Theory, Internet Security and in particular Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) defense, and modeling and analysis of Wireless Networks, and Vehicular Networking Technologies. His inventions in the area of DDoS are the core intellectual property of RioRey Inc., an international leader in providing of DDoS solutions.
Dr. Kalantari received Dean's Honor Award of the Sharif University of Technology in 1996, Business Plan Competition Award of UMD in 2004, and Award for Entrepreneurship of UMD in 2006. Moreover, he has received research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS), and Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).