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Katz, Jonathan

Katz, Jonathan

Computer Science
Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
5226 Iribe Center


  • S.B. in Mathematics and Chemistry from MIT
  • M.A. in Chemistry from Columbia University
  • M. Phil in Computer Science from Columbia University
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University


Jonathan Katz is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and a core faculty member in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science. 

Katz research interests include cryptography, computer and network security and theoretical computer science. 

He is a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award, the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contribution Award, a University of Maryland Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER award and more. Katz is also a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). He co-authored the textbook "Introduction to Modern Crytography" and a monograph on digital signature schemes.

Katz has held visiting appointments at UCLA, the École normale supérieure in Paris, France, and IBM in Hawthorne, NY.

He received his doctorate in computer science from Columbia University. 


  • ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contribution Award (2019)
  • IACR Fellow (2019)
  • University of Maryland Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award (2017-2018)
  • Humboldt Research Award (2015)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2005)



  • Cryptography
  • Computer and network security
  • Science of cybersecurity

Strong Representation for ECE Faculty at ICML

40th Annual Conference heavily focused on machine learning research

$1M NSF Award Supports Reimagining Cryptography in a Post-Quantum World

Scientists Say Digital Safeguards Require Forward-Looking Efforts in Research, Education

MC2 Kicks Off Third Year of Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The fellowships offer an opportunity to work closely with MC2 faculty in multiple areas of cybersecurity.

MC2 Researchers Present Six Papers at ACM Conference on Information Security

The papers cover hot topics like key management for cryptocurrencies, fuzzy message detection and more.

MC2 Researchers Present 10 Papers at Upcoming Security Symposiums

They will present research on a diverse array of security-related topics at USENIX and SOUPS. 

Three ECE Professors Ranked Top Scientists in the World by Guide2Research

They join seven other UMD faculty members breaking into the top 1000 scientist rankings based on their prolific research output.

Maryland Cybersecurity Center Kicks Off Second Year of Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The fellowship offers an opportunity to work closely with faculty and graduate students in the center.

Qu, Singh, Chakraborty, D'Antonio win 2020 ISR awards

The 2020 ISR Welcome Back Reception and Awards Ceremony was held online due to the pandemic situation.

MC2 Researchers Have 13 Papers Accepted to Upcoming Cybersecurity Events

The papers highlight the center’s cutting-edge research in programming languages, encrypted databases, and more.

MC2 Researchers Awarded $600K NIST Grant

The grant will allow researchers to continue developing next-generation cryptography protocols.