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Zachary Kissel


Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science is a Ph. D. candidate in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University; B.S. Computer Science and Mathematics from Merrimack College. Prior to joining Merrimack, he was a software engineer for seven years at Sun Microsystems (later acquired by Oracle). His responsibilities there included work on Solaris device drivers and later work on Solaris security products. He has additionally served as an adjunct lecturer in the department of Computer Science at both Merrimack College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research interests are in the intersection of cryptography and complexity theory. His current project is working on efficient cryptographic mechanisms for enforcing access control on data when the storage provider is untrusted.

  Email:                                                                     Office:   Mendel 253                                                                                         Phone:  978-837-3566



Faculty Facts

  • I am an avid mountain biker and really like the fall. I also really like to sit outside along the pond by the bridge for lunch or to grade whenever I can. 

  • I like to be challenged and really enjoy problem-solving. My job is great because gives me an excuse to solve puzzles all day–there are not too many jobs that pay you to solve puzzles. 

  • I do a lot of camping, mostly in National Forests. If I could travel anywhere, I would really like to visit Europe.

  • I grew up in Plaistow, NH and attended Merrimack College as an undergraduate. While a student here, I was inspired to teach by many of my professors.