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Computer Science

Zachary Kissel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Prior to his teaching positions at Merrimack and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Zachary Kissel worked for several years as a software engineer at Oracle, Sun Microsystems and EMC Corp.


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell
M.S., Northeastern University
B.S., Merrimack College


Kissel’s research interests are at the intersection of cryptography and complexity theory. He is currently focusing on efficient cryptographic mechanisms for enforcing access control on data when the storage provider is untrusted.

He has published several papers in theoretical cryptography, specifically in the area of searchable encryption.




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