Frank Wang


I am currently a Ph.D student at MIT CSAIL in the PDOS group, advised by Nickolai Zeldovich and James Mickens, where my research interests lie at the intersection of systems, cryptography, and web applications. Some of my other close collaborators are Vinod Vaikuntanathan, Shafi Goldwasser, and Matei Zaharia. Before MIT, I received my B.S. in computer science from Stanford, advised by Dan Boneh.

The underlying philosophy of my research is that breaches and hacks have become inevitable, and the goal of secure systems should be to minimize information leakage when these breaches occur. Naturally, much of my research has focused on developing methods to use cryptography more efficiently, especially in web application settings. In addition to building cryptographic systems, I am broadly interested in developing practical secure systems for large-scale web applications.

I also enjoy collaborating and interacting with industry executives to identify and address future needs in the security industry. To bridge the gap between academia and industry, I co-founded Cybersecurity Factory with Jean Yang, a summer program for early stage cybersecurity startups. You can also find me hanging out with people from Rough Draft Ventures.


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Director: MIT Security Seminar
Co-founder: Cybersecurity Factory
Board of Trustees: Sidney-Pacific