Aydin Aysu

Assistant Professor
 Engineering Building II (EB2) 3076
 Campus Box 7911


Dr. Aysu received his B.S degree in microelectronics engineering with a mathematics minor and his M.S degree in electrical engineering from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Virginia Tech and was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin before he joined NC State. Dr. Aysu conducts research on cybersecurity with an emphasis on hardware-based security. The focus of his research is the development of secure systems that prevent advanced cyber attacks targeting hardware vulnerabilities. To that end, his research interests cover applied cryptography, computer architecture, and digital hardware design. He also works on cybersecurity education and the societal impacts of cybersecurity.


  • Ph.D. 2016
    Computer Engineering
    Virginia Tech
  • Master's 2010
    Electrical Engineering
    Sabanci University, Turkey
  • Bachelor's 2008
    Microelectronics Engineering
    Sabanci University, Turkey

Research Focus

  • Computer Architecture and Systems

Highlighted Awards

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 - Best Paper Award, Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference
  • 2019 - Faculty Research and Professional Development Award (FRPD), NC State
  • 2019- NSF Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) Award
  • 2019- Best Paper Award, ACM Great Lake Symposium on VLSI, Microelectronic Systems Education
  • 2019- Best Student Paper Nominee, IEEE International Conference on Hardware Security and Trust
  • 2018- Best Paper Nominee, IEEE International Conference on Hardware Security and Trust
  • 2017- Top 50 Article, IEEE Embedded System Letters

Recent News

NC State Faculty Members Awarded Funded Research for Secure Virtualization

Posted on September 20, 2021 | Filed Under: Research

The Office of Naval Research has granted Amro Awad and Aydin Aysu—both assistant professors of electrical and computer engineering at NC State—research funding to discover more secure virtualization techniques in hardware accelerators. 

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Researchers Develop Toolkit to Test Apple Security, Find Vulnerability

Posted on September 13, 2021 | Filed Under: Research and Smart

New toolkit allows users to test the hardware security of Apple devices and finds iTimed vulnerability

This post was originally published in NC State News.

Aysu and Ozturk Recipients of ECE Faculty Awards

Posted on October 20, 2020 | Filed Under: Awards

ECE is proud to announce that Aydin Aysu and Mehmet Ozturk are the 2020 recipients of the Departmental Faculty Awards — the Bennet Faculty Fellow Award and the William F. Lane Outstanding Teaching Award.

Recent Media Mentions

NC State researchers find security vulnerabilities with some older iPhones

September 14, 2021

It was a very like a shot in the dark,” said Aydin Aysu, who is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at N.C. State.

Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets

May 6, 2020

A masking defense in a paper by Aydin Aysu could stop neural networks from revealing their inner workings to adversaries.


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