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

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

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.

Paper by Aysu and Becchi Chosen as Best Paper at DATE Conference

Posted on May 15, 2020 | Filed Under: Research

A paper outlining a hardware solution to then next generation of cryptographic solutions by Aydin Aysu and Michela Becchi was chosen as Best Paper at the Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference

Aysu (second from right) and his research lab members
Aysu receives NSF CAREER Award

Posted on March 17, 2020 | Filed Under: Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Aysu for receiving an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) for his ongoing cryptographic and deep learning research!

Recent Media Mentions

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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