Faculty Directory

Mazurek, Michelle

Mazurek, Michelle

Director, Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Associate Professor
Computer Science
Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
5236 Iribe Center


  • B.S. from the University of Maryland in 2004
  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014


Michelle Mazurek is director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. She is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science with a joint appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for  Advanced Computer Studies and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. Mazurek is also an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Her research focuses on human-centered computer security. Mazurek is interested in understanding and influencing security and privacy behaviors and preferences by collecting real data from real users. Recently, she has focused on topics including making security easier for professionals such as sysadmins and software developers, understanding how and why end users learn and apply security behaviors, and investigating adoption of end-to-end encrypted messaging.

She leads the Security, Privacy, People lab (SP2) within the Maryland Cybersecurity Center.

Mazurek received her doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Cryptography
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Systems and Networking

MC2 Kicks Off Third Year of Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The fellowships offer an opportunity to work closely with MC2 faculty in multiple areas of cybersecurity.

UMD Joins U.S. Cyber Command’s Academic Engagement Network

The initiative's goal is to create a robust and accessible pool of qualified cyber professionals. 

Mazurek, Hicks Receive Google Faculty Research Award

Researchers will develop tools/strategies that encourage software developers to write more secure code