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Katz, Jonathan

Katz, Jonathan

Computer Science
Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
5226 Iribe Center


  • S.B. in Mathematics and Chemistry from MIT
  • M.A. in Chemistry from Columbia University
  • M. Phil in Computer Science from Columbia University
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University


Jonathan Katz is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and a core faculty member in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science. 

Katz research interests include cryptography, computer and network security and theoretical computer science. 

He is a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award, the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contribution Award, a University of Maryland Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award, an NSF CAREER award and more. Katz is also a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). He co-authored the textbook "Introduction to Modern Crytography" and a monograph on digital signature schemes.

Katz has held visiting appointments at UCLA, the École normale supérieure in Paris, France, and IBM in Hawthorne, NY.

He received his doctorate in computer science from Columbia University. 


  • ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contribution Award (2019)
  • IACR Fellow (2019)
  • University of Maryland Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award (2017-2018)
  • Humboldt Research Award (2015)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2005)



  • Cryptography
  • Computer and network security
  • Science of cybersecurity

Reimagining Cryptography in a Post-Quantum World

Jonathan Katz leads a $1M NSF award that supports forward-looking efforts in research, education.

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.

Katz Named ACM Fellow

He was recognized for his contributions to cryptographic protocol design and cryptography education.

Three ECE Professors Ranked Top Scientists in the World by Guide2Research

They join seven other UMD faculty members breaking into the top 1000 scientist rankings based on their prolific research output.

Katz Named IACR Fellow

He is being recognized for his technical and professional contributions to the field of cryptology

UMD Cybersecurity Club Wins National Competition

Team of five undergraduate students scored highest amongst more than 500 teams

Four UMD Students Named 2016 Goldwater Scholars

UMD is one of five institutions with all four nominees named scholars

UMD Cybersecurity Symposium to Focus on Latest Trends in Cybersecurity

Fourth Annual MC2 Symposium on Dec. 7 will explore cutting-edge cybersecurity research

UMD Among Largest Recipients of NSF Funding for Cybersecurity Research and Education

UMD research awards are part of the NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program

UMD Researchers Awarded $1M from NIST to Work on Next-Generation Cryptography

Katz, Papamanthou and Dachman-Soled will collaborate with NIST on post-quantum cryptography project

MC2 Researchers Receive $1.2M NSF Grant for Verifiable Computation

Papamanthou leads team of MC2 Researchers on Verifiable Computing Project

Annual Cyber Symposium Brings Large Crowd, Interesting Discussion

UMD symposium on cybersecurity research and education draws large crowd

UMD Receives $4.5M for Science of Security "Lablet"

The funding is for new scientific methodologies and tools related to cybersecurity.

UMD to Offer New MOOCs Multi-Course Specialization in Cybersecurity

New initiative positions university at the forefront of the next chapter in massive open online courses.