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Andrea Mambretti is a PhD student in the Information Assurance program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professors William Robertson and Engin Kirda. His research is primarily focused on making compiler and operating systems more secure. Andrea earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy as well as his master’s degree from the same university before working on his master’s thesis at Northeastern University’s System Security Lab in 2014.
- BS in Computer Science Engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan – Italy
- MS in Computer Science Engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan – Italy
- Hometown: Costa Masnaga, (LC), Italy
- Field of Study: Information Assurance
- PhD Advisors: William Robertson and Engin Kirda
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I am a PhD student in the Information Assurance program.
What are your research interests?
I’m mainly researching compiler and operating systems approaches for security.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting?
The most interesting aspect of my research is building new system components that allow a more secure user experience.
What are your research or career goals, going forward?
I’m interested in both academic and industry careers as long as I would be able to keep the research aspect in my daily activities.
Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?
I grew up in a quiet, small town called Costa Masnaga close to the alps in the north of Italy. I studied in Milano for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees and in 2014 I visited the Seclab (Systems Security Laboratory) at Northeastern for 6 months to work on my master’s thesis. Afterwards, I decided to apply for the PhD in the same field.
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
I chose to study in Polytechnic University of Milan because it was one of the best technical universities in Italy and I was able to easily commute there from my home.