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John L. Manferdelli

Professor of the Practice

Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute


Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
628 Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: John Manferdelli
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • PhD in Mathematics, University of California – Berkeley


John Manferdelli is Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern University.  Immediately prior to that he was Engineering Director for Production Security Development at Google.

Prior to Google, John was a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation and co-PI (with David Wagner) for the Intel Science and Technology Center for Secure Computing at the University of California at Berkeley.  He was also a member of the Information Science and Technology advisory group at DARPA and is a member of the Defense Science Board.

Prior to Intel, John Manferdelli was a distinguished engineer at Microsoft and was an affiliate faculty member in computer science at the University of Washington. He was responsible for computer security, cryptography and systems research, as well as research in quantum computing. At Microsoft, John also worked as a senior researcher, software architect, product unit manager, general manager at Microsoft and was responsible the development of the next-generation secure computing base technologies and the rights management capabilities currently integrated into Windows, for which he was the original architect. He joined Microsoft in February 1995 when it acquired his company, Natural Language Inc., based in Berkeley, California.

At Natural Language, Manferdelli was the founder and, at various times, vice president of research and development and CEO. Other positions he has held include staff engineer at TRW Inc., computer scientist and mathematician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and principal investigator at Bell Labs. He was also an adjunct associate professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Manferdelli’s professional interests include cryptography and cryptographic mathematics, combinatorial mathematics, operating systems, and computer security.  He is author of many papers of computer security, high performance computing, cryptography, has given invited talks on high performance computing quantum computing and computer security and signal processing and has been awarded many patents.  He is also a licensed Radio Amateur (AI6IT).

Manferdelli has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.