301 Atwater Kent Laboratories
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BS Electrical Engineering Ghent University College 1988
MS Computer Science University of Ghent 1990
PhD Electrical Engineering UCLA 2004

My research interests are in hardware security related topics, a field that gained enormous traction over the past two decades. I work on challenges in cryptographic engineering, and on making systems secure and tamper resistant. My students have built numerous demonstrators which has driven my research in attacks and countermeasures against faults and side-channel analysis. In addition to research in tamper-resistant design, I also work on the conception, design and implementation of efficient realizations of secure hardware and software. 

I love teaching, too! I like to ponder how to explain complex topics clearly. I wrote a text book on a topic called "Practical Introduction to Hardware/Software Codesign". Recently, I also taught courses on Digital Signal Processing and ASIC Design. Computer engineering is an exciting topic with numerous challenges and, at the same time, big rewards. Students face an ever increasing stack of technologies to conquer, from transistors to software. I am excited about the project-based learning at WPI and I am honored to work with the undergraduate and graduate students on these challenging research problems. 

Scholarly Work

Professor Patrick Schaumont works on Hardware Security, Embedded Security, Embedded Systems and Hardware/Software Codesign


Picochip ASIC

Cryptographic Test chip


SEE MORE NEWS ABOUT Patrick Schaumont
The New York Times
AT&T Says Phone Data of ‘Nearly All’ Customers Was Breached in 2022

“When you move your IT infrastructure to the cloud, suddenly you’re in a place that is shared with a bunch of other people, and it becomes much trickier… There are many more ways in which potential attacks can be done.”  Professor Patrick Schaumont in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering provided analysis for The New York Times on the AT&T breach involving the data of more than 100 million phone customers. He discussed the potential risks of shared IT infrastructure in the cloud. The article also appeared in MSN.