Ryan Gerdes is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech. His area of specialization is computer and network security. His research interests include operation of autonomous systems in unknown, uncertain, and adversarial environments; device fingerprinting; embedded systems security; sensor security; controls security; cybersecurity; and cyber-physical systems security; transportation security; engineering education; and applied electromagnetics.
Gerdes' recent research projects have focused on securing automated transportation systems, exploring ways to identify devices based upon their electrical signatures, and finding ways to exploit and secure cyber-physical systems. He has received research funding from U.S. government agencies including DOE and NSF.
Among his numerous honors and awards, Gerdes received the Teacher of the Year Award from Utah State University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015 and 2013, and the National Science Foundation's Creating Effective Future Faculty in Engineering Award.
Gerdes earned his B.S. in computer engineering, his M.Eng. in electrical engineering, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, all from Iowa State University.