November 2018

A Message from the Guest Editor

By: Michael Devetsikiotis, Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of New Mexico

Cybersecurity has been attracting a lot of attention in the recent years. The focus has been mostly on Computer Science and traditional areas such as cryptography, secure software, and the domains of corporate networking, social media, web services and similar.

With this ECEDHA Source feature issue (a first installment) we are hoping to set forth a broader and deeper-layer aspect of security. Our viewpoint crosses over into very physical and “cyber-physical” domains such as additive manufacturing, small satellites, intelligent vehicles, critical infrastructure, and into the Internet of Things, such as it may be perceived at this stage.

The first article addresses the timely topic of protecting additively manufactured parts from cyber-attacks. Andy Kwas and colleagues from Northrop Grumman provide an insightful overview of the effect of possible cyber-aggressions onto the build files and onto Maker Spaces and 3D printers themselves. This opens up an avenue for discussing cyber-physical security in the back (or front) yard of most ECE Department Chairs.

The second article, by Chris Lamb from Sandia National Labs, broadens that picture to security concerns for the wider Internet of Things, where “things” here become truly the operative word. Embedded systems, sensors, actuators and much bigger physical whole systems, constitute an essential domain for Electrical and Computer Engineering Chairs, lab managers, faculty and students.  

We hope these brief introductions pique the readers’ interest and we plan to bring to the Source a second installment focusing further on “hardware” security in the near future.


Thank you,

Michael Devetsikiotis, PhD, FIEEE
Professor and Chair
ECE Department
The University of New Mexico


Michael Devetsikiotis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece.  He received the Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1988, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in 1990 and 1993, respectively.

In 1993 he joined the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. He became a tenure track Assistant Professor in 1996, and an Associate Professor and Department Associate Chair in 1998.

Michael returned to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State as an Associate Professor in October 2000, and became a Professor in 2006. He served as the coordinator of the Masters of Science in Computer Networking until 2011, when he became the ECE Director of Graduate Programs, managing one of the largest graduate ECE programs in the country with over 800 students.

In July 2016, Michael joined the University of New Mexico as a Professor, and the Chair of the ECE Department in the School of Engineering. His research work has resulted in 40 published refereed journal articles, 139 refereed conference papers, and 61 invited presentations, in the area of design and performance evaluation of telecommunication networks, complex socio-technical systems, and smart grid communications. In 2017 he was inducted to the NC State ECE Alumni Hall of Fame.

Michael joined the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as a student member in 1985, and he became a Fellow in 2012. He has served as Chairman of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee Communication Systems Integration and Modeling, and as a member of the IEEE ComSoc Education Board. Between 2008 and 2011 he was an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer.

He has also served as an Associate or Area Editor of several publications of the IEEE and the ACM; and as technical program committee Chair and in other roles for numerous conferences. He served as Chair of the GITC, the technical steering committee for ICC and Globecom, the flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society. In the summer of 2016, he was one of the instructors at the 2nd IEEE ComSoc Summer School, in Trento, Italy. In July 2017, he organized the 3d IEEE ComSoc Summer School,  held at UNM, in Albuquerque, NM.

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