The ECE Department would like to congratulate Prof. Houman Homayoun under whose lead the multi university project NSF CHEST (National Science Foundation Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust) has attained NSF grant of $750,000 for five years. NSF CHEST is an Industry–University Cooperative Research Center with an objective revolves around the identification and resolution of vulnerabilities affecting computer systems. They cover architectural, microprocessors, field programmable gate array, and other circuits. Their research covers topics from vulnerabilities in microprocessor architecture, counterfeit detection to secure processor architectures and more. The central mission statement is to “address the research challenges that industry faces in the design, protection, and resilience of hardware from the security vulnerabilities associated with electronic hardware and embedded systems and develop the much needed workforce for government and industry.” Learn more about the project at

The NSF CHEST Center is funded by a combination of National Science Foundation grants and memberships by industry and non-profit institutions, and CHEST coordinates university-based research with partner needs to advance knowledge of security, assurance, and trust for electronic hardware and embedded systems. NSF CHEST currently has more than 20 industry partners committed to provide funding to the center. Learn more about the industry partner at

NSF CHEST runs under the collaboration of six center site directors from across the country, Prof. Homayoun among them. Dr. Homayoun conducts research in hardware security and trust, computer architecture security, data-intensive computing and heterogeneous computing, where he has published more than 100 technical papers in the prestigious conferences and journals on the subject. We’re honored to have Prof. Homayoun onboard this project and look forward to its prosperous expansion.