Kris Gaj


Kris Gaj received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland. He was a founder of Enigma, a Polish company that generates practical software and hardware cryptographic applications used by major Polish banks. In 1998, he joined George Mason University, where he currently works as an Associate Professor, doing research and teaching courses in the area of cryptographic engineering and reconfigurable computing. His research projects center on new hardware architectures for secret key ciphers, hash functions, public key cryptosystems, and factoring; benchmarking of cryptographic hardware, as well as development of specialized libraries and application kernels for high-performance reconfigurable computers. He is the co-director of the Cryptographic Engineering Research Group. He has been a member of the Program Committees of CHES, CryptArchi, CT-RSA, DSD, FPT, LightSec, Quo Vadis Cryptology, ReConFig, ReCoSoc, and SPACE; a General Co-chair of CHES 2008 in Washington D.C., a Program Co-chair of CHES 2009 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Program Co-chair of SHARCS 2012 in Washington D.C. He is an author of a book on breaking German Enigma cipher during World War II, and a co-author of the book on Cryptographic Engineering. In 2013, he was awarded two patents for new Montgomery Multiplication Architectures.