Kai Zeng

Mason ECE professor Kai Zeng
Titles and Organizations

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-5933
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 3252
Mail Stop: 1G5

Personal Websites


Kai Zeng is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the College of Engineering and Computing. He is also affiliated with the Department of Computer Science and Cyber Security Engineering. Prior to coming to Mason, he was a faculty member in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Michigan - Dearborn and a postdoctoral scholar in the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Davis (UCD). His research interests include 5G wireless security, CPS/IoT security, spectrum sharing, machine learning, and physical layer security.

Research Spotlight:

Kai Zeng's research focuses on secure connections in wireless communications and network forensics. As a PI, he collaborates with other faculty and organizations to develop "WindTexter." WindTexter is a commercialized product that helps users establish a secure and covert connection in areas where 5G connections are unsecure. Watch the video below to learn more about this product.




2019 - 2021: Secure 5G Wireless Communications, funded by Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI).

2019 - 2020: Best Practices in Cybersecurity for Utilities: Secure Remote Access, funded by Protect Our Power.

2018 - 2020: Cyber P3 Scholarship Program, funded by NSA.

2016 - 2019: TWC: Small: Secure Near Field Communications between Mobile Devices, funded by National Science Foundation.

2016 - 2018: COTS Approach to Information Security, funded by Progeny Systems (ONR STTR, Phase II).

2016 - 2017: USAR's Cyber Solider Development, funded by NSA.

2015 - 2018: EARS: Collaborative Research: Intelligence Measure of Cognitive Radio Networks, funded by the National Science Foundation.

2012 - 2018: CAREER: Towards Reliable and Efficient Network Monitoring in White Space, funded by the National Science Foundation.

2015: Secure Communications in Wireless Environments, funded by MITRE.

Research Interests

5G Wireless Security, Spectrum Sharing, CPS/IoT Security, Machine Learning, Physical Layer Security, Network Forensics


  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute