Faculty Directory

Miers, Ian

Miers, Ian

Assistant Professor
Computer Science
Maryland Cybersecurity Center
5242 Iribe Center


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2017


Ian Miers is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science with a joint appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for  Advanced Computer Studies. He is a core faculty member in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. 

Miers’s work takes a context-driven approach to making cryptographic systems secure, reasoning backwards from real world problems to design deployable cryptographic protocols that address the subtleties of security for production systems. This includes Zerocoin and Zerocash, the first systems to provide strongly private payments on top of public blockchains.

His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired, and The Economist.

Miers received his doctorate in computer science from Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to UMD, Miers was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell Tech.

  • Cryptography
  • Encryption 
  • Cryptocurrency 

MC2 Researchers Present Three Papers at IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

Topics covered by the researchers involve security education, online protection for at-risk users, and "blocklisting."

MC2 Kicks Off Third Year of Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The fellowships offer an opportunity to work closely with MC2 faculty in multiple areas of cybersecurity.

MC2 Researchers Present Six Papers at ACM Conference on Information Security

The papers cover hot topics like key management for cryptocurrencies, fuzzy message detection and more.

Maryland Cybersecurity Center Kicks Off Second Year of Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The fellowship offers an opportunity to work closely with faculty and graduate students in the center.

New MC2 Postdoctoral Fellow Brings Expertise in Cryptography to UMD Campus

Cong Zhang is the inaugural recipient of the MC2 fellowship.