Brandon D’Agostino ’20 (CompE/EE) awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Brandon D’Agostino ’20 (CompE/EE) has been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for 2021. This fellowship provides three years of financial support for graduate study leading to research-based graduate degrees in STEM.


Brandon’s foray into academic research began in summer 2019 via an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) fellowship in Professor Omer Khan’s Computer Architecture Group. Since his initial stint that summer, Brandon has remained engaged in research with Professor Khan as a research assistant. Brandon contributed to IRONHIDE, a secure multicore architecture that efficiently mitigates microarchitecture state based side-channel attacks in microprocessors, that was presented at the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture, and co-authored OPTIMUS, a security-centric dynamic hardware partitioning scheduler for secure processors, that was published in 2020 at the IEEE Transactions on Computers. Brandon is also a tutor in UConn’s chapter of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the electrical engineering honor society.


Outside of academia, Brandon has held two summer co-ops in Moog, Inc., an international designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems for aerospace, defense, industrial, and medical applications. Notably, Brandon collaborated in Moog’s preeminent Technology and Advanced Pursuits (TAP) group on the development of safety-critical sensor systems for Moog’s prototype autonomous vehicle platform. In addition to this, Brandon has developed several embedded control systems for high-end audio electronics manufacturers in North America and Europe.


Brandon is looking forward to embarking upon his proposed NSF research project, WARDEN, that aims to develop programmable hardware security capabilities for domain-specific computer architectures (DSAs).


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Published: March 31, 2021

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