Graduate Research Assistant

George Mason University


Duc (Cothan) Nguyen is a graduate research assistant in hardware implementation of Post-Quantum Cryptography in FPGA. His research interest includes designing Post-Quantum Cryptography hardware architecture, applying deep learning to binary analysis, and NEON implementation of multiple PQC candidates. Before his Ph.D., he participated in many CTF competitions and won several national and international prizes, his tasks were to implement relevant cryptographic attack papers during competitions.

Also, he is the founder of Efiens CTF team, Efiens has become top student CTF team in Vietnam, furthermore, Efiens team achieves honored prizes in International Olympiad in Cryptography (NSUCRYPTO) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and has multiple publications in the area of Cryptography.


  • Post-Quantum Cryptography
  • SIMD Cryptographic Implementation
  • Deep Learning Binary Analysis
  • Capture The Flag
  • High Level Synthesis


  • PhD in Hardware Implementation of Post-Quantum Cryptography, 2017

    George Mason University, VA, USA

  • BSc in Computer Engineering, 2015

    Bach Khoa University, Vietnam



PhD Student - Graduate Research Assistant

Cryptographic Engineering Research Group

Sep 2017 – Present Fairfax, VA, USA
Responsibilities include:

  • Evaluate, benchmark Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) NIST lattice-based candidates
  • Offload time-critical functionality to FPGA
  • Design and Implement High speed Hardware architecture using High-Level-Synthesis
  • Experiment on SDSoc Platform, estimate speed up

Operation Security Internship

VNG Corporation

Dec 2014 – Apr 2015 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Responsibilities include:

  • Tracked and monitored security events
  • Detected and responded to abnormal activities and behavior of sophisticated malware


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