TITLE: Associate Professor, Computer Sciences and Director, Harris Institute for Assured Information

UNDERGRADUATE: Mechanical Engineering Federal University of Brasilia

M.S. – University of West Florida, Computer Science   |  M.S. – Federal University of Brasilia, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. – Tulane University, Computer Science



Dr. Marco Carvalho’s professional journey has taken him to a vast array of places, both geographically and academically – from mechanical engineering to cybersecurity, and Brazil to the United States.

In addition to his role as associate professor of computer sciences in the Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity at FIT, he is also the director of the Harris Institute for Assured Information, which includes a number of research groups and laboratories. He is also the academic chair of the CYB program, a graduate program focused on cybersecurity, and the chair of the College of Engineering Research Council.

Carvalho’s work in security stems from research projects he’s developed in the past for the U.S. government. “Some of the most challenging research problems of that domain deal with external attacks and adversarial behavior,” Carvalho said. “My research efforts started to shift towards survivable systems design, and later move to systems security and resilience, which is a large part of my research activity today.”

During the year, you can find Carvalho teaching Network Security in the spring and Computer Networks in the fall to students at FIT. “I try to bring to my students a conceptual understanding of networking and communication principles. It is a lot easier to design, build and optimize network systems and protocols when you understand the fundamentals of
the discipline,” he said.

“Cybersecurity is a fascinating area because it requires the combination of a number of disciplines. Cybersecurity involves humans as much as the systems they use, and heavily explores the interdependencies between the two. I believe that it is the complexity of the field that attracts me, as well as the opportunity to bring together the fundamentals of computer systems, networks, control theory, and human cognition, and other areas into real world problems.”


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