Kai Zeng

Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volgenau

Contact Information

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

Personal Websites


Kai Zeng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Volgenau School of Engineering. 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 University of Michigan - Dearborn and a postdoctoral scholar in the Computer Science Department at University of California, Davis (UCD). His research interests include 5G wireless security, CPS/IoT security, spectrum sharing, machine learning, and physical layer security.


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 National Science Foundation.

2012 - 2018, CAREER: Towards Reliable and Efficient Network Monitoring in White Space, funded by 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