PhD Student at the School of Computing at the University of Connecticut. Graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (M.Sc.). Currently working on the next generation of virtual applications and desktop provisioning. My graduate research interests are Cryptography, Blockchains, Network Security and Performace, and Application Security. My previous projects were related to applying Software-defined Networking in the security realm.

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  • Network Security
  • Cryptography
  • Application Security
  • Malware Analysis
  • M.Sc. in Computer Science, Network Security Research, 2017

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • B.Sc. in Computer Science, Minor in Maths, 2015

    Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane


Graduate Assistant
August 2022 – Present Storrs, CT
Graduate Research Assistant, building and conducting experiments. Specializing in Cryptography and Blockchain Research
Staff Software Engineer / Software Engineer II / Senior Software Engineer / Senior Software Engineer II
July 2017 – Present Burlington, MA

Software Engineer, with cyber security background, working on the software developed by the WinApp Delivery Group at Citrix Systems Inc.

  • Participated in improving the Citrix Machine Creation Services (part of the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops product) on Azure.

  • Developed the initial design for the Citrix Connector Appliance for cloud services and its components.

  • Currently designing and developing Citrix Provisioning Services (part of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops product) on Azure.

  • Interfaced with the product security team and reviewed policy compliance for different products developed at Citrix’s Boston offices.

Research Assistant
August 2015 – May 2017 Worcester, MA
  • Investigated methods to enhance enterprise network security using concepts from the software-defined networking paradigm. Work included modifying the network stack in the linux kernel, integrating Open vSwitch as the main network interface and connecting to a Pox/Floodlight SDN controller

  • Investigated the feasibility of cloud-hosted software-defined networking servers that would allow managing and securing residential networks. This project was done by building a measurement interface and proxying using PHP.

  • Researched methods to isolate specific traffic and protect it against known attacks, and applied it to the skype protocol. Work done using ufw/iptables and a POX SDN controller

Teaching Assistant
August 2011 – December 2014 Ifrane, Morocco
  • Helped professors with management of their classes. This included grading, tutoring and reviewing class content.
  • Classes: Physics I - Object Oriented Programming - Computer Architecture - Operating Systems - Computer Networks
Datacenter Engineer, Intern
June 2013 – August 2013 Casablanca, Morocco
  • Developed an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) self-provisioning platform based on Apache Cloudstack using JEE and AJAX.
  • Performed data center operations: Adding new machines, managing VMs, maintaining servers.


IACR Crypto Travel and Attendence Stipend
Synchrony Graduate Fellowship
AUI Excellence Scholarship

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