Yan Bai, Ph.D. (British Columbia)

Professor and Director of Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership Program
School of Engineering and Technology
University of Washington Tacoma


My general research interests are in the areas of cyber security and computer networking. Over the past few years, I have worked on projects in multimedia communications, eHealth, and cloud computing. Most recently, I have started investigating Internet of Things(IoT), edge computing, and blockchain. I am particularly passionate about security, privacy and performance issues of these new technologies. We are thankful for National Science Foundation (NSF) for their great support to our research!

PhD program scholarships

I have fund to support PhD students in doing research in the area of cybersecurity. The student must be a United State citizen or permanent resident. If you are currently enrolled in, or applied for admission/transfer to the PhD in Computer Science and Systems at University of Washington Tacoma. Please contact me at yanb@uw.edu, for details.


TINFO 442 Computer Security
TINFO 443 Digital Forensics
TCSL 550 Networking and Internet Security


  • 2016 UW Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Funding:

  • PI: "Collaborative Research: Colorado-Washington Security Scholars Program" ; Funded by National Science Foundation, 2019

  • Conferences I'm recently involved with:

  • IEEE Mobile Cloud 2021 (General Chair)
  • 2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference (Technical Program Committee)


    The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
    A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
    Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
    A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
    I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

    Contact: yanb(at)u.washington.edu