Owen Arden

Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

  • (2017– ) Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz
  • (2020–2021) Visiting Scientist, Facebook
  • (2016–2017) Postdoc, Harvard University (with Steve Chong)
  • (2017) Ph.D. Computer Science, Cornell University (with Andrew Myers)
  • (2014) M.S. Computer Science, Cornell University
  • (2008–2009) Security Analyst, Independent Security Evaluators
  • (2003–2008) Global Network Vulnerability Analyst, NSA
  • (2003) B.S. Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech


Owen Arden is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2017 from Cornell University. His research develops languages and protocols that make it easier to build systems with strong security guarantees. Previously he worked as Global Network Vulnerability Analyst for the National Security Agency, and in 2007 received a National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. He was a recipient of the NDSEG fellowship in 2011 and was awarded an NSF CAREER grant in 2018. His research has been recognized at CIDR’13 (Best Paper), CCS’17 (Best Paper finalist), and CCS’22 (Distinguished Paper). He is currently serving as a member of the DARPA ISAT study group.


  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER Award), Building Secure Decentralized Applications with Trusted Hardware and Blockchains, 2018-2023, $510,767.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, IARPA HECTOR Project, PASCAL: Programming Architecture for Secure Cryptographic AppLications, 2019-2024, $15,477,510 (Original direct award: $864,699; Distributed: $147,531).

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