Alvaro A. Cardenas is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before this, he was the Eugene McDermott Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was also a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and research staff at Fujitsu Laboratories. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.S. from Universidad de Los Andes. His research interests focus on cyber-physical systems and IoT security and privacy. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the 2018 faculty excellence in research award from the Erik Johnson School of Engineering and Computer Science, the Eugene McDermott Fellow Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Dallas, and he is the recipient of best paper awards from the IEEE Smart Grid Communications Conference and the U.S. Army Research Conference, and a finalist of the CSAW competition in Israel.