Bryan C. Ward

Dr. Bryan C. Ward is a technical staff member in the Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His current work focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of secure real-time and embedded systems, including industrial control systems and satellites. His research interests also include systems security, real-time and cyber-physical systems, distributed and concurrent systems, and operating systems.

Dr. Ward is leading research efforts to understand how cybersecurity defenses can be developed and incorporated into cyber-physical systems with real-time requirements. He has ongoing collaborations with several universities and advises MIT Masters of Engineering students. He is also actively engaged with the research community at large, and regularly serves on the program committees of top conferences in real-time and embedded computing.

Dr. Ward is the first-prize winner of the 2020 AFCEA Cyber Edge Writing Challenge for his article coauthored with Ryan Burrow titled “Control Systems Need Software Security Too,” which appeared in Signal Magazine. He is also the recipient of the 2021 MIT Lincoln Laboratory Outstanding Mentor Award.

Prior to joining the Laboratory in 2016, Dr. Ward earned both an MS and PhD degrees in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the area of real-time computing. Dr. Ward holds a BS in computer science and engineering and a BA in mathematics from Bucknell University.