Areas of Interest: Encryption, Cybersecurity, and Science Policy
Michael Wertheimer joins UMD from the National Security Agency (NSA), where he served as Director of Research from 2010-2014. In 2009 he was selected as Technical Director for the Data Acquisition Office in the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Deputy Director and Chief Technology Officer of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for Analysis. Wertheimer oversaw the coordination of intelligence community efforts to bring increased depth and accuracy to analysis through technology. Wertheimer spent two years in industry, building a research group focused on the intelligence community. From 1982 to 2003 he was a cryptologic mathematician at the National Security Agency where he trained in the design and analysis of cryptology with special emphasis on cryptanalysis digital signals processing, reverse engineering, software development, supercomputing and algorithm optimization. Wertheimer received his PhD and MA in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He received BA degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Rochester.