Carnegie Mellon University

Sam Pagliarini

Sam Pagliarini

Special Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • HH 2120
Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Samuel Pagliarini is a special professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Prior to joining the ECE department in Jan. 2024, Prof. Pagliarini led the Centre for Hardware Security at Tallinn University of Technology (2019-2023). He also held postdoctoral appointments at CMU (2015-2019) and at the University of Bristol (2013-2015).  


Ph.D., 2013
Electrical Engineering
Télécom Paris (now Institut Polytechnique de Paris), France

M.S., 2011
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

B.S., 2008
Computer Engineering
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


Prof. Pagliarini's primary research interests are in hardware security and in chip design. His research currently focuses on the following topics:
- Trustworthy Integrated Circuit (IC) design
- Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for secure chips and systems
- Hardware trojans and countermeasures
- Reverse engineering
- Intellectual Property protection via circuit and design obfuscation
- ASIC cryptographic accelerators