Mauricio Papa, Ph.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Mauricio Papa, Ph.D.

Brock Professor of Computer Science


Mauricio Papa is the Brock Professor for The Tandy School of Computer Science and the School of Cyber Studies at The University of Tulsa.

His primary research area is critical infrastructure protection and operational technology (OT) security, areas in which he has helped design process control testbeds to support cybersecurity efforts. He has participated in funded research efforts (DARPA, DoD, DoJ, NSF, DoE and private industry) to develop cybersecurity solutions for the electric power sector, transportation sector, nuclear reactors and oil & gas sectors.

For the electric power sector, in a project funded through DARPA, Dr. Papa served as the lead researcher tasked with designing, building and deploying a critical infrastructure protection (CIP) lab. In the transportation sector, with funding from the Department of Justice and the NSF, he worked on projects involving heavy vehicles and forensic tools for use in crash reconstruction.

In a multi-institution project (The University of Tulsa, Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) funded by the Department of Energy, he participated in a project to simulate and explore solutions to secure control systems used in nuclear research reactors (NRRs).

He has also conducted research on predictive analytics and IoT to help secure and reduce maintenance costs in the oil and gas industry.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, The University of Tulsa, 2001
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, The University of Tulsa, 1996
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1992

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Network Security
  • Distributed Process Control
  • Network Intrusion Detection
  • Protocol Analysis