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Peter Hawrylak, PhD

Peter Hawrylak, PhD
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
918-631-3277 Rayzor Hall Room 1100


PhD – University of Pittsburgh MS – University of Pittsburgh BS – University of Pittsburgh


Peter J. Hawrylak, Ph.D. received the B.S. degree in computer engineering, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering, and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, in 2002, 2004, and 2006 respectively. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Tandy School for Computer Science, at The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA. He has published more than 40 publications and holds 13 patents in the radio frequency identification (RFID), energy harvesting, and cyber-security areas. His research interests include RFID (radio frequency identification), security for low-power wireless devices, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and digital design. Dr. Hawrylak is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society, and is currently the Secretary of the Tulsa Section of the IEEE. He served as chair of the RFID Experts Group (REG) of Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM) in 2012-2013. Peter received AIM Inc.’s Ted Williams Award in 2015 for his contributions to the RFID industry. Dr. Hawrylak is the Publication Chair of the International IEEE RFID Conference, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Radio Frequency Identification Technology and Applications (IJRFITA) journal published by InderScience Publishers, which focuses on the application and development of RFID technology. Dr. Hawrylak is also the Editor-in-Cheif of the IEEE RFID Virtual Journal which provides a single source for high-quality and high-impact publications in the areas of RFID and Internet of Things (IoT).

Research Interests

Embedded Systems
Radio Frequency Identification
Internet of Things
Wireless Systems
Embedded System Security
Wireless System Security
Digital Hardware Design
Computer Architecture

Teaching Interests

Computer Organization
Digital Logic
Computer Architecture
Digital Hardware Design and Implementation
Radio Frequency Identification


  • G. Louthan, J. Daily, J. Hale, M. Papa, and P. Hawrylak, “Attack Graphs and Scenario Driven Wireless Computer Network Defense,” to appear in Situational Awareness in Computer Network Defense: Principles, Methods and Applications, IGI Global, Hershey, PA, 2011.

  • P. Hawrylak and J. Hale, “Medical Data Privacy Handbook,” A. Gkoulalas-Divanis and G. Loukides, Eds. Springer International Publishing, 2015, pp. 549–567.

  • P. Hawrylak and J. Hale, “The use of Body-Area Networks and Radio Frequency Identification in Healthcare,” in Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, no. 3rd Edition, M. Khosrow-Pour, Ed. IGI Global, 2015, pp. 6318–6326.

  • Chris Reynolds, Charles Bales, Will Nichols, Casey Strong, John Hale, Mauricio Papa, Peter J. Hawrylak, “Cyber-Security Experimentation Platform for Instrumentation and Control Systems in a Nuclear Reactor,” Advances in Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology & Policy Conference, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Santa Fe, NM, US., 4 pages.

  • W. Nichols, Z. Hill, P. Hawrylak, J. Hale, and M. Papa, “Automatic Generation of Attack Scripts from Attack Graphs,” in 2018 1st International Conference on Data Intelligence and Security (ICDIS), 2018, pp. 267–274.

  • R. Raval, A. Maskus, B. Saltmiras, M. Dunn, P. Hawrylak, and J. Hale, “Competitive Learning Environment for Cyber-Physical System Security Experimentation,” in 2018 1st International Conference on Data Intelligence and Security (ICDIS), 2018, pp. 211–218.

  • W. Nichols, P. Hawrylak, J. Hale, and M. Papa, “Methodology to Estimate Attack Graph System State from a Simulation of a Nuclear Research Reactor,” in 2018 Resilience Week (RWS), 2018, pp. 84–87.

  • Hawrylak, Peter et al. “Using Hybrid Attack Graphs to Model and Analyze Attacks against the Critical Information Infrastructure.” Critical Information Infrastructure Protection and Resilience in the ICT Sector (2013): 173. Print.

  • A. Ogirala, P. Hawrylak, and M. Mickle, “Interoperability Verification in ISO 18000-7 Active RFID Systems: Experimental Setup and Results,” Wireless Personal Communications, vol. 68, no. 3, pp. 619–635, 2013.

  • Hawrylak, Peter et al. “The Access of Things: Spatial Access Control For.” Handbook of Research on Progressive Trends in Wireless Communications and Networking (2014): 189. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Hardware Techniques
  • Research and Thesis

Professional Affiliations

  • IEEE Computer Society
  • IEEE

Awards & Honors

  • Zelimir Schmidt Award for Outstanding Researcher
  • Ted Williams Award