Research Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of computer networking, network security and machine learning. Recently, I have been working on security issues in cloud computing, cognitive radio networks, and wireless sensor networks.  Please visit TSU's Cyber Defense and Security Visualization website for details related to our research activities.

Please also see the following news articles about TSU's cyber security education and research initiatives.

FaST Program , WSMV, Nashville Post, USBE Information Technology Magazine


Grants and Contracts

  1. "Collaborative Project: Building An Innovative Smartphone Virtual Laboratory Environment for Cyber-security Education and Training,”  NSF, $93,093, 08/01/2013 - 07/31/2016 (PI: Sachin Shetty). (Collaboration with Feng Li @ IUPUI and Kaiqi Xiong @ RIT)

  2. "Minority Leaders Program: Cyber-Security Research for Distributed Sensor Systems and Cloud Computing Applications,”  (PI: Sachin Shetty), Clarkson Aerospace/AFRL Subcontract, $100,000, 11/29/2012 - 11/30/2013.

  3. "Development of an agile and resilient security architecture to protect embedded systems from emerging cyber threats",  (PI: Sachin Shetty, Co-PI: L. H. Keel), Boeing Contract, $122,290, 11/1/2012 - 10/31/2013.

  4. Amazon Web Services Education Grant, (PI: Sachin Shetty), $1200, 02/01/2012 - 01/31/2013

  5. "Collaborative Cyber Attack Data Capturing, Sharing and Analysis for Cloud Security", AFOSR, 10/1/2011 - 09/30/2012, PI: Sachin Shetty, (subcontracted from UTSA), $19,717 (TSU Portion).

  6. 2012 AFRL Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program, Rome, NY, (PI: Sachin Shetty), 06/04/2012 - 08/1/2012,

  7. "DoD HBCU/MI Research and Educational Program: Heterogeneous VM Replication: A New Approach to Intrusion Detection, Active Response, and Recovery in Cloud Data Centers", AFOSR, 12/1/2011 - 12/31/2014, (PI: Mohan Malkani, Co-PI: Sachin Shetty and Peng Liu @ PSU), $616,278.

  8. "Research Initiation Grant: Secure Measurement-Based IP Geolocation for Cloud Auditing", NSF, 09/1/2011 - 08/31/2013,(PI: Sachin Shetty), $199,755.

  9. 2011 DHS Scientific Leadership Award, "Network Measurement and Mapping", 09/01/2011 - 08/31/2016, (PI:Sachin Shetty and Deo Chimba, Co-PI), $500,000

  10. "Targeted Infusion Grant: Cyber Security Education and Research Training for ECE and CS programs ", NSF, 09/11/2011 - 08/31/2014, ( PI: Tamara Rogers, Co-PI: Sachin Shetty and S.K. Hargrove), $299,805.

  11. "Collaborative Research: TUES: Vertical Integration of Concepts and Laboratory Experiences in Biometrics Across the Four Year Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum", NSF, $131,080,10/1/2011 - 09/30/2015, (PI: Sachin Shetty and Co-PI: Liang Hong). (Collaboration with Rowan University and Bucknell University)

  12. 2011 AFRL Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program, Rome, NY, 06/01/2011 - 08/11/ 2011,(PI:Sachin Shetty), $15,500

  13. 2010 DHS Scientific Leadership Award, "Visual Analytics and Anomaly Detection", 02/01/2011 - 01/31/ 2016, (PI:Sachin Shetty), $301,659

  14. "Targeted Infusion Grant: Development of a Virtual and Augmented Reality Laboratory for Research and Education at Tennessee State University", NSF, 09/15/2010 - 08/31/2013, ( PI:  S.K. Hargrove, Co-PI: Sachin Shetty) , $299,577.

  15. "CI-TEAM Demonstration: Interactive and Collaborative Learning Environment using Virtual Reality Games Promoting Metacognition for Science and Engineering Design in Context"  NSF, 09/1/2010 - 08/31/2013, (PI: Sachin Shetty, Co-PI: S.K. Hargrove), subcontracted from Rowan University, $84,000 (TSU portion).

  16. TBR Access and Diversity Grant, "Tennessee Rising Stars",  (PI: S.K. Hargrove, Co-PI: Sachin Shetty), 07/01/2010 - 06/30/2013, $125,000

  17. NSF/DoE FaST Award, "Optimal Support Vector Machines for Intrusion Detection", (PI:Sachin Shetty), 05/01/201- - 08/01/2010, $22,000.

  18. Empowering Students with Engineering Literacy and Systematic Problem Solving through Interactive and Cost-Effective Games,” NSF, 09/01/2009- 08/31/2012, ( PI: Sachin Shetty), subcontracted from Rowan University, $23,000 (TSU portion)

  19. Siemens, “Intuitive Flowmeter Sizing Software,”  (PI: Robert Hesketh, Co-PI: Sachin Shetty), 08/01/2008 - 07/31/2009, $30,000,


Graduate Students


  • Sai Kiran Mukkavilli, PhD student
  • Biswajit Biswal, PhD student
  • Meena Thanu, PhD student
  • Kimberly Gold, PhD student
  • Hellen Maziku, PhD student
  • Husam Adas, M.S. student
  • Khurram Raza, M.S. student
  • Manu Misra, M.S. student
  • Jim Savage, M.S. student
  • Prachi Mandil, M.S. student


  • Swetha Reddy Lenkala (M.S.)
    • Thesis Title: Risk Assessment of Cloud Carrier
    • Graduation Year: December 2012
  • Asmah Muallem (M.S.)
    • Thesis Title: Visualizing Geolocation of Spam Email
    • Graduation Year: December 2012, First Employer: Asurion
  • Hellen Maziku (M.S.)
    • Thesis Title: Enhancing the classification accuracy of IP Geolocation,
    • Graduation Year: May 2012, Ph.D. Student @TSU
  • Ermias Tedla (M.S.)
    • Thesis Title: Intercepting Filter Approach to Detect and Prevent SQL Injection Attacks on Vulnerable SQL Codes
    • Graduation Year: Dec 2011
  • Kodzo Agbedanu (M.E.)
    • Project Title: Spectrum Access in Multi User Multi Channel Environment Using the Hungarian and Greedy Algorithms in a Cognitive Radio Network
    • Graduation Year: Dec 2010, First Employer: Verizon