Brent Carmer

Research & Engineering

My research has centered on cryptographic techniques for secure computation – both privacy of inputs and privacy of the program itself. My heart is in engineering. I love getting a crazy idea up and running for the first time. I love exploring a problem space through programming.


Dr. Carmer earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Oregon State University, where he studied with Mike Rosulek. His thesis work pushes the frontier in efficient obfuscation of computer programs from cryptographic assumptions. His other research work has focused on secure multiparty computation and synthesis of cryptographic protocols.

Before starting his Ph.D., Brent focused his life on jazz piano. Another area of interest was philosophy: Brent earned his B.A. in philosophy from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Currently, Brent’s interests include photography, climbing, and zen practice.