Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x33041
Location: E5 4016

Biography Summary

Gordon B. Agnew is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Waterloo. He is also a co-founder of Certicom Corp.

Professor Agnew’s main research interests include cryptography, data security, communication security, block-chain systems and high speed communication networks.

He is a Foundation Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. In addition to his research work, Professor Agnew has published conference papers, journal papers and chapters in books.

Research Interests

  • Cryptography
  • data security
  • Communication security
  • High speed communication networks
  • Communication & Information Systems
  • Computer & Software Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Application security
  • Privacy and cryptography
  • Information security
  • Network security


  • 1982, Doctorate, PhD, University of Waterloo
  • 1978, Bachelor's, BASc, University of Waterloo


  • ECE 222 - Digital Computers
    • Taught in 2017, 2019, 2020
  • ECE 409 - Cryptography & System Security
    • Taught in 2017, 2020, 2021
  • ECE 628 - Computer Network Security
    • Taught in 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Ahmadzadeh, Seyed Ali and Agnew, Gordon, Covert channels in multiple access protocols, ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, 41(4), 2011, 404 - 405
  • Tirta, Yuldi and Lau, Bennett and Malhotra, Nipoon and Bagchi, Saurabh and Li, Zhiyuan and Lu, Yung-Hsiang and Cao, Guohong and Kesidis, G and LaPorta, Thomas and Yao, Bin and others, Purposeful Mobility and Navigation, Sensor Network Operations, 2009, 91 - 183
  • Adibi, Sasan and Agnew, Gordon B, End-to-end security comparisons between IEEE 802.16 e and 3G technologies, Handbook of Research on Wireless Security, 2008
  • Adibi, Sasan and Agnew, Gordon B, Security measures for mobile ad-hoc network (MANETs), Handbook of Research on Wireless Security, IGI Global Inc., ISBN, 2008, 978 - 1
  • Adibi, Sasan and Agnew, Gordon B, Extensible authentication (EAP) protocol integrations in the next generation cellular networks, , 2008

Graduate Studies

  • Not currently accepting applications for graduate students