Gordon Agnew, PhD, FTICA, FCAE, FAAIA. PEng

Gordon Agnew, PhD, FTICA, FCAE, FAAIA. PEng
Associate Professor
Location: E5 4016
Phone: 519-888-4567 x33041
Status: Active


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, Ontario
  • 1978, Bachelor's BASc, University of Waterloo, Ontario


  • ECE 222 - Digital Computers
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021
  • ECE 409 - Cryptography and System Security
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022
  • ECE 628 - Computer Network Security
    • Taught in 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022

* 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, 404, 2011
  • 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, 91, 2009
  • Adibi, Sasan and Agnew, Gordon B, Extensible authentication (EAP) protocol integrations in the next generation cellular networks, , , 2008
  • 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, 978, 2008

Graduate studies