Dr. Nathan Chenette specializes in the mathematical side of computer science, including algorithms, discrete math, and cryptography. He has published influential research in the field of searchable encryption. During summers, Dr. Chenette often works for the federal government on problems related to national security. In his spare time, Dr. Chenette enjoys endurance sports such as cycling, running, and triathlon.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, Algorithms, Combinatorics, & Optimization, 2012
  • BS, Harvey Mudd College, Math & Computer Science, 2007

Awards & Honors


  • Centers for Communications Research, Institute for Defense Analyses, Summers of2011, 2013, and 2016
  • National Security Agency, Summer 2009

Research Experiences

  • Designing encryption schemes that allow efficient search on ciphertexts

Teaching Interests

  • Cryptography
  • Algorithms
  • Theory
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Combinatorics
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