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Caleb Wastler is a PhD student in the Computer Science program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Alina Oprea.

Before coming to Northeastern, Wastler earned his BA in computer science from Wheaton College. He has always been fascinated by the internet, but it was not until the past few years that he found his niche in network security. Wastler’s research interests include network science, security and privacy and systems and networks. He is a part of the Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDS2) group. Wastler hopes to learn how to detect and neutralize advanced persistent threats within a network autonomously and he sees himself making a future in academia.


  • BA, Wheaton College

About Me

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

My graduate education is only just beginning.

What are your research interests?

I have always been fascinated by the Internet, but it was not until the last couple years that I found my niche in Network Security. My current position is definitely not what I would have guessed I would be doing this soon after college, but I’m excited to be here.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I want to learn how to detect and neutralize advanced persistent threats within a network autonomously.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

I think one of the most fascinating things about my research is the amazing number of emerging fields which need a secure autonomous network; from IoT to autonomous warehouses to cloud storage systems.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

I have been incredibly lucky to have worked with a long line of talented CS professors, and I think the in the long term I see myself staying in the academic world and trying to follow their example.