Engineering professor receives second national cyber security award

Dr. Mitra Mirhassani’s Posing

Dr. Mitra Mirhassani’s research in autonomous vehicles and cyber security has put her on the national stage for the second time this year.

The associate professor in the Faculty of Engineering received the inaugural APMA Institute of Automotive Cybersecurity (apmaIAC) Outstanding Individual Cyber Achievement Award during a virtual awards ceremony on Oct. 29 for showing exemplar cyber security achievements in both education and research.

Mirhassani was recently recognized as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in Cyber Security (2020) by IT World Canada.

“Dr. Mirhassani is an outstanding mentor to a wide variety of students and an outstanding leader in her field of cybersecurity research,” says Heather Pratt, UWindsor’s Executive Director of Research and Innovation. “We are very proud of Dr. Mirhassani’s achievements.”

As the director of the Analog and Mixed-Signal Research Lab, Mirhassani and her team investigate a range of hardware security issues. She was recently awarded a large research grant to enhance the cybersecurity of autonomous cars as part of a national cluster for smart vehicles. Mirhassani is also a faculty advisor to the first Canadian Student Chapter of Women in Cybersecurity and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The University of Windsor took home three out of the ten apmaIAC cyber mobility awards distributed across the country in Canada’s first automotive cybersecurity awards ceremony. 

Dr. Ikjot Saini, assistant professor in the Faculty of Science was awarded the Cyber Women of the Year award for her work in autonomous V2X communication, founding of the first Canadian Student Chapter of Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) and UWindsor alumnus Noah Campbell was awarded the Young Cyber Achievement award for his work as a student ambassador, founder of the Google Developers Club and community engagement.

“They are all stellar mentors to a wide variety of students and outstanding leaders in the field of cybersecurity research and we are very proud,” Pratt says. “Winning these awards highlights Windsor-Essex as a leader in the automobility and cybersecurity sectors.”

To learn more about Mirhassani’s Analog and Mixed-Signal Research lab, visit