Thomas Dean

Hertz Fellow: Thomas Dean

Stanford University

Area of Study

Electrical Engineering

Fellowship Years

2011 - present

Tom Dean is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is assigned to the 704th MI Brigade at Ft. Meade, Maryland, where he works as a research mathematician. In 2011, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a BS in electrical engineering and commissioned as a military intelligence officer. While a senior at West Point, Tom was awarded the Hertz Fellowship, which afforded him the opportunity to earn an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He also is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship winner.

At Stanford, Tom worked in the Wireless Systems Laboratory, where he studied the computational complexity of decoding massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) systems. Specifically, he related decoding MIMO systems to solving standard lattice problems through the use of reductions. This work resulted in the development of a physical-layer cryptosystem, secure in the presence of quantum computing, in which two users can securely communicate in the presence of an eavesdropper with no pre-shared secret. Tom's general interest is the connection between information theory and cryptography. His interests also extend to the fields of coding theory, signal processing and computational complexity. Tom plans to return to Stanford to complete his PhD after his current assignment at Ft. Meade.

Tom has been involved in amateur radio since middle school. He largely credits his passion and interest in electrical engineering to this hobby. Additionally, he also enjoys trail running and hiking. Tom is from Groton, Connecticut.