Ghada Almashaqbeh is an assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests span cryptography, privacy, and systems security with a large focus on blockchains and their applications. Ghada received her PhD from Columbia in 2019. Before joining UConn, she spent a while exploring the world of entrepreneurship; she was a Cofounder and Research Scientist at CacheCash, and then a Cryptographer at NuCypher. Ghada is an affiliated member at the Connecticut Advanced Computing Center (CACC) and the Engineering for Human Rights Initiative at UConn.