Nicole Fern is currently a post-doc at University of California - Santa Barbara and a visiting scholar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her research interests include hardware verification and security.
Nicole Fern received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2011. During her undergraduate studies she participated in two summer research experiences, which focused on FPGA implementations of neural networks, and robot navigation.
In 2016 she received her PhD degree in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of California - Santa Barbara under the advisement of Professor Tim Cheng. Her thesis developed methods to identify security vulnerabilities, including Hardware Trojans, in unspecified hardware design functionality. She has interned with Cisco Systems, creating a code fuzzer for a network protocol, and Apple working as a verification engineer.