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Mahdi Nasrullah Al-Ameen

Mahdi Nasrullah Al-Ameen

Computer Science

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: Old Main 401F
IconPhone: 435-797-0241

Educational Background

PhD, Computer Science, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2016.

BS, Computer Science and Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), 2009.


Human Factors in Privacy and Security, Human-computer Interaction, Human-centered Design, Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D).


The PIXEL hosts an interdisciplinary research group at USU who investigate the human factors of privacy, security, and more broadly - computing. The research team, led by Dr. Al-Ameen are focused on identifying the privacy, security, and computing challenges faced by the end users of digital technologies, and look into how they deal with these issues in the resource-constrained environment. The researchers in PIXEL explore how the social, economic, and health-related issues of people affect their computing, privacy, and security behavior, where their goal is to inform how technologies can be designed to be more inclusive, usable, secure, and privacy-protective for the users with diverse needs and experiences. Dr. Al-Ameen and his team systemize the human and societal factors that impact people's secure and privacy-preserving use of a technology. They are devoted to building novel computing system, making it a part of the social change that empowers the people with various needs, including older users, people with disabilities, and the users with limited access to usable and secure technologies. The PIXEL’s researchers operate through a wide range of methodological apparatus, which include but not limited to interviews, surveys, ethnography, and experiments.


Mahdi Nasrullah Al-Ameen obtained PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, winning “Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award” for his research on the impact of memory cues and user interaction on the usability of secure graphical passwords. Prior to joining USU, Dr. Al-Ameen worked as a Research Scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Post-doctoral Fellow and Assistant Director of Humans and Technology Laboratory at Clemson University.

Dr. Al-Ameen was awarded the USU Computer Science Faculty Researcher of the Year 2020. He directs an interdisciplinary research group at PIXEL. His research is supported by the National Science Foundations (NSF).

GRA Openings at PIXEL: We are looking for highly motivated PhD students to start from Fall 2022. Recently Funded Project [Press Release]