Jackson Carroll

Mentor: Dr. Domenic Forte
College of Engineering
"One of the main reasons I was drawn to the field of electrical engineering was the opportunity to work on the forefront of technology. The opportunity to conduct research and contribute to the pursuit of knowledge at an undergraduate level intrigued me."


Electrical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Hardware Security
  • Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs)
  • True Random Number Generators (TRNGs)

Academic Awards

  • Gator Club Scholarship 2013
  • Gator Club Scholarship 2014
  • John E. Morton Scholarship 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Gatorloop


  • FIRST Lego Leaugue mentor

Hobbies and Interests

  • Beekeeping
  • Snowboarding
  • Hiking

Research Description

Investigation of Low-Cost DRAM/Flash Based Hardware Security Primitives
We will be looking at memory based hardware security primitives to reduce cost and increase reliability of both the Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) and True Random Number Generator (TRNG). Memory based alternatives are low cost because they use existing storage components to generate the PUF/TRNG response. In Fall 2015, we investigated this memory alternative in SRAM and we obtained several orders of magnitude improvement in PUF reliability across extreme variations (temperature, voltage, and aging) by identifying previously unknown neighborhood based correlations. In the academic year 2016-2017, we plan on investigating the remainder of the memory hierarchy (DRAM and Flash).