Mary Lynn Reed
Mary Lynn Reed
BS, Georgia Institute of Technology; MFA, University of Maryland; MS, PhD, University of Illinois
Dr. Mary Lynn Reed holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Dr. Reed's research background and interests include applications of algebraic structures, statistical modeling, network science, and computing. She is currently focused on economic questions related to cybersecurity.
Dr. Reed is an affiliate faculty member with RIT’s ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute. Dr. Reed also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). IDA is a nonprofit corporation that operates three federally funded research and development centers in the public interest. Before arriving at RIT, Dr. Reed served as the chief of mathematics research at the National Security Agency.
Dr. Reed has received a variety of honors and awards throughout her career, including: the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Professional, the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal, the NSA Louis W. Tordella Award, the NSA Director's Team Excellence Award, the NSA Gold Bug Team Award for excellence in cryptanalysis, the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award, and the University of Illinois Mathematics Department Outstanding Teaching Award. As an early career faculty member, she was a Mathematical Association of America Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow. Dr. Reed is also a past-President and Distinguished Member of the Crypto-Mathematics Institute, NSA's oldest professional society.
In the News
June 16, 2022
How math and language can combine to map the globe and create strong passwords, using the power of 3 random words
Essay by Mary Lynn Reed, professor and head, School of Mathematical Sciences, published by The Conversation.
April 1, 2022
Professor Mary Lynn Reed elected to Institute for Defense Analyses Board of Trustees
Mary Lynn Reed, head of RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences, was elected a member of the Institute for Defense Analyses Board of Trustees. IDA is a nonprofit corporation that operates three federally funded research and development centers in the public interest.
September 9, 2019
Mary Lynn Reed appointed head of RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences
Reed joins RIT following a 19-year career at the National Security Agency, where she most recently served as the chief of the Mathematics Research Group from 2016 to 2019. An accomplished mathematician, Reed has been recognized with the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Professional and the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.
September 22, 2023
Reed leads discussion on mentoring students in their careers
May 25, 2023
Reed presents on career at conference
August 26, 2022
Reed presents at ‘Communicating Mathematics’ workshop
March 9, 2021
School of Mathematical Sciences faculty present at conference