Mihir Bellare is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD. He obtained his BS from Caltech in 1986 and his PhD from MIT in 1991. He was a researcher at IBM from 1991 to 1995. His research areas are cryptography and security. Bellare and Rogaway introduced practice-oriented provable security as a way to obtain practical, high-assurance cryptography. Bellare is a co-developer of HMAC, RSA-OAEP, RSA-PSS and OCB. His algorithms are used in Internet Security Protocols such as SSL/TLS, SSH and IEEE 802.11. He is a fellow of the ACM and the IACR. He has received an ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, an RSA Conference Award in Mathematics, a David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering, and an NSF Career award.