Michael I. Gordon, PhD

mgordon at mit dot edu

Cofounder and Chief Technical Officer
Require Security

Cofounder and Principal Research Scientist
Aarno Labs

MIT Global Startup Labs (GSL)

Research Scientist (2012 - 2015)
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

PhD MIT 2010 | Masters MIT 2002 | BS Rutgers 2000

Mobile Security

My work leverages program analysis techniques for the detection of malware in mobile applications. Our tool, DroidSafe, summarizes a program's security behaviors and proves properties about them. DroidSafe has achieved an order-of-magnitude improvment in diagnosis accuracy over other state-of-the-art analysis systems in DARPA-organized engagements.


I am a Faculty Director for MIT Global Startup Labs, bootstrapping technology entrepreneurship in emerging regions. We partner with universities across the globe to deliver mobile technology incubator courses. We also organize local capacity to nurture startups.


My prior research focused on automatic parallelization of stream programs. I am one of the original designers and developers of the StreamIt programming language, focusing on multicore parallelization technologies.

For more of my photographs, please visit my flickr page.

  • April 27: Married to my soulmate Stefanie Mnayarji.
  • March: Mark Kaigwa, my former AITI Kenya student (2007), was named one of Forbes top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 for the African continent.
  • Winter: AITI organizing 9 programs for this coming Summer: Sri Lanka, India (2 programs), Ghana, South Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico, and Colombia.
  • Winter: AITI awarded $310,000 USD grant from Google.
  • Nov 1: AITI hires new Program Manager: Julia Reynolds.
  • Oct. 17: APAC PI meeting presentation in DC.
  • August 24: Engaged to my soulmate Stefanie Mnayarji.
  • August 2: APAC PI meeting presentation in Seattle.
  • Summer: 6 AITI programs: India, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria, Philippines, and Colombia.
  • Spring: Teaching AITI Seminar
  • Spring: Awarded $200,000 grant from Google for AITI Summer 2012.
  • June - July: AITI Summer 2011 programs in Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka: 18 MIT student / instructors, 175 university students in emerging regions.
  • March - May: Instructed AITI training course for summer 2011 participants.
  • Feb.: Traveled to Sri Lanka (hosted by University of Moratuwa) to lay groundwork for AITI's summer Sri Lanka program.
  • Feb.: Awarded grants from Google and MIT's International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) for AITI summer programs in Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka.
  • Jan.: AITI IAP Program: Smart Phone Technologies and Android delivered at Strathmore University in Kenya.
  • Dec. 2010: Sat on Mobile Innovation in Africa Panel at Orange Lab's Annual Research Day in Paris.
  • June - July 2010: AITI summer 2010 programs in Rwanda and Ghana: 8 MIT instructors, 60 African students.
  • June 2010: Traveled between Kenya and Rwanda to oversee AITI's summer programs.
  • June 2010: Updated CV posted below.
  • May 21, 2010: Submitted PhD dissertation.
  • April 16, 2010: Successfully defended PhD thesis.
  • April, 2010: Awarded Google grant of $25,000 for AITI.
  • Jan., 2010: Awarded MIT MISTI grant of $30,000 for AITI.
  • Sept. 2009: Impact for AITI's 2009 program: 2 companies founded (more info: MobiTechno, Equisoft), 1 class running now at JKUAT (Kenya's top engineering university) using our curriculum.
  • June - July 2009: AITI's summer 2009 program in Kenya. For detailed updates see the archives of the AITI blog.
  • Spring 2009: Organized AITI summer 2009 program.
  • Jan. - Feb. 2009: Traveled to North India to deploy a mobile commerce system for rural Indian villagers for United Villages.
  • Nov. - Dec. 2008: Developed mobile commerce system for United Villages.
  • Summer 2008: Course development of for nextlab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users.
  • Mar. 2008: Mobile programming course materials I developed for AITI are used in MIT's ICT4Dev class.
  • Feb. 2008: Medi-SIM awarded "Innovation Award" at SIMagine 2008 Competition, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Sept., 2007: Awarded AMD/ATI Fellowship for 2007-2008.
  • Aug. 05, 2007: Returned to US from East Africa.
  • May 29, 2007: Leaving for East Africa as a participant of MIT AITI.