Edward  John  Nava


Phone: 505 277-0809
Fax: 505 277-8298

Physical Address

Room 229C

Mailing Address

MSC01 1100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2015, Dissertation: "Usage Management Enforcement in Cloud Computing Virtual Machines"

M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1980

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1979

A.S., Electronic Engineering Technology, New Mexico State University, 1973


Dr. Nava is a New Mexico native who retired after a 31 year engineering career at Sandia National Laboratories.  At Sandia, his activities included developing: high precision navigation systems based on real-time Kalman filters; missile guidance and control systems; and high-performance embedded computers for guidance applications.  He later transitioned to analysis activities focused on understanding vulnerabilities in critical computer-based systems.  He retired as a Senior Manager from Sandia in 2010.  While at Sandia, he also joined the US Navy as a reserve Engineering Duty Officer.  As part of his reserve activities, he helped form the Afloat University, where he and other reserve personnel would train Navy IT personnel on how to securely operate their commercial technology based systems, while at sea.  Later, Dr. Nava was recalled to active duty and selected to teach in the Electrical Engineering Department at the US Naval Academy.  He retired from the Navy in 2008 at the rank of Commander.

As a follow on to his analysis work at Sandia, his current research has been focused on developing capabilities to enhance the protection of information in computer systems.  His specific focus has been on preventing users who have been granted access to information from inadvertently or intentionally compromising the information.   This research has emphasized operation in cloud computing environments.

Teaching Interests

  • Software Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Networks
  • Operating Systems
  • Hardware / Software Interactions
  • Data Structures and Algorithms

Research Interests

  • Information Security in computer-based systems and their associated communication systems.