Dr. Meadows is a senior researcher in computer security at the Center for High Assurance Systems at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), heading that group’s Formal Methods Section. She was the principal developer of the NRL Protocol Analyzer (NPA), which was one of the first software tools to find previously undiscovered flaws in cryptographic protocols, and has been used successfully in the analysis of a large number of protocols, including the Internet Key Exchange Protocol and the Group Domain of Interpretation protocol, both of which became standards for the Internet Engineering Task Force.
Currently she is co-PI on a project that is developing a successor to the NRL Protocol Analyzer, Maude-NPA, that takes into account complex algebraic properties of cryptosystems. She has also been working with Professor Dusko Pavlovic on the development of the Procedure Derivation Logic, a logical system for reasoning about security procedures. Other research efforts she has been involved recently with include the machine-verified analysis of crypto-algorithms and protocols for the IARPA-sponsored Security and Privacy Assurance Research Program, and the development of automated methods for the generation and analysis of cryptosystems. Prior to joining NRL, she was on the mathematics faculty at Texas A&M University. There she worked in various areas of cryptography, including secret sharing schemes and software protection. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.