Bertrand Cambou


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Northern Arizona University
Applied Physics and Materials Science
Phone: 928-523-7824
Office: 90-110

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Professor Cambou’s primary research interests are in cyber-security, and how to apply microelectronics to strengthen hardware security. This include the design of novel secure elements, Physically Unclonable Functions (PUF), True Random Generators (TRNG), and the usage of nanotechnologies such as ReRAM. He worked in the smartcard/secure microcontroller industry at Gemplus (now Gemalto), and in the POS/secure payment industry at Ingenico. He spent 15 years at Motorola Semiconductor (now NXP-Freescale) where he served in multiple capacities including CTO and was named “Distinguished Innovator” and scientific advisor of the BOD. In the last 5 years he worked as CEO in Silicon Valley in the high tech industry where his organization won a contract with IARPA with applications related to quantum cryptography. He is a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) with 80 granted and pending patents in nanotechnology and cybersecurity, and an Inventor Ambassador of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


  • PhD, Electronics, Paris-South (XI) University
  • Professional Engineering Degree, Electronics, Supelec Paris
  • Maitrise degree, Physics, Toulouse III University