Mihir Bellare | |
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Occupation | Professor |

Board member of | San Diego Privacy Advisory Board |

Awards | |

Academic background | |

Alma mater | Caltech (BS) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD) |

Thesis | Randomness in Interactive Proofs (1991) |

Doctoral advisor | Silvio Micali^{[1]} |

Academic work | |

Discipline | Computer science |

Sub-discipline | Cryptography |

Institutions | University of California San Diego |

Notable ideas | Random oracle model |

**Mihir Bellare** is a cryptographer and professor at the University of California San Diego. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.^{[2]} He has published several seminal papers in the field of cryptography (notably in the area of provable security), many of which were co-written with Phillip Rogaway. Bellare has published a number of papers in the field of Format-Preserving Encryption. His students include Michel Abdalla, Chanathip Namprempre, Tadayoshi Kohno and Anton Mityagin. Bellare is one of the authors of skein.

In 2003 Bellare was a recipient of RSA Conference's Sixth Annual Award for outstanding contributions in the field of mathematics for his research in cryptography.^{[3]} In 2013 he became a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.^{[4]} In 2019 he was awarded Levchin Prize for Real-World Cryptography for his outstanding contributions to the design and analysis of real-world cryptosystems, including the development of random oracle model, modes of operation, HMAC, and models for key exchange.^{[5]}

Bellare's papers cover topics including:

- HMAC
- Random oracle
- OAEP
- Probabilistic signature scheme
- Provable security
- Format-preserving encryption

On September 14, 2022, Bellare was appointed by the Mayor of San Diego to the city's Privacy Advisory Board.^{[6]}^{[2]}