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Gregory Falco

Lecturer; Cyber Research Fellow, Harvard University; Research Scholar, Stanford University; Research Affiliate, MIT

Dr. Gregory Falco is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, a Cyber Research Fellow at Harvard University, a Research Scholar at Stanford University, a Research Affiliate at MIT and an incoming Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. For a decade, he has been at the forefront of smart city design, development, and deployment in industry and academia. His research uncovers the security, safety, and trust risks of AI-enabled mission systems. Falco invents and holds patents for security and resilience-enabling technology for terrestrial and space autonomous and control systems. He applies his research to the energy, space, public safety, transportation, and insurance sectors.

Prior to entering academia, Falco was an executive at Accenture, where he co-founded and led the Smart Cities division. He developed strategy and technology for utilities and city government clients such as Chicago, Dubai, and Singapore to improve environmental sustainability and operational efficiency. Persistent gaps in industrial internet of things (IIoT) security for critical infrastructure in smart cities led him to pursue research in that space. He maintains close ties with industry partners and actively seeks private-sector collaboration to translate his research to practice. He received his B.S. from Cornell University, M.S. from Columbia University and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  • M.S.,¬†Columbia University
  • B.S., Cornell University


"Water Microgrids: The Future of Water Infrastructure Resilience," Procedia Engineering, 2015.