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Thor Martinsen
Commander, United States Navy
Assistant Professor
Department of Applied Mathematics
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences &
Cyber Academic Group
Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2581
Email: thor (at)
PhD - Naval Postgraduate School, 2017
Applied Mathematics
MS - Naval Postgraduate School, 2007
Applied Mathematics
MS - Naval Postgraduate School, 2007
Computer Science
BA - Skidmore College, 2007
Pure and Applied Mathematics
PgCert - Naval Postgraduate School, 2006
Mathematics of Secure Communications
AA - University of Maryland University College, 1999
BS - Thomas Edison State College, 1996
Electrical Engineering Technology
AS - Community College of the Air Force, 1995
Avionics Systems Technology
  • 2017- Present, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
  • 2017- Present, Assistant Professor: Cyber Academic Group
  • 2017- Present, Member of Center for Cyber Warfare
  • 2017, President, NPS Honor Code Board
  • 2012 - 2017, Lecturer: Electrical & Computer Engineering and Applied Mathematics
  • 2010 - 2017, Applied Math PhD student
  • 2012 - 2014, Program Officer: Electrical & Computer Engineering (590) and Applied Math (380) programs
  • 2005 - 2007, Applied Math and Computer Science Master's Degree student
OTHER EXPERIENCE: (View an extended list)
  • 2014 - Present, United States Navy Permanent Military Professor
  • 2010-2012, Commanding Officer, Information Warfare Training Command Monterey (IWTCM)
  • 2008-2009, Deputy Information Warfare Commander, PELELIU Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG)
  • 2007-2009, Cryptologic Resource Coordinator, Amphibious Squadron THREE
  • 2003-2005, Electronic Warfare Officer and Ship's Cryptologist, USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3)
  • 2000-2003, Senior Watch Officer & Navy Department Head NSA/CSS Hawaii / NSGA Kunia
  • Interests:
    • Cryptography
    • Coding and Information Theory
    • Combinatorics
    • Logic and Discrete Mathematics
    • Computer Security and Cyber Warfare
  • Courses Taught:
    • MA1025 - Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
    • MA1113 - Single Variable Calculus I
    • MA2025 - Logic and Discrete Mathematics I
    • MA3025 - Logic and Discrete Mathematics II
    • MA3042 - Linear Algebra
    • MA4570 - Cryptography
  • Cryptography & Coding Theory
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Computer Security
  • Electronic Warfare
  • Teaching
    • NPS Military Officers Association of America's Joint Service Warfare Faculty Award
  • Research
    • 2017 General Omar N. Bradley Research Fellowship in Mathematics
  • Academic
    • Elected member Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics honor society
    • Elected Member At Large Upsilon Pi Epsilon national computer science honor society
    • Elected Member Eta Kappa Nu national electrical and computer engineering honor society
    • Elected member Alpha Chi national academic honor society
  • Military
    • Meritorious Service Medal
    • Joint Service Commendation Medal
    • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2)
    • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
    • Air Force Achievement Medal (2)
    • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Senior Member IEEE
  • Associate Fellow, Institute for Combinatorics and Its Applications
  • Member of American Mathematical Society
  • Member of International Association for Cryptologic Research
  • Member of Navy Cryptologic Veterans Association
  • Member of Naval Order of the United States
  • Publications:
    • T. Martinsen, W. Meidl, S. Mesnager, and P. Stanica, "Decomposing generalized bent and hyperbent functions," in IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory, vol. 63, no. 12, pp. 7804-7812, 2017
    • T. Martinsen, "Correlation Immunity, Avalanche Features, and Other Cryptographic Properties of Generalized Boolean Functions," PhD Dissertation, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 2017.
    • E.J. Ionascu, T. Martinsen, and P. Stanica, "Bisecting binomial coefficients," Discrete Appl. Math. vol. 227, pp. 70-83, 2017.
    • T. Martinsen, W. Meidl, and P. Stanica, "Partial spread and vectorial generalized bent functions," Des. Codes Cryptogr. Vol. 85, pp. 1-13, 2017.
    • T. Martinsen, W. Meidl, and P. Stanica, "Generalized bent functions and their Gray images," in Arithmetic of Finite Fields, 6th Int. Workshop, WAIFAI 2016, ser. LNCS, vol. 10064, Berlin, Springer, pp. 2016, 160-173.
    • T. Martinsen, P. Pace, and E.L Fisher, "Maneuver Warfare in the Electromagnetic Battlespace," Journal of Electronic Defense, 10, vol. 37, no. 10, pp. 30-44, 2014.
    • P. Stanica, T. Martinsen, S. Gangopadhyay, B.K. Singh, "Bent and generalized bent Boolean functions," Des. Codes Cryptogr., vol. 69, pp. 77-94, 2013.
    • T. Martinsen, Refinement composition using doubly labeled transition graphs, Master's Thesis, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 2007.
  • Invited Conference Presentations:
    • Maneuver Warfare in the Electromagnetic Battlespace, AOC Electronic Warfare Europe Conference, Edinburgh Scotland, May 2014.
  • Students Advised:
  • Keywords: cryptography, coding theory, combinatorics, computer security, cyber warfare, cybersecurity, information warfare, electronic warfare

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