About Me

I am entering my second year in the computer science and engineering graduate program at the University of Michigan. My graduate advisor is Prof. Kevin Fu of the SPQR Lab. My research interests pertain to hardware, sensor, and VLSI design security and privacy.
Current Resume


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University of Michigan

MS Computer Science and Engineering

Graduate research assistant in the Security and Privacy Research lab. More information about the lab can be found at spqr.eecs.umich.edu.

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University of Alabama

BS Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering Concentration, Computer Science Minor, Mathematics Minor

During my time at the University of Alabama I was very involved on campus. I held many leadership positions such as President of Eta Kappa Nu, Finance Vice President of Alpha Delta Pi, Secretary of Alpha Kappa Psi, and various other positions. I also received the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Senior Award in 2018 and the Fred R. Maxwell Jr. Award in 2017.

A Little More About Me

Alongside my interests in computer science and engineering some of my other interests and hobbies are:
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Traveling
  • Coffee
  • Pok√©mon Go and Other Video Games


Ultrasonic Microphone Array

Designing and implementing an ultrasonic microphone array for in-home moinitoring while maintaing privacy in collaboration with the ISC-Lab.

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Profiled the success of the hardware attack, Spectre, when various amounts and types of "processor noise" was added to the victim CPU.

Designed a direct digital synthesizer module for radar applications. The publication can be found here.

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Autonomous Kayak

Worked on a team developing software to create an autonomous kayak for ocean monitoring.

Work Experience

Revere Control Systems

Co-op Engineering Student
Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2018

Designed, built, and tested instrumentation and control systems including communications, SCADA, and motor protection and control for municipal, OEM, and industrial applications.


[1] J. Lanier, R. A. Taylor and J. Yan, "An Initial Implementation of a Direct Digital Synthesizer Module for Radar Applications," 2019 SoutheastCon, Huntsville, AL, USA, 2019, pp. 1-2, doi: 10.1109/SoutheastCon42311.2019.9020574.

[2] Lanier, J. (2020, May 29). Oakland 2020: Thoughts on a Virtual Conference by a Michigan EECS PhD Student. Cipher, Electronic Issue 155. https://www.ieee-security.org/Cipher/PastIssues/2020/E155.May-2020/E155.May-2020.html#JL

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