University of Oregon

Hands-On Enigma

A Computer and Information Science Colloquium
Who Should Come: 
This event is only open to the UO Community
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
220 Deschutes Hall

Mike Koss is a professional software engineer and amateur cryptographic machine collector. As a child, he was fascinated by Martin Gardner's book "Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing". As an adult, he has been able to acquire an original German Enigma Machine (as well as other more modern cryptographic machines) that he will demonstrate as well as allow hands-on use. Mike will give a short introduction to the use of the Enigma by the Germans, as well as some of the vulnerabilities that enabled it to be broken by the British at Bletchley Park.
Mike is also a creator of the free-to-download Paper Enigma simulator ( as well as an audio-visual Enigma simulator for Android smart phones and tablets (Pocket Enigma - in the Google Play store). Mike was also an original developer of the Microsoft applications Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint.