- Fault Tolerant Computing
- Systems Diagnosis Theory
- Distributed Computing
- Real-Time Error Monitoring of Hardware/Software
- Software Design for Testability
- Interconnection Networks
Masson is a national leader in the field of information security. His research in this area has been widely implemented for commercial and governmental infrastructure applications. Masson earned his bachelor’s (’66) at Illinois Institute of Technology and his master’s (’68) and Ph.D. (’71) – all in electrical engineering — from Northwestern University. He was the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute (JHUISI) and the founding chairman of Johns Hopkins’ Department of Computer Science.