Dr. Xiaohong Yuan (Lead-PI)
NC A&T SU
Dr. Yuan is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Director of the NC A&T SU Center for Cyber Defense. Her research interests include computer science education, information assurance, software engineering and visualization. Dr. Yuan has led the establishment of the Secure Software Engineering program in the Department of Computer Science. Currently, Dr. Yuan is PI on the project "Developing Case Studies for Information Security Curriculum" sponsored by NSF (2008-2011), and PI on the project "The MSEIP Application for Improving Computer Science Curriculum and Retention" by Department of Education (2009-2012). Dr. Yuan has published more than fifty research and education papers in refereed conferences and journals.
Dr. Huiming Yu
NC A&T SU
Dr. Yu is a Professor and the Director of Graduate Study of the Computer Science Department with 23 years of combined teaching, research and industry experience in software engineering, visualization, information assurance, cloud computing, web security, and Web-based applications. Dr. Yu has received more than $5.6 million dollars funding as PI and $1.5 million dollars as Co-PI from NSF, Department of Education (DoE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), Department of Transportation (DOT), IBM, National Security Agency, etc. Dr. Yu has led the development of the Information Assurance concentration program in the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Yu has published more than fifty research and education papers in refereed international conferences and journals. Dr. Yu has set up the NSF/NSA Cyber Defender laboratory and the Web Applications and Visualization laboratory in the Department of Computer Science.
Dr. Bei-Tseng Bill Chu
Dr. Bill is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Software and Information Systems. His research interests include secure software development, enterprise integration and security, and information technology education. Dr. Chu led the establishment of the information security program at UNC-Charlotte. He also led the establishment of the Carolinas Cyber Defender Program, receiving over $4 million funding from NSF and NSA since 2001. This program has grown to be the 5th largest (among 19 peer universities) in U.S. Since 2003, he co-led the effort of developing IA courses with strong hands-on components at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Chu has also led UNC Charlotte students to participate in the 2006 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions, and led the effort to host the 2007 Southeastern Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition .
Dr. Kenneth A. Williams
NC A&T SU
Dr. Williams is a tenured Associate Professor in the Computer Science department. His research areas include computer science education, computer security, encryption based on hard problems and computer architecture. Dr. Williams has worked on several NSF funded research and education projects. Cooperating with IA faculty in UNC-Charlotte and Dr. Huiming Yu in NC A&T SU, he initiated and managed the NSF Scholarship for Service program that has produced over 50 Computer Science graduates in IA area since 2004. Working with graduate and undergraduate students, he has developed interactive teaching tools to improve student understanding of computer security issues.
Dr. Li Yang
Dr. Yang is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Study in the Department Computer Science and Engineering. She leads the NSF-CCLI project "Teaching Cryptography through Hands-on Learning and Case Studies" (2010-2013). She developed and published hands-on labs in information assurance areas such as biometrics and database security. She edited and published a research book on applied cryptography for cyber security and defense, and served as guest editor on the cryptography issue of the International Journal of Information Security and Privacy. She has published a number of research papers in access control, electronic transactions, and wireless communications security.
Dr. Joseph M. Kizza
Dr. Kizza is a Professor, the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Director of the InfoSec Center and Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is an internationally known speaker on social computing and information security and assurance. He has been published extensively in journals and conference proceedings including more than ten books on information and computer network security. Dr. Kizza has won several international awards including the 2007 Choice Outstanding Academic Title for his book Computer Network Security and Cyber Ethics published by McFarland.
Ms. Kathy Winters
Ms. Winters has been a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering for more than 10 years. She served as a Co-PI on the NSF-funded Gender Equity project which focuses on encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers (NSF award #0003185). Her research interests are in security ethics, digital forensics, secure software engineering, and integration of security throughout the computer science curriculum. She has authored papers on these areas in refereed conferences and journals.