Researcher Profiles

USA CFITS has assembled a talented team of researchers whose interests are profiled below

▼   Dr. Todd Andel 

todd Andel
Associate Professor

School of Computing
University of South Alabama
tandel@southalabama.edu

Dr. Todd Andel is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing, University of South Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Florida State University in 2007. Dr. Andel served as an Assistant Professor from 2007 to 2011 and Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering division in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (2011). Dr. Andel has graduated 8 Master’s students and served on 14 thesis committees and one doctoral committee. He served 23 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and is a retired Major specializing in test and evaluation, education, and cyber defense research. He has published over 25 papers and journals related to engineering protocols, network security, formal methods, cyber defense, and systems design. Dr. Andel is currently the co-PI on a five year $2.1 M grant from the National Science Foundation for educating Cyber Scholars and the co-PI on a two year $476K National Science Foundation infrastructure grant that will advance USA’s cybersecurity research capability. Dr. Andel has shared in $250K of prior grant funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to investigate security protocols, software protection, and embedded systems protection. Dr. Andel has research interests in mobile network security protocols, protocol security analysis, secure electronic voting, and embedded systems protection.

▼   Mr. Les Barnett

Les Barnett
CFITS Director

School of Computing
University of South Alabama
hlbarnett@southalabama.edu

Mr. Barnett holds a Bachelors degree from the University of South Alabama, where he currently serves as Director of CFITS and also sits on the Career Tech Advisory Board of Baker High School, the Alabama Educational Television Commission, chairs the USA School of Computing Industry Advisory Board and is President of NFIB Alabama. Mr. Barnett has advised K-20 education for over 30 years as an industry expert, encompassing K-12, vocational and university level institutions. He has external funding from the Alabama Innovation Fund, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, local government and industry. Mr. Barnett has a five year Education Collaboration Agreement through his Center (CFITS) with the Aviation Missile Research Development Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal. He served for the past two decades on the Advisory Board for the School of Computing. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Forest Owners Association. In 1988, Les and two others founded Omniphone, a telecommunications equipment design and manufacturing company, where he served as President and CEO for 20 years, retiring in 2008. His publications include The Phone Fraud Niche; Compensation: How Much and By What Means?; The Prison Marketplace; and From Soup to Nuts: Prison Phone Management Systems, all published in various trade magazines. In 2008 he had been appointed as Elector for Presidential College of Electors from First Congressional District, Alabama. In 2007 Les was appointed to the Alabama Educational Television Commission for APTV by Governor Bob Riley and Re-appointed in 2014 by Governor Robert Bentley, where he currently serves as the commissioner from the First Congressional District. In March 2005, he helped to develop a two day course for Public Safety Professionals entitled Public Safety Communications. The course is used for Continuing Education credit through the University of South Alabama. His research interest are digital forensics, Cyber assurance, Health Informatics, Additive Manufacturing and K-12 STEM education.

▼   Dr. Michael Black 

M Black
Senior Instructor
School of Computing
University of South Alabama
mblack@southalabama.edu

Mr. Michael Black is a Senior Instructor in the School of Computing and is also a Doctoral Student (ABD) in Information Assurance & Security with significant experience in network security and digital forensics. He has served as a network security/design engineer consultant with several manufacturers including Uncles Ben’s Rice, M & M Mars, Pedigree, Oreck and DuPont. He has also conducted numerous investigations for civil clients and regularly testifies as a digital forensics expert in legal proceedings for both state and federal court. He has also conducted workshops on Digital Forensics at SigITE. He has served as a program committee member for IEEE/SADFE-2008 (Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering). He holds several industry certifications related to digital forensics and network security. He aided in the design of the Network Focus Track within the ITE department, and recently developed the Digital Forensic Track, which started in 2009. In 2010, he started the development of the IA courses for the IS Master’s Program, which started in 2012. His research involves Information Assurance, advanced data carving methods, virtualization security, and SCADA security.

▼   Dr. David Bourrie

bourrieAssistant Professor
Information Systems and Technology

He is a member of Digital Forensics Research Group, Data Science Ensemble (currently listed as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence), and Health Informatics groups.

Dr. Bourrie is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Technology in the School of Computing. His Ph.D. in Business Information Systems is from Auburn University in 2014. His areas of research focus on Big Data analytics, secondary data analysis, security, database, and the diffusion and dissemination of innovations. Dr. Bourrie is also a Hortonworks University Academic Partner. His work has been published in a variety of journals and conferences.

▼   Dr. Brad Glisson 

Brad Glisson
Associate Professor
School of Computing
University of South Alabama
bglisson@southalabama.edu

Dr. William Bradley (Brad) Glisson is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at USA. Prior to joining USA, Dr. Glisson was the Director of the Computer Forensics and E-Discovery MSc Program in HATII, which is part of the School of Humanities, at the University of Glasgow and was a member of the faculty from 2008 to 2013. His lectures specialized in computer and mobile phone forensics. He received a B.S. degree in Management and Marketing and a B.S. in Information Systems from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also has an MSc in Information Management from the University of Strathclyde and a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow. Prior to academic pursuits he was a web developer for Wachovia Corporation. To-date, he has twenty-eight publications, twenty-three of which are peer reviewed. His current research interest focuses on digital forensics, information assurance, software engineering and applied computing science. His latest research interest examines managerial and technical issues that are, potentially, beyond the control of an organization such as investigating cloud computing service models and scrutinizing solutions to bring-your-own-device to work environments.

▼   Dr. Jingshan Huang

Huang
Assistant Professor
School of Computing
University of South Alabama
huang@southalabama.edu

Dr. Huang is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing at the University of South Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2007 from the University of South Carolina. Prior to the appointment at USA, he was a Research Specialist in Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, & Epidemiology at the Medical University of South Carolina, and an Assistant Professor at Benedict College, respectively. His research areas machine intelligence, semantic technologies, biomedical Informatics/bioinformatics, and semantic data mining, with more than 30 refereed publications. He is an Editorial Board member of several journals, has served on the Program Committee for many premier international conferences, and has also served as a reviewer for many prestigious journals, such as IEEE Internet Computing, BMC Genomics, PLoS One, World Wide Web Journal, and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.

▼   Dr. Tom Johnsten 

Tom Johnsten

CSC Coordinator, Associate Professor
School of Computing
University of South Alabama
tjohnsten@southalabama.edu

Dr. Tom Johnsten is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at the University of South Alabama. His research interests include data mining, bioinformatics, data warehousing, and text mining. He has completed numerous research projects including the development of a formal methodology to support the discovery of potentially interesting knowledge from large collections of data, development of tools to extract information from text documents, development of computational methods for learning action rules, and the development of a mathematical model for representing sequential data. An ongoing research project is the design and development of computational methods to analyze and detect items of interest in biological sequences. Dr. Johnsten's research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Mitchell Cancer Institute, and GE Healthcare.

▼   Dr. Jeffrey McDonald

Jefferey McDonald
Professor

School of Computing
University of South Alabama
jtmcdonald@southalabama.edu

Dr. Todd McDonald is a Professor in the School of Computing at the University of South Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Florida State University in 2006. His research interests include software and hardware protection, obfuscation, malware analysis, cyber situational awareness, and secure software engineering. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in conferences and journals related to cyber security. Dr. McDonald is currently the Principle Investigator on a five year $2.1 M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for educating Cyber Scholars and is the Principle Investigator for a two year $450K NSF grant for research computing infrastructure. He is the organizer of the ACM SIGPLAN Program Protection and Reverse Engineering Workshop, is an associate editor for the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation and Journal of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, and has served on several program committees including the International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (AReS), International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST), and International Conference on Information Warfare (ICIW).

▼   Dr. Bob Sweeney

Bob Sweeney
Associate Professor

School of Computing
University of South Alabama
bsweeney@southalabama.edu

Dr. Sweeney received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems in 1994 from the University of Memphis. His research interests include web application security and object-oriented analysis and design.

▼   Dr. Mark Yampolskiy

Yampolsky
Assistant Professorr

School of Computing
University of South Alabama
yampolskiy@southalabama.edu

Mark Yampolskiy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at the University of South Alabama. His research interests include Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Security of CPS, Embedded Systems Security, Computer Networks and Network Management, Applied Cryptography, and Graph Theory. He has extensive practical experience in both private ICT industry and in national- as well as international-grade research projects. His academic, research, and industry experience spans three countries: Russia, Germany, and the USA. Before that he studied Applied Mathematics at Moscow Institute of Radio-techniques, Electronics and Automation. Between 1993 and 2006 he worked in the ICT industry where he was responsible for design and development of numerous software components for various commercial products. Between 2006 and 2011 he worked in Géant, a pan-European research collaboration of national grade network providers, where he was responsible for design and development of tools for management of multi-national dedicated backbone network connections. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2009. Between 2012 and 2013 he has worked at Vanderbilt University as a post-doctoral research scholar, where he performed fundamental research in the field of Security of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).

▼   Dr. Alec Yasinsac

Yasinsac
Dean and Professor

School of Computing
University of South Alabama
yasinsac@southalabama.edu

Dr. Yasinsac is Professor and Dean in the School of Computing at the University of South Alabama. He has thirty years’ experience in computer software, application development, mainframe operating systems, and network engineering, has published over seventy refereed workshop, conference, and journal papers on information security, and has participated as an investigator in proposals that have won over seven million dollars of competitive research funding. He served in the Marines for twenty years and received his doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Virginia where he was on faculty as Assistant Professor and Marine Officer Instructor in the Naval ROTC unit.

Selected by the U. S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) to lead a team that conducted an EAC-sponsored Elections Operations Assessment, Dr. Yasinsac led this large project that included experts from several states. That project produced the Risk Assessment tool named the Threat Instance Risk Analyzer (TIRA) that is used to evaluate comparative risk among voting systems in support of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines policy decisions.

Security protocols form the core of Dr. Yasinsac’s research portfolio. Among his ongoing work, he is developing approaches to leverage analytical analysis of relationships and responsibilities to manage insider threats to information systems. These approaches offer theoretical underpinnings for applied tools to detect and prevent malicious insider activity.