University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

May 19, 2008
Contact: Alice Jackson, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6639, (228) 209-6920
USA Appoints New Dean of Computer and Information Sciences
Dr. Alec Yasinsac
Dr. Alec Yasinsac

Distinguished educator and researcher Dr. Alec Yasinsac has been appointed new dean of the School of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of South Alabama.

He will begin June 1, assuming the position of Dr. David Feinstein, who will return to full-time teaching and research after more than 28 years of service to the University, the last 10 of those years as dean.

Yasinsac comes to USA from Florida State University, where he was an associate professor of computer science. He began teaching at Florida State in 1999 after a 20-year career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Security protocol verification is the foundation of his research interests. He has published extensively on formal methods, cryptographic authentication, group encryption, secure routing protocols, wireless security, intrusion detection, digital forensics and a variety of computing education topics.


His research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Army Research Office, the Florida Department of State, and several industrial partners.

“We are excited to have Dr. Yasinsac join USA’s faculty as the new dean of the School of Computer and Information Sciences,” said Dr. Pat C. Covey, senior vice president for academic affairs at USA. “He is an experienced educator with an impressive background in research and teaching.”

USA President Gordon Moulton, founding dean of USA’s School of Computer and Information Sciences, said the appointment of an educator and researcher with Yasinsac’s extensive experience is a testament to the school’s growth and national reputation for excellence. Under his leadership, USA’s School of Computer and Information Sciences will continue to make leading-edge contributions both nationally and at home in the Mobile community.

“Computers and information technology have never been more important to our economy and society, and we are pleased to have a leader of Dr. Yasinsac’s caliber as we continue to educate new generations of professionals for these crucial fields,” said Moulton.

Yasinsac said he is committed to continuing the dedication to excellence that is ingrained in the School of Computer and Information Sciences. He said that foundation allows USA to contribute solutions not only for Mobile but the state and the nation as well, including process control systems, medical information systems, embedded communications technology, electronic voting systems and developing technology that will accommodate increasing demands for reliability and security.

“My wife, Linda, and I are thrilled to join the team and family at the University of South Alabama,” said Yasinsac. “We love the community and are very happy to come at a time when the opportunities at the University and the community are rapidly expanding.”

Yasinsac is a member of numerous program committees, including the 2008 Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Computer and Communications Security, the 3rd International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, the 2nd International Conference on Information Systems Security, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Information Assurance Workshop. He also serves as program committee chair for the Systematic Approach to Digital Forensic Engineering Workshop 2008, is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the ACM, the U.S. Policy Committee of the ACM, and the IEEE Computer Society.

A native of North Carolina, Yasinsac received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Virginia, his master of science degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School, and his bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Appalachian State University.

His published works include more than 50 refereed conference, symposium and journal papers since joining the FSU faculty. Yasinsac has written, or co-written, more than 42 journal articles, book chapters and technical reports. He also co-edited the book “Mobile and AD hoc Networks and Sensors Security.”

Yasinsac has directed two doctoral theses, fifteen master’s theses and three undergraduate student theses. He has taught nearly 100 college courses in mathematics, computer science and information security.

USA’s School of Computer and Information Sciences has awarded 1,836 degrees.

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