Published: Jun 24, 2014 2:00:00 PM
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Anthony (Tony) Skjellum will join the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering on June 30 as the COLSA cyber security and information assurance professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and director of the Auburn Cyber Research Center. He comes from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he served as chair and professor of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences since 2003.
Skjellum earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1984 and went on to receive master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Caltech in 1985 and 1990, respectively. He minored in computer science while working on his doctorate. After completing his studies, he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a computer scientist from 1990-1993.
He then served as assistant (later associate) professor and director of the high performance computing laboratory at Mississippi State University through 2003, a part of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computational Field Simulation. Skjellum is a founding member of the Alabama Cyber Research Consortium, along with Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, Auburn’s senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Skjellum to Auburn. He brings both breadth and depth of experience in cyber to our programs, and his expertise complements our cyber faculty and facilities extremely well. Additionally, his entrepreneurial spirit and wealth of contacts will meaningfully advance ongoing activity. I look forward to working with him,” said Gen. Burgess.
“I have had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Skjellum on a number of occasions during the interview process, and have found him to be energetic and focused. His key research areas have included cyber research, high performance computing, embedded systems, and scientific computing. As a result he will bring a great deal of vitality to our cyber programs as he moves us into new directions,” said Kai Chang, chair of Auburn’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.
“Dr. Skjellum’s teaching experience, as well as his extensive involvement in cutting-edge research initiatives, will add to the record of excellence that the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering has established,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “We look forward to his leadership in our college as we continue on an upward trajectory and strive to anticipate – and meet – the needs of tomorrow’s world.”