Confronting Cyber Threats
The protection of our information, systems, and networks remains one of the nation’s greatest challenges. As a pioneer in artificial intelligence, machine learning, genetic algorithms, and evolutionary computation, Gerry Dozier, professor of computer science and software engineering, is committed to keeping our information secure. He holds a Charles D. McCrary Endowed Chair in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering which was instrumental in recruiting him back to Auburn after being away for 10 years. He previously served on the faculty at Auburn.
Dozier’s research in critical infrastructure protection is on the front lines of cyber defense, addressing public and private sector cyber threats that jeopardize national security. His work with experts at Auburn’s McCrary Institute for Critical Infrastructure Protection & Cyber Systems, including faculty members in Auburn Cyber Research Center, civil engineering, economics, and poultry science, provides simulations and strategies to safeguard critical infrastructures and individuals’ cyber identities and privacy.
The opportunity to do original research with exceptional colleagues through his endowed faculty position is allowing Dozier to continue his innovative work in the field of cyber protection. The McCrary Endowed Chair was created through a generous $10 million investment from the Alabama Power Foundation in 2014 to honor its retiring CEO Charles D. McCrary, a 1973 Auburn mechanical engineering graduate.