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Eugene Howard Spafford, American Computer science educator, consultant, author. Named one of Top 10 Outstanding Teachers Purdue University School Science Student Council, 1990, 92; President' fellow Georgia Institute Technology, 1979; graduate fellow National Science Foundation,1980-1983; recipient Meritorious Svc. award Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1992, Award of MeritSoc. Technology Communications, 1991.


Spafford, Eugene Howard was born on March 26, 1956 in Rochester, New York, United States. Son of Howard Franklin and Elizabeth Ann (Gallagher) Spafford.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Computer Science summa cum laude, State University of New York, Brockport, 1979. Master of Science in Information and Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1986.

Doctor of Science (honorary), State University of New York, 2005.


Research scientist II Software Engineering Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, 1986-1987. Assistant professor computer science Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1987-1993, associate professor computer science, 1993-1997, professor, since 1997, professor philosophy, since 2000, professor electrical and computer engineering, since 2003, professor communication, since 2003, professor technical, since 2005. Founder, director COAST Laboratory, 1993-1998.

Director Center Education & Research Information Assurance & Security, since 1998. Member advisory board Journal Information Systems Security, 1991-1998. Distinguished lecturer Applied Computer Security Associates, 2000.

Member external Information Technology research review panel MITRE board directors, 2006. Member numerous advisory and supervisory boards in field. Presenter, keynote speaker conferences in field.


  • Certified information system security professional Board Directors (ISC)2.


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  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Computer Viruses, 1989, Practical Unix and Internet Security, 3d edition, 2003 (Distinguished Technology Communications award, Merit award, Merit award Society Technology Communications 1996). Member editorial board Computing Systems, 1987-1995, Journal Computer and Software Engineering, 1990-1997, Virus Bulletin, 1991-1997, Computers & Security, 1995-1997, academy editor, since 1998. Associate editor: Computing Systems, 1992-1994.

      Contributing editor: Computer Crime: A Crimefighter's Handbook, 1995, Web Security and Commerce, 1997, second edition, 2002. Contributor chapters to books. Charter member editorial board International Journal Information and Computer Security, since 2004, Journal Information Systems Security, 1991-1998, VNR: Virus News and Revs.

      , 1992-1993, Journal Artificial Life, 1993-2002, Newtork Security, since 1994, Observations, 1994-1996, Computers & Security, since 1996, International Journal Information and Computer Security, since 2004. Contributor over 100 articles to professional journals.


Instructor American Red Cross, Atlanta, 1984-1987, Lafayette, Indiana, 1987-1989. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (senior, member editorial task force 2002, Meritorious Service award 1992, Golden Core award 1996, charter member Computer Society's Golden Core), Association Computing Machinery (member education council since 2006, chairman self-assessment committee 1991-1996, International Science and Engineering Fair awards committee 1992-1994, member United States public policy committee, member editorial board transactions on Information and Systems Security 1999-2004, Making Difference award 2004), Purdue Teaching Academy. Member Info Systems Security Association (honorary, life, named to Hall Fame, 2001), Research Center Computers and Society (associate, national advisory board 1989-1900), USENIX Association, Sun User Group (board directors 1996-1997), Computer Security Institute, IDA Defense Science Study Group V, Sigma Xi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, bad movies, science fiction, humor.


Married Kathleen Ann Heaphy, November 2, 1985.

Howard Franklin Spafford

Elizabeth Ann (Gallagher) Spafford

Kathleen Ann Heaphy