Frederick R. Chang is the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, the director of the Darwin Deason Institute For Cyber Security and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. He also is a senior fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.
Chang is a Distinguished Scholar in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and a Research Fellow at the Applied Research Labs at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously at the University of Texas at Austin he was an associate dean in the College of Natural Sciences and director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security. He has been Professor and AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio .
Chang is the former director of research at the National Security Agency. In the private sector he was most recently the president and chief operating officer of 21CT, Inc., an advanced intelligence analytics solutions company. Earlier, he was with SBC Communications where he held a variety of executive positions including, president - Technology Strategy, SBC Communications; president & CEO, SBC Technology Resources, Inc.; and vice president, Network Engineering and Planning, SBC Advanced Solutions, Inc. He began his professional career at Bell Laboratories.
Chang has been awarded the National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal. He has served as a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, and as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. He also is a member of the Texas Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council.
He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. Chang also has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is lead inventor on two U.S. patents (U.S. patent numbers 7272645 and 7633951) and he appeared in the televised National Geographic documentary, Inside the NSA: America's Cyber Secrets. Chang recently served as an expert witness at a hearing on cybersecurity research and development convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology – Subcommittees on Technology and Research.