About the Executive Director


Frederick R. Chang is the Chair of the Computer Science Department in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is also the Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. Additionally, Chang’s career spans service in the private sector and in government including as the former Director of Research at the National Security Agency.


Dr. Chang was elected as a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2016. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and he is also a member of the Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board of the National Academies. He has served as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies and as a member of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. He is the lead inventor on two U.S. patents and has appeared before Congress as a cybersecurity expert witness on multiple occasions. Dr. Chang 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. He has also completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been awarded the National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal.