Fred Change-Ford Fellowship Recipient

Frederick R. Chang, director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, and professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was among five distinguished professors to receive a Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship during SMU’s Board of Trustees meeting in May, 2016.

Established in 2002, the fellowship helps SMU retain and reward outstanding scholars. Gerald J. Ford Fellowships are awarded to SMU faculty based on a faculty member’s scholarly contributions and future research plans. Candidates are nominated annually by department chairs, faculty, and the faculty senate.

“Professor Chang is recognized nationally as one of the top experts in the field of cyber security.  Therefore, it comes as no surprise that he has been honored as one of SMU’s top scholars as a recipient of the Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship,” said Steven C. Currall, SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Chang, who joined SMU in 2013, is also a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College and a distinguished scholar in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, awarded the National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal, and named by Information Security Magazine in 2014 as the ‘Security 7’ award winner for education.

Dr. Chang 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 has also served as a member of the National Academies Committee on Responding to Section 5(d) of Presidential Policy Directive 28: The Feasibility of Software to Provide Alternatives to Bulk Signals Intelligence Collection.

He is the 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. He has twice served as a cyber security expert witness at hearings convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

“I am very honored to receive a 2016 Ford Research Fellowship,” Chang said.  “Mr. Ford’s generous donation will support our interdisciplinary SMU research aimed at advancing solutions to some extremely challenging cyber security problems.”

Dr. Chang received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Oregon and his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. He also completed the program for senior executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, founded in 1925, is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including master’s and doctoral degrees, through the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Management, Information, and Systems; and Mechanical Engineering. Lyle students participate in programs in the unique Deason Innovation Gym, providing the tools and space to work on immersion design projects and competitions to accelerate leadership development and the framework for innovation; the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, helping students develop nontechnical skills to prepare them for leadership in diverse technical fields; the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, developing new methodologies for incorporating engineering education into K-12 schools; and the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, combining technological innovation with business expertise to address global poverty.