Senior Fellows

Frederick Chang

Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Executive Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, & Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cyber Security, SMU

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Frederick R. Chang is 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 and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is also 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 a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and he has served as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. He is the lead inventor on two U.S. patents and has twice served as a cybersecurity expert witness at hearings convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  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.