MET Computer Science Department Appoints Cybersecurity Director
An assistant professor since 2011, Dr. Zhang has long played a significant leadership role at Boston University in the important field of security. As faculty coordinator of information security programs, she developed a proposal for a new joint degree in cybersecurity between MET and College of Arts & Sciences computer science departments, and worked diligently on the coordination of the curriculum and courses. She has been involved in the review of the MET security curriculum, developing courses like Mobile Forensics and Security (MET CS 694) and Secure Software Development (MET CS763).
An expert in personal device security, Dr. Zhang established the Mobile Computing and Security Lab (MobCS Lab) to facilitate research and teaching in areas that include mobile platform enhancement, mobile application analysis, and mobile sensing. She led the 2020 effort to redesignate BU as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the program jointly administered by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security; a rigorous, multiphase process which required University-level coordination and collaboration.
Dr. Zhang’s research currently focuses on cybersecurity education, mobile security and computing, though her interest spreads to all areas of computer systems, networks and cybersecurity. She has taught a variety of courses, including Mobile Forensics and Security, Secure Software Development, Network Security, Software Engineering, Mobile Application Development, Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Analysis of Algorithms and Programming Languages.
MET offers a wealth of graduate programs in information cybersecurity, including the Graduate Certificate in Information Security, the Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics, and the Master of Science in Computer Science with concentration in Security.
Congratulations on your promotion, Dr. Zhang, and thank you for your contributions to information security programs at BU MET.