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Alan M Usas

Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Computer Science

Email: ausas@@@cs.brown.edu

Research Areas: Computing Education, Security and Cryptography, Computer Systems

Dr. Usas returned to Brown in 2015 to launch the Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) as its founding Program Director. He led the recruitment, admission, and program operations for four successful cohorts until moving into a faculty role where he was the Lead Instructor for the Critical Challenge Project component of the EMCS program and an advisor to a number of the students. He is now assisting with the CS master’s degree program in a part-time role.

Prior to his EMCS leadership role, he led engineering teams in developing market-leading hardware and software products to secure networks, systems, and data. At Tandem Computers, now part of HP Enterprise, he managed software development for the NonStop system security components and led the development of cryptographic products for the Atalla Division. Dr. Usas held executive engineering positions at several startups including enterprise access control provider CrossLogix and network security appliance company OneSecure. He was also Vice President of Engineering at web data mining company NaviLinks and video conferencing developer Avistar Communications. Following graduate school, Dr. Usas was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories where he conducted research on coding theory, digital communications, and fault-tolerant computer systems.

Dr. Usas also held senior operational roles in information technology and services. In 2003, he joined Brown University as Assistant Vice President for Computing and Information Services where he had responsibility for the data, voice, and video network, core enterprise systems, and information security. He also served as Chief Information Officer at the Yale School of Management during expansion to a new technologically advanced campus. Additionally, Dr. Usas has held faculty appointments in electrical engineering and computer science and taught at Princeton and Brown universities. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and Master’s and Phd at Stanford University, all in electrical engineering.

Associate Director of the CS Master's Degree Program Office Hours
2021-22 Semester 1: Tue/Thu 3-4pm ET via Zoom
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