Dr. Chad Williams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and co-coordinator of the Cybersecurity Center at Central Connecticut State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010, where he focused on developing privacy preserving machine learning and data mining algorithms for learning and projecting activity patterns of individuals. Prior to that, he received his M.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University, where he researched profile injection attack detection for securing collaborative recommender systems. Dr. Williams has extensive professional experience in the fields of software engineering and cybersecurity as a technical architect and project manager in the financial services industry. He has led the development of secure systems for Fortune 500 companies in the banking, insurance, and capital markets.
Dr. Williams has taught a variety of courses in computer science, software engineering, and cybersecurity, including developing 11 courses related to cybersecurity, software engineering, and core computer science topics. He helped co-create the Cybersecurity B.S. program, which has been recognized by the National Security Agency as a validated Program of Study in Cyber Defense. Dr. Williams has an established record of obtaining over $1.1 million in national external grants as PI or co-PI, and has twice been named a semi-finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Award. His research interests include applications of machine learning and data mining in cybersecurity, intrusion detection, software engineering, and computer science educational methods.
- Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Grant, “Scaffolded Projects for the Social Good,” $288,100, 2023-2025, awarded.
- Principal Investigator, National Security Agency GenCyber Grant, “CCSU GenCyber Cybersecurity Future,” $148,728, 2021-2024, awarded.
- Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Grant, “Scholarships, Mentoring, and Career Development to Support Attainment of Software Engineering Graduate Degrees,” $1,000,000, 2020-2025, awarded.