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Rick Sheldon Professor, Department Chair


Sheldon has 29+ years in the fields of software engineering and computer science engaged as an engineer, principal investigator, research scientist, business developer and conference chair. He is professor and chair of computer science at the University of Idaho, and holds a visiting professorship at the Int’l School of Software, WHU, China. He’s held faculty appointments (U. Colorado CS, Wash. State U., U. Memphis) and R&D positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and three fortune 100 companies (LMCO, GD and Raytheon/TI) including a National Academy NRC postdoc at NASA Langley, and Visiting Scholar at NASA Ames and Stanford University. He’s published 130+ articles, 12 editorships and 4 US Patents. He’s chaired, facilitated and participated in National R&D venues including invited speaker, panelist and moderator. An IEEE Sr. Member, he received the Sigma Xi research and UT-Battelle key contributor and significant event awards. He obtained two undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and his MS/PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests are currently focused on cyber and information security. He enjoys teaching Senior and Graduate level topics.


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