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AFIT Prof wins IEEE Outstanding Teacher Award
Posted Wednesday, March 09, 2011

 

by Bill Hancock

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Dr. Barry E. Mullins, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology is the recipient of the 2010 C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Teacher Award.

Dr. Barry MullinsSponsored by Eta Kappa Nu, the honorary society of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the award recognizes Dr. Mullins as the best electrical and computer engineering professor across 325 ECE departments nationwide. The Award is intended to recognize the central and crucial role of college professors in training and motivating future electrical and computer engineers. The award will be presented to Dr. Mullins at the annual meeting of Department Heads Association this month in Phoenix, Ariz. IEEE is a professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation related to electricity. It has more than 395,000 members in more than 160 countries, 45% outside the United States.

"Dr. Mullins has taught 40 distinct courses to over 1,400 students. He developed two wildly successful courses, Cyber Attack and Introduction to Computer Networking, and is a prolific researcher with over 85 publications." states Dr. Marlin Thomas, Dean of the AFIT School of Engineering and Management "I can think of no greater validation of a teacher's performance in the classroom than the exceptional student statements which accompanied Barry's award submission. We are extremely pleased to have Barry as part of our prestigious faculty".

Dr. Mullins received his B.S. in Computer Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Evansville, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from AFIT, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Previously he served 21 years in the Air Force teaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy for seven of those years. His recent research interests include: cyber operations, computer/network security, computer communication networks, embedded (sensor) and wireless networking, malware analysis, reverse code engineering, and reconfigurable computing systems.