Dr. Letha Hughes Etzkorn is a professor in the Computer Science Department at The University of
Alabama in Huntsville with more than 30 years of experience. She earned her master’s degree and
PhD in computer science from The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. She is a registered professional engineer (Electrical Engineering, State of Georgia) and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. As of 2017, she has graduated 16 PhD students. She has served as an associate editor/member of editorial board for several journals. Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Etzkorn worked in industry for several years, primarily in networking, modems, and embedded systems, for companies including Motorola, Hayes Microcomputer Products, and Lockheed-Georgia.
Dr. Etzkorn has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers. Also, she has received
more than $3.9 million in grants and contracts as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator from federal agencies including the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Army. Some of her major research areas are in software engineering (software metrics, program comprehension), middleware, and cybersecurity within the Internet of Things. She has taught more than 28 different courses, including courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. These include (among others) courses in software engineering, computer architecture, computer networks, computer security, and, of course, middleware and cloud computing.
Education
Ph.D., Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, 1997
MS, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Al 1992
MSEE, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 1982
BEE, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 1980
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Software engineering (software metrics, program comprehension), middleware, cybersecurity (especially cybersecurity within the Internet of Things), cloud computing