Dr. Rayford Vaughn
Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Dr. Vaughn received his Ph.D. from the Computer and Information Systems Department at Kansas State University in 1988. Prior to his entering academia, he complete a career in the US Army retiring as a Colonel followed by three years as Vice President of DISA Integration Services, EDS Government Systems. His research interests are computer security and software engineering. His past experience includes an assignment at the National Computer Security Center (NSA) where he conducted classified research and participated in the development of National computer security guidance.
Dr. Vaughn has over 100 publications to his credit, has obtained more than $40M in funded research projects. Dr. Vaughn joined Mississippi State University in 1997 where he was named an Eminent Scholar and in 2008 was named Mississippi State University’s most outstanding faculty member. In 2009 he was designated the Department Head for Computer Science and Engineering and in 2010 became the Associate Vice President for Research at MSU. In May of 2013, he joined the University of Alabama in Huntsville as the Vice President for Research.