Joseph Kizza, former computer science and engineering department head, was appointed associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Kizza received his PhD in computer science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and joined UTC in 1989 as an assistant professor. In his nine years as department head, Kizza was a leader in the growth of the department in program offering, enrollment and research activities. The department leads the college in research productivity and currently offers BS and MS degrees in computer science, a BS degree in computer engineering, and a PhD degree in computational science.
In 1990, Kizza initiated the cyber security program at UTC with the establishment of the UTC InfoSec Center, which subsequently received National Security Agency Recognition and was certified as a National Center of Excellence in Information Security Education. The designation of the Center led to the establishment of information security programs (BS and MS concentrations), which have been recognized as the most outstanding programs of their classification in Tennessee. He has published extensively on cryptography, computer ethics, computer networks, and information security, including ten books. Last spring, he was awarded the UTC Lifetime Research and Creative Achievement Award.