Michael Hicks is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, where he has been for the last eleven years. From 2011-2013 he was the first Director of the Maryland Cybersecurity <span> Center. Prof. Hicks' research considers techniques for improving the quality of software, toward making it more available, reliable, and </span>secure. He has designed new, safer programming languages; developed novel program analysis tools for finding software flaws; and considered novel systems and architectures for securing computations. This work, and more, has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Prof. Hicks is also an award-winning teacher, having three times won the computer science department's faculty teaching award. <br> <br>Prof. Hicks received a Bachelors of Computer Science (with honors) from Penn State in 1993, a Masters (in 1996) and a Ph.D. (in 2001) in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a post-doctoral researcher at Cornell University for 2001-2002. He has held visiting appointments at Microsoft Research (2008), the University of Cambridge (2008-2009), and Ecole Normale Superieure (2012-2013), and has given dozens of invited lectures at Universities around the world.