Faculty

Mohamed F. Chouikha, PhD
Chief Scientist & Executive Director, SECURE Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Executive Professor, Electrical and Computer Science
Email: mfchouikha@pvamu.edu


Dr. Mohamed F. Chouikha received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Prague Polytechnic University in the Czech Republic and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He was an Electrical Engineer at the Societe Tunisienne Des Phosphates De Gafsa, from 1988 to August 2018 he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University, where he was a Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In July 2000 he became the Chair of the EE Department. In 2004, he established a new Computer Engineering program within the Department of Electrical Engineering, since then renamed as the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University. Before becoming the chair he served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Electrical Engineering. Since 2018 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in the College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) where he is Chief Scientist, Executive Director of the Cybersecurity Center and Executive Professor. He was the founding Director of the Intelligent Community-Center of Academic Excellence, the founding and first Director of the Center of Applied High Performance Computing, and one of the four founding Directors of the Washington Academy of Biomedical Engineering. He has been a consultant to a number of companies in the Washington area and was a Board member of Quateams Inc.
Dr. Cajetan Akujuobi
Cajetan M. Akujuobi, M.B.A., Ph.D., P.E.
Founding Principal Investigator & Co-Executive Director, SECURE Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Founding Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR)
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Email: cmakujuobi@pvamu.edu


Prof. Cajetan M. Akujuobi was the former Vice President of Research, Innovation and Sponsored Programs at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), Texas, USA a position he held from January 2, 2014 to August 31, 2018. He was also the Dean, Graduate Studies from January 2, 2014 to July 31, 2017. He is a tenured full Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He is the Principal Investigator and the founding Executive Director of the over $7 Million Cybersecurity Center. He is the founding Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR) where he attracted over $20 Million in research grants. He is also the founding Directors of the Broadband (High Speed Network) Communication Systems Program; Analog & Mixed Signal Program (AMSP), the DSP Solutions Programs, and the founding Director of the Communication Control Research Programs at PVAMU. Before joining PVAMU in 2014, he was the founding Dean of the STEM College at Alabama State University (ASU) from June 2010 to December 2013. Prof. Akujuobi was the founding Directors of the Center of Excellence for Communication Systems & Image/Signal/Video Processing (CECSIP) and the STEM Center of Excellence for Modeling & Simulation Research (SCEMSR) at ASU. He is a member of the Texas Biomedical Society Board of Directors. He has held various positions in Academia and industry for the past 35 years working with such corporations as Bell Labs, Intelsat, Advanced Hardware Architecture, Schlumberger, Texas Instruments, Argonne National Lab, Spectrum Engineering, Data Race Corporation and NASA. His major research interests are in the areas of Cyber and Information Security, Internet of Things (IoT), Communication Systems, Wavelet Transform Analysis and Applications and Mixed Signal Systems.
Dr. Shumon Alam
Shumon Alam, PhD
Researcher, CECSTR & SECURE
Email: shalam@pvamu.edu


Dr. Shumon Alam is a Lead Researcher of CECSTR and SECURE Center of Excellence at Prairie View A&M University. Prior to his current position, he held various engineering positions in the industry. He also worked as a researcher for many years in academia. Dr. Alam worked in the area of control, communication systems, networking, cyber security, and signal processing. His current research interests are in signal processing, communications, and Internet of Things (IoT). His current projects include development of Industrial SCADA Security and Cognitive Radio System.
Dr. Na Li
Na Li, PhD
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Email: nali@pvamu.edu


Dr. Na Li received her Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012. She has been an Assistant Professor with Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) since fall 2015. Prior to PVAMU, she was an Assistant Professor with the Northwest Missouri State University. She has been dedicated to cybersecurity research and education. Particularly, her interests include but are not limited to security and privacy in wireless sensor networks, online social networks, and Internet of Things. She is also interested in computer science education, particularly focusing on underrepresented minorities. Her projects have been funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Amahmed
Ahmed Ahmed, PhD
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Email: amahmed@pvamu.edu


Dr. Ahmed is a Tenure-track Assistant Professor at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). He joined the Department of Computer Science at PVAMU in the fall of 2017, right after earning his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan in August 2017. His research interests are in the fields of Parallel and Distributed Systems with applications in domains such as IoT and sensor-based services. During his Ph.D., he built a number of mechanisms to support programming of mobile services, and formal models to understand them. After joining PVAMU, he has been actively involved in several research projects funded by local and industrial agencies, including IoT distributed applications, resource coordination for concurrent systems, efficient mobile sensing, etc. Dr. Ahmed is a prolific writer, committed to sharing ideas with other experts at conferences and publications – he published over 20 peer-reviewed papers as a first author at prestigious international conference and journals. He has extensive experience in mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students to do research.
Dr. Sarhan M. Musa

Sarhan M. Musa, PhD
Professor, Engineering Technology
Email:smmusa@pvamu.edu


Sarhan M. Musa is a professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at Prairie View A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York, New York, in 2001. Professor Musa has been the founder and director of Prairie View Networking Academy (PVNA), Texas, since 2004. Dr. Musa is a leading researcher at Center of Excellence of Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR) and Systems to Enhance Cybersecurity for Universal Research Environments (SECURE) Center of Excellence at Prairie View A&M University, Texas. Dr. Musa is LTD Sprint and Boeing Welliver Fellow. Professor Musa has written more than a dozen books on various areas of study in Mathematics and Engineering. His current research interests include network security and privacy, Internet of things, big data analytics, deep learning, cryptography, cloud computing.
Dr. Matthew O. Sadiku
Matthew N. O. Sadiku, PhD
Regents Professor and IEEE Fellow
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Email: mnsadiku@pvamu.edu


Matthew N.O. Sadiku is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas. He is the author of several books and papers. His areas of research interests include computational electromagnetics and computer networks. He is a fellow of IEEE.
Dr. Louis NgamassiLouis Ngamassi, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Accounting, Finance, & MIS
Email: longamassi@pvamu.edu


Louis Ngamassi is currently an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at Prairie View A&M University – College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University. His research interest is in the area of social informatics and includes sub-areas such as crisis informatics and development informatics. Louis has been published in several refereed journals including Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Information Technology and People, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, and VOLUNTAS. He has also presented his work at a variety of national and international conferences including AMCIS, ISCRAM, and DSI. Louis is a former Fulbright scholar and a former United Nations Fulbright Fellow.
Dr. AnnamalaiAnnamalai Annamalai, PhD
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email: aaannamalai@pvamu.edu


Dr. Annamalai is presently a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. He has over twenty years of research/teaching experience in wireless communications at Motorola, University of Victoria, Air Force Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech and PVAMU with over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 6 book chapters. He has also directed 15 Ph.D. dissertations and 25 M.S.E.E. theses to completion as Chair at PVAMU and Virginia Tech. His current research interests include cooperative wireless communications, wireless physical layer security, cross-layer design and optimization of wireless networks, cognitive radios, wireless communications theory and assistive technologies.
Dr. Olusegun OdejideOlusegun Odejide, PhD
Adjunct, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Olusegun Odejide is presently a Lead Security Engineer with a major oil and gas drilling company in the Houston area. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at Prairie View A&M University as well as Lone Star College and Houston Community College where he has taught various IT and Cybersecurity courses for several years. He has developed and taught three graduate level Cybersecurity courses at Prairie View. His prior work experiences include working as a security professional in oil & gas as well as telecommunications industries. Dr. Odejide was a past recipient of the National Research Council Fellowship where he conducted communications research at the Air Force Research Laboratory (Rome, New York). He also holds multiple industry recognized cybersecurity certifications including CISSP and CEH.

Emmanuel Opara, DBA
Professor, Accounting, Finance, & MIS
Email:euopara@vamu.edu


Dr. Emmanuel U Opara is a Professor of MIS at the College of Business, Prairie View A&M University. He teaches Cyber Securities, Info & Comm in Digital Age, Strategic MGMT & Bus Policy. He is a distinguished board of Directors member & a “Fellow” [FIIMA] of the International Information Management Association. He has interest in Integrated Network Systems Securities, Windows - Computer Digital Forensics, Incident Response and Threat Hunting, Memory Analysis, Containment of Advanced Adversaries, Biometrics Technology, Network and Data Communication. His passion is in Intrusion forensics, vulnerability and exploits discovery, intrusion detection/prevention analysis, penetration testing while deploying python programming. He employs memory forensics analysis tools such as Rekall, Volatility, Memoryze, Redline, DumpIT, FTK, Hibr2bin. Prior to joining the Texas A&M Systems, at Prairie View, he worked for Chevron Corporation.He received commendations for his contributions in the field of Information technology, cyber security and forensics.
Justin ForemanJustin Foreman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Email:jfforeman@pvamu.edu


Justin Foreman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. He has worked at NASA Langley Research Center as a National Research Council Research Associate and as an employee of GeoControl Systems, Inc. supporting various NASA Johnson Space Center efforts as a Test Director, Test Engineer and Systems Engineer. He also taught at Lone Star College in Houston, TX. His research interests include Internet of Things medical sensors and networks and development of programs to foster student learning of programmable devices.