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David M. Nicol

 David M. Nicol
David M. Nicol
Professor and Herman M. Dieckamp Endowed Chair in Engineering | Director, Information Trust Institute
(217) 244-1925
451 Coordinated Science Lab

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  • Ph.D., Computer Science,University of Virginia, 1985

Teaching Statement

I aim to convey difficult material clearly, and challenge students to integrate concepts to solve new types of problems that follow immediately from the material covered.

Research Statement

The study of large-scale systems encounters problems in representation,

scalability, and behavior. Project MOSES investigates such issues, particularly in the context of networking security.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I have almost always had undergraduates working on my research team. I support undergraduate summer interns.

Research Interests

  • security policy and its analysis
  • parallel discrete-event simulation
  • fluid based modeling
  • mathematical modeling and analysis
  • security
  • public-key infrastructure

Teaching Honors

  • Alumni Fellowship Award, given by the William and Mary Society of the Alumni for excellence in teaching, 1992.

Research Honors

  • Franklin W. Woeltge Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Best paper award, Conference on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, June 2012
  • Reconocimiento Especial, Tecnologico De Monterrey (honoring my textbook "Discrete-Event Systems Simulation", 2010
  • Best paper award, MALWARE 2010
  • Best paper award, Conference on Principals of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, June 2008
  • ACM SIGSIM Distinguished Contributions Award, 2007
  • ACM Distinguished Lecturer, 2008
  • ACM Distinguished Lecturer, 2007
  • Fellow of the ACM, for contributions to discrete event simulation
  • Best Paper Award, Conference on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, June 2005.
  • Best Paper Award, IPSI 2004-Studenica Conference on Internet Technologies
  • IEEE Fellow, 2003.
  • Marion and Jason Whiting Fellowship for study at Oxford University, 2000.
  • Best Paper Award, 9th Annual Conference on Parallel and Distributed Simulation, 1995.
  • Employee Excellence Award, Control Data Corporation, 1982.
  • Great Performer's Award, Control Data Corporation, 1980.

Courses Taught

  • CS 541 - Computer Systems Analysis
  • ECE 498 - Special Topics in ECE
  • ECE 541 - Computer Systems Analysis