VUST Honorary Professors

Virginia University of Science & Technology (VUST)  has benefited greatly from the input of many distinguished  Honorary Professors. The honorary professors at Virginia University of Science & Technology are all experts in the fields of Cybersecurity, Network Security, Information Assurance, Big Data, Clouding Engineering, Advanced Business Technology and Marketing Analysis, and Computer Science, etc. All honorary professors are well-known scholars from the world’s most prestigious universities.

The Honorary Professors at VUST are the faculty without employship and salary, nor compensation from VUST. However, VUST will give honorariums to the honorary professors. The Honorary Professors’ outstanding contributions by  providing expert advice, conducting seminars,   and delivering online specific lectures when possible, etc., will be significant benefits to students and staff within the University.



Experts & Academic Achievement

Prof. Harry Wechsler

Hon. Professor Wechsler

Full Professor,

Department of Computer Science,

George Mason University,

Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, in 1975

Dr. Wechsler’s research, in the field of intelligent systems, covers BIOMETRICS: face recognition, denial and deception, performance evaluation; CYBER SECURITY:  adversarial learning; spam, fraud, and phishing detection; active authentication; IMAGE ANALYSIS and UNDERSTANDING: computer vision, contents based information retrieval, video processing,  automatic target recognition; MACHINE LEARNING:  data mining, pattern recognition, statistical learning, neural networks (NN), novelty detection, bioinformatics. Research on ATR and joint space/spatial-frequency image representations has been supported by NSF and DARPA, research on biometrics, face recognition, and homeland security has been supported by FBI, ARPA, DOD/TSWG and ARL, research on sensor fusion technologies for radar / ATR   has been supported by NRL / BMD, and research on complex physical system / solar sciences has been supported by NASA. He was elected IEEE Fellow, effective as of January 1, 1993.  He was elected an IAPR (Int. Assoc. for Pattern Recognition) Fellow in 1998.  Dr. Wechsler supervised 26 PhD students who upon graduation joined academia, government, and industry.
Dr. Wechsler published more than 200 articles, books, and presentations.
Dr. Wechsler owns 7 patents.

Hon. Professor Paul Tiao


Department of Computer Science,

Georgetown University,

J.D & Ph.D. in Law School from the Columbia University in 1995

Dr. Tiao had been Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity & Technology to US FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, 2009-2013, and Senior Counsel to U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 2007 – 2008; Serve on the Virginia Cybersecurity Commission, the Maryland Cybersecurity Council, and the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission since 2010;

Teach a graduate school class on cybersecurity laws, regulations, and policies at Georgetown University since 2013.
Advised the Director and Deputy Director on cybersecurity, electronic surveillance, intellectual property crimes, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, laboratory testing, and other issues.
• Represented the FBI Director in discussions on programs, policies, cases, and operations, including: interagency meetings at the White House with national security staff and the IP Enforcement Coordinator; meetings at DOJ with the Attorney General, Deputy AG, and various Assistant AGs; and meetings of the Cyber Division and Science and Technology Branch at FBI.
• Represented the FBI in interagency efforts to coordinate the U.S. government’s response to major cyber intrusions with national security implications.
• Briefed members of Congress and staff on cybersecurity. Formulated policy positions and drafted cyber legislative language. Helped to coordinate congressional cyber strategy.
• Handled every major executive branch cyber policy initiative from 2009 – 13, including the administration’s cybersecurity legislative proposal; Presidential Policy Directives on cybersecurity operations, critical infrastructure protection, and preparedness; and a table-top exercise led by cabinet officials.
• Led intra-agency team in the development of a plan to re-organize the FBI Cyber Division and the FBI-led National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force.

Hon. Professor Jim Chen

Full Professor,

Department of Computer Science,

George Mason University,

Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida, in 1995

Dr. Chen is currently director of the Computer Graphics Lab at GMU and editor-in-chief (EIC) of AIP/IEEE Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE). He served as general co-chair of IEEE VR2006. Jim’s research interests include computer graphics, virtual reality, visualization, networking security, information assurance and simulation. He authored 2 books and 2 book chapters, edited 2 conference proceedings, published over 150 research papers, and acquired 3 patents. Jim guided 20 Ph.D. dissertations. Eight of his former Ph.D. students are currently professors. Jim received honorary professorships at Fudan University, Central South University, Southwest Jiaotong University, Beijing Jiaotong University, and Hoseo University. On consulting basis, he is the Oversea’s Dean of School of Electrical Engineering at Southwest Jiaotong University and Senior Vice President of Virginia University of Science & Technology.

Hon. Professor Doris Sartor

Senior Executive Director (SES) & Professor,

Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, US Air Force
National President of BIG

Ph.D. in Higher Educational Leadership & Technology from Auburn University, in 1992

Dr. Sartor is an outstanding professor and Senior Executive Program Director at Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB in Alabama since 1992. Dr. Sartor is an expert of Higher Education Leadership. She has been teaching the Leadership for Air Force Senior Commanders for more than 15 years. Dr. Sartor also serves as National President of  the National Organization of Blacks in Government (BIG) that there are more than 200,000 members of governmental officers, many of BIG members are/were top executive level government leaders(such as SES,  ES V, etc.). She has served as Curriculum Manager and Course Program Director in the Ira C. Eaker Center 2008-2015; GS-15 Leadership Executive Course Program Director, Executive Director, and CADRE commander, etc., at Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development and College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education, Maxwell Air Force Base 1995 – 2007.

Dr. Sartor received numerous honors and awards, such as Federal Employee of Year (2012), Exemplary Civilian Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Leadership Academy Award (2007-2012) and etc.

Virginia University of Science and Technology cordially invites all experts and professors in the fields of cybersecurity, big data, cloud computing, computer science, computing engineering, advanced business technology and marketing analysis from the world’s most prestigious universities and Federal Agencies, to join VUST honorable professor team. If you are interested in being VUST’s Honorable Professors, please send your updated resume to Dr. Martin Ma via email: