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Susan V. Vrbsky is the Interim Department Head and Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alabama. She has been a member of the Department of Computer Science since 1992.  She has served as the Undergraduate Program Director and Graduate Program Director of Computer Science.  As department head, she helped to create a new BS degree in Cyber Security and revamp the first-year computer science course sequence to improve student retention. Prior to joining the faculty at UA, she worked for several years in industry as a programmer analyst in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Vrbsky’s research is in the areas of databases, data security, cloud computing, and GPU algorithms.  She served as the director of the Cloud and Cluster Computing Lab, which focused on such research as low-cost solutions to ensure data consistency in clouds, protection from flooding attacks in clouds, vertical clouds and power aware load balancing strategies in clusters and clouds.  She has received support from the NSF, Department of Education, and the FAA.  Dr. Vrbsky received her PhD from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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