• Professor of Practice
  • Phone: 979-845-7398
  • Email: rags@cse.tamu.edu
  • Office: 200 Discovery Drive, Suite 105
Daniel Ragsdale

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, Texas A&M University, 2001
  • M.S. Computer Science, Naval Post Graduate School, 1990
  • B.S. General Engineering, US Military Academy, 1981

Research Interests

    • Cybersecurity
    • Vulnerability research
    • Reverse engineering
    • Computer ethics
    • Privacy

    Military and Government Experience

    • Retired Army Colonel with 30 years of service and leadership in a wide array of operational, educational, and research and development settings. Participated in Operations Urgent Fury (Grenada), Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
    • Nearly 15 years of service at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Served as a leader in a variety of teaching and research roles, culminating with his service as Vice Dean for Education, the Principal Deputy to West Point's Chief Academic Officer.
    • Former DARPA Program Manager who successfully led and managed a $175M research and development portfolio of classified and unclassified cybersecurity, psychology, and educational programs

Awards & Honors

  • The Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, 2015
  • The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Outstanding Service Award, 2012
  • The Texas A&M Department of Computer Science Distinguished Former Student Award, 2007
  • The Colloquium for Information System Security Education (CISSE) Founder's Medal, 2005
  • The US Military Academy Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2002
  • The Federal Information Systems Security Education Association Educator of the Year, 2002
  • The Texas A&M Department of Computer Science Graduate Student Leadership Excellence Award, 1999
  • The Naval Postgraduate School Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for Department of Defense Student, June 1990
  • Military Awards: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (6 Awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 Awards), Iraq Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), Afghan Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Order of St Barbara Medal, Medalla Escuela Militar de Cadetes (Distinguished Service Medal, Colombian Military Academy)

Selected Publications

  • R. C. Dodge. R., C. Bertram. C, and D. J. Ragsdale, “Remote Virtual Information Assurance Network,” in IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, Volume 232, New Approaches for Security, Privacy and Trust in Complex Environments, eds. H. Venter, M. Eloff, L. Labuschagne, J. Eloff, R. von Solms, Springer: Boston, pp. 485–490, 2007
  • R. C. Dodge and D. J. Ragsdale, “Deploying Honeypots,” in Enterprise Information Systems Assurance and System Security: Managerial and Technical Issues, ed. M. Warkentin and R. Vaughn, Idea Group Publishing, Hershey, PA, 2006
  • G. Conti, J. M. D. Hill, S. Lathrop, K. Alford, and D. J. Ragsdale, “A Comprehensive Undergraduate Information Assurance Program,” in IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 125 Security Education and Critical Infrastructures, eds. C. Irvine and H. Armstrong, Kluwer Academic Publishers: Boston. pp. 243-260, 2003
  • S. D. Lathrop, G. J. Conti, D. J. Ragsdale, “Information Warfare in the Trenches,” in IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology , Vol. 125 Security Education and Critical Infrastructures, eds. C. Irvine and H. Armstrong, Kluwer Academic Publishers: Boston, pp. 19-39, 2003
  • L. J. Hoffman, R. C. Dodge, D. J. Ragsdale, and T. Rosenberg, “Exploring a National Cybersecurity Exercise for Universities,” IEEE Security and Privacy, Volume 3, Number 5, pp. 52-58, September/October 2005