Dr. Zhao is currently an assistant professor of Information Technology at Kennesaw State University (KSU) and a SunTrust Faculty Fellow. He received his Ph.D in computer science from Georgia State University, GA, USA and M.S in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, PA, USA in 2016 and 2012, respectively. He was a research data scientist at IBM. His research interests span the areas of cyber security, big data computing & analytics, and machine learning. Dr. Zhao has a specific interest on developing efficient and secure computing frameworks for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things.