Michael Erlinger, Ph.D., researches computer networking and has worked extensively in the areas of network security and management, including: intrusion detection systems, intrusion alert formats, secure protocols, and integration of security systems into network management systems.
Erlinger also researches K-12 computer science education and is passionate about increasing computer science awareness in youth. He co-directs a National Science Foundation-funded project with Elizabeth Sweedyk called “The Games Network: Games for Students, Games by Students.” Erlinger and Sweedyk oversee HMC computer science students who develop educational games based upon learning objectives set by middle-school social studies teachers.
Erlinger also co-directs a National Science Foundation-funded project with Zachary Dodds called “MyCS: Middle Years Computer Science.”
The project challenges HMC computer science students to develop educational games in collaboration with middle school teachers and students. Erlinger, Dodds and Sweedyk hope to shatter stereotypes about the computer science field by introducing younger students to the fun, creative side of software development and computer science.
Before joining HMC, Erlinger worked at Bell Labs and Hughes Aircraft.