Edmund Lamagna, Ph. D.
Professor
University of Rhode Island

Edmund (Ed) A. Lamagna is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island, where he has served on the faculty since 1976. For 16 years of his tenure at URI, he served as chair the university's Department of Computer Science and Statistics. Dr. Lamagna received a combined A.B.-Sc.B. in 1970, an Sc.M. in Electrical Engineering in 1971, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in 1975, all from Brown University. He was a member of technical staff at Mitre Corporation from 1975-76 and spent sabbatical leaves at Amherst College, the Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics, and Brown University. He served as major professor for 24 graduated M.S. students and 5 Ph.Ds.

Dr. Lamagna's research interests are in the areas of computer algebra, the design and analysis of algorithms, cybersecurity and cryptography, and educational uses of computing. His work has been published in leading journals and been presented at conference and workshops nationally and internationally. He developed several algorithms for symbolic summation that are used in the leading computer algebra systems and, together with his graduate students, designed and implemented a student-friendly interface called NEWTON for use in college mathematics. His research in algorithms include contributions to sorting and searching, seminumerical mathematics, string pattern matching, graph theory, and experimental algorithmics.

In recent years, Dr. Lamagna has taught courses in cryptography at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has become interested in cybersecurity and the security of electronic voting systems. He has spoken and organized panels on the teaching of cryptography at several recent meetings of the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM).