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Claude Turner

Dr. Claude Turner
Claude Turner, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Tel: 757-823-8311
Room: RTC 320 N


Dr. Claude F. Turner is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University (NSU) in Virginia. He is a graduate of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering for research in network traffic analysis. Dr. Turner is a native of the Caribbean. He moved to the United States in the early 1980s and attended Evander Childs High School in the Bronx. Upon graduation, he matriculated into the Engineering Science program at Bronx Community College (BCC). After earning his Associate’s degree at BCC, he enrolled into the electrical engineering program at The City College of the City University of New York, where he completed BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering.

Dr. Turner has a diverse teaching background. His first teaching assignment (September 1996 through May 2005) was as an adjunct instructor and later adjunct assistant professor at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, where he taught programming courses in C++, Java, assembly language, and a physical science course. Concurrently, January 2000 through 2002, he taught Operating Systems Concepts at Pace University in New York. During the period, September 2003 through June 2005, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Fordham University, where he taught courses in discrete structures, software engineering, and networking.

Dr. Turner became a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Bowie State University in Maryland in August 2005 until August 2011 when he became tenured Associate Professor, August 2011 through August 2014. He taught a wide variety of courses, including Cybersecurity courses, C++ programming, database principles, computer literacy, web programming, and discrete structures. Dr. Turner is currently Chair and Tenure Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University, where he teaches courses in Cybersecurity and computer architecture. He began his tenure at NSU in August 2014, as a tenure-track associate professor.

Dr. Turner’s current research interests include cybersecurity, computer forensics, information privacy, data analytics, financial computing, signal processing, machine learning, and computer science and cybersecurity education. He is author or co-author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered more than 21 presentations at academic conferences. Dr. Turner has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several federal or state supported projects with a cumulative total of over $8.7 million. These projects focused primarily on educational and technical research in cybersecurity. 
Dr. Turner has received several awards or recognition, including in 2019, Exemplary Paper Award – 2019 CCSC South Central Conference; in 2017, Best Research Paper award - Computer Science Education: Innovation & Technology conference in Singapore; and in 2014, Research of the Year Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Bowie State University. He was the founding Director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies at his former institution, Bowie State University. Dr. Turner is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Dr. Turner’s extracurricular activities include practicing Shorei-Kan Goju Ryu karate, collecting and listening to good music, watching movies and documentaries, and reading inspirational works of fiction and non-fiction, which he likes to share with his three children. He is a skilled sheet-rocker, which was a useful source of income during his undergraduate years.

Research Interests

  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital and Speech Forensic
  • Information Privacy
  • Computer Science and Cybersecurity Education
  • Signal Processing, Financial Computing

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

  • CYS 697 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
  • CYS 564 Secure Operating Systems
  • COSC 522 Discrete Structures
  • COSC 535 Information Privacy and Security
  • COSC 545 Software Security
  • COSC 645 Applied Cryptography
  • COSC 735 Wireless Security
  • CSC 668 Computer Architecture
  • CYS 795 Cybersecurity Capstone

Undergraduate Courses

  • COSC 110 Computer Literacy and Applications
  • COSC 112 Computer Science I
  • COSC 208 Discrete Structures
  • COSC 345/ CTEC 345 Foundations of Computer and Network Security
  • COSC 352/CTEC 350 Principles and Methods of Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems
  • COSC 402/CTEC 402 Software and Operating Systems Security
  • COSC 445/CTEC 445 Fundamentals of Cryptography and Applications
  • CSC 468 Computer Architecture
  • CSC 268 Computer Organization
  • CTEC 114 Computer Tools and Environment
  • CTEC 214 Client Operating Systems
  • CTEC 226 Introduction to Database Development
  • CTEC 293 Internet Programming
  • CTEC 302 Computer Networking
  • CTEC 393 Internet Programming II