After a national search, John A. “Drew” Hamilton Jr. has been named associate vice president for research and professor of computer science and engineering at Mississippi State University, pending formal approval by the board of trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning. Currently, Hamilton is Alumni Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University and director of the Auburn Cyber Research Center. He also holds appointments in the Ginn College of Engineering’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the College of Business’ Department of Management at Auburn. Over the past five years, Hamilton has served as principal investigator on 26 research grants. He has secured more than $7.8 million in external funding during his time at Auburn, and has led several classified funded research projects. Hamilton holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Texas Tech University, a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University.