Charles Frank, Ph.D.
Conferred April 2022
I grew up as a post-World War II baby boomer in sunny, dry, and brown Albuquerque, New Mexico. I moved to cloudy, wet, but green Northern Kentucky in 1979. My wife often leaves me to cook for myself as she travels a lot as a government consultant. I can only draw stick figures, but my older daughter is a talented artist in Brooklyn, NY. Like her dad, my younger daughter is a professor at Louisiana State University. I love travelling. I have been to 64 countries from China to Turkey to Brazil. I also enjoy classical music and opera.
I earned my MS at Carnegie Mellon University and my PhD at the University of Virginia. I taught at Penn State before coming to NKU. I have been a visiting professor at Iowa State University, Purdue University, Babeş Boyai University in Romania, and ENSICAEN in France. I also was a visiting scholar at Bell Labs in Denver, CO.
I can thank my grade school teacher mother for interesting me in the teaching profession. (However, I could blame her for my lack of height.) Teaching energizes me. NKU students are fun to work with. I especially enjoy sponsoring student research projects.
I started in mathematics but saw the future was more interesting in computer science. Computer science is ever evolving, which keeps me busy trying to keep up-to-date. In recent years, I have been doing research in cybersecurity, but this has yet to stop cyber criminals from causing problems.