William C. Garrison, III

  • Lecturer, School of Computing and Information

William Garrison is a lecturer of Computer Science with the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his PhD from Pitt in December 2015, and his dissertation (“Techniques for Application-Aware Suitability Analysis of Access Control Systems”) was named runner-up for the Doctoral Dissertation Award by ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit, and Control (SIGSAC). He currently focuses his research efforts on inspiring and mentoring undergraduate students in their study of computer security and usability. His research interests include access control evaluation, web privacy, and technology-induced distracted driving.

Garrison has served as a reviewer for journals such as IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing and ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security, and external reviewer for conferences such as Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium. He has advised undergraduate students in research projects that received awards including several Summer Undergraduate Research Awards and a Curiosity Grant (both from Dietrich A&S Office of Undergraduate Research). His educational developments have earned a Mentor-Mentee Evidence-Based Teaching Award (by the Discipline-Based Science Education Research Center; with Adam J. Lee) and an Innovation in Education Award (by the Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence; with Nicholas L. Farnan).