Meet our Founders
Dr. Merrick Furst
Dr. Merrick Furst holds an endowed chair as Georgia Institute of Technology’s first “Distinguished Professor of Computing” and is an associate dean in the College of Computing. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Merrick was the founder and CEO of Essential Surfing Gear, an Internet software company that provided technology to bring information to people as they browsed the World Wide Web. Merrick grew the company to 53 employees with customers including Barnes and Noble, CNET and MySimon, until the company was sold in 2001. Merrick was also a tenured computer science professor at the University of California at Berkeley where he served as president and director of the International Computer Science Institute, helping to establish its Center for Internet Research. Prior to Berkeley, Merrick was a tenured professor and associate dean in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Merrick is the author of over 25 articles and books, inventor on two U.S. patents, recipient of the first Presidential Young Investigator Award and creator of multiple commercially-successful software artifacts including electronic post-it notes, which were best-sellers on PCs.
Dr. Wenke Lee
Dr. Wenke Lee is a Professor in the School of Computer Science, College of Computing, the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in the City of New York in 1999. Dr. Lee works in systems and network security. His current research projects are in the areas of botnet detection, malware analysis, virtual machine monitoring, and Web 2.0 security and privacy, with funding from NSF, DHS, and DoD. Dr. Lee has published over 100 articles with more than 20 of them cited more than 100 times.
David received a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, and is completing his Ph.D in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has authored numerous papers in premier academic conferences and has studied botnets as part of his Ph.D. research. He was involved with the development of a successful startup (ClickFox, LLP), and is the inventor of their patented technology.
Dr. Richard J. Lipton
Dr. Lipton is the Frederick G. Storey Chair professor and associate dean in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Lipton has made important contributions in computer security, program testing, and software engineering. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Professor Lipton held tenured faculty appointments at Yale, Berkeley, and Princeton. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.