Tyler William Thomas

PhD Student and GAANN Fellow, University of North Carolina
at Charlotte, College of Computing and Informatics

Tyler William Thomas

GAANN Fellow


University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Began PhD Program in Computing and Information Systems (Fall 2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) (Spring 2013)
  • Research Assistantship (Spring 2013 - Fall 2014)
  • GAANN Fellowship (Fall 2014 - Present)
  • Graduate GPA 4.0/4.0
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.949/4.0


University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Teaching Assistant for Web Application Development (Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2012)
  • Teaching Assistant for Secure Web Apps (Spring 2013)

Research Interests

Tyler Thomas conducts research in the area of usable security and privacy. Most of this research is focused on novel mechanisms for securing and restricting data. However, these mechanisms must do so in a way which does not present a heavy burden on the users of information systems.

Research/Teaching Group Affiliations

  • GAANN Fellows (Fall 2014 - Present)
  • Hexarity Founder and President (Fall 2014 - Present)
  • Interact Vice President (Fall 2013 - Fall 2014)


Tyler Thomas's passion for information security started at a very young age. When he was eight years old, he altered the ram of his Sony Playstation console with a device called a Gameshark in order to create game cheats which were not developed with the games. When he was a preteen, friends and family began to come to him for help with their computers and electronics. When he reached high school, he dual enrolled in college IT courses, became A+ certified, and founded a small IT services company. He began his undergraduate degree at UNC Charlotte in 2009 and participated in a graduate school early entry program. In 2013, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from his undergraduate program, and dual enrolled in a PhD program as he finished his masters degree. He completed his masters degree in May 2015 and continues to work towards his PhD. His research involves the use of novel tools and techniques to help software developers detect security programs during program development. His research advisor is Dr. Heather Lipford.