Payton Walker, PhD

PhD Graduate, SPIES Research Group, TAMU


I received my Bachelors in Computer Science from Auburn University in December of 2017. For the final 3 years of my Bachelors, I participated in a Co-Operative Education program  that allowed me to work part-time and full-time, through alternating semesters, for the IT Department of Auburn University Facilities Management. Following graduation, I entered graduate school and received my Masters in Cyber Security from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in August of 2019. During my Masters program, I was awarded the NSF CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) and I began working with the ​ SPIES — Security and Privacy In Emerging computing and networking Systems research group under the mentorship of Dr. Nitesh Saxena. I transitioned into a doctoral program after graduation and worked as a graduate research assistant. I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science at Texas A&M University, College Station in August 2022.

I have been published in 9 peer-reviewed research papers at popular security venues (EuroS&P, MobiCom, WiSec, AsiaCCS, ACSAC, PST).

Please find my attached Curriculum Vitae, Research Statement, and Teaching Philosophy.