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John Pinkston

John Pinkston

Emeritus Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

John Pinkston came to UMBC in September of 1997, following a career in government and industrial research, which included serving as the chief of the Research Office for a major Defense Department Agency, and for a 7 year period in the 1980’s in the private sector as vice president and chief scientist for the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp (MCC), a cooperative research venture owned by approximately 20 U.S. computer and electronics companies.

Pinkston served as the chair of UMBC’s newly combined Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department for seven years (1997-2004). After retiring in Fall 2011, he became an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Pinkston specializes in Information and Coding Theory. His research areas of interest include all aspects of Information Security, including cryptology and computer security, signal processing,  and Quantum Computing and Error Correction. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.


Office: ITE 327
Phone: 410-455-1338