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Dr. Barry Fagin

Professor of Computer Science

Department of Computer and Cyber Sciences

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Contact Information

(719) 333-7377




Dr Fagin graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982, and received the PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987. He is currently Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Dr Fagin has maintained a lifelong interest in connecting the world of ideas to the world of politics. He is the founder of Families Against Internet Censorship, a successful plaintiff in the Supreme Court case of Reno v. ACLU et. al. He has appeared on Montel Williams, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, MS/NBC and the Colorado PBS show “Independent Thinking”. His columns have appeared in national papers, including the Christian Science Monitor and Newsday, as well as every major newspaper in his home state of Colorado, where he has testified before the General Assembly. Dr. Fagin is currently a featured columnist in the Colorado Springs Gazette.

In addition to numerous columns for the popular media, Dr Fagin is the author of over thirty scholarly papers covering areas of computer science and public policy. He is the co-inventor of the Crandall-Fagin multiplication algorithm, used to discover the world’s largest prime numbers. He is also a former Information Director for ACM/SIGCAS, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and an Adjunct Scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.

In his spare time, Dr. Fagin is an avid runner, mountain climber and jazz keyboardist. Excerpts from concert performances are available on his youtube channel. Most important of all, he is the father of Max and Erica Fagin.


PhD and Master of Science, Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley

Bachelor or Arts, Engineering, Brown University

Professional Experience

Consultant for industry, SANS Certified ICS/SCADA Professional, 30+ years college teaching

Honors & Awards

Who’s Who in America, Military Religious Freedom Foundation Thomas Jefferson Award, National ACLU Civil Liberties Award, Colorado Professor of the Year

Research and Scholarly Interests

Internet software with provable security properties, computer science education


See www.faginfamily.net/barry