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Captain Steven Beyer

Instructor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Contact Information

(719) 333-6556



Captain Steven M. Beyer is an Instructor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. He recently received his Master’s in Computer Engineering (Distinguished Graduate) at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. His thesis investigated vulnerabilities in commercially-available smart home devices, demonstrating how an eavesdropper can track users, identify devices, map networks, and gain unfettered access to a smart home while the user is away. He received the Chancellor’s Award in recognition of the most exceptional Master’s thesis in the Graduate School of Engineering and Management. Captain Beyer presented his findings at the 2018 NATO hosted Specialists’ Meeting on Cyber Physical Security of Defense Systems and will be published in the IEEE Internet of Things Journal this Summer.

Previously, Captain Beyer was a Test Engineer at the 46th Test Squadron (46 TS). He received the 46 TS Test Engineer of the Year award during his time as a Sensors and Defensive Systems Test Engineer, he led and conducted 15 high-profile tests for the Air Force, Army, Navy, and German Head of State, ranging from missile warning systems, radar systems, cruise missile defense systems, and flare systems. Significantly, several of these tests resulted in the systems being immediately fielded downrange. Additionally, he deployed as the AFCENT Datalinks Interoperability Officer providing training, acquisition, and engineering level support for all of CENTCOM. During this deployment he consolidated three digital networks into one providing continuous situational awareness and digital targeting for A-10s in Iraq and Syria. His efforts supporting the warfighter won him the AFMC General John P. Jumper Award for Excellence in Warfighting Integration.

After graduating college, Captain Beyer worked for Daimler Trucks North America as the Software Design Lead for the Reliability Development Center—he led a team of engineers across the United States and Germany designing and developing an automated network based post-processing tool to visualize terabytes of engine data saving countless man hours.


Master’s of Science, Computer Engineering (Distinguished Graduate), Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio (2018)

Master’s of Arts, Theology, Liberty University, Virginia (2015)

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, minor in computer science, University of Portland, Oregon (2012)

Professional Experience

Instructor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2018-Present)

Master’s Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2016–2018)

Datalink Interoperability Officer, Air Force Central Command, Al Udeid, Qatar (2016)

Lead Tactical Datalinks Test Engineer (Deployed supporting OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL), Eglin AFB, Florida (2015-2016)

Executive Officer, 46th Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Florida (2014-2015)

October 2012 – April 2014, Defensive Systems Test Engineer, Sensors and Defensive Systems Test Flight, 46th Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL

Honors & Awards

Chancellor’s Award (Best Thesis), Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2018)

Academic Research Excellence Award, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (2018)

General John P. Jumper Award, Air Force Material Command (2016)

Live-Virtual-Constructive/Modeling & Simulation Award, Air Force (2015)

Awards and Decorations
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Unit Award

National Defense Service Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border

Research and Scholarly Interests

Cyber-physical systems security, cyber operations, computer/network/embedded systems security, and wired/wireless networking.


T. Crenshaw and S. Beyer, UPBOT: a testbed for cyber-physical systems, in Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Cyber security experimentation and test, USENIX Association, 2010, pp. 1-8.

S. Beyer, B. Mullins, S. Graham, and J. Bindewald, Pattern-of-Life Modeling in Smart Homes, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2018.