Letha Etzkorn, Ph.D.

Department Chair,
Computer Science


5000 Technology Drive NW
Olin B. King Technology Hall
Room N300B
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., Computer Science, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1997
  • M.S., Computer Science, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1992
  • M.S.E.E., The Georgia Institute of Technology, 1982
  • B.E.E., The Georgia Institute of Technology, 1980

Honors & Awards

  • Computer Science Departmental Award (Masters), 1992
  • Paper ("A Knowledge-Modeling Approach to Evaluating Student Essays in Engineering Courses") selected as one of two papers from the Journal of Engineering Education in year 2007 to be included in the Annals of Research in Engineering Education, 2008
  • Amateur Radio Extra Class License, since 1986
  • National Merit Finalist and Four Year Scholarship Winner, 1976
  • Honor societies include: Phi Kappa Phi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Xi


  • Software Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Middleware/Web Programming

Recent Publications


    Shojaeshafiei, M., Etzkorn, L., and Anderson, M. "Analytic Hierarchy Process-based Fuzzy Measurement to Quantify Vulnerabilities of Web Applications, International Journal of Computer Networks and Communications (IJCNC)


    Coe, D., Kulick, J., Milenkovic, A., Etzkorn, L. "VIRTUALIZED IN-SITU SOFTWARE UPDATE VERIFICATION : Verification of Over-the-Air Automotive Software Updates", IEEE Vehicular Technology, Vol. 15, Issue: 1, Feb. 2020, pp.84-90.


    Wu, J.,J., Gholston, S., and Etzkorn, L," An Approach to Finding Good Anchor Nodes in Ontologies," International Journal of Computers and Applications, Dec, 2017.


    Delugach, H., Etzkorn, L.H., Carpenter, S., Utley, D. "A Knowledge Capture Approach for Directly Acquiring Team Mental Models," International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Volume 96, Issue C, December 2016, pp. 12-21


    Biggers, L.R. , Bocovich, C., Capshaw, R., Eddy, B.P., Etzkorn, L.H. and Kraft, N.A. "Configuring Latent Dirichlet Allocation Based Feature Location." Empirical Software Engineering, Vol. 19, 2014, pp. 465-500.


    Schrimpsher, D., and Etzkorn, L., "A Model to Predict Quality of a Reduced Ontology for Web Service Discovery on Mobile Devices," The Knowledge Engineering Review, Vol. 29, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.201-216.


    Sandra Carpenter, Harry Delugach, Letha Etzkorn, Julie Fortune, and Dawn Utley, "How Instructional Format (Voice and Modality) Influences Subsequent Performance: An Empirical Study", Intl. Jour. of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2013, pp.59-65.


    Lukins, S., Kraft, N., and Etzkorn, L., "Bug Localization Using Latent Dirichlet Allocation," Information and Software Technology, 52(9): 972-990, 2010.


    Stein C., Etzkorn,L., Gholston, S., Farrington, P., Utley, D., Cox, G., and Fortune, J., "Semantic Metrics: Metrics Based on Semantic Aspects of Software," Applied Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 23, Issue 1, January 2009, pp.44-77.


    Orme, Anthony Mark, Yao, Haining, Etzkorn, Letha, "Complexity Metrics for Ontology Based Information," International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 47, No. 1/2/3, 2009, pp.161-173.