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TSYS School of Computer Science

Dr. Yesem Peker

Assistant Professor

Dr. Yesem Peker

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Dr. Yesem Peker

Position: Assistant Professor
Office: Center for Commerce & Technology 422
Phone: 706-507-8187
E-mail: peker_yesem@columbusstate.edu
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Education

Ph.D. in Mathematics

Specialty Area

Cryptography

Bio

I received my B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Mathematics Departments from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. I also completed my M.S.  in Mathematics in the same university. I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN in the USA. I was fascinated by the beauty and power of mathematical thinking and the theories in mathematics during my undergraduate studies and drawn into applications of  these theories in particular to information security in my graduate studies. My dissertation was on key exchange primitives -an area of cryptography where two users agree on a secret value  over a public channel such as the Internet. My research focuses on designing  cryptosystems whose security relies on  hard problems that are different from the problems that the systems in use today rely on.  

After completing my PhD I, I went on to teach Mathematics first at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, then at Randolph College, in Lynchburg, VA. I  joined  the TSYS School of Computer Science in the Spring of 2013. Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I feel that I finally have found the perfect place for me where I get to teach, do research on various applications of mathematical theories, and learn new things everyday!