David W. Aucsmith, M.S. ICS '84
Senior Principal Research Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington


David Aucsmith is currently Chief Scientist at DarkLight AI, where he works on Ontological -Driven Artificial Intelligence Systems, Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington, where he does research in cyber-physical systems security, and Affiliate Professor of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, where he teaches computer security.Prior to his current positions, David Aucsmith was Senior Director of Microsoft’s Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments. Before joining Microsoft, Aucsmith was the chief security architect for Intel Corporation.

He has worked in a variety of security technology areas including cyber-physical systems, secure computer systems, secure communications systems, random number generation, cryptography, steganography and network intrusion detection.  Aucsmith is a former officer in the U.S. Navy and has been heavily involved in computer security and cybercrime issues for more than 30 years.  He has been an industry representative to numerous international, government and academic organizations including the technical advisory boards of the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Academy Board on Army Research and Development and the National Academy Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group.  He is co-chairman of the FBI’s Information Technology Study Group.  Aucsmith was also U.S. industry representative to the G8 Committee on Organized, Transnational, and Technological Crime where he participated directly in the G8 summits in Paris, Berlin and Tokyo.


Aucsmith holds 34 patents for digital security and is a member of the advisory board for the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Aucsmith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Georgia and Master of Science degrees in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School and information and computer sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology respectively.  Additionally, he has a Certificate in Fine Arts Photography from the University of Washington and work in military history at Norwich University.  He is the author of numerous papers and currently lectures at the Naval Postgraduate School, the Naval War College, and the Air Command and Staff College.