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John Y. Oliver

John Oliver

Professor John Y. Oliver

Phone: 805-756-5434 (please email)
Office: 20A-215
Office Hours: via Zoom at

Spring 2021 Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:10-8:30 AM          
8:40-9:00 AM          
9:10-9:30 AM          
9:40-10:00 AM          
10:10-10:30 AM CPE 316-01   CPE 316-01   CPE 316-01
10:40-11:00 AM    
11:10-11:30 AM CPE 316-02   CPE 316-02   CPE 316-02
11:40 AM-12:00 PM    
12:10-12:30 PM          
12:40-1:00 PM          
1:10-1:30 PM          
1:40-2:00 PM          
2:10-2:30 PM CPE 316-03   CPE 316-03   CPE 316-03
2:40-3:00 PM    
3:10-3:30 PM CPE 316-04   CPE 316-04   CPE 316-04
3:40-4:00 PM    
4:10-4:30 PM          
4:40-5:00 PM          
5:10-5:30 PM          
5:40-6:00 PM          
6:10-6:30 PM          
6:40-7:00 PM          
7:10-7:30 PM          
7:40-8:00 PM          
8:10-8:30 PM          
8:40-9:00 PM          
9:10-9:30 PM          
9:40-10:00 PM          


    My research background is in the dynamic field of computer architecture. Low-power embedded systems are particularly interesting, the design space requires innovative, elegant solutions.

    I'm also passionate about education pedagogy. I dabble in computer forensics and cybersecurity. Finally, I'm a champion for improving pathways for students to enter into the field of computing. I strive to be a champion for equity in all aspects.

    My teaching philosophy is to promote student engagement in all aspects of academics. My classes are largely project-based, "flipped" classrooms with an emphasis of hands-on education in the classroom. 


    • B.S. Boston University - 1998
    • Ph.D. University of California, Davis - 2007

    Teaching and Research Interests

    • Computer Architecture
    • Data Storage and Management
    • Computer Forensics
    • Engineering Education
    • Equity and student pathways to computing fields

    Current senior project and/or MS Thesis topics:

    • SaaS cloud decryption
    • Computer Forensics in the Cloud
    • Forensics Image Analytics / AI / ML
    • Curriculum development for K-12 Cybersecurity with an emphasis on creating pathways to careers in Cybersecurity
    • Various IoT projects (classroom education, applications)


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