Adnan El-Nasan

Adnan El-Nasan, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor

Computer & Information Science




Dion 302B


2003Rensselaer Polytechnic InstitutePhD in Computer and System Engineering
1995Rochester Institute of TechnologyMSc in Computer Engineering
1988Jordan University of Science and TechnologyBS in Electrical Engineering


  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Architecture
  • Information Security
  • Computer Networks
  • Advanced Computer Systems




Online and Continuing Education Courses

Introduction to data structures and fundamental algorithms. This course covers the design and implementation of dynamic data structures including linked list, queue, stack, heap, trees and graphs. This course also provides comprehensive coverage of fundamental groups of algorithms, including divide-and-conquer, dynamic programming, and greedy algorithms.

In depth treatment of current computer systems, with performance issues at the center of an analytical approach. The course explores operating system software and the interrelation between architecture and system software. Advanced topics of compiling, assembly, linking and loading of high-level language software are included. The course treats mechanisms of IO and the memory hierarchy, various features of traditional machines, advanced features of modern machines such as RISC and multi-processor machines, and file systems and networked and distributed systems such as inter- and intra-nets. Throughout, performance issues are at the center of an analytical approach.

Prerequisites: Completion of three core courses.   Development of a detailed, significant project in computer science under the close supervision of a faculty member, perhaps as one member of a student team. This project may be a software implementation, a design effort, or a theoretical or practical written analysis. Project report with optional oral presentation must be evaluated by three faculty members including the project supervisor.  


Research interests

  • Operating System Optimization and Security
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy, Forensics and Reverse Engineering
  • Innovation and Commercialization in Emerging Economies

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