Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Joined department: Fall 2008
Charles Killian received his PhD in computer science from the University of California, San Diego, his MS in computer science from Duke University, and his BS in computer science and applied math from North Carolina State University. His research interests are distributed systems, model checking, programming languages, software engineering, and network security. Killian is a 2011 NSF CAREER Award recipient for his work on debugging and understanding deployed distributed systems. His recent work involves developing tools to find correctness and performance problems, to discover insider attacks, and infrastructure to improve the robustness and performance of distributed systems. Killian has worked at Microsoft Research, AT&T Solutions, Infopike, North Carolina State University, Duke University, and MCNC. Starting in 2013, Killian has moved to Google as a software engineer while continuing to collaborate with Purdue students and faculty.