Yuan Cheng Associate Professor

Short Bio

Yuan is currently an associate professor in the School of Computing at Grand Valley State University. Previously, he served as a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at California State University, Sacramento, where he attained the rank of associate professor with tenure in 2022. Prior to his tenure at Sac State, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), San Antonio, Texas. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at UTSA, under the guidance of Dr. Ravi Sandhu and Dr. Jaehong Park. He completed his B.Eng. degree in Information Security from the School of Computer Science & Technology at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. Raised in Ningbo, Zhejiang, his native tongue is the Chinese dialect of Wu.

School of Computing
Padnos College of Engineering & Computing
Grand Valley State University
Mackinac Hall D-2-212
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
chengy AT gvsu DOT edu
TEL: (616) 331-2395

Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio, 2014

Office Hours

M 3 pm - 5 pm (MAK D-2-212), F 3 pm - 4 pm (MAK D-2-212), or by appointment

Research Interests

  • Access Control
  • Authentication
  • Internet of Things
  • Privacy
  • Social Computing


Fall 2023:
  • CIS 457 Data Communications
  • CIS 615 Information Security Principles