Biography

Gary Cantrell is a native of the Deep South. He was born and raised in the northeast corner of Mississippi. He spent many years moving around the state going between two different careers. He spent approximately 4 years as a computer scientist working for the US government. This includes time working for the Navy, the Army, and a few months for the Air Force. The rest of his career has been spent in computer science and digital forensics education including over 4 years training law enforcement with the National Forensic Training Center at Mississippi State University.

After reaching ABD(All But Dissertation) status in 2010, he took a job with Dixie State University in southern Utah. After a year he received his Ph.D in computer science and remained at DSU as a tenure track professor. During this time he was instrumental in establishing the DSU Computer Crime Institute. With the DSU-CCI he consulted on digital forensics exams and trained law enforcement, but his main role was the developer and principle faculty for Dixie State University’s digital forensics academic programs.

After spending 2 years as a tenured professor at DSU Gary decided to expand out from digital forensics and searched for an opportunity teaching in core computer science. This prompted a move to nearby Southern Utah University where he served as a tenure track faculty member for the Computer Science and Information Systems, CSIS, department.

In the summer of 2022 he moved to Portland Maine where he teaches for Northeastern University at the Roux Institute. He teaches in the amazing align program helping students who do not have BS degrees in CS cross train and earn a MS degree in CS. In addition, he teaches electives in Software Engineering, Security, and Digital Forensics.

Dr. Cantrell’s primary teaching experiences include: Java I,II, C++, software engineering, computational theory, capstone courses, computational theory, operating system basics, digital forensics, computer crime, hardware basics, file systems, coding, using digital forensics tools (FTK, X-Ways, and various open source tools), small device forensics, and using Linux to make life easier. His research interests include digital forensics, digital triage, digital forensics education, steganography, and computer security.

In his spare time Gary enjoys collecting hobbies. Some of his strongest obsessions include knitting, halloween prop building, and soap making. He believes it is important to find a balance between the proverbial right and left brain. Infact, he was a licensed massage therapist in the state of Utah, but he is only working with private clients at the moment. He is happily married and lives with his two crazy cats.