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4/21/15 - International society names Hamilton a fellow

A senior administrator at Mississippi's flagship research university has received a top honor from an international professional society.

The Society for Modeling & Simulation has named John A. "Drew" Hamilton Jr. a fellow. In addition to his leadership role as associate vice president for research at Mississippi State, the professor of computer science and engineering is an active scholar and researcher.


Drew Hamilton

"This is outstanding and well deserved recognition of Dr. Hamilton's many contributions to advancing modeling and simulation research and applications," said David Shaw, the land-grant institution's vice president for research and economic development.

Information assurance, computer security, simulation of computer networks, system design to prevent denial of service attacks, command and control interoperability, command and control architecture, software architectures and information assurance architectures are among Hamilton's research interests.

He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations from Texas Tech University, a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a master's degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University.

The Society for Modeling & Simulation is dedicated to the "use of modeling and simulation to solve real-world problems, devoted to the advancement of simulation and allied computer arts in all fields, and committed to facilitating communication among professionals in the field of simulation." The rank of fellow is the highest grade of membership in many professional organizations. It is awarded to members who have made significant contributions to their respective fields. Learn more about the society at

As the state’s flagship research university, MSU is a recognized leader in a number of fields, and well known for productive partnerships, real-world impact, and offering undergraduate and graduate students unique research opportunities. In FY 2013, MSU’s research and development expenditures totaled $206 million -- representing nearly half of all R&D by higher education in the state, according to National Science Foundation data.

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Jim Laird | Public Affairs

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