The Team

Damian Dechev
Associate Professor

Dr. Damian Dechev is an Associate Professor at the CS Department at the University of Central Florida and the founder of AREA 67. Damian completed his Ph.D. in 2009 from Texas A&M University under the supervision of Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup. Prior to joining UCF, Dr. Dechev worked for Sandia National Laboratories and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Dechev specializes in the design and analysis of multiprocessor data structures and algorithms. Dr. Dechev’s research in multiprocessor algorithms design has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Department of Energy.

Christina Peterson
Postdoctoral Associate

Christina Peterson received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in December 2013. Her research interests include transactional memory, formal verification of concurrent systems, and combinatorial topology theory for asynchronous computability.

Ramin Izadpanah
Ph.D. Student
Ramin Izadpanah received his Bachelor of Science (2011) and Master of Science (2014) in Computer Science from the University of Tehran and is currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Science at University of Central Florida. His research interests include Performance Monitoring, Performance Analysis, and Application Characterization.
Victor Cook
Ph.D. Student

Victor Cook received his Bachelor of Science in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987, and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida in 1989. He is researching blockchain concurrency issues of correctness, progress, fairness and security.

Kenneth Lamar
Ph.D. Student

Kenneth Lamar received his Bachelor of Science (2017) from the University of Central Florida. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Science at UCF. His research interests include concurrent data structures and distributed computing. 

Zachary Painter
Ph.D. Student

Zachary Painter is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. He joined the program in Fall 2014.

Justin Gosselin
Ph.D. Student

Justin Gosselin received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Software Engineering and Mathematics from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2017, and his Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in 2019. His research interests lie within developing concurrency techniques and primitives for emerging technologies, especially byte-addressable non-volatile main memory.

Ryan Dozier
Ph.D. Student

Ryan received his Bachelor's in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in 2019. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in concurrent programming. His interests include concurrent data-structures and optimizing programs to run in parallel.

Alexander Goponenko
Ph.D. Student

Alexander Goponenko received his PhD in Chemistry from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2000 and joined the PhD program in Computer Science at UCF in Spring 2020. His research interests include performance optimization and distributed computing.

Shane Rhoads
Ph.D. Student

Shane Rhoads received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in 2019. He is currently enrolled in UCF's graduate program and is pursuing a PhD in Computer Science. His primary research interests include persistent memory, transactional data structures, and parallel computation.

Pradeep Kumar
M.S. Student

Pradeep Kumar received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He's currently pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. He is interested in Distributed Systems.