About Me

Hi there! I am Akond, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) at Auburn University. I am also a faculty member at the Auburn Cyber Research Center.

Research Interests

My research interests are in software engineering focused on DevOps and Secure Software Development. I rely on a wide range of techniques, such as model checking, program analysis, and statistical methods to pursue my research goals. My research is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

Academic Achievements

I was awarded the NC State CSC Outstanding Dissertation Award and the NC State College of Engineering Distinguished Dissertation Award from NC State University for my PhD dissertation titled Anti-patterns in Infrastructure as Code. Previously, I won the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at ICSE 2019. I am also winner of the ACM SIGSOFT Doctoral Symposium Award at ICSE 2018, and the Microsoft Open Source Challenge Grand Prize in 2016.


I completed my PhD in Computer Science at North Carolina State University, where I was supervised by Dr. Laurie Williams. I was born in Bangladesh, a beautiful country in South Asia. I completed my B.Sc. at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and M.Sc. at University of Connecticut.


  • Aug 01, 2022: Started as a tenure-track assistant professor at Auburn University.
  • June 15, 2022: Our SATC grant was funded. Thanks NSF!
  • May 31, 2022: I will be a disucssion co-lead in the SaTC PI Breakout Meeting. See you in Washington D.C. if you are around.
  • May 05, 2022: Congratulations to Farzana for succesfully defending their Ph.D. thesis.
  • April 11, 2022: I presented my research on Julia bugs at the U.S. Research Software Engineers (RSE) Forum.
  • April 05, 2022: Our paper on educating students on secure configuration management got accepted at ITiCSE 2022.
  • April 03, 2022: Our paper on secure machine learning development got accepted at COMPSAC 2022. Congrats to Farzana !
  • Mar 17, 2022: I presented my research on secure configuration management at the Women in Cybersecurity conference 2022.
  • Mar 06, 2022: I will serve on the program committee for ICSME 2022. Please submit your papers.
  • Mar 02, 2022: I presented my work on secure software education at the CAPEC Program User Summit.
  • Dec 17, 2021: Our paper summarizing research related to Puppet quality accepted at SANER 2022.
  • Dec 07, 2021: Our paper on Ansible test quality has been accepted to ICST 2022. Congrats to Mehedi !
  • Oct 10, 2021: I was invited as a guest speaker at WindRiver to discuss our ongoing research projects related IaC.
  • Aug 29, 2021: Congratulations to Shamim for winning an award at ESEC/FSE 2021.
  • Aug 26, 2021: Our work on defect categorization for Puppet mansifests was covered by It Will Never Work in Theory.
  • July 19, 2021: Congratulations to Brinto for his paper acceptance at FIE 2021.
  • June 26, 2021: Congratulations to Justin and Raunak for succesfully defending their M.Sc. thesis.
  • May 07, 2021: I was selected as a Distinguished Reviewer for the 2021 Mining Software Repositories Conference (MSR) 2021.