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) and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

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.


  • April 06, 2023: Our paper got accepted at the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) Journal!
  • March 30, 2023: Congrats to Brinto and Ruanak on their paper acceptance at the Empirical Software Engineering Journal (EMSE)!
  • Feb 10, 2023: Our grant on software supply chain security was funded. Thanks NSA!
  • Nov 26, 2022: Congrats to Shamim and Brinto on their paper acceptance at the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM).
  • Sep 20, 2022: Congrats to Farzana on her first transactions journal (ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security)!
  • 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 discussion 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 successfully defending their Ph.D. thesis.
  • April 11, 2022: I presented my research on Julia bugs at the U.S. Research Software Engineers (RSE) Forum.
  • 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 26, 2021: Our work on defect categorization for Puppet manifests was covered by It Will Never Work in Theory.