I lead the Practical and Actionable Software Engineering Research (PASER) group at Tennessee Tech University. Members of the PASER group work on software engineering research problems that have real-world implications for practitioners. I am extremely pleased to work with members of the PASER group who are my students and collaborators.




  • Justin Murphy (Vulnerbaility Analyst, CISA, Department of Homeland Security, USA)
  • Raunak Shakya (Software Engineer, TBD)
  • Anceito Rivera (Software Engineer, SAIC, TN, USA)


  • Co-PI, Tennessee Tech Cybercorps Renewal: An Enahnced and Integrated Scholar Experience in Cybersecurity, National Science Foundation (Aug 2021 - Jul 2026) Amount: 4,359,294 USD. PI: Ambareen Siraj, Co-PI: Denis Ulybychev, Eric Brown, Maanak Gupta (Tennessee Technological University)
  • PI, Cybersecurity Mini Grant, National Science Foundation (Dec 2020 - Mar 2021) Amount: 5,000 USD. Co-PI: Dennis Ulybychev (Tennessee Technological University)
  • PI, SaTC: TTP: Small: eSLIC: Enhanced Security Static Analysis for Detecting Insecure Configuration Scripts by National Science Foundation (NSF) (Oct 2020 - Sep 2023). Co-PI: Chris Parnin (NC State University) Amount: 444,720 USD (Total), 244,742 USD (Share of Tennessee Technological University). This grant well help devise techniques to make security static analysis actionable for configuration scripts.
  • Co-PI, EDGE Curriculum Development Grant provided by Tennessee Technological University (Jan 2020 - May 2020) Amount: 5,000 USD. PI: Maanak Gupta (Tennessee Technological University)

Awards and Honors

  • Akond Rahman, Distinguished Reviewer, Mining Software Repositories (MSR) 2021
  • Akond Rahman, 2019-2020 Nominee for the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, NC State University
  • Akond Rahman, 2019-2020 COE Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, NC State University
  • Akond Rahman, 2019-2020 CSC Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, NC State University
  • Akond Rahman, ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award, ICSE 2019 - Technical Track
  • Akond Rahman, ACM SIGSOFT Best Paper Award, ICSE 2018 - Doctoral Symposium
  • Akond Rahman, Microsoft Open Source Challenge 2016 - Grand Prize



Research Grant Review

  1. Panelist, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2021
  2. Reviewer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2020

Program Committee Assignment

  1. 26th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2021), Associate Program Chair
  2. Mining Software Repositories 2021 (MSR2021), PC Member - Technical Track
  3. SIGCSE Technical Symposium 2021 (SIGCSE 2021), PC Member
  4. IEEE International Workshop on Reliability and Security Data Analysis (RSDA 2020), PC Member
  5. IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering 2020 (ASE 2020), PC Member - Late Breaking Results Track
  6. IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution 2020 (ICSME 2020), PC Member
  7. 25th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2020), PC Member
  8. Cyber Security Symposium 2020 (Cybersec2020), PC Member
  9. ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering 2020 (ESEC/FSE 2020), PC Member - Industry Track
  10. Mining Software Repositories 2020 (MSR2020), PC Member - Mining Challenge Track


  1. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) 2020, 2021
  2. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM) 2020, 2021
  3. Information Technology and Management 2020
  4. Science of Computer Programming 2020
  5. IEEE Access 2020
  6. IEEE Software 2018, 2019, 2020
  7. Journal of Systems and Software (JSS) 2019, 2020
  8. International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE) 2017 and 2019
  9. Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE) 2019 - Industry Track
  10. International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) 2019
  11. International Conference on Secure Development (SecDev) 2019
  12. Communications of the ACM (CACM) 2019
  13. Annual Hot Topics in the Science of Security Symposium (HotSoS) 2019
  14. International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST) 2019 - Industry Track
  15. International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) 2015, 2018
  16. International Symposium on Engineering Secure Software and Systems (ESSoS) 2018
  17. International Workshop on Rapid Continuous Software Engineering (RCoSE) 2018
  18. International Workshop on Security Awareness from Design to Deployment (SEAD) 2018
  19. International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM) 2017
  20. Mining Software Repositories (MSR) 2017

Dissertation Committee Assignment

  1. Md. Shazibul Islam Shamim (Ph.D.), Tennessee Technological University, Chair
  2. Farzana Ahamed Bhuiyan (Ph.D.), Tennessee Technological University, Chair
  3. Justin Murphy (M.Sc.), Tennessee Technological University, Chair
  4. Raunak Shakya (M.Sc.), Tennessee Technological University, Chair
  5. Rajesh Manicavasagam (Ph.D.), Tennessee Technological University, Member
  6. Sherif Albdelfattah (Ph.D.), Tennessee Technological University, Member
  7. Andrew McDole (M.Sc.), Tennessee Technological University, Member
  8. Debolina Halder Lina (M.Sc.), Tennessee Technological University, Member
  9. Grant Ongers (M.Sc.), Rhodes University, South Africa, External Examiner