Dr. Bryson Payne is the author of the Amazon #1 New Release and Top 10 Best Selling children's programming book, Teach Your Kids to Code: A parent-friendly guide to Python programming, (2015 - translated into five languages) and the forthcoming book, Learn Java the Easy Way (2017), both from No Starch Press. He is a tenured full Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Georgia, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), among other certifications. Dr. Payne is also a MOOC (massive, open, online course) instructor with over 22,000 students to his credit, from 150 countries, including over 16,000 on Udemy. Dr. Payne has multiple best-selling courses on Udemy, and both Real-World Ethical Hacking and Learn Java the Easy Way have been rated in the top 10% of Udemy courses overall!
Dr. Payne has taught computer science since 1998, served as the University's first Department Head of Computer Science, and is the founding Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at UNG. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia State University and has published articles in scholarly and industry journals, in addition to speaking regularly at regional and international conferences in computer science, cybersecurity and IT leadership. He has been featured in CIO magazine, Campus Technology, and the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Payne has been programming computers for over 30 years; he sold his first paid program to RUN Magazine (Commodore 64) for their “Magic" column in 1985, for $10. In addition to his affinity for technology, Dr. Payne speaks Spanish and French, and is conversational in Russian and Mandarin Chinese.