Dr. Bryson Payne is the author of the Amazon #1 New Release and Top 10 Best Selling book in three categories, Teach Your Kids to Code: A parent-friendly guide to Python programming, (2015 - over 20,000 copies sold) and the forthcoming book, Learn Java Like a Kid, both from No Starch Press. He is a tenured Professor of Computer Science in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Dr. Payne is Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at UNG.
Dr. Payne has taught computer science at UNG since 1998 and served as the University's first Department Head of Computer Science. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia State University and has published articles in scholarly and industry journals and proceedings, in addition to speaking regularly at regional and national conferences in computer science, information systems 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.
He lives north of Atlanta, Georgia (USA) with his lovely wife Bev, two sons, Alex and Max, and two Bengal cats, Leo and Rocky.