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 - third printing, translated into five languages) and the forthcoming book, Fun with Java (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). Dr. Payne is also the founding Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at UNG, and a MOOC (massive, open, online course) instructor with over 15,000 students to his credit, from 147 countries.

Dr. Payne has taught computer science 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, 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.

He lives north of Atlanta, Georgia (USA) with his lovely wife Bev, two sons, Alex and Max, and three Bengal cats, Leo, Rocky and Pixel.

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