Dr. Reza Sarraf

Assistant Professor

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Email: rsarraf@ju.edu

Office Phone: 904-256-7307

Office location: STEAM Building 117

D.Sc., Towson University - Maryland, 2019
M.S., Towson University - Maryland, 2012
B.S., Azad University, 2008


Dr. Reza Sarraf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing Science at Jacksonville University. Dr. Sarraf holds a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Towson University, Maryland, and a B.Sc. degree in Software Engineering. During 2013-2019, he served as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University where he was teaching C++ programming, computer networks, and general computer science courses. In addition, he has served as a teacher assistant in a cryptography course and implemented two cryptocurrencies. 

Dr. Sarraf is currently teaching Computing Science and Cybersecurity courses, such as Application Development, Object-Oriented Programming, Web Programming, Networks & Wireless Communication, Computer Architecture and Organization, Introduction to Cybersecurity, and Project Management.

Dr. Sarraf research interests include cryptography, cyber security, computer networks, programming languages, decision support systems, and big data.

Dr. Saeed M. Al-Haj

Assistant Professor

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Email: salhaj@ju.edu

Office Phone: 904-256-7313         

Office location: STEAM Building 118


Ph.D., Computing & Information Systems, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2016.

M.Sc., Computer science, Yarmouk University, 2005.

B.Sc., Computer science, Yarmouk University, 2003.


Dr. Saeed Al-Haj is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity in the Computer Science Department at Jacksonville University. Dr. Al-Haj earned his Ph.D. in Computing and Information Systems from University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). Before joining Jacksonville University in 2022, Dr. Al-Haj worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio Northern University. 

Dr. Al-Haj is currently teaching several cybersecurity related courses: Digital Forensics, Penetration Testing, Computer Ethics, Systems Administrations, etc. He is also involved in teaching programming courses for first year students. Dr. Al-Haj has developed and designed several lab exercises and hands-on experiments for his classes covering several topics including: cryptography, network security, web security, database security, IoT security, Raspberry Pi security and firewalls. 

Dr. Al-Haj research interests include Computer Security Education; Computer Science Education; Gamification in Education; Computer and Network Security; Cloud Computing Security; and Internet of Things (IoT) security. Dr. Al-Haj has received three NSA/NSF GenCyber grants of total ($296,344.00) while working at Ohio Northern University.

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Dr. Mini Zeng

Assistant Professor, Director of the Center of Cybersecurity, CISSP


Email: mzeng@ju.edu

Office Phone: 904-256-7308

Office location: STEAM Building 119


Ph.D Computer Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2018

M.S Computer Science, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2014


Dr. Zeng is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity and Computing Science in the Computer Science Department at Jacksonville University. Dr. Zeng earned her Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Zeng joined Jacksonville University in 2018. Starting from 2022, Dr. Zeng served as the Director of Cybersecurity Training in Jacksonville University. 

Dr. Zeng is currently teaching Cybersecurity and Computing Science courses, such as Software Engineering, Database design and development, Data Structure, Algorithms, Programming Languages, Cybersecurity Practicum, Intrusion Detection, Network Security.

Research Interest:

  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems
  • Software Security
  • Artificial Intelligence and data mining
  • Database development and security
  • Eyetracking on human-computer interaction

National grant:

  • NSF S-STEM Grant (Award Number: 203072, $943,266.00), PI

Recent publications:

  • Zeng, Mini, Feng Zhu, and Sandra Carpenter. "Dynamic Warnings: An Eye Gaze-Based Approach." International Journal of Information Security and Privacy (IJISP) 16.1 (2022): 1-28.
  • Mini Zeng, Feng Zhu, and Sandra Carpenter “Subliminal Warnings – A New Approach to Change Users’ Behavior”, The Fifteenth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions ACHI 2022, Jun 2022 (pp.88-97)
  • Zhu F, Carpenter S, Zeng M. Subliminal Warnings: Utilizing the High Bandwidth of Nonconscious Visual Perception. International Conference on Persuasive Technology 2022 Mar 29 (pp. 255-271). Springer, Cham.
  • Zeng, Mini, and Feng Zhu. "Secure Coding in Five Steps." Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice 2021.1 (2021): 5. 


  • F Zhu, M Zeng, S Carpenter, Systems and methods of providing gaze-based notifications, U.S. Patent App. Patent No. US 10,162, 651, B1, Dec 2018