COL Christopher Morrell in his Army dress uniform possess for a picture in front of the American flag.

COL Christopher Morrell

Cyber Science Program Director

Associate Professor


COL Morrell serves as the director of the Cyber Science Academic Program and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  COL Morrell was commissioned as a Signal Officer from the United States Military Academy in 2000, and has since served as an Information Systems Management Officer, and now as an Academy Professor.  Prior to his role as program director, COL Morrell served as USMA’s first Chief Technology Officer and Director of IT Operations from 2018-2021.  His previous assignments include Battalion Signal Officer, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Richardson, AK; Node Center Platoon Leader, 21st Signal Company, 172nd Arctic Infantry Brigade (Separate), Fort Richardson, AK; Signal Detachment Commander, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, WA; Battalion Signal Officer, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, WA; Chief of Enterprise Engineering, 335th Signal Command (Theater), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. While assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group, COL Morrell served a rotation supporting Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan under the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan. COL Morrell is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms and Service Staff School, Signal Captain's Career Course and Basic Course, Jumpmaster School, and Airborne School. COL Morrell holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from USMA (2000), a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2008), and a PhD in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech (2016). He has also earned certifications as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and as a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). His academic interests include network security and optimization, network management, and mobile device software development.




Publications & Presentations

Morrell, C., Moore, R., Tront, J.G., Marchany, R., "Process and System for Establishing a Moving Target Connection for Secure Communications in Client/Server Systems," US Patent 10,243,733, 2019.

Harvie, D., Cody, J., Morrell, C., Estes, T., "Using Virtual Machines to Enhance the Educational Experience in an Introductory Computing Course," Proceedings of the 20th Annual SIG Conference on Information Technology Education, ACM, 2019.

Chamberlin, J., Hussey, J., Klimkowski, B., Moody, W., Morrell, C., "The Impact of Virtualized Technology on Undergraduate Computer Networking Education," Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education, ACM, 2017.

Morrell, C., "Improving the Security, Privacy, and Anonymity of a Client-Server Network Through the Application of a Moving Target Defense," Doctoral Dissertation, Virginia Tech Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2016.

Yeung, F., Cho, P., Morrell, C., Marchany, R., Tront, J.G., "Modeling Network Based Moving Target Defense Impacts Through Simulation in ns-3," Military Communications Conference, 2016, IEEE, 2016.

Morrell, C., Moore, R., Marchany, R., Tront, J.G., "DHT Blind Rendezvous for Session Establishment in Network Layer Moving Target Defenses," Proceedings of the Second ACM Workshop on Moving Target Defense (MTD '15), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 77-84, 2015.

Moore, R., Morrell, C., Marchany, R., Tront, J.G., "Utilizing the BitTorrent DHT for Blind Rendezvous and Information Exchange," Military Communications Conference, 2015, IEEE, 2015.

Morrell, C., Ransbottom, J.S., Marchany, R., Tront, J.G., "Scaling IPv6 Address Bindings In Support Of a Moving Target Defense," 9th International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (ICITST), 2014, pp.440-445, 8-10 Dec 2014.

Ann, T.B., Hitchens, B., Harris, A., Lofreddo, P., Morrell, C. (as faculty advisor) "Exploring Smart Phone Security through the Development of Applications on the Android Platform." Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 2012.

Ring, E., Wagner, T, Morrell, C. (as faculty advisor) "Augmented Reality and the War Fighter." Proceedings of The National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 2011.

Gelenbe, E., Liu, P., Szymanski, B., Morrell, C., "Cognitive and Self-Selective Routing for Sensor Networks." Computational Management Science, vol.7, 2010.

Morrell, C., "Path Preference in Self-Healing Routing Verified and Improved Through Visualization in SENSE," Masters Thesis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Department of Computer Science, 2009.

Babbitt, T., Morrell, C., Szymanski, B., "Self-Selecting Reliable Path Routing in Diverse Wireless Sensor Network Environments." Proceedings IEEE International Symposium on Computers and Communication, ISCC 09, Sousse, Tunisia, July 5-8, 2009, pp. 1-7.

Sangster, B., O'Connor, T., Cook, T., Fanelli, R., Dean, E., Adams, W., Morrell, C., Conti, G., "Toward Instrumenting Network Warfare Competitions to Generate Labeled Datasets." Cyber Security Experimentation and Test 2009, USENIX Security 2009.

Morrell, C., Babbitt, T., Szymanski, B., "Visualization in Sensor Network Simulator, SENSE and Its Use in Protocol Verification." Technical Report 08-13, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2008.

Szymanski, B., Morrell, C., Geyik, S., Babbitt, T., "Biologically Inspired Self Selective Routing with Preferred Path Selection." Bio-Inspired Computing and Communication, LNCS vol. 5151, pp. 229-240, 2008.

Babbitt, T., Morrell, C., Szymanski, B., Branch, J., "Self-Selecting Reliable Path for Wireless Sensor Network Routing." Computer Communication Journal, vol. 31(16), pp. 3799-3809, 2008.