New Faculty Member, 2023–24
Assistant Teaching Professor, computer science and engineering
Erik Trickel has spent the past few years working as a computer security researcher at Arizona State University in the Laboratory of Security Engineering for Future Computing, or SEFCOM, and the Global Security Initiative groups. He was also working to earn a doctoral degree in computer science in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU.
Trickel says that his journey into programming began with a desire to find a way around his parents’ restrictions on him playing games on their first home computer.
“Since then, computers have remained a significant part of my life, whether for gaming or tackling intricate challenges,” Trickel says. “However, what truly captivates me is the thrill of problem-solving and the continuous pursuit of knowledge.”
Software development, in particular, sparked his curiosity with how it constantly evolves with new advances in technologies and capabilities.
“I’m eager to explore creating an engaging learning environment for students that builds their self-efficacy and improves their critical thinking to inspire the next generation of technology enthusiasts,” Trickel says. “Ultimately, my goal is to make a positive impact on students’ academic journeys and contribute to the growth of the computer science program at ASU.”
This fall, Trickel will teach CSE240 Introduction to Programming Languages for undergraduates and co-teach CSE545 Software Security for graduate students.
“Those enrolled in my classes should be ready to dedicate themselves to diligent work,” he says. “Throughout these courses, students will work in a problem-based learning environment where they will acquire essential skills and grasp fundamental concepts that will prove valuable not only during their academic journey but also in their future professional pursuits.”
When he finds time, Trickel enjoys several enjoyable non-engineering pursuits, including his most recent preferred activity, table tennis, which he adds to many hobbies.
“Over the past few years, I have played underwater hockey, a unique and thrilling sport that combines swimming, snorkeling and puck-handling skills,” he says.
“I also enjoy playing poker to test my strategic thinking and decision-making abilities,” Trickel says. “And when I’m able, I still love to go wakeboarding. Wakeboarding is a fantastic way to experience the thrill of gliding over water and enjoying the outdoors. These hobbies bring balance to my life and allow me to unwind while engaging in activities I truly love.”
Written by Erik Wirtanen