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About Russell F. Thackston

Russell Thackston is a faculty member at Georgia Southern University in the Department of Information Technology. He earned his PhD in computer science and software engineering from Auburn University.

His research interests -- focusing on cloud computing from the consumer perspective, specifically with regard to developing low-cost, on-demand solutions -- has been published in the Journal of Quantum Chemistry and the Journal of Computational Chemistry. His dissertation research focused on software process and effort estimation, specifically with regard to individual software engineers and microISVs.

Russell's current research activities focus on the application of computer vision and exer-gaming technologies to healthcare and physical rehabilitation.

Russell earned his master’s degree in computer information systems from Georgia State University and his undergraduate degree in management information systems from Georgia Southern University. His work on SISE — an effort estimation model tailored to individuals — has been published in Crosstalk, the Journal of Defense Software Engineering and his research into microISVs has been published in IEEE’s IT Pro.

Russell, a Statesboro native, has been married to wife, Laura, for over 25 years and has a daughter, Amanda.


2013 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing
Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Department of Information Technology

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Veteran of Desert Storm
  • U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal


  • Systems Acquisition, Design, and Implementation (IT 3234)
  • Introduction to Information Technology (IT 1130)
  • Web Application Design and Development I (IT 3130)
  • Interactive Web Design and Development (IT 5236)
  • Personal Computer Applications (COMP 1000)
  • Software Process (COMP 5700)
  • Advanced Business Applications (CISM 2530)
  • Management Information Systems (CISM 4130)

Contact Information

PO Box 8150
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-4218
Office: IT Building, Room 2108


Refereed Publications (7)

Refereed Presentations (3)

Non-refereed Presentations (1)