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Ben Messick

Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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computer architecture operating systems


  • MS, Computer Science, Clemson University
  • BS, Computer Science, Indiana Institute of Technology

Career Highlights

  • Alpha Lambda Epsilon Honor Society
  • IIT College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate
  • 2005 Outstanding Contribution to the Community Justice Award
  • 2008 Letter of Commendation for Life Saving Actions

Featured Scholarship

Smotherman, M., Suggs, D., Westall, M., Messick, B., et al, “Instruction Cache and TLB Behavior of a Commercial Workload on the Motorola 88110”, Submitted: June 28, 1995.

Messick, B. “Finding Irredundant Sets in Queen's Graphs Using Parallel Genetic Algorithms,” Master’s Paper, December 1995.


I have been working with computers since my parents bought me one at age 12. After college, I found a job as Navistar’s first “webmaster.” Six years later, I felt led to pivot and became a Police Officer in the Fort Wayne Police Department. In my twenty years there, I worked street patrol and helped start their full-time downtown bike patrol. Now, I am happy to be back working in computers and sharing my passion with students at Taylor. When my nose isn’t in a computer, I like to be outside capturing Creation through photography.