About Me

Dr. Diesburg joined the Departmet of Computer Science at the University of Northern Iowa as an Assistant Professor in August of 2013. She received both her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (2012) and M.S. degree in Information Assurance (2008) at Florida State University, and she received her B.S. in Computer Science (2004) from the University of Northern Iowa.  Dr. Diesburg was awarded the designation of UNI Center for Educational Transformation Fellow for the years 2015-2017, and she is the current overall winner of the 2016 Technology Association of Iowa Women of Innovation Award in the Academic Innovation and Leadership category.

Her research interests address security and privacy issues in operating systems and on electronic storage, as well as methods to improve and optimize the communication pathways in the operating system between the application and storage layers. She is also interested in using emerging technologies to facilitate classroom learning and ways to engage women and underrepresented minorities in computer science.

Recent News

(Aug 2017) I am now a program committee member for STAST 2017 and SIGCSE 2018.

(July 2017) My updated chapter on networking and distributed systems will be appearing in the 10th edition of the textbook Operating Systems Concepts!

Contact Me

Phone: 319 273 7395
Email: diesburg [at-sign] cs.uni.edu
Public key
Office: 311 ITTC

Useful Links

Advising FAQ
Women in Computing
Computer Science Homepage

Schedule for Fall 2017

Office hours are by appointment on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please reserve your time by emailing diesburg@cs.uni.edu or calling 273-7395.

Courses Taught

CS 1510 Intro to Computing

Course Description: Introduction to software development through algorithmic problem solving and procedural abstraction. Programming in the small. Fundamental control structures, data modeling, and file processing. Significant emphasis on program design and style. (Fall 2013–Spring 2017)

CS 3430 Operating Systems

Course Description: History and evolution of operating systems; process and processor management; primary and auxiliary storage management; performance evaluation, security, and distributed systems issues; and case studies of modern operating systems. (Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016)

CS 3470 Networking

Course Description: Network architectures and communication protocol standards. Topics include communication of digital data, data-link protocols, local-area networks, network-layer protocols, transport-layer protocols, applications, network security, and management. (Fall 2013-2014, Fall 2016)

Flordia State University (Archival)

CIS4930 / COP5641 Linux Kernel and Device Drivers (Summer 2012 and Spring 2013)

COP 4610 Operating Systems (Spring 2011)

CGS 2060 (computer literacy for Mac lecture), closed Blackboard class (Spring 2008)

CGS 2060 (computer literacy for PC recitation), closed Blackboard class (Fall 2007)


The Laboratory of Security & Storage Technology (LOSST)
was founded in the year 2014 by Dr. Sarah Diesburg of the Computer Science Department to research computer privacy issues dealing with data and storage. Specifically, we investigate specialized forensics and anti-forensics techniques for recovering, destroying, and hiding data.

The Learning Laboratory for Applied Manipulative Applications (LLAMA)
was founded in 2015 by Dr. Adam Feldhaus and Dr. Sarah Diesburg through a series of grants from the UNI Center for Educational Transformation. We are creating an environment where students use motion-sensing input devices to interact with mathematics manipulatives in an engaging environment.

Selected Publications and Papers

My Google Scholar profile can be found here.

My full CV can be found here. (Note: Tenure clock stopped from 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.)


Here is a link to a talk about my secure deletion research: When Delete Means Delete: Secure Deletion of Files on Electronic Media .

(May 2015) Dr. Ben Schafer and I received an NCWIT EngageCSEdu Engagement Excellence Award for our work designing engaging laboratory exercises for CS 1510 Introduction to Computing. Read more at the NCWIT award page.

(Nov 2016) My full-length paper about perceptions of deletion has been accepted to the 6th Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in Security and Trust and will be published with the published with the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series!

(Aug 2016) My long journal article, TureErase: Leveraging an Auxiliary Data Path for Per-file Secure Deletion, has been accepted into ACM Transactions on Storage.

(July 2017) Dr. Mark Fienup and I are co-authors on a work-in-progress paper on NAND flash forensics being presented this month at PDPTA '17.