Prior to joining Princeton, Dr. Kaplan was the Chief Technology Officer for Drakontas, a software company that develops a mobile command, control and collaboration platform, called DragonForce, for law enforcement, public safety and first responder agencies. Dr. Kaplan was formerly Department Head of Middleware and Software Technologies at the Panasonic Princeton Research Laboratory. Prior to Panasonic, he held faculty positions in computer science departments at Clemson University and Flinders University of South Australia. Dr. Kaplan holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University.
Dr. Kaplan is an active volunteer in the IEEE. He currently serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the IEEE Consumer Communications and Network Conference (IEEE CCNC).
Alan Kaplan is passionate about recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, he led teams of four Princeton undergraduates teaching a version of COS 126 at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) and volunteering at rebuilding/recovery sites throughout the island. The global COVID-19 pandemic prevented in person activities; instead, he led a team of seven Princeton undegraduates that offered a remote version of COS 126 to UPRM during the summer of 2020. For more information, see: Princeton Computer Science News, Princeton Alumni Weekly.