Who We Are
Bowen Center for Public Affairs
Dr. Charles Taylor
CPM Coordinator / Associate Professor of Political Science
Charles Taylor teaches core courses in public personnel administration and public financial administration in the Master of Public Administration program at Ball State University. Prior to coming to Ball State in 2008, he spent five years at Clemson University where he was part of a team that consulted with local governments on a variety of issues. In addition to his academic experience, he worked 15 years in Missouri local government as an engineer and manager. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in policy studies from Clemson University.
Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP)
The VSTOP team advises the Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Election Commission on the certification of voting machines and electronic poll books. VSTOP helped pioneer first-in-the-nation legislation authorizing the certification and testing of electronic poll books in Indiana.
Co – Directors
Dr. Jay S. Bagga
VSTOP / Professor of Computer Science
Jay S. Bagga has been a co-Director of the Indiana Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP) since 2007. This Program was established by an act of the Indiana General Assembly. He has extensive experience in Election Systems Testing and Certification. He has collaborated in developing testing and certification protocols for voting systems and electronic poll books.
During 2011-13, Dr. Bagga was a co-PI for a US Election Assistance Commission Grant on Post-Election Audit and Logic and Accuracy Initiative. He has co-organized the State Certification Testing of Voting Systems National Conferences since 2011. He is a Co-Director of the Certificate Program in Election Administration, Technology and Security (CEATS) which trains election officials in Indiana.
Dr. Bryan D. Byers
VSTOP / Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Bryan D. Byers joined the VSTOP team in 2017. He has experience working in local government having been a prosecutor’s investigator, a deputy coroner, and Chairperson of the Muncie Human Rights Commission Board. He has been a Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Ball State University since 1995. He earned his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Byers is a Co-Director of the Certificate Program in Election Administration, Technology and Security (CEATS) which trains election officials in Indiana.