Advisory Board

ZENIA
BAHORSKI

Zenia C. Bahorski Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Eastern Michigan University. PI of the Cyber Discovery Program at Eastern Michigan University in 2016. Co-wrote the Computer Continuum. Presented several professional development workshops at regional and national conferences and published papers in privacy and legal issues in education.

KRYSTAL CORBETT

Dr. Krystal Corbett received her BS and MS Mechanical Engineering (2008/2010), MS in Mathematics (2012), and PhD in Engineering Education (2012) at Louisiana Tech University.  Through NICERC, Dr. Corbett manages various educational initiatives for the k-12 level including middle and high school curricula that fosters excitement in STEM and cyber.

CHRISTIAN DUNCAN

Christian Duncan earned the B.S. degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, in 1994, the M.S.E. degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University in 1999.From 1999 to 2000, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Saarbrücken, Germany. From 2000 to 2006, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA. From 2006 to 2012, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, USA. His research interests and expertise lie in the area of developing and analyzing algorithms for geometric and graph visualization problems. His pedagogical interests lie in developing hands-on, project-based course material and bringing MESH (math, engineering, science, and humanities) curricula into secondary education.

DANIELLE FOWLER

Dr. Danielle Fowler is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Information Systems and Decision Science department at the University of Baltimore. Before moving to the USA she served on the faculties of Monash and Swinburne Universities in Australia. Her research interests lie in the areas of ecommerce, social media, and requirements engineering. In addition to being the program director for the Information Systems and Technology Management program, she is presently the director of the Cyber Discovery Camp at UB.

CHUCK GARDNER

Dr. Chuck Gardner is the Director of Curriculum at the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC). He received his BS from the US Merchant Marine Academy and his MBA and Ed.D. from the University of Phoenix. After ten years in the maritime industry and ten years in the classroom, Dr. Gardner now writes and presents on high school cyber curriculum that allows students to explore STEM opportunities as well as the humanities and liberal arts in a cyber-themed, project-based setting.

JEAN
GOURD

Dr. Jean Gourd is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Program Chair of Computer Science at Louisiana Tech University.  He has a diverse research program in the areas of cybersecurity (at the moment, primarily cyber education and cyber curriculum development), distributed systems, and software engineering.  His research interests include mobile code management and security, the use of intelligent agents for cybersecurity, and real-time visualization of network attacks.  He is involved in several ongoing research projects with the DHS and maintains collaborative relationships with members of industry and national research laboratories.

STEVEN D. KRAUSE

Steven D. Krause is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. Most of his teaching and scholarship concerns the connections between writing, pedagogy, and technology. He is the co-editor of the collection Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses.

BOB
LIEBMAN

Bob Liebman is Professor of Sociology at Portland State University. Interested in social change, social movements, and organizations and innovative teaching, his work received support from NSF, Lilly Endowment, and Social Science Research Council. He helped design a role-play simulation for teaching cybersecurity policy. At PSU, he won the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award and the John Eliot Allen Teaching Award.

MARK R.
NELSON

Mark R. Nelson, Ph.D., MBA, CAE, joined the Computer Science Teachers Association as Executive Director in June 2015.  He is an award winning executive, teacher, and researcher.  Prior to CSTA, Mark provided international thought-leadership on the future of course materials and co-founded an R&D organization focused on emerging technologies in education.  He was an ECAR Fellow for the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research for five years, contributing to more than a dozen research studies and articles in the areas of IT leadership, chief security officers, IT strategy, emerging technologies, and the use of technology by students and researchers.  Prior to that, Mark was a faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  His research interests focus on large-scale technology-based change, innovation, and emerging technology management in non-profits and educational settings.  He earned a Ph.D. in Information Science, an MBA in Marketing, a BS in Computer Science, and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

ELIZABETH
NIX

Elizabeth Nix is an Assistant Professor of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies and the Director of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program at the University of Baltimore. An American Studies graduate of Yale College, Nix received her Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University. Nix was part of the steering committee for Baltimore ’68, which won the National Council on Public History’s Outstanding Project award in 2009 and an award of Merit and the WOW Award from the American Association of State and Local History in that same year. With project organizers, Nix co-edited an anthology entitled Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth in an American City (Temple University Press, 2011). Her work and interviews with her about Baltimore’s history have appeared in SlateTime Magazine, CNN, NPR, and The New York Times.

DON SCHILLINGER

Don Schillinger, Chase Bank Endowed Professor, serves as the P.I. and Co-director of UTeachTech and as dean of the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. His academic and research interests involve the advancement of STEM education and technology integration within K-12 learning environments.

IVAN SASCHA SHEEHAN

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is an Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore where he directs the graduate programs inNegotiations & Conflict Managementand Global Affairs & Human Securityin the College of Public Affairs. Sheehan previously taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Bentley University, Tufts University, and George Mason University before settling in Baltimore in 2009. An expert on terrorism, counterterrorism, and U.S. foreign policy, Sheehan is a frequent commentator and consultant on international conflict matters. Follow his academic and policy-oriented writing, as well as public appearances, at: www.professorsheehan.com and @ProfSheehan.

ALICIA
SIMMONS

Dr. Alicia Simmons is an experienced change management executive in higher education, small business and not for profit organizations. She employs theory, research, technology, business intelligence and predictive analytics to collaboratively define organizational vision, mission, goals and strategies. She has more than 20 years of experience implementing change through project management, fund raising, communication and team leadership strategies, often creating innovative approaches for infrastructure in low resourced settings. She previously managed complex multi-million dollar federal contracts, taught at the University of Georgia, conducted national conferences and events, and created professional development opportunities for educators in child care, Head Start, K-12 and higher education. Currently she oversees CORE, a PK-20 collaborative with multiple local, state and national partners, which provides technology and active learning professional development to teachers across the country in an effort to better prepare students for college and career.  CORE was awarded more than $27 million in a two year period, including two $12 million Investing in Innovation grants and a $3.2 million First in the World grant, all from the U.S. Department of Education.  As Vice President for Research, Planning and Collaboration, she also oversees research and institutional effectiveness activities at Jacksonville State University where annual awards were increased by 455% in 2013-14 over the previous year and the annual grants budget increased by almost 500% over a five year period.  She also has a temporary appointment as a Graduate Faculty member at the University of Alabama.  Dr. Simmons is a graduate of Jacksonville State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia.

WILLIAM SVERDLIK

William Sverdlik is a professor of Computer Science at Eastern Michigan University, where he has taught for the past 17 years. He received his Master’s degree (mathematics) from the University of Michigan and his doctorate (computer science) from Wayne State University. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining and Machine Learning, Big Data and Autonomous Agents. Dr. Sverdlik has supervised over 20 Masters degree students, and served on the review board of several international technology related journals. In his spare time, Bill enjoys bird-watching and building things in his basement that require batteries.

JEFF
TEO

Dr. Teo’s dissertation focused on Trusted Computing Technologies and Adoption and, as a researcher, he has published journal articles and a textbook chapter on Trusted Computing. He has been an industry liaison member of Trusted Computing Group (TCG) since 2011. Dr. Teo is a recipient of grants awarded by leading IT companies such as Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, and nonprofits such as Rotary International.

As a tenured Professor of cybersecurity, he has extensive experience in higher education as an educator and academic dean.  Dr. Teo also possesses the IT skills, expertise and knowledge to manage a campus IT networking infrastructure. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and  holds certifications in Security+,  Network+ and A+.

HEATH
TIMS

Dr. Heath Tims, is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Science, and an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University and holds the endowed Cajun Contractors Professorship. While at Louisiana Tech, Dr. Tims has focused primarily on engineering education and multidisciplinary collaborative projects. He has been one of the lead faculty on many curricular efforts. These successful education initiatives have not only had a large regional impact, but have garnered the attention of federal agencies.

GALEN
TURNER

Dr. Galen Turner received his B.S. from Loyola University (New Orleans) with majors in Mathematics and Religious Studies in 1992. He continued his studies in Mathematics at Louisiana State University where he earned his M.S. in Mathematics in 1994, and his Ph.D. in 1999. He joined the faculty of Louisiana Tech University in 2001 where he currently serves as the Academic Director for Computer Science, Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology. He holds the Maxfield Professorship in Mathematics and Statistics and actively teaches courses at all levels, from the most basic undergraduate courses in algebra and calculus to graduate courses in abstract algebra, number theory, graph theory and combinatorics. He has published in graph and matroid theory as well as a number of other arenas, including biomedical engineering, religions studies, psychology, and engineering education. He was the founding Program Chair for Cyberspace Science & Engineering at Louisiana Tech where he continues to foster transdisciplinary approaches to real problems that face our society.