Digital Forensics Staff

Members of the Digital Forensics team: (L to R) Anthony Lang, Faisal Hasan, Anna-Maria Marshall, Frank Nekrasz, Jay Kesan, Masooda Bashir, Lizanne DeStefano, Roy Campbell and Jana Sebestik

Original core members of the Digital Forensics team: (L to R) Anthony Lang, Faisal Hasan, Anna-Maria Marshall, Frank Nekrasz, Jay Kesan, Masooda Bashir, Lizanne DeStefano, Roy Campbell and Jana Sebestik.


Principal Investigator:


Roy Campbell (Computer Science)

roy_campbellb&wProfessor Campbell’s research interests are in the engineering and construction techniques of complex system software. Security, continuous media, and real-time control present a challenge to operating system designers. Ubiquitous, distributed, and parallel systems require complex resource management and efficient implementations. Object-oriented design aids in the organization of software, supports customization, and offers new approaches to building dynamic distributed systems and middleware. As the Internet grows, the importance of interoperability, security, and reliability increases. Over time, research in system software has become increasingly important, and the construction of complex system software has become a focus for advanced software engineering techniques.

His current research projects include active spaces for ubiquitous computing, authorization for sensor networks, simulations of network security, and the design of peer-to-peer distributed operating systems.


Faculty Leadership:


Masooda Bashir (Psychology)

Masooda _Bashirb&wMasooda Bashir received her undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Purdue University. She worked for several years as a systems analyst, technical trainer, manager, and global manager for a number of high-tech corporations in Silicon Valley, including Lotus and IBM. She is currently the Assistant Director for Social Trust Initiatives in ITI. Dr. Bashir’s areas of expertise include the interface of psychological and social sciences with engineering and information technology. She guides and conducts ITI research from a social science and social trust perspective. In addition, Dr. Bashir is a leader of multiple ITI educational initiatives, including the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates internship program and the Illinois Cyber Security Scholarship Program.


Jay P. Kesan (Law)

Jay KesanProfessor Kesan has a number of projects and students working on various aspects of cybersecurity, privacy, and risk. His most recent work in those areas has included game-theoretic modeling of strategic interactions to identify optimal investments in security resources, including self-help (hack-back); the economic analysis of cyberinsurance; and an investigation of the technology and protocols being used in the Chicago Camera Project, which is an effort by the Office of Emergency Communication Management in the City of Chicago to install about 2,000 cameras in the city.


Anna Marshall (Sociology and Law)

annamariab&wAnna-Maria Marshall, associate professor of sociology and law, joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology in 1999, earning campus-wide recognition every year. In 2002, Professor Marshall’s criminology course was named to the list of “The 5 Most Interesting Courses to Take” by the Daily Illini, and she currently teaches courses in sociology of law, social movements, law and social movements, and recent developments in sociology: gender, law, and society.

A litigator from 1985-90 in the areas of employment and labor law, Professor Marshall recently published the book, Confronting Sexual Harassment: The Law and Politics of Everyday Life (Dartmouth Ashgate Publishing, 2005). She was recently awarded a grant for her current research on sexual harassment, social movement strategies, and lawyers who are grassroots activists.


Jerome McDonough (Digital Archives)

Jerome McDonoughJerome McDonough has been on the faculty of the School of Information Sciences at Illinois since 2005. His research focuses on sociotechnical aspects of digital libraries, with a particular focus on issues of metadata and description as well as digital preservation of complex media and software. Prior to joining the faculty at the iSchool, McDonough served as the head of the Digital Library Development Team for New York University. He has also been an active participant in metadata standards activities for digital libraries, having served as chair of the METS Editorial Board, as well as serving on the NISO Standards Development Committee and on the ODRL International Advisory Board. McDonough completed his doctoral studies the U.C. Berkeley School of Library & Information Studies in 2000.


Frank Nekrasz (Accounting)

Frank_Nekraszb&2Frank Nekrasz, Jr., is a certified fraud examiner, a certified public accountant, a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners. Nekrasz holds a Ph.D. in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his research interests are in financial statement fraud, theft and fraud in corporations, and white-collar crime. Nekrasz has nine years of public accounting experience and, most recently, performed a broad range of fraud and forensic examinations as a senior manager for a regional New England CPA firm. In addition, Nekrasz has been a consultant for law firms and businesses. Nekrasz developed and teaches the Master of Accounting Science auditing standards course and the auditing course. He just developed the financial statement, fraud prevention, and examination course and will begin teaching it as well.

Warren Raquel (Incident Response)

Warren RaquelWarren Raquel is the Head of Operational Security and Incident Response at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

William H. Sanders (Computer Engineering)

Bill-Sandersb&wWilliam H. Sanders is a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and the Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. He is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, a past Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing, and past Vice-Chair of the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing. He was the founding Director of the Information Trust Institute at Illinois and is former Director of the Coordinated Science Lab at Illinois.

Dr. Sanders’s research interests include secure and dependable computing and security and dependability metrics and evaluation, with a focus on critical infrastructures. He has published more than 200 technical papers in those areas. He is currently the Director and PI of the DOE/DHS Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center (, which is at the forefront of national efforts to make the U.S. power grid smart and resilient.


Development, Evaluation, and Outreach Support Team:


Jenny Applequist (Curriculum Development)

Jenny ApplequistJenny A. Applequist is a Senior Technical Research Writer in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received an M.S. in Library and Information Science from UIUC in 1994, and has held positions in UIUC’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, and Information Trust Institute, in addition to CSL. She has over twenty years of experience in technical and scientific writing and editing. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Lizanne DeStefano (Evaluation)

Lizanne_DeStefanob&wLizanne DeStefano received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986.  Dr. DeStefano is a former special education teacher, and trained and practiced as a clinical and school psychologist. She received her B.S. in Physiological Psychology and Statistics, her M.Ed. in Special Education.

Dr. DeStefano is the emerita Fox Family Professor of Education and a Professor of Educational Psychology, and former director of the I-STEM Education Initiative at Illinois. Her research interests include the evaluation and sustainability of innovative STEM, as well as other, educational programs; multi-site initiatives; and programs serving special populations, such as students with disabilities or those at risk for academic failure.


Gabriela Garcia (Evaluation)

Gabriella_Juarezb&wGabriela Garcia is an I-STEM graduate research assistant currently working on the Merit Immersion for Students and Teachers (MIST) Evaluation with the Departments of Chemistry, Integrative Biology, and Mathematics. MIST is funded by a National Science Foundation STEP grant.

Gabriela received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from DePaul University located in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology in the College of Education with an emphasis on Program Evaluation. Her research interests lie in exploring the relationship between academic outcomes (i.e., classroom participation, awareness) and health promotion programs and health initiatives implemented in elementary and high schools.

Jana Sebestik (Outreach)

Jana_Sebestikb&wJana Sebestik is a Curriculum Specialist in the Office of Math, Science and Technology Education (MSTE). She graduated with her B.S. in Mathematics, Speciality in Education and her M.Ed in Mathematics Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She taught in the Urbana School District 116 from 1971 to 2005 and at Parkland College from 1979 to 2005. She now works for MSTE collaborating with UIUC faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to organize and deliver professional development opportunities to Illinois K-12 teachers and works to develop and present on-line curricula.