I’m the Assistant Director for Cyber Defense Education and Training with the Information Trust Institute in The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
I have more than 25 years of large-scale information security and IT engineering, implementation, and management experience in challenging and cutting-edge public and private sector environments. In addition, I’ve been teaching in the higher education and commercial training space since 2000.
My teaching and research interests include:
:: Practice-centered education and training solutions that combine accelerated learning programs, validated assessments, instruction, practice labs, and challenge scenarios to improve information security talent management in organizations;
:: Rapid deployment of customizable and adaptive curriculum that raises learner capability maturity in foundational security concepts, tactics, techniques, and procedures; and
:: Formative credentialing solutions that increase the number of capable professionals.
I was the Technical Editor of five textbooks published by Jones & Bartlett Learning: Ethical Hacking & Systems Defense, Linux Server Fundamentals, Information Security Fundamentals, Introduction to Scripting, and Networking Fundamentals.
I earned my B.A. in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and an M.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University. I’m currently enrolled in a Learning Design and Leadership (LDL) Ph.D. program in the College of Education at UIUC.
For fun I love making things (e.g., woodworking), playing music (drums, uke), traveling, and scavenging for objects that can be re-purposed.
My current CV (.PDF).