For Students & Researchers

Physical Office Location:

Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
ITE 325A
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 USA

         Presently operating remotely March 2020-??)

Office Hours & Meeting Requests: By Appointment (often via Skype/Webex/Meet)

Policy on Letters of Recommendation

Differences between an M.S. and M.P.S. Degree


Normally I run the research-oriented CYBR 624 (Cybersecurity Project) during fall and spring semesters. Additionally, I routinely support graduate independent study activities from CMSC and related disciplines, along with mentoring Capstone Projects from our Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) program. In prior years I’ve taught CYBR 691 Special Topics, CMSC 304 (Ethics in IT), and CYBR 620 (Intro to Cybersecurity).

Research Supervision:

I am happy to discuss graduate research opportunities.  I often serve on Ph.D. and M.S. committees as either reader or mentor, both at UMBC and for other institutions.  If your research involves cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, information operations, privacy, risk/security communication, technology policy, and/or something along these lines, I’m especially eager to chat with you!

Research Support:

At the moment, I do not have TA/RA/GA opportunities, sorry. However, as co-PI on the Scholarship for Service (SFS) and CySP programs at UMBC, I’m happy to discuss possible funding for these merit-based programs (US Citizens only).

Supporting Student Activities:

Faculty Advisor, hackUMBC (2012-2019)
Facutly Co-Advisor, UMBC Cyber Defense Team – “The CyberDawgs” – (Dr. Charles Nicholas, lead advisor)

  • National Champions, DOE CyberForce Competition (2019); National Champions, College Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) (2017); First Place, Mid-Atlantic CCDC 2020, 2015 (4th Nationally); Second Place, Maryland Cyber Challenge 2012, 2013; First Place 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020.