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Summer Workshop: Project Investigators

Akbar Siami−Namin, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University

Akbar Siami−Namin, Ph.D. As an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University, Dr. Namin holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is the author of several publications in premier software engineering conferences and journals. His research interest in security includes cryptography, secret sharing schemes, trust management, secure online payment models, and security testing. He has offered international tutorials at International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE). The Bayesian Methods for Data Analysis in Software Engineering, and Effective Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis of Software Engineering Data were two international tutorials offered at ICSE in 2010 (Cape Town, South Africa) and 2012 (Zurich, Switzerland), respectively. His research interests are: Software Engineering, Program Analysis and Software Testing, Security Testing and Secure Programming, Energy−Aware Software Engineering, and Empirical Software Engineering.

Rattikorn Hewett, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University

Rattikorn Hewett, Ph.D. As a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science, she has authored and co−authored over 100 technical articles, including publications in peer−reviewed journals, conference and workshop proceedings, and book chapters. Her recent research includes large−scale software system design and automation, software risk assessment and quality assurance, network vulnerability analysis, security and access control models, software security and economics, trust computing, and social network analysis. She has served on the editorial boards of International Journal of Software Engineering, Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Applied Intelligence, Journal of Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics, International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design, and Scientific Journals International. She has been a referee for many journals and served on program committees of numerous conferences in various areas, including System Assurance and Security, Internet Technology, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, and Bioinformatics. Sponsors for her research included NSF, NASA, DARPA, EPRI, IBM, the State of Florida, and the Shelton Foundation.

James Phelps, Ph.D.
Angelo State University

James Phelps, Ph.D. As an Assistant Professor of Border and Homeland Security for the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at Angelo State University, Dr. Phelps holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. he has taught at Sam Houston State University as both a History and Criminal Justice lecturer. He has also taught History courses for Central Texas College as a PACE Afloat instructor, deployed at sea on U.S. Navy vessels. Prior to becoming an Assistant Professor at ASU, he taught courses in Criminal Law and Courts and Criminal Procedure as an adjunct professor. Currently, Dr. Phelps designs and teaches courses in the Border and Homeland Security undergraduate and graduate programs at ASU. He is the lead developer for the undergraduate and graduate degrees in Border and Homeland Security and the graduate degrees in Criminal Justice. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Phelps served for 21 years in the U.S. Nay in a variety of assignments dealing with nuclear power plant operations, maintenance, supervision, and security. Subsequently, he worked in the chemical manufacturing industry for Matheson Gas producing specialty products for semi−conductor manufacturers, and with Praxiar, Inc., operating and maintaining on−site cryogenic gas separation plants for numerous industrial semi−conductor manufacturing facilities. He has received numerous commendations and recognitions for his military service. As a doctoral student at Sam Houston State University, he was fully−funded through his first two years, receiving the largest stipend offered to all graduate students and subsequently taught numerous courses for the program.

Hamed Mohsenian-Rad, Ph.D.
University of California at Riverside

Hamed Mohsenian-Rad, Ph.D. Dr. Hamed Mohsenian-Rad is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Riverside. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of British Columbia (UBC) - Vancouver in 2008. Dr. Mohsenian-Rad is the recipient of the CAREER Award 2012 from the National Science Foundation and the Best Paper Award from the IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications 2012. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Communication Letters, a Guest Editor of the ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems - Special Issue on Smart Grid, and a Guest Editor of the KICS/IEEE Journal of Communications and Networks - Special Issue of Smart Grid. His research interests include the analysis, design, and optimization of energy systems and smart power grids. In this workshop, he will lead the Smart Grid Cyber Security track.

Fred Wilson, Ph.D.
Angelo State University

Fred Wilson, Ph.D. As an Adjunct Professor of Physics, Dr. Fred Wilson develops courses in Cyber Security for the Center for Security Studies at ASU. Dr. Wilson holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Kansas. He has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology (1969−1996) where, upon beginning a brief period of retirement, he was named Professor Emeritus. Among many assignments while at RIT, Dr. Wilson was head of the office of Program Analysis, which supported information needs for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and provided its computer services. Prior to teaching at RIT, Dr. Wilson served in the Department of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G−2) in the U.S. Army Foreign Science and Technology Center. Dr. Wilson was Secretary/Treasurer of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society for several years. He was named by the American Physical Society to its Committee on International Scientific Affairs, serving a term as chair. He gave presentations, notably in Tokyo at the Conclave of Physical Society Presidents, on telecommunications. He currently teaches physics for ASU’s Physics Department, develops courses for the CSS, and teaches cyber security courses in that program.

Fethi Inan, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University

Fethi Inan, Ph.D. Dr. Fethi Inan teaches in the Instructional Technology Program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership. Dr. Inan received his doctorate (Ed.D.) in Instructional Design and Technology from The University of Memphis. He received his B.S. and his MS. from Middle East Technical (Turkey). Previously, Dr. Inan was responsible for the research design and data analysis of various educational projects for the Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP). There, he worked as an evaluator and statistician for several evaluation projects including Tennessee's K-12 EdTech Launch and Michigan's Freedom to Learn state-wide programs. In addition, Dr. Inan worked about two years as a Research Assistant for the Appalachian Technology in Education Consortium (ATEC) to provide instructional and technical assistance to K-12 educators in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.