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Sushil Jajodia, Ph.D.


Sushil Jajodia is University Professor, BDM International Professor, and the Center's director. He is also the site director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation at Mason. He served as the chair of the Department of Information and Software Engineering from 1998 to 2002. He joined Mason after serving as the director of the Database and Expert Systems Program within the Division of Information, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation. Before that he was the head of the Database and Distributed Systems Section in the Computer Science and Systems Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Jajodia received his PhD from the University of Oregon, Eugene. The scope of his current research interests encompasses information secrecy, privacy, integrity, and availability problems in military, civil, and commercial sectors. He has authored or coauthored six books, edited 41 books and conference proceedings, and published more than 425 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He is also a holds thirteen U.S. patents.

Web: http://csis.gmu.edu/jajodia

        Sushil Jajodia

Massimiliano Albanese, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Massimiliano Albanese is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Information Technology, the Center's Associate Director, and the founding Co-Director of the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE).

Dr. Albanese holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II. He joined the University of Maryland in 2006 as a Faculty Research Assistant before joining George Mason University in 2011. At George Mason University, Dr. Albanese’s research interests have focused on Modeling and Detection of Cyber Attack, Network Hardening, Moving Target Defense, and Adaptive Cyber Defense. He is Co-PI o PI on 9 funded projects totaling about $7.5M. Dr. Albanese has published over 60 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Web: http://csis.gmu.edu/albanese

        Massimiliano Albanese

Kun Sun, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Kun Sun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology. He is also the director of Sun Security Laboratory. He joined George Mason University after serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at College of William and Mary. He has more than 10 years working experience in both industry and academia.

Kun Sun received his PhD from Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on systems and network security. The main thrusts of his research include moving target defense, honeypot, Linux container security, forensic analysis of virtual machine, security on Internet of Things (IoT), side channel attacks, system resource isolation and access control, and password management. He published over 50 technical papers on security conferences and journals including IEEE S&P, ACM CCS, NDSS, IEEE DSN, ESORICS, ACSAC, IEEE TDSC, and IEEE TIFS, and one paper won the Best Paper Award

Web: http://csis.gmu.edu/ksun

        Kun Sun


Emanuela Marasco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Emanuela Marasco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology. Before joining George Mason University, she was an Adjunct Professor and a Post-doctoral Researcher in Pattern Recognition and Biometrics at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Department of Computer Science. From 2011-2014, Dr. Marasco was a post-doctoral Associate Researcher in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University. She received a five-year degree (Bachelor and M.Sc.) in Computer Engineering, in March 2006, and a PhD in Computer and Automation Engineering, in December 2010, both from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.  Her research interests focus on pattern recognition, machine learning, image processing, computer vision, and biometrics. Specifically, she is addressing vulnerabilities and challenges of biometric systems through design and development of: (1) anti-spoofing countermeasures in fingerprint recognition systems, (2) algorithms for automatic enhancement of fingerprint sensor interoperability to maintain data independence from underlying device, (3) image de-identification techniques for privacy enhancement, (4) automatic estimation of soft biometrics (e.g., age, gender) from fingerprints, and (5) adaptive schemes for human identification based on degraded DNA samples. her current sponsors are NSF, DHS and DARPA.

        Emanuela Marasco


Kai Zeng, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Kai Zeng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2008. He was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Davis (UCD) from 2008 to 2011, and an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at University of Michigan – Dearborn from 2011 to 2014.

Dr. Zeng was a recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in 2012. He won the Excellence in Postdoctoral Research Award at UCD in 2011 and the Sigma Xi Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award at WPI in 2008. He was a visiting faculty at the Air Force Research Laboratory through the Visiting Faculty Research Program (VFRP) in summer 2013.

Dr. Zeng’s current research interests are in cyber physical system security and privacy, network forensics, physical layer security, and cognitive radio networks.

        Kai Zeng


Rajesh Ganesan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Rajesh Ganesan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research. Dr. Ganesan received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2005. His current research interests are in stochastic optimization (dynamic resource allocation using approximate dynamic programming), quality and statistics (feature detection and function approximation in high-dimensional data), and enginering education in K-12.

Web: http://mason.gmu.edu/~rganesan/

        Rajesh Ganesan  

Hemant Purohit, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Purohit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Wright State University in Ohio in 2015, while also working at the Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing before joining Mason. His current research interests are focused on addressing the fundamental problem of information overload from large-scale offline and online information sources for an individual, by modeling behavior of intentionality and comprehension using semantic computing, text mining, and applied machine learning approaches.

Web: http://ist.gmu.edu/~hpurohit

        Hemant Purohit

Robert Elder, Ph.D.

Lieutenant General Robert Elder (USAF, retired) joined the research faculty at George Mason University following his retirement from the Air Force as the Commander, 8th Air Force. 8th Air Force is the senior Air Force organization at U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) responsible for deterrence and global strike operations, and operates the global command’s Joint Air Operations Center. He also held a position with USSTRATCOM as the joint functional commander responsible for planning and coordinating all nuclear and global strike force activities.

General Elder served as the first commander of Air Force Network Operations and led the development of the cyberspace mission for the Air Force. He also served as the Air operations center commander and deputy air component commander for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His executive experience includes senior leadership positions with the Joint Staff, Air Force staff, and NATO. His international experience includes interactions with senior government representatives in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Pacific, South America, and Africa. General Elder previously served as the Commandant of the Air War College and Vice Commander of Air University. He is an accomplished engineer with avionics software development and program management experience, and holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Detroit.

Web: http://sysarch.gmu.edu/main/people/current/dr-robert-elder/

        Robert Elder  

Alexander H. Levis, Sc.D.

Alexander H. Levis is University Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering and heads the System Architectures Laboratory of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2001 to 2004 he served as the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force. He was educated at MIT where he received the BS (1965), MS (1965), ME (1967), and Sc.D. (1968) degrees in Mechanical Engineering with control systems as his area of specialization. He also attended Ripon College where he received the AB degree (1963) in Mathematics and Physics. Dr. Levis is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and past president of the IEEE Control Systems Society; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE); an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA); and serves on the board of the Educational Foundation of AFCEA.

He joined George Mason University in 1990 where he headed twice the Systems Engineering department. For the last fifteen years, his areas of research have been system architectures including architecture design and evaluation, adaptive architectures for command and control, and methodologies for multi-modeling and meta-modeling. Current research focus is the effect of cyber exploits on the command and control process. He has over 270 publications documenting his research.

Web: https://ece.gmu.edu/people/full-time-faculty/alexander-h-levis

        Alexander Levis