Our talented and experienced faculty members are some of our greatest resources.

All of the instructors in the Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering program at USD are experienced instructor practitioners, who hold advanced degrees in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, and Information Assurance/Cybersecurity.  All of the instructors have extensive industry experience in working in contested cyber environments to mitigate advanced persistent threats.  Many have developed solutions for high stakes systems that protect the lives and prosperity of the nation, and have been recognized as pioneers and leaders in the domain.

Chuck Bane, M.S. Academic Director and Professor of Practice Read More

Chuck Bane, M.S.

Academic Director and Professor of Practice

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

Chuck Bane joined the USD Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology as a professor of practice in June 2018. He is a highly-motivated professional with over twenty years of teaching and curriculum development experience on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Additionally, he was a collaborator in the application process for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence, which successfully resulted in the Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity designation. A project management, communications and security professional with over thirty-five years’ experience in project management, systems security analysis, design, development and management of network systems supporting the Department of Defense (DoD).

Chuck, a retired US Naval Officer, had an extensive US Naval career covering 25 years of service. His career covered 11 years of enlisted service in submarines as nuclear reactor operator and 14 years as a commissioned officer in Surface Warfare.

Chuck’s teaching philosophy is to teach in a way that draws in and interest students in a wide range of cybersecurity and computer science topics. Through extensive use of computer virtualization, he helps students develop safe environments for hands-on implementation while learning the theory and foundations of class topics. Chuck also has developed capstone project classes and has supervised many MS and BS student capstone projects.

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
Security + Certification
Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) Certification
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)

Mark Heckman, PhD Professor of Practice Read More

Mark Heckman, PhD


Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering
  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Mark Heckman has worked in the field of information security for over 30 years as an engineer, researcher, practitioner, and educator. His wide-ranging career has spanned many areas of information security, including research and development of very high-assurance, multi-level secure systems for use in government and the military, research and development of intrusion detection and security event management systems, and general IT security and compliance for commercial organizations in the financial and health industries. Heckman earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science at the University of California, Davis and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is currently a Professor of Practice and teaches in the Cyber Security Engineering and Technology program at the University of San Diego.

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Rufus Gant, M.S. Adjunct Professor Read More

Rufus Gant, M.S.

Adjunct Professor

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

In addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member at USD, Rufus Gant is also a Senior
Technology Consultant at G2 Software Systems. He coordinates the analysis and management
of DoD’s inventory of wireless communications product applications, ensuring appropriate
cybersecurity, interoperability, and resilience. Rufus has devoted the previous 18 years
managing all aspects of complex IT enterprise efforts, specifically to include Information
Assurance/Cybersecurity and Software & System Development Lifecycle execution. He’s been
responsible for the acquisition, integration, deployment, and sustainment of hardware, software,
and information systems. Efforts have included guiding and mentoring teams in high pace
environments, maximizing productivity and quality, while leveraging risk management best
practices to ensure project execution and cybersecurity compliance. Rufus is also currently an
adjunct faculty member with the University of Maryland’s Global Campus (UMGC).

Prior to joining G2 in May 2017, Rufus worked at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) as the Executive
Director for IT Security & Compliance, responsible for: 1) Maintaining an effective
cybersecurity awareness program educating the enterprise on emerging cyber threats and
effective breach prevention practices 2) Providing subject matter expertise on those regulatory
drivers governing information and privacy protection for data residing within the University’s IT
environment and 3) Leading a team of security risk and compliance professionals dedicated
towards continuously improving CPP’s information security program.

Rufus joined our USD staff in January 2020 and is teaching our CYBR 501 and 502 courses. He
accumulated a combined 22 years of military service, 14 years on active duty and 8 years as a
member of the United States Air Force Reserves. He retired from the Reserves in 2010 at the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Rufus obtained his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland,
College Park, and has both a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from the
University of Maryland, University College and a Master of Science degree in Systems
Management from the University of Southern California.

Finally, he possesses the following professional certifications:
CRISC, CISM, PMP, & ITIL Foundations

Doug Magedman, M.S. Adjunct Professor Read More

Doug Magedman, M.S.


Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

Doug Magedman joined the USD Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology as an adjunct professor in January 2016. As a retired US Naval Officer and current civilian engineer with the US Naval Space and Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Magedman has been working with IT Systems Development and Acquisition within the Office of the Chief Engineer for nearly a decade. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Magedman was commissioned and started his career as a US Navy Pilot. After thirteen years in the cockpit he transitioned into Operations Research and Human Systems Integration receiving a Masters from the US Naval Postgraduate School. He spent the remainder of his career and where he continues today working with IT-related programs and engineering teams in all aspects of systems of system engineering to include cyber security. In the meantime, he has earned several awards for his work in addition to a Masters in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity with distinction and near completion of another Masters in Management and Information Systems. Magedman brings with him a wide range of applied IT engineering experience with specializations encompassing Systems Engineering, System of Systems Engineering, Human Computer Interface Design, Systems Safety Engineering, Manpower, Personnel, and Training in addition to Cybersecurity.

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Dan Ostermiller, M.S., M.B.A, M.A.S Adjunct Professor Read More

Dan Ostermiller, M.S., M.B.A, M.A.S


Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

Dan Ostermiller is currently a Principal Engineer / MBSE Architect at Scientific Research Corporation (SRC) supporting a cloud-based Video Analytics project using Artificial Intelligence (AI) (Machine Learning (ML) and other techniques).

Dan Ostermiller has recent MBSE architecting, acquisition, and systems engineering experience with ACAT I Navy programs including: Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES), Mobile User Objective Systems (MUOS), and Joint Tactical Network Radios (JTRS).

Dan Ostermiller has over 25 years of experience in System Architecting, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Requirements Analysis and Design, Coding, Unit Testing, Integration, Verification / Validation, System Integration and Test, Project Management, Acquisition and Executive duties on projects in support of the DoD, DHS, NASA, FAA, and others.

Deployment environments have included the Russian Space Station Mir, the U.S. Space Shuttle (STS), satellites and ground stations, aircraft and Air Operations Centers (AOCs), ground systems, ships and submarines for both soft and hard real-time systems.

Dan Ostermiller has the following academic experience:
M.S. Data Analytics (coursework towards)
M.A.S. Architecture-based Systems Engineering (AESE)
M.B.A. Indiana / Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW) (coursework towards),
M.S. Software Engineering, National University
B.S. Computer Science, National University

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