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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/Cyber Security.  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.

Mark Heckman, Ph.D.

Professor of Practice

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.

Ashton Mozano, J.D.

Adjunct Professor

Professor Mozano has over two decades of experience in Information Technology (IT), Cyber, and Information Security (InfoSec), having delved into cyberspace at a young age.  As the technical lead in Advanced Cyber Science & Technology (S&T), Mobile Security, and Cloud Security-as-a-Service efforts, as well as the Principal Systems Engineer, Senior Subject Matter Expert, Project Manager, and Program Director at a number of Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, he has provided subject matter expertise in architecture, system design, software development, testing, reverse-engineering, and exploit development.  Moreover, he has collaborated with and led Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) engineering and acquisition initiatives in the area of cyberspace operations for the Department of Defense (DoD).  A coder and tinkerer by passion, his recent focus has been on developing autonomous cyber reasoning systems, as well as exploring unconventional solutions to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security challenges.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Microbiology (emphasis on molecular biology and genetic engineering), Management Science & Information Systems (MSIS), Operations Research & Industrial Engineering (ORIE), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), and Jurisprudence Doctorate from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), and the University of San Diego—School of Law, respectively, in addition to having studied international business and management at the Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.  He is also a US Navy Reserve Officer, an experienced litigator, an avid traveler, a passionate instructor with experience teaching at UCSD, UT Austin, California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly), and Chapman University, and a lifelong student of art, science, and engineering.

Doug Magedman

Adjunct Professor

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.

Donald Biedermann

Adjunct Professor

Don Biedermann joined the USD Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology as an adjunct professor in August 2016. A retired United States Marine Corps Communications and Information Technology Officer, Biedermann now works for the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Program Manager and the West Coast Cyber Security Lead.  He supports the Navy’s Information Assurance Technical Authority (IATA) within the US Naval Space and Warfare System Command (SPAWAR).  Biedermann has been working communications and information technology, along with communications and information security for over three decades.  After receiving an undergraduate degree in Economics for the University of Southern California, Biedermann was commissioned and started his career as a Communications Officer. As information technology grew, Biedermann transitioned to computer systems management and ultimately became the Chief Information Officer for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and the Marine Corps base at 29 Palms, California. Upon joining SAIC after retirement, Biedermann was placed in the Navy and Marine Corps Internet (NMCI) program with SPAWAR, where he worked as part of the Navy team implementing the huge network. His transition to information assurance and cyber security over 15 year ago was a natural move with his background in communication and information security. Biedermann obtained his Master’s degree in Information Technology and Cyber Security with distinction. He is a Program Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO). Biedermann brings with him a deep expertise in Information Technology Operations and Management, Personnel Management, Cyber Security Operations and Management, Systems Engineering, and Program Management.