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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.

Gordon Romney Director, Center for Cyber Security Engineering & Technology Read More

Gordon Romney

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

Before joining USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Dr. Gordon W. Romney was a computer science/electrical engineering full professor and dean responsible for cybersecurity, computer science, security and information technology programming in the College of Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) at the University of Phoenix (UOP) in Tempe, Arizona. Romney taught cyber security, penetration testing and ethical hacking, for five years, and computer science and information technology management, for eight years, at National University (NU) in San Diego.

He was the architect and initial lead faculty of the National University MS Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) program that is designated by NSA/DHS a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (2013-2020). This program has produced over four-hundred MS graduates and has been selected among the top twenty programs in the nation. He has enjoyed teaching over forty online and twenty onsite courses in the MS CSIA, MS Computer Science and IT Management programs. At the UOP he has the choice assignment of creating new Associate, Bachelor and Master degree cybersecurity curricula with sixty courses.

Conducting research and searching for new technology has, likewise, spanned his entire professional career. The use of virtualization and the use of virtual labs has been an integral part of his teaching for more than a decade. He created six patents for e- commerce applications in cyber security. For the most recent twenty-five years he focused on developing cyber security technology in entrepreneurial startups. Of note is his digitally signing all 10,000 fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls in collaboration with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Claremont University and the Israeli Antiquities Agency.

Romney is a member of a team nominated March 30, 2017, for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his seminal contribution to 3D Computer Graphics (firstrendering.com), by producing the first patent for 3D scan-line Computer Graphics.

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Mark Heckman, PhD Professor of Practice Read More

Mark Heckman, PhD

Faculty

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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Sahar Mosleh Adjunct Professor Read More

Sahar Mosleh

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Cyber Security Engineering

Sahar Mosleh has worked in the field of information security for over four years as an engineer, researcher, and educator. Her research and interest areas are in hardware/software codesign in embedded platforms, and security of embedded systems. She is a committed computer engineer, and the President’s Outstanding lecturer of the year (2016-2017) in the California State University system.

Mosleh joined the University of San Diego Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering in Spring of 2014 as an adjunct faculty. She is the co-organizer of bi-annual San Diego women’s hackathons events, which are now in their fifth year (nine hackathons total). These hackathons bring together more than 90 students from 20 schools/colleges in Southern California. The events are typically supported by more than 40 industry professionals, volunteers and sponsors. These include major industries and companies in our region, such as Intuit, Sony, Viasat, CompTIA, Pivot3, Fortinet, and Cylance.

Mosleh received her BS and MS in Computer Engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where she was the recipient of a grant from Manitoba Hydro to design and built a robot to climb on high voltage transmission lines. Mosleh is actively engaged with professional organizations such as ACM and IEEE.

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Doug Magedman Adjunct Professor Read More

Doug Magedman

Faculty

Degree Program

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

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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Ashton Mozano, J.D. Adjunct Professor Read More

Ashton Mozano, J.D.

Faculty

Degree Program

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

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.

Professor Mozano 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.

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Derek Swenningsen Adjunct Professor Read More

Derek Swenningsen

Faculty

Degree Program

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

Derek Swenningsen has several years of experience in adversarial cyber penetration testing and exploit development. His experience in this field was gained while attaining his M.S. in Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School (focus on exploit development) and on tactical systems for the Department of Defense. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999 as an avionics technician for AV-8B Harriers before becoming a commissioned officer in 2002. He spent eight years as an F/A-18 Hornet pilot completing two deployments aboard U.S. Naval aircraft carriers. His professional interests include reverse engineering, network penetration testing, exploit development, and malware analysis.

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