Thomas La Porta (Center Director)

Tom F. La Porta received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from The Cooper Union, New York, NY, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY. He joined the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Penn State in 2002 as a full professor. He is the director of the Networking Research Center at Penn State. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. La Porta was with Bell Laboratories since 1986. He was the director of the Mobile Networking Research Department in Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies where he led various projects in wireless and mobile networking. He is an IEEE Fellow, Bell Labs Fellow, received the Bell Labs Distinguished Technical Staff Award, and an Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award. His research interests include mobility management, signaling and control for wireless networks, mobile data systems, and protocol design.

Raj Acharya

Raj Acharya obtained his Ph.D. from the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1984. Since then, he has worked as a research scientist at Mayo Clinic and at GE (Thomson)-CGR in Paris, France. He has also been a Faculty Fellow at the Night Vision Laboratory at Fort Belvoir in Washington D.C. as well as a NASA-ASEE Faculty Fellow at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is currently the head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State. His main research thrusts are in the general area of bioinformatics and biocomputing. He is the architect of the PCABC Cancer Bioinformatics Datawarehouse project. He works on using information fusion techniques for genomics and proteomics. He is also developing fractal models for the DNA replication and transcription sites. He is associate editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. He is also the chair of the IAPR Technical Committee on Pattern Recognition for Bioinformatics.

Guohong Cao

Guohong Cao received his B.S. degree from Xian Jiaotong University, Xian, China. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the Ohio State University in 1997 and 1999, respectively. He joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State in 1999, where he is currently an associate professor.

Chita Das

Dr. Das has been on the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University since 1986, and is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana, in 1986. Dr. Das's primary research interests include computer architecture, parallel and distributed computing, design and analysis of routing algorithms, processor management in multiprocessors, cluster systems, performance evaluation and fault-tolerant computing. He has published extensively in these areas. Of late, he is working on Network-on-Chip (NoC) microarchitectures, Internet QoS, multimedia servers, and mobile computing. He is currently an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and has served on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems.

Patrick McDaniel

Patrick McDaniel is the Hartz Family Career Development Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Penn State. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2001 where he studied the form, algorithmic limits, and enforcement of security policy. Prior to joining Penn State, Patrick was a senior technical staff member of the secure systems group at AT&T Labs-Research and an adjunct professor of the Stern School of Business at New York University. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. in 1996, Patrick was a software architect and program manager in the telecommunications industry.

John Metzner

Dr. John J. Metzner is a professor of computer engineering with appointments in both the Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering Departments. He received the B.E.E., M.E.E., and Eng.Sc.D. degrees from New York University. Prior to joining Penn State in 1986, he held faculty and research appointments at New York University, Polytechnic University, Wayne State University, Oakland University. He served a year as acting dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan; and two years as acting director of the Computer Engineering Program at Penn State.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He completed his B.Sc. at McGill University and his S.M. and Ph.D. at M.I.T. under the supervision of Madhu Sudan. His research focuses on cryptography and its connections with information theory, statistics, and coding theory. Most recently he has been working on protocols for handling noisy keys in cryptography, such as those based on biometrics, and on privacy-preserving methods for publishing aggregate statistical data.

Aylin Yener

Aylin Yener received her B.S. in ECE and B.S. in Physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering. She was awarded the P.C. Rossin Endowed Assistant Professorship at Lehigh University. She is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and has served on several program committees, including IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, and IEEE VTC. She was the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2003.

Sencun Zhu

Sencun Zhu received the B.S. degree in precision instruments from Tsinghua University, China, in 1996 and the M.S. degree in signal processing from University of Science and Technology of China in 1999. He received the PhD degree in information technology from George Mason University in 2004. His main research interests are in network and system security, especially key management, ad hoc and sensor network security, DDoS attack prevention, and worm detection.

Trent Jaeger

Trent Jaeger is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The Pennsylvania State University and the Co-Director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Lab. He joined Penn State after working for IBM Research for nine years in operating systems and system security research groups. Trent has made a variety of contributions to open source systems security, particularly to the Linux Security Modules framework, the SELinux module and policy development, integrity measurement in Linux, and the Xen security architecture. He is an associate editor with ACM TOIT and has been a program chair of several security conferences and workshops, as well as a guest editor of ACM TISSEC. Trent has an M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Computer Science and Engineering in 1993 and 1997, respectively.

Wang-Chien Lee

Wang-Chien Lee received his Ph.D. in computer and information science at Ohio State University. He joined Penn State as an associate professor of computer science and engineering in spring 2002. Prior to this, he worked in Verizon/GTE Laboratories, Inc.
Dr. Lee performs cross-area research in database systems, pervasive/mobile computing, and networking, with a special interest in spatial, temporal and multi-dimensional aspects. His work involves development of data management techniques for supporting complex queries in a wide spectrum of networking and mobile computing environments (such as wireless sensor networks, peer-to-peer networks, and wireless broadcast systems). Meanwhile, he works on information integration/retrieval, XML, security, and object-oriented databases.

Phil La Plante
Great Valley

Dr. Phil Laplante is Professor of Software Engineering at Penn State’s Great Valley Graduate Professional Center. He is also the Chief Technology Officer for the Eastern Technology Council. Before joining Penn State he was president of Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, a two-year, private, college that focuses on technology training.
In addition to his academic career, Dr. Laplante spent several years as a software engineer and project manager working on avionics (including the Space Shuttle), CAD, and software test systems. He has authored or edited 22 books and has published more than 140 papers.
Dr. Laplante received his B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. in Systems Planning & Management, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, respectively, from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and SPIE and a member of numerous other professional societies, program committees, and boards. He is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania.

Eileen Kane
Dickinson Law School

Professor Eileen Kane holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Cornell University, where she received a research fellowship and the Vincent du Vigneaud Award for Excellence in Research. She published scientific papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Virology and conducted research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Her interest in the intersection of science and the law led her to obtain a J.D. and work as a scientific advisor and patent attorney in a major New York City law firm.
As a professor at Penn State Dickinson, Professor Kane continues to draw upon her scientific and legal backgrounds, teaching a range of courses that blend the latest scientific advancements and fast-paced legal developments in biotechnology, the Internet, patent law, and evidence. Her scholarship is focused on biotechnology, including such issues as gene patenting and DNA evidence. Professor Kane is registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Colin Neill
Great Valley

Colin J. Neill, associate professor of software engineering and assistant division head of engineering and information science, earned his Ph.D. in software and systems engineering, M.Sc. in communication systems, and B.Eng. in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea, United Kingdom. He teaches a wide range of software and systems engineering courses in object-oriented analysis and design, software architecture, project management, telecommunications, and IT strategy. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Neill worked on manufacturing systems and engineering management with University of Wales Swansea, Oxford University, the Rover Car Company, and British Aerospace. He has written more than sixty articles on software design, architecture, process, and management. He is a senior member of the IEEE and IET and a Chartered Engineer in the UK. He currently serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief of "Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering: A NASA Journal"

Allan Sonsteby

Dr. Sonsteby has more than 20 years experience in research and development, research management, systems engineering, and federal acquisition in academic, industrial, and government environments. During his career, Dr. Sonsteby has performed as the Principle Investigator as well as the Program Manager for Basic Research (6.1) through Advanced Technology (6.3) programs in the areas of electromagnetics, signal processing, communications, and information. From July 2001 until June 2002, Dr. Sonsteby assumed the position of Chief Scientist for the Naval Information Warfare Activity, Washington, DC. From 2002-2004, Dr. Sonsteby served as a Senior Scientist for the Commander Naval Security Group. Dr. Sonsteby has also served as the Chairman and U.S. representative to several NATO Technical Panels.
During his tenure at ARL, Dr. Sonsteby has firmly established ARL as a Center of Excellence for Communications and Information technology within the Navy, DoD, and Intelligence Community. He presently has overall responsibility for approximately $45M annually of sponsored research. Previously, Dr. Sonsteby was selected to attend a highly prestigious 2-week intensive course on Program Acquisition and Management. Recently, Dr. Sonsteby has conducted and led research projects for a variety of sponsors including the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and other DoD/IC agencies as well as industry.

Raghu Sangwan
Great Valley

Raghvinder S. Sangwan is an Assistant Professor of Software Engineering in the Engineering Division at Pennsylvania State University’s Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies in Malvern, PA. He joined PSU in 2003 after a 7+ year career in industry, where he worked mostly with large software-intensive systems in the domains of healthcare, automation, transportation and mining. His teaching and research involves analysis, design, and development of software systems, their architecture, and automatic and semi-automatic approaches to assessment of their design and code quality. He has published a number of papers in these areas and is a coauthor of Global Software Development Handbook. He actively consults for Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, NJ and also holds a visiting scientist appointment at the Software Engineering Institute at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He received a PhD in Computer and Information Sciences from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 1997.

Sean Hallgren

Theory, Cryptography

Jun Shu
Smeal College of Business

Supply Chain, Business

Russell Barton
Smeal College of Business

Russell R. Barton is a professor in the Department of Supply Chain and Informations Systems in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State. He received his B.S.E.E. From Princeton University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in operations research from Cornell University. Before joining Penn State, Dr. Barton spent three years as a visiting faculty member at Cornell University, and eleven years in industry, most of that time at the RCA David Sarnoff Research Center. His research focus is on statistical methods applied to computer simulation and to information systems. He served as president of the INFORMS Simulation Society from 2004-2006 and as program chair for the 2007 Winter Simulation Conference.

Akhil Kumar
Smeal College of Business

Akhil Kumar is a professor of information systems at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has previously been on the faculties at Cornell University and the University of Colorado, and also spent one year at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. His research interests are in workflow systems, Web services, distributed information systems and intelligent systems. He has done pioneering work in data replication techniques and in advancement of XML based workflows. His work has appeared in Information Systems Research, Journal of MIS, Management Science, ACM Transactions on Database Management, IEEE Transactions, Decision Support Systems and INFORMS Journal on Computing. He has served on several editorial boards and program committees. Currently he is an Associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, and Information and Technology Management journals.

Susan Xu
Smeal College of Business

Dr. Susan H. Xu is Professor of Management Science and Supply Chain Management at Pennsylvania State University. She received her Master and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Dr. Xu’s primary research interests are centered on design, performance evaluation, simulation and optimization of stochastic operating systems and their applications in supply chain management and service systems, telecommunication, information technology, and reliability. In particular, she is interested in production and inventory control, stochastic scheduling, technology management, queueing control, Markov decision processes, maintenance policies and risk analysis in reliability systems, and stochastic ordering of multivariate stochastic processes.

Dan Koller

Network Security

Christopher Griffin
Research Associate, ARL/PSU

Dr. Griffin holds the Ph.D. Degree in Operations Research and a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a Research Associate at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at the Pennsylvania State University and an Adjunct Asst. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the ONR/NAVSEA Combined Hierarchical Environment for Tracking Anomalies with Hybrid Statistics (CHEETAH) program as well as a program on Deep Social Network Analysis funded by the United States Government.
Before joining ARL, he was a Wigner Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as the principal investigator for the "Contradiction Based Logic Approach to Hypothesis Generation" program, sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency. He was the co-principal investigator for the "Learning and Prediction for Enhanced Readiness and Decision Making" program, sponsored by ONR. Dr. Griffin was the principal investigator for the laboratory directed research and development program, "Inferring Group Social Dynamics via Psycho-Textual and Communications Flow Analysis" which began in FY2009.
Before joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dr. Griffin worked with the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State for almost seven years as a staff engineer. During this time he served as a Principle System Architect for the "JFACC/IEIST" Program sponsored by DARPA and the Boeing Company. He also served as the test bed coordinator for the ARO "Emergent Surveillance Plexus" MURI as well as the mathematical modeling coordinator for the ONR "Mobile Ubiquitous Security Environment" URI. Before leaving ARL, Dr. Griffin was the Co-PI for the ONR Funded "Learning and Prediction for Enhanced Readiness and Decision Making" program, which transitioned with him to ORNL.
Dr Griffin is also the co-editor of the book, Sensor Network Operations, published by IEEE Press in 2006. His published work has been cited over 180 times.