2001 Research Symposium Speaker Bios

CERIAS Director - Eugene H. Spafford
photo Eugene Spafford is a Professor of Computer Sciences at Purdue University, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. His current research interests are primarily in the areas of information security, computer crime investigation and information ethics. He also has an appointment as a Professor of Philosophy at Purdue. Spaf (as he is known to his friends, colleagues, and students) is director of CERIAS (Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security).

CERIAS Assistant Director - Andra Boehning
photo Andra Boehning is the Assistant Director for the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University. She is responsible for strategic planning and subsequent structuring of complimentary programs to ensure center growth, maturation, and funding. Her expertise is in forging strategic alliances between industry, academia, and the Federal and state governments. She joined Purdue in 1995 and was named the CERIAS Manager for External Relations at the center's inception in 1998. She was promoted to Assistant Director of CERIAS in 1999. Prior to her tenure at Purdue, she worked in fund raising, marketing and promotions. Mrs. Boehning holds a BS degree in Communication and Marketing.

Keynote - Steve Chapin, Center for Systems Assurance
Syracuse University

photo Steve Chapin received a dual B.S. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Heidelberg College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University. He has served on the faculties of Kent State University and the University of Virginia, and is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Syracuse University. At Syracuse, he serves as Director of the Center for Systems Assurance, which was recently selected as an NSA Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education. In addition, he heads the Rome AFRL Red Team, which performs ethical hacking to test DARPA research projects. His research focuses on the applied side of computer and network security and information assurance, including security auditing, intrusion detection, and Red Teaming (ethical hacking).

Ravi Mazumdar
photo Ravi Mazumdar is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research interests include telecommunication networks, signal processing, applied probability, queuing systems, and stochastic control.

Jens Palsberg
photo Jens Palsberg is an Associate Professor of Computer Sciences at Purdue University. His research interests are programming languages, compilers, software engineering, and software security.

Bharat Bhargava
photo Bharat Bhargava is a Professor of Computer Sciences at Purdue University. His research involves both theoretical and experimental studies in distributed systems. His current interests are in secure mobile systems, multimedia security and QoS as a security parameter.

Ananth Grama
photo Ananth Grama is an Assistant Professor Computer Sciences at Purdue University. His research interests span the areas of parallel and distributed computing architectures, algorithms, and applications. He has also been working on fast algorithms for data compression and analysis.

Shailendra Mehta
photo Shailendra Mehta is the Director of Krannert Entrepreneurship Initiative and Co director of Purdue E-commerce Research Center at Purdue University. His primary research interests are in the areas of the theory of organizations, information economics, and labor economics.

Victor Raskin
photo Victor Raskin is a Professor of Linguistics and Coordinator of the Natural Language Processing Laboratory, School of Liberal Arts, Purdue University. His interests include linguistic and semantic theory and their respective applications, computational semantics, world and lexical knowledge acquisition, and humor theory.

Mikhail Atallah
photo Mikhail Atallah is a Professor of Computer Sciences at Purdue University. His current research interests are information security and algorithms (in particular for geometric and parallel computation).

Arif Ghafoor
photo Arif Ghafoor is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He has been actively engaged in research areas related to parallel and distributed computing, and multimedia information systems.

Marie Thursby
photo Marie Thursby is the Burton D. Morgan Chair of International Policy and Management. and is the Director of Technology Transfer Initiative at Purdue University. She is also the founder and principal investigator of the Purdue Innovation Realization Laboratory.

Shimon Nof
photo Shimon Nof is a Professor of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. Professor Nof has been with Purdue since 1977. His current research focus is on computer-supported integration and collaboration of distributed work.

Carl Botan
photo Carl Botan is an Associate Professor of Communication at Purdue University. His research interests focus on the positive and negative effects that can result when organizations and publics seek to exert influence in their communication environments.