Program Leadership


Interim Program Director, Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brown University

Timothy H. Edgar is a former national security and intelligence official, cybersecurity expert, privacy lawyer and civil liberties activist. Edgar joined the American Civil Liberties Union shortly before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and spent five years fighting in Congress against abuses in the “war on terror.”  He left the ACLU to try to make a difference by going inside America’s growmore

Executive Director, Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Plastech Professor of Computer Science
Director, Center for Geometric Computing
Brown University

Roberto Tamassia is the Plastech Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. His research focuses on computer security, applied cryptography, analysis, design, and implementation of algorithms, graph drawing, mobile data management, and computational geometry. In addition to cryptographic foundations, access control, and authentication, Professor Tamassia’s expertise in cybersecurity includmore
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Faculty Members


Adjunct Professor of Engineering
Brown University
Allio Associates

Robert Allio brings to the program leadership experience developed over a career as a senior executive, management consultant, author, professor, and business school dean. Professor Allio helps students forge a personal model of leadership based on principles and practice revealed through contemporary management theory, history, literature, politics, and psychology. His students learn how leaders build more

Principal Analyst
Innovative Decisions, Inc.

Dr. Elise Axelrad is a Principal Analyst at Innovative Decisions, Incorporated. She received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Duke University, with a focus on Judgment and Decision Making. She has 15 years of experience in modeling in the area of judgment and decision making, leading projects in adversarial modeling for insider threat, integrating personality and situation in models of radical leader and groumore

Leadership and Ethics Instructor, Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Brown University
Director of Ethics and Emerging Military Technology Graduate Certificate Program
U.S. Naval War College

Dr. Tom Creely is Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics, College of Operational and Strategic Leadership, at the United States Naval War College. Most recently, Dr. Creely was the lead on implementing the Naval War College’s first-ever graduate certificate in Ethics and Emerging Military Technology. The groundbreaking program is designed to deepen expertise in the ethical complexities imposed by more

Research Director, Usable Security & Privacy Group
International Computer Science Institute
Research Scientist, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley

Serge Egelman is Research Director of the Usable Security & Privacy Group at the International Computer Science Institute and leads the Berkeley Laboratory for Usable and Experimental Security (BLUES) within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at the University of California, Berkeley. Serge’s research focuses on the intersection of privacy, computer security,more

Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity
Brown University

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Robinson+Cole Business Litigation Group and chairs the firm’s Data Privacy+Security Team. Ms. Freedman focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. She counsels clients on state and fmore

An Wang Professor of Computer Science
Brown University

Maurice Herlihy has an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from M.I.T. He has served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University and the staff of DEC Cambridge Research Lab. He is the recipient of the 2003 Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing, the 2004 Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science, the 2008 ISCA influential paper award, the 2012 Edsger W. Dijksmore

Associate Faculty Director, Data Privacy, Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity
Brown University
Hurley Consulting

Deborah Hurley is the Principal of the consulting firm she founded in 1996, which advises companies, governments, international organizations, civil society, and foundations on advanced science and technology policy. At Harvard University, she is a Fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Global Innovation Policy Fellow of the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECmore

Associate Professor, Computer Science
Brown University

Seny Kamara is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. Prior to joining Brown, he was a Researcher in the Cryptography Research Group at Microsoft Research. His research interests are in cryptography and security with a focus on privacy issues in surveillance, cloud computing and databases. Along with collaborators, his influential work on encrypted search algorithms, attacks andmore

Associate Faculty Director, Software Security, Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Professor of Computer Science
Brown University

Shriram Krishnamurthi is a Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. In the space of cybersecurity, he has three foci: Web security, especially through the medium of programming languages; configuration security, especially for servers and networks; and usability aspects of security, with an emphasis on mobile and social aspects. Professor Krishnamurthi has won the ACM’s SIGPLAN Robin Milmore

Security Consultant

Patrick Laverty is a member of the Global Services Penetration Testing Team at Rapid7, a company headquartered in Boston, MA. Previously, Patrick was the team lead of the Security Incident Response Team for Akamai Technologies in Cambridge. Patrick is the main organizer of two local security meeting groups, the Rhode Island chapter of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and Defcon401, the more

Associate Faculty Director, Cryptography, Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Professor of Computer Science
Brown University

Anna Lysyanskaya is a professor of Computer Science at Brown University in the area of cryptography. Her pioneering research is driving the industry toward security solutions that balance the needs for privacy with accountability. In collaboration with other academics, Professor Lysyanskaya spearheaded advancements in cryptography that enable computer systems to authenticate users anonymously.   Leadingmore

Public Speaking Consultant

Jennifer Madden received her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Brown University where she serves as public speaking consultant for the summer Leadership Institute, the Executive Masters in Science and Technology Leadership, and leads a communications intensive for pre-college English language learners. Professor Madden is a faculty member of Providence College’s Theatre, Dance and Film depamore

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Brown University

Tim Nelson is an Assistant Professor (Research) of Computer Science at Brown University. His research focuses on user-facing formal methods, particularly in security-related applications such as network configuration and policy management. With collaborators at Brown and WPI, he has led projects including Margrave (policy and configuration analysis) and Flowlog (verifiable and analyzable software-definemore

Director of Writing Studies at SPS and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Brown University

M.T. Nezam-Mafi is the Director of Writing Studies at SPS and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Brown.  He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Brown and a Ph.D. in English literature from Boston University. He has taught expository writing at Harvard, and expository writing and creative nonfiction at Brown and Becker College. At Becker, he served on the Interim President’s Amore

Academic Director, Computer Science and Technology, Executive Master in Cybersecurity
Adjunct Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science
Brown University

Bernardo Palazzi is Academic Director for Computer Science and Technology in the Executive Master in Cybersecurity program and Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Computer Science at Brown University. His research interests include computer security and privacy, network security, cloud security, and security visualization. He also collaborates in the undergraduate computer security more

Visiting Professor of the Practice
Brown University
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Board of Regents appointed Ravi Pendse, Ph.D. as vice president for information technology and chief information officer effective August 1, 2018. Dr. Pendse serves as an executive officer of the university and provides university-wide leadership and strategic direction for information technology. Dr. Pendse has extensive experience as a successful and collaborative universitmore

Associate Faculty Director, Technology and Policy, Executive Master in Cybersecurity
An Wang Professor Emeritus
Brown University

John Savage is the An Wang Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. His current research interests are cybersecurity technology and policy, reliable computation with unreliable components, computational nanotechnology, efficient cache management on multicore chips, and I/O complexity. Professor Savage is a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Associatmore

Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Computer Science
Brown University

Alan Usas is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science for the Executive Master in Cybersecurity program at Brown University. The program equips industry leaders to address the global, technical, and policy challenges of cybersecurity issues. Alan is responsible for coordinating the work of academic, professional, and administrative personnel to establish the program and to achieve success and growth. Eamore
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