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List of Fellows (2)




Dr. Shankar Banik is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Computer Science, and Co-director for Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel. He received B.Tech. (Hons.) degree in Computer science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, in 1997 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from University of Oklahoma in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Banik has been leading cybersecurity education and research programs at The Citadel since 2011. He was instrumental in designing the minor in cybersecurity for undergraduate program at The Citadel and cybersecurity specialization for M.S. in Computer Science, and graduate certificate program in cybersecurity for the joint graduate program offered by The Citadel and College of Charleston. He has designed and taught cybersecurity courses for introductory and advanced levels both for undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Banik is the Program Director for The Citadel’s designation of Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education from National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. His research interests include network security, multicast protocols, overlay networks, and cybersecurity education. He has published numerous research papers on computer networks and security in journals and conference proceedings. He has served as a research mentor for 12 undergraduate students and 6 graduate students in several research projects in computer science and cybersecurity which has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications. He is the student advisor for The Citadel ACM Club and The Citadel Cybersecurity Club. He was the Principal Investigator for the GenCyber Grant “CyberCitadel” awarded by National Security Agency and National Science Foundation in 2016 for organizing a summer workshop on cybersecurity at The Citadel for Middle/High School Teachers. He received The Citadel Graduate College Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions in 2014 and an Award of Recognition from The Citadel Board of Visitors in 2016 for his contributions to academics at The Citadel.



Carl J. Jensen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies Program at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. Dr. Jensen’s research interests center around the future of policing, evidence-based methods for intelligence analysis, and the nexus between extremism and terrorism. Prior to his career in academe, Dr. Jensen served as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has instructed throughout the world and is the author of over 70 articles, books, book chapters and technical reports.


External Members



Ms. Tonya Davis, Instructor, Network Systems Management, Trident Technical College


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Dr. Daniel "Adrian" Doss, Associate Professor, College of Business and Technology, University of West Alabama

Dr. Daniel “Adrian” Doss is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at the University of West Alabama.  He oversees the institution’s homeland security program and courses.  His two-decade career has spanned periods in the defense industry, the commercial sector, and academia. He currently serves as a Colonel in the Mississippi State Guard in the position of G2 Chief Intelligence Officer.  He earned a BS degree from Mississippi State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Arts in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University, and a Master of Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  He received a Ph.D. in business administration from Northcentral University and a D.Litt. et. Phil. in police science from the University of South Africa. 





Dr. Csilla Farkas, Associate Professor and Director of Center for Information Assurance Engineering, University of South Carolina

Csilla Farkas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the Information Security Laboratory at the University of South Carolina (USC).  Dr. Farkas received her Ph.D. from George Mason University, Virginia in 2000.  She led the efforts to develop a nationally recognized information assurance program and to achieve the designation of USC as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education and Research.  Dr. Farkas’ research interests include database management, information security, data inference problems, and financial and legal analysis of cyber crime, and security and privacy on the Semantic Web.  Dr. Farkas actively publishes and participates in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals. 


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Dr. Xenia Mountrouidou, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, College of Charleston

Xenia Mountrouidou is currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, Department of Computer Science. Previously she was an Assistant Professor at Wofford College and Jacksonville University. She was a post-doc researcher at the College of William and Mary. She held a position as a Software Engineer for the WebSphere Application Server Performance team at IBM, Research Triangle Park. She received her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, Department of Computer Science. She received Master’s of Science from the Department of Computer Engineering at the University of Patras. She is the lead PI for the NSF funded project “Broadening the Path to the STEM Profession through Cybersecurity Learning”. Her research interest is around computer network security, software defined networking, and the internet of things. She has authored scholarly papers in the areas of performance modeling, computer networks, embedded computer architectures, and computer network security.

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Dr. Valerie Sessions, Chair, Computer Science Department, Charleston Southern University

Valerie Sessions serves as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Charleston Southern University. She is also employed by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Atlantic as a computer scientist. Her research interests include data quality, video management systems, and video analytics. She received her doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Carolina. She serves on several advisory committees including the Global Privacy and Information Quality Working Group (GPIQWG) of the US Department of Justice, Charleston Digital Corridor Board,  Charleston Women in Tech, and the Program Committee for the International Conference on Information Quality.  She was honored in 2014 by the Charleston Regional Business Journal as a Forty under Forty Award recipient for her work with in the community including First Baptist School Lego League, JR League of Charleston, Women in Tech, and CodeON.

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Dr. Jonathan Smith, Professor and Director of the Intelligence and National Security Program, Coastal Carolina University

Dr. Jonathan Smith joined the faculty of Coastal Carolina University in 2011. He teaches courses on intelligence, homeland security and national security strategy. Smith holds a doctorate in political science and a master's degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina where he specialized in National Security Decision Making. He also completed the Joint Professional Military Education curriculum at the Naval War College in 2009. Previously, Smith served as a Professor of Political Science at Presbyterian College where he spearheaded the creation of an International Studies major and the Teaching Excellence program. In addition to his work in academia, Smith served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for 23 years as an intelligence officer. His last assignment was as the commanding officer for an intelligence unit that supports the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Fla. He also deployed overseas in support of operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Citadel Members

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Dr. Jennifer Albert, STEM Center of Excellence 

Jennifer Albert is currently the Director of The STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel and an Assistant Professor in the Zucker Family School of Education. The STEM Center strives to promote an interest and understanding of the STEM fields by employing research-based best practices to ensure all students K-20 are prepared to succeed in the 21st century workforce. She received her Ph.D. in Science Education and B.S. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Austin Peay State University. She also specializes in STEM educational evaluation and research with an emphasis on K-16 computer science education, science education, educational assessment, and STEM classroom implementation. She has worked on several grants specializing in broadening participation of underrepresented minorities, particularly in rural schools. Dr. Albert also taught high school science and both undergrad and graduate courses at NCSU, helping to convert the science education Master's program to be completely online.

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Dr. Carl Betterton, School of Business 

Carl E. Betterton is a registered professional engineer and Associate Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University, an MBA at The Citadel, and a Ph.D. in Operations from the University of Georgia. His areas of research, expertise, and publication include operations, modelling and simulation, lean and six sigma process improvement, theory of constraints, product and service quality management, project management, design and construction management. Dr. Betterton has over twenty years experience in construction, program, and project management with DOD. At The Citadel since 2005, his teaching has included Operations and Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics, Project Management, and Quality Management at the undergraduate and MBA levels. He also trains in basic and advanced aspects of spreadsheet (Excel) use and modeling. Dr. Betterton is a consultant and expert in Monte Carlo and discrete event simulation. He is founder and owner of KB-Analytics, LLC.



Dr. Kurt Boughan, Department of History

Kurt Boughan (Ph.D., U. of Iowa, 2006) is the department specialist in Early Modern Europe and the History of Science and Medicine. His research interests are later medieval Italian scholastic medical theory and early Renaissance Italian urban culture. He has published in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching and Medieval Perspectives.



Mr. Michael Brady, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Brady, USA, (RET), earned his MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in Washington, DC in 2003. His classified thesis focused on the current and emerging issues confronting China and Taiwan and Taiwan’s ability to retain sovereignty into the future. He was published in the Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin (MIPB) in July 2000 where he focused on the critical tasks an intelligence officer must perform to excel and be an integral member of a combat team. He has performed a wide variety of tactical and strategic intelligence functions including long range surveillance, interrogation, predictive analysis, collection management, emergency operations, and intelligence production. He served as the Director, Presidential Emergency Operations Center in the White House from January 2001 until July 2002 under President George W. Bush. LTC Brady is a 1990 graduate of The Citadel, Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, US Army Airborne School and US Army Ranger School. His areas of expertise include emerging intelligence threats, intelligence collection systems and programs, intelligence successes and failures, and intelligence support to national policy making.



Dr. Melissa Graves, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies 

Melissa Graves is an Assistant Professor in Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel. Her research areas relate to intelligence and security studies and include legal issues, religious fundamentalism, the US presidency’s relationship to the intelligence community, and intelligence analysis. She teaches a variety of courses on intelligence and legal issues. Her dissertation, “Nixon’s FBI: The Bureau in Crisis,” evaluated the historically complex and oftentimes fraught relationships between the President, Attorney General, and FBI Director. Dr. Graves has published articles in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, IALEIA Journal of Intelligence AnalysisSocial Science QuarterlyJournal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, and Security Journal. She authored a chapter on FBI historiography in Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945 (Edinburgh University Press, eds. Christopher R. Moran and Christopher J. Murphy, 2012). She is a coauthor of Introduction to Intelligence Studies (CRC Press, Carl Jensen, David McElreath, and Melissa Graves, 2012). Prior to her position at The Citadel, Dr. Graves served in a variety of functions at The University of Mississippi’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, including most recently as Interim Director. She has presented at the International Studies Association, the Five Eyes Analytic Workshop, and the International Association for Intelligence Education. Dr. Graves also serves as an American Council on Education faculty evaluator for military programs in the field of intelligence studies. Prior to beginning work at CISS in 2008, Ms. Graves held internships at the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office and King’s College London’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research. She retains inactive bar status in Texas.




Dr. Ron Hayne, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Ron Hayne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Before joining the faculty at The Citadel in 2006, Colonel Hayne served 26 years in the U.S. Army. Highlights of his military career include positions at Space and Strategic Defense Command, Army Research Laboratory, and the National Security Space Architect. Dr. Hayne's acdemic experience also includes four years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy and six years as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. His research interests include computer architecture and hardware description languages. He is the author of several journal articles and a texbook chapter: Design of an Instructional Processor. Dr. Hayne teaches a wide range of courses including the required freshman Introduction to Electrical Engineering, sophomore Digital Systems Engineering, and senior electives in Advanced Digital Systems and Computer Architecture. 



Dr. Kristy Johnson, Department of Biology 

Kristy Y. Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Gardner-Webb University and her Ph.D. in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Johnson’s research interests include the West Nile Virus, antibacterial activity in citrus extracts, and stress-related hormone levels in college students.  She teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate biology courses and authored a textbook for undergraduate Bioterrorism courses. 

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Dr. Deepti Joshi, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Dr. Deepti Joshi is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Dr. Joshi teaches introductory programming courses, database courses, as well as advanced topics such as data mining and data warehousing. She has been supervising students on geo-spatial big-data analysis research projects. Recently Dr. Joshi has been awarded the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Academic Research Program (NARP) NURI grant. As a part of this, she is leading a team of computer and social scientists (from University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and graduate and under-graduate students to conduct research with news media sources, social media sources, and other national level statistics based datasets to develop algorithms and a system to anticipate social unrest in the Indian sub-continent region. Dr. Joshi is also the director for The Citadel’s STEM Ambassador program. As part of that program, she conducts workshops on the latest computer science topics such as big data and mobile programming for middle school and high school teachers. She also coordinates and plans all the other workshops conducted by other faculty in the STEM fields. In addition, Dr. Joshi is also working in areas of cyber-security education and computer science education with colleagues at The Citadel.


  Dr. Antara Mukherejee, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 
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Dr. Jordana Navarro, Department of Criminal Justice 

Jordana Navarro graduated with her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Central Florida in 2013. Her research interests are cybercrime, intimate partner abuse, victimology, and sexual violence. She also has teaching interests in homicide and mapping analysis. She has published on these topics in a variety of journals, and her most recent work focuses on the male sexual assault survivor. Additionally, she has authored books on criminological theory as well as how domestic abuse manifests in virtual environments. She lives in Charleston with her husband and two sons.


Dr. Jack Porter, Department of Political Science 

Originally from the Hudson Valley, NY, Dr. Jack J. Porter is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at The Citadel where he teaches courses on international relations, comparative politics, U.S. national security policy, theories of peace and war and international law. Currently Dr. Porter is working on several projects that include: civil-military relations in the transition to democracy (with current research focusing on Afghanistan), counterinsurgency strategies and power, and religion in democratic militaries. Over the past few years, Dr. Porter has spent time in South Africa, Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium conducting research related to the above projects. Dr. Porter received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Colgate University in 1988, a Masters of International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1990, and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his doctoral graduate studies at UC Berkeley, Dr. Porter was a Presidential Management Intern (PMI) with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, DoD (1991-1993).


Dr. Jason Skinner, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jason S. Skinner is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University.  Dr. Skinner’s research interests include mobile wireless communication systems and networks and information theory applications, including error-control coding and cryptography.  He has served as a senior engineer consultant with various organizations, including Scientific Research Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation, and the Medical University of South Carolina.


Dr. Zheng Sun, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 

Dr. Jonathan Zheng Sun is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He has been teaching computer science core courses from introductory level through graduate level. He has been coaching student teams for ACM programming competitions. His research interests are in data structures and algorithms and their applications in security, biology, visualization, etc. He has published over 30 peer reviewed papers and advised numerous research students. His research has been supported by NSF, HHS, and NASA.


Dr. Michael Verdicchio, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 

Dr. Michael Verdicchio is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, which he joined in 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a B.S.E. in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University, in Temple Arizona. Michael teaches computer science students at all levels, from first semester freshmen to working professionals in the evening graduate program. His current research interests cross cybersecurity education, algorithms, and software engineering. His previous research projects have also been in the area of computational biology and bioinformatics. Michael serves the college and department in various roles, including as the faculty academic advisor to Charlie Company in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Michael is a Professional Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 



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