Faculty, Instructors & Staff

Faculty

Victor Fay-Wolfe, Ph.D.
Professor, Computer Science and Statistics
University of Rhode Island

Dr. Victor Fay-Wolfe is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where he has been since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fay-Wolfe founded URI's Digital Forensics Program, a national leader in digital forensics academic programs, which includes an undergraduate and graduate curriculum, a research program, and a service center. He has obtained over $10M in federal research grants and published over 100 professional articles and books. [read more]


Lisa DiPippo, Ph.D.
Professor, Computer Science and Statistics
University of Rhode Island

Dr. Lisa DiPippo is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island. She earned her BS in Computer Science at Lafayette College, and her MS and PhD in Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics respectively at URI. She is the Academic Director of the Cyber Security Program in the DFCSC. She has lead the efforts to obtain the NSA/DHS designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. [read more]


Edmund Lamagna, Ph. D.
Professor, Computer Science and Statistics
University of Rhode Island

Edmund (Ed) A. Lamagna is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island, where he has served on the faculty since 1976. For 16 years of his tenure at URI, he served as chair the university's Department of Computer Science and Statistics. Dr. Lamagna received a combined A.B.-Sc.B. in 1970, an Sc.M. in Electrical Engineering in 1971, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in 1975, all from Brown University. He was a member of technical staff at Mitre Corporation from 1975-76 and spent sabbatical leaves at Amherst College, the Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics, and Brown University. He served as major professor for 24 graduated M.S. students and 5 Ph.Ds. [read more]


Natallia V. Katenka, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Statistics
University of Rhode Island

Dr. Natallia Katenka received her B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) in Computer Science and her M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Belarusian State University in 2003 and 2004, respectively. She completed her Ph.D. degree in Statistics at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 2009. She joined the University of Rhode Island in 2012, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Statistics. [read more]


Yan Sun, Ph. D.
Professor, Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering
University of Rhode Island

Yan (Lindsay) Sun received her B.S. degree with the highest honor from Peking University in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland in 2004. She joined the University of Rhode Island in 2004, where she is currently a professor in the department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering. [read more]


Haibo He, Ph. D.
Professor, Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering
University of Rhode Island

Dr. He is currently the Robert Haas Endowed Chair Professor at the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI). He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, in 1999 and 2002, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University (Athens, OH) in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ). [read more]


Instructors

Daniel Dickerman
Technical Advisor & Director of Training
IRS Criminal Investigation, Electronic Crimes

Daniel Dickerman is a Special Agent and the Technical Advisor and Director of Training for the IRS Criminal Investigation Electronic Crimes program. Dickerman is a criminal investigator and was trained by the U.S. Treasury Computer Forensic Training Program as a computer forensic examiner. Throughout his career, he has been extensively trained in digital evidence recovery, networks, computer security, intrusion investigations, and many other areas, and has conducted thousands of forensic examinations. [read more]


Staff

Kevin Bryan, Ph.D.
Lead Research Coordinator
University of Rhode Island

Dr. Kevin Bryan has been the Lead Research Coordinator for all Digital Forensics related research projects preformed at the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center since 2006. He has a BS, MS, and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to his academic degrees, he also has an extensive background in programming, Windows and Linux systems administration, networking, and security. [read more]


Jacob Fonseca
Project Coordinator
University of Rhode Island

Jacob Fonseca has been working at the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center since 2009. He has an MS in Computer Science and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to his academic background he has also received extensive training from AccessData, Mobile Forensics Inc., Guidance Software, and other industry leading training companies. [read more]


Michael Khalfayan
Associate Director of Information Security
University of Rhode Island

Michael Khalfayan is the Associate Director of Information Security at the University of Rhode Island. He earned his BS in Computer Information Systems at Bryant University. He is a high-performance, results-oriented Security Director with a strong background of designing, implementing, and maintaining complex LAN / WAN enterprise network security solutions. He has over 15 years of expertise in overseeing technology improvement initiatives, aligning technology services to optimize system resources, and implementing proven IT security solutions and policies to maintain data integrity and comply with regulatory standards. [read more]