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I believe that most students aspire to success, and can be inspired to generate truly novel and important research. Mentoring and training doctoral students, therefore, gives me great pleasure. The bond between doctoral students and their advisors is special, and unlike the bond between co-workers, it often lasts for life. Students depend on their advisors to behave ethically and magnanimously. I hold myself to the highest ethical standards in all such relationships. When I joined the University, I committed myself to the belief that all doctoral students possess the same innate ability.

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered. — Jean Piaget

While I still believe that, I have come to realize that disparities in training and motivation will have an enormous impact on the quality of individual achievements. Part of my job, as advisor, is to seek to rectify these shortcomings wherever possible. As I have mentored and advised more students, my criteria in assessing their potential for doctoral work has evolved. I believe that the journey through the doctoral program is long and arduous, with few successes along the way, and several disappointments. One of the important roles of an advisor is to keep students motivated, especially during periods of adversity. I am committed to my doctoral students, and work hard to ensure their success by advising them, and providing them with the resources and help that they need.

Current Students

Ersin Dincelli 
ersin-dinselliErsin Dincelli is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Informatics and an adjunct professor in the Department of Information Technology Management at the University at Albany, the State University of New York. He works as a research analyst at the New York State Center for Information Forensics and Assurance (CIFA) focusing on multiple research projects including investigating cultural and socio-psychological impacts on information security behavior, behavioral differences on online social networks, and self-organization in the context of complex traffic systems. He received his M.B.A. with a specialization in Information Technology Management from the University at Albany, and his B.A. in Economics from Uludag University in Turkey. His research interests are in the area of behavioral security, social engineering, cyber behavior, and social media.

William Augustine,
waugustineResearch Interests: computer and network security, intrusion detection and prevention, and risk analysis Projects: CyberInnovation Lab, Deceptions in Corporate Disclosure
William works for the UAlbany Department of Computer Science as the UNIX Systems Administrator, and is a part-time student in the third year of the Information Science PhD program. His primary area of specialization is Information Assurance with a secondary specialization in Information in Organizational Environments. Research interests include computer and network security, intrusion detection and prevention, and risk analysis. William earned his BS in Economics, MS in Computer Science, MBA, and Certificate of Graduate Study in information Security all from the University at Albany.

Nicholas Rizzo

Nicholas Rizzo’s research interests are in Privacy and Security; specifically in insider threat detection and privacy preserving techniques for CyberPhysical systems. 

Damira Pon

James McGaughan

Julia Turner