Crosslink Spring 2012 Contributors
First published Spring 2012, Crosslink® magazine
Jandria S. Alexander, Principal Director, Cyber Security Subdivision, joined Aerospace in 1992. She leads cyber and information assurance architecture definition, technology assessments, vulnerability and countermeasures experiments, cyber command and control and security engineering and acquisition for DOD, the intelligence community, and civil customers. She has a B.S. in computer science from Brandeis University and an M.S. in technology management from American University.
Kenneth B. Elliott III, Principal Engineering Specialist, Computer Science and Technology Subdivision, has more than 25 years of experience in information assurance. Since 1985 he has been involved with commercial product evaluations for the NSA. Elliott is currently performing validation activities for the National Information Assurance Partnership’s Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS) using the Common Criteria. He has written parts of the Common Criteria and Common Evaluation Methodology, several protection profiles and security targets, and is currently supporting CCEVS creating community-based program plans, policies, and procedures. Elliot is active in the DOD and intelligence community certification and accreditation programs performing tests, system analysis, and risk analysis. Elliott has a B.S. in computer engineering and an M.S. in electrical science, both from the University of Michigan.
Frank C. Belz, Senior Project Leader, Cyber Security Subdivision, has more than 40 years of experience in software and systems engineering. Belz has specialized in programming language design, software and systems development environments, mobile ad hoc networking with software-defined radios, and information assurance and cybersecurity. He joined Aerospace in 2009 to facilitate corporate cyber strategic development. He is a member of IEEE, AIAA, and the International Council on Systems Engineering. Belz has an M.S. in computer science from Purdue University.
Rami R. Razouk, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology Group, joined Aerospace in 1988. Razouk is vice-chair of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and has contributed to many of its cyber studies. Prior to joining Aerospace, Razouk was an assistant professor of information and computer science at University of California, Irvine. He has a B.S. in engineering and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA.
Judith S. Kerner, Senior Project Leader, Software Engineering Subdivision, joined Aerospace in 1990. She has worked with many programs on compliance with DOD strategy and policy for net-centricity, interface standardization, and open systems. Kerner has more than 35 years of experience in software architecture, software engineering, standards, and open systems in technical and management roles. She is founder and first chair of the annual Ground System Architectures Workshop. Kerner has an M.S. in computer science from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
Eltefaat Shokri, Senior Project Leader, Advanced Information Systems Technology Department, supports multiple programs in the areas of net-centric design, service-oriented architectures, and software architecture. Shokri was the GPS/OCX architecture team lead from 2007–2009. Before joining Aerospace in 2006, Shokri worked at Sun Microsystems.
John Nilles, Senior Engineering Specialist, Cyber Engineering Department, joined Aerospace in 2000. His work involves support to DOD and civilian customers, and he is the principal investigator on several cyber research and development programs. Nilles earned a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from the Catholic University of America and an M.S. in computer systems management from the University of Maryland University College.
Elizabeth L. Scruggs, Engineering Specialist, Cyber Engineering Department, began working at Aerospace in 2004 supporting the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). She later joined the Cyber Engineering Department to assist with the application of cybersecurity techniques for national security space programs. She has an M.S. in information security and assurance from George Mason University and a Chief Information Officer Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jason P. Andryuk, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Cyber Engineering Department, joined Aerospace in 2004. His research includes computer security issues in steganography, network protocols, and virtualization. He has a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Maryland.
Philip A. Dafesh, Department Director, Digital Communication Implementation Department, joined Aerospace in 1987. He leads the development and application of software-defined radio technology for Air Force, NRO, and civil and commercial systems, and has led several research and development efforts on software-defined radio technology, cognitive radios, cognitive antijam systems, and wireless communications. Dafesh has 48 publications, five patents, and two patents pending in the areas of cognitive antijam receivers, communication and navigation signal processing, receiver implementation, and signal design. Dafesh has an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA and a B.S. in physics and electrical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. He is a member of IEEE, The Institute of Navigation, Sigma Pi, and Tau Beta Pi.
Kirstie L. Bellman, Principal Scientist, Computers and Software Division, joined Aerospace in 1985. Bellman worked as DARPA program manager for the Domain-Specific Software Architectures Program, contributed to mathematically based language projects, and has worked on computer-aided education and training initiatives. She received an award for excellence from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for this work. Bellman is a member of the National Institutes of Health scientific advisory board and the National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics, and is an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow. She has published research in cognitive science, neuroscience, and computer science. To develop new cybersecurity approaches, Bellman’s recent work combines reflective architectures with European approaches that emphasize the self-organizational properties of biologically inspired architectures and operating systems.
Brad Wilkins, Member of the Technical Staff, Cyber Engineering Department, has more than 17 years of experience in information technology. He is currently assisting in the development of a wireless laboratory to identify vulnerabilities in current and future wireless technologies, and developing strategies to mitigate these risks. Wilkins has a B.S. in computer science from Ohio University and an M.S. in information systems technology from George Washington University.
Joshua Train, Manager, Network Architectures and Simulation Department, leads and participates in various networking-related simulation, architecture, and prototyping projects for the Air Force and NRO. He joined Aerospace in 2007. Train earned a B.S. in computer science from Biola University, and an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Southern California.
Daniel Faigin, Senior Engineering Specialist, Information Assurance Technology Department, has more than 27 years of computer security experience. He was an architect of BLACKER, an early U.S. Department of Defense computer network security project. Faigin joined Aerospace in 1988 and led security architecture and analysis efforts for the NSA Trusted Product Evaluation Project as well as the international Common Criteria project. He has authored numerous reports on information assurance guidance, including an in-depth analysis of DoDI 8500.2. He has a B.S. in mathematics and computer science and an M.S. in computer science from UCLA.
Deborah Shands, Senior Engineering Specialist, Information Assurance Technology Department, joined Aerospace in 2004. She has provided systems security engineering support to a wide range of national security space systems. Her research focuses on scalable computer and network security for net-centric computing. She has an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer and information science from Ohio State University.
Charles H. Lavine, Director, Information Assurance Technology Department, has worked at Aerospace for more than 20 years in information assurance. He has participated in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) product evaluation programs and performed information assurance engineering support for several national security space programs. Lavine has a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in computer science from California State University, Northridge.
Michael H. Cole, Member of the Technical Staff, Information Assurance Technology Department, has worked as a security engineering specialist at Aerospace for more than five years. Cole has worked on information assurance policy and implementation within MILSATCOM, GPS, and various launch and test range systems. He has been involved with many security tests and evaluations and has written security risk assessments. Cole has a B.S. in computer science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is pursuing an M.S. in systems architecting and engineering from the University of Southern California.
Jerome Myers, Senior Engineering Specialist, Cyber Engineering Department, has more than 27 years of experience as an information assurance/systems security engineer supporting DOD acquisitions. Prior to joining the FFRDC community, Myers spent eleven years performing research, managing computer resources, and teaching courses in computer science, mathematics, operations research, and statistics at Ohio Wesleyan University and the State University of New York, Albany. Myers has an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Deborah D. Downs, Senior Project Engineer, Information Assurance Technology Department, joined Aerospace in 1982 and retired in 2010. Downs worked as an evaluator and validator on the NSA National Computer Security Center’s Trusted Products Evaluation Program and the Common Criteria for most of her career and developed a national reputation as a database security expert. She was also involved in developing antispoofing technology for GPS. Downs has B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from Ohio State University, and earned a Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA.
Leslie L. Robinson, Senior Project Engineer, Space INFOSEC Directorate, joined Aerospace in 1998 following his retirement from the NSA. Robinson has more than 34 years of experience in space crypto acquisition and applications. At Aerospace, Robinson developed the concept for the National Space INFOSEC Steering Council (NSISC). He now serves on the NSISC executive committee helping government organizations work together in the identification and resolution of space crypto, INFOSEC, and information assurance concerns. Robinson has chaired the NSISC Space INFOSEC Symposium for the past nine years. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.