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Alexandria Campus

Margaret Leary, Ph.D.

CISSP, CIPP/G, CRISC, CICP, CEH
Program/Campus POC
mleary@nvcc.edu

Dr. Leary has more than 30 years of experience in IT (the most recent 12 in cybersecurity) and is a Senior Security Policy Advisor to government agencies in the Washington, D.C., area. She is the Cybersecurity Program Head for NOVA and teaches a variety of cybersecurity courses at the Alexandria Campus. Dr. Leary is a member of the National Cyberwatch Center Leadership team, where she serves as the Director of Curriculum, advocating for community college cybersecurity programs. She is also a member of Infragard, ISSA-NOVA and the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu.


Marouane Balmakhtar, Ph.D.

CISSP, ITIL, GCFA, GSNA, GCIH, GCIA
mbalmakhtar@nvcc.edu

Dr. Marouane Balmakhtar (Mar1) has worked in the Cybersecurity/Telco industry for over 12 years. He has held various roles in higher education, Cybersecurity, technology development, product support and operations, engineering, and consulting. He is a professor of Cybersecurity at NOVA and works as a Solutions Architect in a small research and development group at a major U.S. Telcom. Dr. Balmakhtar has a Doctor of Science in Cybersecurity/Information Assurance from the University of Fairfax. He also holds a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in Information Security from the University of Fairfax, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Old Dominion University. In addition, he holds multiple certifications such as CISSP and ITIL. Dr. Balmakhtar is CNSS 4011 and 4012 certified and has over 20 U.S. patents (including both pending and granted) in various areas of data analytics security, network security, network function virtualization, and software-defined networking.


Hatim Hussein, Ph.D.

CCNP Security, CCNP Routing, CCNA Security, Security+, CACI, MCSE
hshussein@nvcc.edu

Professor Hussein has a master's degree in Information Systems and a Graduate Certificate in Information Security Assurance from George Mason University. Professor Hussein teaches ITN 263 – Internet/Intranet Firewalls and ITN 260 – Network Security Basics (a Security+ prep) at the Alexandria Campus.


Jason McHuen

CISSP, CEH, CEI (Certified EC-Council Instructor), GWAPT, GXPN, Security+
jmchuen@nvcc.edu

Professor McHuen serves as the Senior Manager, IT/Cyber Security, for Parsons Corporation and holds a master’s degree in Information Technology Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He also teaches at Woodbridge Campus.


Kevin Reed

kreed@nvcc.edu

Professor Reed is an Associate Professor of Information Technology at NOVA. He teaches a variety of IT and security-specific programming special topics courses such as Gray Hat Hacking, and Developing Security Tools and Threat Analysis using Python. He has a master's in Information Technology from John Hopkins University. Professor Reed's research has included RFID and intelligent agents in security. He also served as a faculty mentor/coach for the CCDC and other cyber competitions.


Jamal Said

CISSP, CEH, CCNP, MCSE, ITIL
jsaid@nvcc.edu

Professor Said has more than 18 years of experience in IT and Cybersecurity. He spent 11 years of that time working as a Network Engineer, and the past seven years in cybersecurity within federal government training and working full-time as a U.S. federal government employee in a three-letter federal agency leading an end-to-end threat and risk modeling program. He has a M.S. in Telecommunications and a graduate certificate in network topologies and application from George Mason University. Professor Said teaches several cybersecurity courses at the Alexandria Campus. He is also a member of ISSA-NOVA.


Vincent Sritapan

CE|H, CCSK, ITIL
vsritapan@nvcc.edu

Sritapan is an adjunct assistant professor at the Alexandria Campus. He has a bachelor's in Information Systems from California State University Northridge, a master's in National Security Studies and an MBA in Information Assurance & Security Management from California State University San Bernardino. He is a Scholarship for Service CyberCorps alumnus and currently serves as an IT Specialist (InfoSec) with the Department of Homeland Security. Professor Sritapan is also a Faculty Coach for the NOVA Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) teams.


Joseph Travis Walker

CISSP, ITIL
jtwalker@nvcc.edu

Professor Walker is an enterprise architect with the U.S. Navy and an assistant professor at Marymount. He was the former Directory of Cybersecurity for the U.S. Navy. He graduated with a M.S. in Information Systems (Network Security/Data Mining) from George Mason University.


Steve Ward, Ph.D.

Security+, CEH
sward@nvcc.edu

Dr. Ward has 32 years of experience in IT/Security within federal government service. He has a master’s in Engineering Management from The George Washington University, a master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Troy University, and completed a Ph.D. from Capella University. Dr. Ward teaches ITN 260 - Network Security Basics at the Alexandria Campus.

Annandale Campus

Fernando Seminario (CEH)

Campus POC
fseminario@nvcc.edu

Professor Seminario teaches IT and security courses at the Annandale Campus. He has over 12 years of experience in IT. He has worked on securing federal grants for physical security projects and has managed various projects involving building security, electronic door access, biometrics, intrusion detection and camera surveillance systems. Professor Seminario has a master’s degree in Information Systems Network Management.


George Alves

CAP, Security+, Ethical Hacking Techniques, Network Security Vulnerability Technician, Information Assurance Manager
galves@nvcc.edu

George Alves serves as a Deputy CIO, Cybersecurity for a federal agency. He holds a master's degree in Information Technology with a minor in Information Assurance from Capella University.


Emile Beshai

CGEIT, CISM
ebeshai@nvcc.edu

In August 2014, Emile Joined Freddie Mac as a Senior Architecture Technology Leader. Previously, Emile directed the DHS Information Sharing Systems Interoperability and Portal Consolidation Architecture. Emile also worked for the Department of Treasury, serving at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) initiating and directing the development of BSA analytical systems and the Egmont Secure Web Platform, which continue to grow as a secure global network of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) in over 115 countries collaborating in fighting crimes including fraud and money laundering. Emile earned a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Technology from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in science from Ain Shams University.


Dr. Mark Beattie

mbeattie@nvcc.edu

Dr. Beattie teaches at the Annandale Campus. He has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in science from the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, UK. He also has a college teaching certification from the University of  Strathclyde in Scotland, UK, and a doctorate from George Mason University and a certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's online extension school (MITx). Dr. Beattie has many years of experience working as both a systems software engineer and a systems network manager.


Zenaida Bodwin (CEH)

ELI
zbodwin@nvcc.edu

Zenaida Bodwin teaches telecommunication, network engineering and security courses at the Annandale Campus. She has a master's degree in Distance Education and developed online versions of the courses she teaches for NOVA Online. She completed cybersecurity training and workshops at the Naval Post Graduate School, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Marymount University. Cisco recognized Bodwin's 15 years of active participation and services in the Cisco Networking Academy program.


Dr. Necmi Mutlu

nmutlu@nvcc.edu

Dr.  Mutlu is an associate professor at the Annandale Campus. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT; including physical layer chip design for Alcatel/STmicroelectronics. He holds a Ph.D. in IT from George Mason University. Dr. Mutlu has been teaching engineering and IT classes at NOVA since 2009.


Brian Ngac

PMP, CISM, CISSP, CRISC, CCSP
bngac@nvcc.edu

Brian is an assistant professor at NOVA and has over four years of experience in Application Security, Process Improvement, Project/Program Management, and Training. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in Applied IT with a cyber focus from George Mason University, and he plans to pursue his doctorate there. He is currently a manager within the Space & Technology Group at Parsons Corporation focusing on technology development and integration programs. Brian is also an adjunct professor of Information Sciences & Technology at GMU; he is a member of PMI, (ISC)2, ISACA, and ISSA-NOVA.

Loudoun Campus

Khanh Dinh

CISSP, CEH, Security+
Campus POC
kdinh@nvcc.edu

Dinh is an assistant professor at the Loudoun Campus. He obtained his master's degree in Telecommunications and Master Certificate in Telecommunications Forensics and Security from George Mason University. He was a Senior Information Security Analyst supporting various government contracts.


Henok Asfaw

Security+
hasfaw@nvcc.edu

Senior Threat Researcher at Cylance and Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at NOVA and Marymount University. He has a dual MSc In IT and Cybersecurity from Marymount University.


Chola Chhetri

MS, M.Sc. CCSK, Security+, Network+
cchhetri@nvcc.edu

Professor Chhetri is a full-time IT faculty member at the Loudoun Campus. He is currently working on a doctorate degree in Information Technology at George Mason University. He has obtained a master's degree in Information Security & Assurance and a M.S. in Computer Science. He has 18 years of work experience in academia, government and the non-profit sector.


Robert Dusek

CEH, A+, N+, MCSA
rdusek@nvcc.edu

Robert Dusek is an associate professor at the Loudoun Campus and has taught a variety of networking classes since 2001. He received a master's degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the University of West Bohemia. Dusek has over 20 years of IT experience in the public and private sector.


Kazi Fazal

CISSP
kfazal@nvcc.edu

Fazal is an adjunct faculty of Information Technology (IT). He teaches various IT courses, focused primarily on networking and cybersecurity classes at the Loudoun Campus. Kazi Fazal has a B.S. and a M.S. in IT and computer systems security from George Mason University. He is a proud former student of NOVA! Kazi Fazal is a network security engineer, having trained and worked full-time as a U.S. federal government staff in a three-letter federal agency.


Mun-Wai Hon

CISSP, CSSLP, SANS GLEG, EIT, PMP
mhon@nvcc.edu

Professor “Mike” Hon has worked with many law enforcement and intelligence government agencies across security domains ranging from computer forensics to completing successful white hat vulnerability exploit with over 20 years of IT experience and 16 years of teaching at NOVA, UVa, and GMU. Published in IEEE, Professor Hon focuses on practical, hands-on tools and examples to make cybersecurity practical to students. He also leads a team at a non-profit science and technology company that focuses on Cloud Security, FedRAMP, Data Forensics, and Big Data Analytics.


Babur Kohy

CEH, CASP, Security+, Network+, ITILv3, and Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)
bkohy@nvcc.edu

Babur Kohy is an accomplished technology leader with a demonstrated record of delivering solutions. He has proven experience helping clients manage their cybersecurity and business risks while achieving organizational objectives. Babur also teaches Cyber and IT courses at the Loudoun Campus.

Based in Washington, D.C., Babur leads a variety of engagements serving as an associate director for young professionals, ISACA Greater Washington, D.C. (GWDC) chapter and assists academic outreach efforts. Babur holds a M.S. in Cybersecurity from Marymount University and a B.S. in Business from Longwood University.

Manassas Campus

Santwana Das

Campus POC 
sdas@nvcc.edu

Santwana has a master's degree in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason University. She has experience in system analysis for large-scale enterprise implementations in the retail industry. Das' current research interests include Android system security and malware detection. She also serves as a part-time consultant for a local company focusing on building secure execution environment on Android for enterprise users. Das has a bachelor's in Physics from Calcutta University (India).


Johnson Chen

CISSP, CEH, CGIH, GCFA
jchen@nvcc.edu

Chen has over 15 years of experience in IT and spent the past five years specializing in cybersecurity. He holds dual MBA degrees in Information Assurance & Security Management and Entrepreneurship from California State University, San Bernardino. Professor Chen is a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service alumnus and currently serves as an IT Specialist (InfoSec) at the Department of Homeland Security. He has served as a faculty mentor for NOVA's Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition team and teaches at the Manassas Campus.


Terrence Clapp


tclapp@nvcc.edu

Professor Clapp has a B.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, and a M.S. in Information Systems from Golden Gate University. He formerly served as an Information Technology Specialist at DISA.


Gail Drake


gdrake@nvcc.edu

Gail has more than 30 years of experience in IT as a manager of information systems, chief operating officer and professor. Gail holds a M.S. in Computer Systems, and a MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and is pursuing a master's in Cybersecurity from Marymount University. She is also heavily involved in the field of robotics. Gail works with the VDOE on cybersecurity, information technology, robotics and computer science curriculum.


Hisham Razaq

CCNP, MCSE & ITIL
hrazaq@nvcc.edu

Razaq has more than 20 years of experience in IT; including hands-on Networking, Cybersecurity and Forensics. He has a master's degree in Telecommunications from George Mason University with a graduate certificate in Cybersecurity and Forensics. He teaches forensic classes, ITN 260 and ITN 263 at NOVA. Razaq also works as a senior consultant for a government agency, managing the operations of a research network. He used to work as a Senior IT Manager for IT Governance and Risk Management, Network Operations Manager and Security Engineer and Network Engineer.


Shoeb Siraj

PMP, CISM, CRISC, CSM
ssiraj@nvcc.edu

Shoeb Siraj currently works as Vice President, (Systems Integration and Cybersecurity) at Telophase Corporation. Shoeb has a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, a MBA from Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Catholic University of America.

Woodbridge Campus

William McLaughlin

CISSP, MA, AGSC, AP, CMSgt (ret)
Campus POC
wmclaughlin@nvcc.edu

Associate Professor William McLaughlin (Chief Master Sergeant, USAF, Retired) teaches information assurance courses, including cybersecurity, at the Woodbridge Campus, and was named faculty of the year in 2013. He holds four college/university degrees and completed the coursework and comprehensive examination in support of his Ph.D requirements. Professor McLaughlin’s main research interests include the integration of cybersecurity, cyberforensics, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems security.


Wilmot Adekoya, PhD

MCSE
wadekoya@nvcc.edu

Dr. Adeklya seves as the Joint Chief of Staff System Administrator at M.C. Dean. He has extensive subject matter expertise in data communication, computer networking, Cisco products, network security, Microsoft systems and network design, e-commerce, and e-business and has published many papers on cybersecurity. He holds a Ph.D. from Walden University in Public Policy & Administration with Homeland Security Coordination.


John Fiess

CISSP, GCIA, GCIH, GCFE, GCFA, GPEN and GREM
jfiess@nvcc.edu

Fiess is an adjunct instructor of IT/Cybersecurity at the Woodbridge Campus and NOVA Online. He has over 15 years of experience in information systems and systems security, with a primary focus on information assurance in network security monitoring, detection and response. He has a master's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Information Systems with a concentration in Computer Security, and multiple DoD IAM Level III and IAT Level III compliant certifications. Professor Fiess also serves as a faculty mentor and team coach for students competing in the National Cyber League. He is a member of Infragard.


Kwabena Konadu

CISSP, CASP, CEH, CEI, MCSA, MCP, WPCNE, Sec+, Net+, A+
kkonadu@nvcc.edu

Professor Konadu is currently working for SE Solutions as a consultant for Department of Homeland Security. He teaches Cybersecurity and Information Technology courses at the Woodbridge Campus. Konadu’s primary focus includes System Monitoring, Infrastructure Protection, Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering, CyberRobotics, and hardware development. He spent the first 12 years of his career building and testing space hardware applications for nuclear vulnerability/survivability assessment, and more than 10 years working as Information Systems Security Engineer. Professor Konadu is also a Faculty Coach and the Director of Engineering for Cybersecurity Competitions at the Woodbridge Campus where he is responsible for providing virtualization platform infrastructure for offensive and defensive cybersecurity. He holds a M.S. in Telecommunications Network and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.


Walter Pehrsson

wpehrsson@nvcc.edu

Professor Pehrsson is a full-time Assistant Professor at NOVA. He holds a B.S. in Information Technology from Briarcliff College, and an M.S. in Network Security from Capitol Technology University.


Shatsha Smith

Security+
sfsmith@nvcc.edu

Smith is an adjunct instructor of the IT/Cybersecurity at the Woodbridge Campus and NOVA Online. She is an Army Veteran with over 10 years of experience in Information Technology, and Information Security with a primary focus in Information Assurance, Problem Management, Incident Response, Risk Management Framework (RMF), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and Security Policy. Smith has a M.S. in Information Technology/Information Assurance and is DoD IAT Level II and IAM Level I certified. She has provided technology support to over 400,000 military and civilian personnel stateside and in combat environments.


Darren Thomas

CISSP, CEH, CCNA, ITIL, Security+
dthomas@nvcc.edu

Professor Thomas has worked in the field of information technology and cybersecurity for over 15 years as an engineer, researcher, practitioner and educator. His diverse career has spanned many areas of information security, including research and development of very high assurance, multi-level secure systems for use in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the military, research and development of intrusion detection and security event management systems for the Joint Chief of Staff. Professor Thomas earned his master's degree in Information Technology at Webster. He continues to do research at the Air Force Institute of Technology in Cyberspace exploitation and Cyberspace Planning.


Dr. Kenneth Williams

CISSP, ITILv3
kwilliams@nvcc.edu

Dr. Williams is an adjunct professor at NOVA, teaching ITN 261 and ITN 263.

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