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CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS

Rachel Bleiman (Summer 2020 – current)
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Rachel Bleiman is a PhD student in the Criminal Justice Program at Temple University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Information Science and Technology from Temple University. Rachel worked with Dr. Rege as a research assistant studying the social science perspective of cybersecurity. As part of her university honors program, she designed and implemented a research study on the effectiveness of social engineering tactics among college students. She is the recipeient of multiple awards and honors, such as the LAURA Award, Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award (Social Sciences), NSF SaTC PI Meeting Undergraduate Travel Grant, CARAS Travel Grant, and Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.

Currently, Rachel has particular interest in the privacy and security sector of cybersecurity along with crime data analysis. She has proficiency working with SPSS and programming in Python and Java. Rachel is currently working as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Rege on her NSF CAREER project.

Rachel’s CV

Rachel’s website

Her publications include:

Rege, A. & Bleiman, R. (forthcoming). “Ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure”. Proceedings from the 19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security.

Rege, A., Nguyen, T., & Bleiman, R. (forthcoming). “A social engineering awareness and training workshop for STEM students and practitioners”. Proceedings from the 10th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC).

Bleiman, R. & Rege, A. (forthcoming). “An Examination in Social Engineering: The Susceptibility of Disclosing Private Security Information in College Students”. Proceedings from the 15th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security.

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FORMER GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS


Katorah Williams

Katorah Williams (Summer 2018 – Summer 2020)
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Katorah Williams is a PhD student in the Criminal Justice department at Temple University. Prior to starting her PhD, she received a BS in Neuroscience and Psychology from Temple University and a MS in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. Through her past work as a clinical research assistant and conducting psychological assessments, and in conjunction with her current academic studies, she has developed a variety of data analysis skills and a unique perspective on crime and its underlying contributors. Her research interests include critical criminology, Black feminist theory, privacy and digital surveillance, and the development of “street smarts.” Katorah’s skill set includes survey design, scale development, qualitative methods, and a proficiency with STATA, SPSS, and ATLAS.ti. She is working with Dr. Rege on the NSF CAREER project. Outside of her work with Dr. Rege, Katorah is in the process of completing manuscripts about women’s re-entry experiences and critical criminology.

Katorah’s CV

Her publications include:

Williams, K., Ducoste, M. & Rege, A. (forthcoming). “Educating multidisciplinary undergraduates on security and privacy”. Proceedings of the IEEE Cyber Science Conference.

Rege, A., Yang, S., Mendlein, A., Williams, K., Su, S. & Moskal, S. (forthcoming). “Dissecting Cyberadversarial Intrusion Stages via Interdisciplinary Observations”. Proceedings from the 6th ACM International Workshop on Security and Privacy Analytics 2020.

Rege, A., Mendlein, A. & Williams, K. (2019). “Security and Privacy Education for STEM Undergraduates: A Shoulder Surfing Course Project”. Proceedings of the IEEE Frontiers in Education.

Rege, A., Williams, K. & Mendlein, A. (2019). “A Social Engineering Course Project for Undergraduate Students Across Multiple Disciplines”. Proceedings of the IEEE Cyber Science Conference.

Rege, A., Williams, K. & Mendlein, A. (2019). “An experiential learning cybersecurity project for multiple STEM undergraduates”. Proceedings of the 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC).

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Alyssa Mendlein

Alyssa Mendlein (Summer 2018 – Summer 2020)
AlyssaMAlyssa is a PhD student in the Criminal Justice Program at Temple University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University and a Master of Philosophy in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge, with a Master’s thesis on police legitimacy and social inequality in Europe. Before entering the program, Alyssa worked as a Research Analyst at EMC Research, a public opinion research firm. During her time at EMC, Alyssa worked on dozens of projects for various clients across the public and private sectors, and was involved in survey design, web survey programming, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, presentation creation, and quality assurance. She is now working on the NSF CAREER project. Her skill sets include knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research analysis; proficiency in SPSS and Stata, some familiarity with R; and qualitative data coding experience.

Alyssa’s CV

Her publications include:

Mendlein, A., Nguyen, T. & Rege, A. (forthcoming). “Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Through a Multidisciplinary OSINT Course Project”. Proceedings from the 2020 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

Rege, A., Yang, S., Mendlein, A., Williams, K., Su, S. & Moskal, S. (forthcoming). “Dissecting Cyberadversarial Intrusion Stages via Interdisciplinary Observations”. Proceedings from the 6th ACM International Workshop on Security and Privacy Analytics 2020.

Rege, A., Mendlein, A. & Williams, K. (2019). “Security and Privacy Education for STEM Undergraduates: A Shoulder Surfing Course Project”. Proceedings of the IEEE Frontiers in Education.

Rege, A., Williams, K. & Mendlein, A. (2019). “A Social Engineering Course Project for Undergraduate Students Across Multiple Disciplines”. Proceedings of the IEEE Cyber Science Conference.

Rege, A., Williams, K. & Mendlein, A. (2019). “An experiential learning cybersecurity project for multiple STEM undergraduates”. Proceedings of the 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC).

Mercurio, A., Page, J., Mendlein, A., Bales, E., Davis, J., Davis, C., … West, D. (2013) Perspectives on Protest in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Canada, the United States and Australia. In K. Malley-Morrison, A. Mercurio, & G. Twose (Eds.), International Handbook of Peace and Reconciliation (pp. 169-182). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Mi-Sung Kim, H., Schauer, M., Mendlein, A., Murata, A., Murata, K., & Jones-Rooy, A. (2013) Perspectives on Protest in East Asia. In K. Malley-Morrison, A. Mercurio, & G. Twose (Eds.), International Handbook of Peace and Reconciliation (pp. 263-277). New York: Springer-Verlag.

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Mollie Ducoste

Mollie Ducoste (Fall 2019 – Summer 2020)
MollieDMollie Ducoste is a PhD student in the Criminal Justice department at Temple University. She Earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Criminal Justice from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research assistant studying the effects of long-term incarceration on the children of inmates and presented her thesis on state prison privatization policies. While completing her Masters coursework, Mollie also worked as a research assistant on a meta-synthesis project studying police proactivity. Mollie has proficiency with STATA, SPSS, and ATLAS. She is working with Dr. Rege on the NSF EAGER project.

Mollie’s CV

Her publications include:

Williams, K., Ducoste, M. & Rege, A. (forthcoming). “Educating multidisciplinary undergraduates on security and privacy”. Proceedings of the IEEE Cyber Science Conference.

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Trinh Nguyen

Trinh Nguyen(Fall 2019 – Summer 2020)
TrihnHTrinh Nguyen is a PhD student in the Criminal Justice Program at Temple University. She earned her BA in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine and her MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the California State University, Long Beach, with a Master’s thesis on the patterns of ecstasy use and other drugs among Asian Americans. Before entering her PhD program, Trinh has worked as an intern for a private investigations firm and as a research assistant to evaluate four programs aimed at strengthening community-police relations through the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) grant with the City of Long Beach. She also led an evaluation of the Long Beach Youth Leadership Academy with the Long Beach Police Department. Trinh has proficiency in SPSS, some familiarity with STATA, and experience with coding qualitative data. She is now working on the NSF CAREER project.

Her publications include:

Mendlein, A., Nguyen, T. & Rege, A. (forthcoming). “Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Through a Multidisciplinary OSINT Course Project”. Proceedings from the 2020 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

Rege, A., Nguyen, T., & Bleiman, R. (forthcoming). “A social engineering awareness and training workshop for STEM students and practitioners”. Proceedings from the 10th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC).

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Nima Asadi

Nima Asadi (Spring 2017 – Spring 2019)
NimaANima Asadi is a PhD student at the Computer and Information Science department at Temple University. Nima is a research assistant at the DABI center where his research is in artificial intelligence and data mining with primary focus on temporal data and network prediction and analysis. Prior to Temple, he received a master’s degree in Embedded Systems from Sweden and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics from Iran. Nima is working with Dr. Rege on her NSF CPS grant and is utilizing state of the art in AI and machine learning to characterize and analyze adversarial behavior, intrusion chain progress and adversarial group dynamics during cybercrime commission.

His publications include:

Asadi, N., Rege, A., Obradovic, Z. (2019). “Pattern discovery in intrusion chains and adversarial movement”. Proceedings of the IEEE Cyber Science Conference.

Asadi, N., Rege, A. & Obradovic, Z. (2018). “An Assessment of Group Dynamics During Cyber Crime Through Temporal Network Topology”. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (SBP-BRiMS).

Asadi, N., Rege, A. & Obradovic, Z. (2018). “Analysis of Adversarial Movement Through Characteristics of Graph Topological Ordering”. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment .

Rege, A., Obradovic, Z., Asadi, N., Parker, E., Pandit, R., Masceri, N., Singer, B. (2018) “Predicting Adversarial Cyber Intrusion Stages Using Autoregressive Neural Networks,” IEEE Intelligent Systems PP(99):1-1. Impact Factor 2.374.

Rege, A., Obradovic, Z., Asadi, N. , Parker, E. , Masceri, N. , Singer, B.  & Pandit, R. (forthcoming). “Using a Real-Time Cybersecurity Exercise Case Study to Understand Temporal Characteristics of Cyberattacks”. Proceedings from the 2017 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (SBP-BRiMS).

Rege, A., Obradovic, A., Asadi, N. , Singer, S. & Masceri, N. (forthcoming). “A Temporal Assessment of Cyber Intrusion Chains Using Multidisciplinary Frameworks and Methodologies”. Proceedings of the  International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (Cyber SA 2017). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Xplore Digital Library.

Asadi, N., Saadatmand, M., & Sjödin, M. (2013). “Run-time monitoring of timing constraints: A survey of methods and tools”. Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA’13).

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Edward Parker (Fall 2017)
EdPEd Parker has been serving as an all source analyst for the Army National Guard for 5 years. The position includes taking and analyzing HUMINT, SIGINT, MASINT, IMINT, AND OSINT in order to focus the information into a form battlefield commanders can use to make the most well-informed decisions.

Ed received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University. During that time, he received a CARAS undergraduate research award that supported his research work titled “Moving Towards Proactive Cyber Security.” He also worked as undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Rege on her NSF CPS grant. He returns to Temple this Fall 2017 to start the Criminal Justice PhD program. He is interested in national security and critical infrastructure protection (both physical and digital). He worked with Dr. Rege on her NSF CAREER project.

His publications include:

Rege, A., Biswas, S., Bai, L., Parker, E. & McJunkin, T. (forthcoming). “Using Simulators to Assess Knowledge and Behavior of “Novice” Operators of Critical Infrastructure under Cyberattack Events”. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems (ISRCS). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Rege, A., Parker, E. & McJunkin, T. (forthcoming). “Using a Critical Infrastructure Game to Provide Realistic Observation of the Human in the Loop by Criminal Justice Students”. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems (ISRCS). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Rege, A., Adams, J., Parker, E., Singer, B., Masceri, N. & Pandit, R. (forthcoming). Using Cyber-security Exercises to Study Adversarial Intrusion Chains, Decision-Making, and Group Dynamics. Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security.

Rege, A., Obradovic, Z., Asadi, N., Parker, E. , Masceri, N. , Singer, B. & Pandit, R. (2017). “Using a Real-Time Cybersecurity Exercise Case Study to Understand Temporal Characteristics of Cyberattacks”. Proceedings from the 2017 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (SBP-BRiMS).

Rege, A., Parker, E., Singer, B. & Masceri, N. (2017). A Qualitative Exploration of Adversarial Adaptability, Group Dynamics, and Cyber Intrusion Chains. Summer Issue of Journal of Information Warfare.

 

Janice Paulson (Fall 2015-May 2017)
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Janice holds Summa Cum Laude and Cum Laude undergraduate degrees in Computer Network Engineering and Computer Network Security from Delaware Technical and Community College and Wilmington University. In 2010 she founded Delaware’s first annually reoccurring multi day information security conference, Security BSides Delaware. To celebrate BSidesDE’s 5th year, “Spawn Camp” was started to allow for dedicated children’s events focusing on STEM interests.

As a graduate student, she was excited to approach cyber security from the criminal justice perspective. Traditionally cyber security is primarily focused on the technical aspects of information systems. Examining crime theories is a fascinating way to build more complete risk mitigation strategies that consider the adversarial models becoming apparent in the industry. She applied her industry experience towards Dr. Rege’s NSF CPS grant. Janice earned her MA in Criminal Justice in May 2017.

 

 

Bo Niemoczynski (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
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Bogdan Niemoczynski is a Ph. D. student at Temple University after receiving his MSEE and BS in Physics from Temple University and East Stroudsburg University respectively. His primary focus is on control systems and security. He is experienced with PID control, nonlinear control, magnetics, and cryptography. He assisted Dr. Rege with with her NSF CPS project.

 

 

 

James Kollmer (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
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James has a BA in Physics from East Stroudsburg University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Temple University. His focus is in power systems, controls, and hardware security. He worked on the NSF CPS project, where his role was to both construct and test the IEEE 9 bus system in both hardware and in simulation. He assisted Dr. Rege with her NSF CPS project.

 

 

 



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