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Cyber Faculty


Dr. Michael Brady

Associate professor in the Department of Administration of Justice

Brady spent 20 years in law enforcement, including 11 years as chief of police, and his extensive investigative background in police work provides him with a unique perspective in case evaluation. He began his legal career after retiring from law enforcement in 1998 and has been in private practice since 2003. Brady practices in the areas of DUI/DWI/drunk driving, personal injury claims, criminal defense, motor vehicle offenses, contracts, wills and trusts. He regularly handles matters before the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal, District Court and Superior Court. Brady is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from New England School of Law and holds bachelor’s degrees from Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island. Brady is a member of the Rhode Island, Connecticut and federal bar associations.

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"Data Collection, Privacy Rights and Public Safety in the United States: An Unresolved Issue in a Growing Technological World"

Dr. James Ludes

Assistant professor in the Department of History, vice president for public research and initiatives and executive director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy

From July 2006 to August 2011, Ludes was executive director of the American Security Project, a think-tank aimed at educating the public on a broad range of national security issues and the value of a principled approach to security. From November 2008 to February 2009, he was a member of president-elect Obama's transition team. During this time, Ludes participated in the Agency Review Team, working inside the Department of Defense (DOD) to identify critical issues that would need to be tackled by the new administration. In January 2009, he took on the additional responsibility of running the confirmation team for DOD nominees selected for the roles of deputy secretary of defense, undersecretary of defense for policy, comptroller and general counsel. From 2002 to 2006, Ludes was legislative assistant to Sen. John Kerry for defense and foreign policy. During that time, he also coordinated defense policy issues for Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign - assisting in the development of policies on military end-strength, force structure and improved benefits for military families and veterans. Prior to his work in the Senate, Ludes was editor-in-chief of National Security Studies Quarterly (NSSQ), a defense and national security journal. During his tenure, he transformed the NSSQ from a student-run journal into a professional publication receiving considerable attention in the media and the policy community. Ludes is editor of, and contributor to, "Iraq Uncensored" (2009) and co-editor of two previous books: "Attacking Terrorism" (2004) and "Twenty-First Century Proliferation" (2001). He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a Manfred Woerner Seminar participant in 2000.

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Dr. Sean O’Callaghan

Associate professor in the Department of Religious and Theological Studies and Pell Center faculty fellow

O’Callaghan’s main area of expertise is in the field of world religions, particularly Islam, and in the ways in which mainstream religion can be transformed by its evolution into new forms, such as new religious movements and new spiritualties, many of which have a significant and growing online presence. He is also interested in the relationship between religion and violence and by the ways in which this is often expressed in apocalyptic and millennialist contexts. Another area of interest is in transhumanism and new technologies that are emerging from that field, as well as the questions which are raised by new technological forms of warfare, either in cyberspace or in the theater of war. O’Callaghan previously taught at a private university affiliated to the University of Manchester and at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ernest Rothman

Chairman and professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Rothman has more than 25 years of experience in teaching mathematics and computer programming, curriculum development and assessment, student advising and recruiting, courseware development, research in numerical analysis, and systems administration on a cluster of scientific workstations. Prior to joining the Salve Regina faculty, he held positions at the Center for Theory and Simulation in Science and Engineering Advanced Computing Research Institute at Cornell University. Rothman holds master's and doctoral degrees in applied mathematics from Brown University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Brooklyn College, CUNY. He has done a great deal of computer programming over four decades, starting with programming on computer punch cards at Brooklyn College and continuing throughout his career. Rothman has published journal articles in numerical analysis, co-authored a series of books on Mac OS X for Unix Geeks for O’Reilly Media, Inc., and contributed to other books for O’Reilly, including Statistics Hacks. Cybersecurity has continuously been an important issue, as he has been adamant in improving data protection and encryption in his work.

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Mark Ridinger

Visiting professor

Ridinger has had an eclectic career, having been a double certified physician, clinician, medical researcher, inventor and entrepreneur. After finishing residency training at Duke University, he and his colleagues launched a pioneering predictive analytics company that helped to herald in the era of medical big data and machine learning. Later, Ridinger held senior executive positions in population health management companies and recently cofounded several new startups, including a digital health cloud-based care coordination platform aimed at bringing the promise of value-based medicine into the growing challenge of elder care and transitional health care. He has lectured and written extensively on topics as diverse as the nature and enhancement of creativity, the intersection and impact of health care policy on the adoption of technology, and the future of work and education in an increasingly automated and algorithmically driven world. Ridinger holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MD from the University of Illinois and maintains a license to practice medicine in Virginia.

Adjunct Faculty

John Alfred

Adjunct professor

Alfred is a 20-year veteran of the Rhode Island State Police and serves as the captain in charge of cyber crimes and the State Fusion Center. He manages the day-to-day operations of the division's joint cyber task force, cyber crimes unit and Fusion Center operations. Prior to joining the Rhode Island State Police, Alfred served as a Barrington police officer for nine years and as a captain and company commander of the 115th Military Police Company in the Rhode Island Army National Guard. He is an Encase certified digital forensic examiner and holds a master’s degree from Salve Regina, a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and an associate degree from Roger Williams University.

Dr. Carole Angolano

Adjunct professor

Angolano earned her Ph.D. in business administration and information security technology from Trident University International. A long-time member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, she recently retired as a chief warrant officer. Angolano worked full time as an information assurance manager and local area network manager for the Department of Defense, Rhode Island Army National Guard. She was also responsible for the defense information certification and accreditation process, certification and accreditation of multiple networks, both non-classified and classified. Angolano teaches courses in cyber threat analysis and cyber threat management.

Ken Bell

Adjunct professor

Bell is a senior intelligence analyst with Raytheon's cyber threat operations, where he conducts proactive computer network defense intelligence operations to counter specific methodologies, tools, tactics and intentions of advanced cyber adversaries. Prior to joining Raytheon, he completed a 20-year career in law enforcement with the Rhode Island State Police, where he supervised the computer crimes unit. Bell teaches cybersecurity courses.

Anthony Hannon

Adjunct professor

Hannon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Salve Regina. His course Security Essentials provides students with the skills necessary to implement technical knowledge of security concepts in today’s information security environment. Having previously worked at Raytheon as a lead cyber analyst, Hannon currently holds a position with Mass Mutual and wrote their cyber incident response plan. He holds various certifications, such as CompTIA Security + and Network +, and FEMA Incident Command Systems 100, 200, 700.

Matthew McMahon

Adjunct professor

McMahon teaches a graduate course in cybersecurity and resiliency in health care and is developing a cybersecurity, policy and health care graduate course. He is currently employed by Siemens Healthineers, a large medical device manufacturer. Previously a laboratory informatics engineer, he is now a senior software engineer in the security office, where he helps shape global product security policies and initiatives, conducts threat and risk assessments, penetration testing and fuzzing for new products and responds to security incidents. Before Siemens, he installed medical software in the field for MEDITECH, Computer Task Group and Excite Health Partners. McMahon regularly attends and occasionally speaks at cybersecurity conferences and events.

Brian Pires

Adjunct professor

A graduate of Boston College and the U.S. Naval War College, Pires is currently the national security specialist and law enforcement coordinator for the Office of the U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, where he directs multi-jurisdictional anti-terrorism, organized crime, cyber, counterdrug and national security related initiatives, investigations, exercises, training and operations. He serves as the U.S. Attorney’s representative to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Rhode Island Fusion Center, Joint Cyber Task Force, Emergency Management Advisory Council, Area Maritime Security Committee and Congressman Langevin’s Cyber Advisory Committee. Pires’ daily duties include the orchestration of in-depth intelligence and investigative activities essential to developing terrorism and national security cases to include providing material support to terrorists, terrorist financing, narcotic trafficking, money laundering, cyber-crime, espionage, economic espionage, immigration fraud, counter-proliferation and multi-spectrum threats to infrastructure.

Francesca Spidalieri

Adjunct professor

Spidalieri is the senior fellow for cyber leadership at Salve Regina’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, where she leads the cyber leadership research project and the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. She is the co-principal investigator for the Cyber Readiness Index project at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a transatlantic digital debates fellow at New America and the Global Public Policy Institute, and as a distinguished fellow at the Ponemon Institute. Spidalieri’s academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber risk management, comparative organization analysis, and national cyber preparedness and resilience. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs and security studies Tufts University, a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Milan, and has completed additional cybersecurity coursework at the U.S. Naval War College’s Center for Cyber Conflict Studies.

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