Meet Our Faculty

Cybersecurity Engineering Faculty

  • Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, Volgenau

    As director of the first-of-its-kind BS in cyber-security engineering program at Mason, Peggy Brouse is passionate about building a new breed of cyber-security professional. As the nature of cyber threats has grown, the demand for timely response and effective action has built the groundwork for a discipline of anticipatory action and security design.
  • Associate Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, Volgenau

    Paulo Costa has applied his significant experience as a fighter pilot to a career specializing in the field of electronic warfare and flight safety, which in conjunction with his research on probabilistic reasoning has led to applications in cyber and transportation security, heterogeneous data fusion, and decision support systems in healthcare, defense, and other areas. These topics are at the core of his classroom activities at both graduate and undergraduate level, as well as his research path.
  • Associate Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, Volgenau

    Mohamed Gebril is an assistant professor in the Cybersecurity Engineering Department. He joined Mason after working as primary patent examiner for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Walter Powell

    Assistant Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, Volgenau

    Walter Powell is an assistant professor of cybersecurity. A retired US Navy submarine officer, Powell served for twenty years as an engineer working with a wide variety of physical and electronic systems. During his last ten years, he gained extensive experience in securing multi-level IT and communications systems.
  • Mingkui Wei

    Assistant Professor, Cybersecurity Engineering, Volgenau

    Mingkui Wei is an assistant professor in the Cybersecurity Engineering Department. His research interests focus on web application and network security, digital forensics, and forensic investigation. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM, and an associate member of the American Academy of Forensics Science. His research works have been published in a number of world-renowned venues including IEEE INFOCOM and Usenix Security.
  • Professor, Computer Science, Volgenau Acting Chair, Department of Cyber Security Engineering, Volgenau Co-Director, Center for Assurance Research & Engineering, Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE)

    In addition to being a professor of computer science at George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering, Duminda Wijesekera is a visiting research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He leads the Laboratory of Radio and RADAR Engineering (RARE), a collaboration between academia, industry and government agencies and is a co-director of the Center for Assured Research (CARE) at Mason. His current research addresses three main areas. The first is the security and safety of cyber-physical systems.
  • Assistant Professor, Cyber Security Engineering, Volgenau

    Thomas G. Winston has a background in telecommunications, information systems, and international relations. He has focused his career on country-based threats and cyber analysis for Central Eurasia, South Asia, and the Middle East. He served as a liaison officer at the Department of State and has extensive experience briefing U.S. Government officials on cyber issues. In addition, he has experience as a forensic cyber crime investigator and analyst. Winston has publications in information systems, international relations, law, and critical infrastructure protection.