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Ben Shariati, Ph.D. | Assistant Graduate Program Director/Advisor & Lecturer

Ph.D., George Washington University
Graduate Certificate in Information Security, George Washington University
M.S. George Washington University
CNSS 4011 Certified

Dr. Shariati has been working and teaching in the field of Cybersecurity for 20 years. He completed his master’s and Ph.D. at the George Washington University in Systems Engineering with a concentration in Security. Currently, Dr. Shariati is UMBC’s Cybersecurity Graduate Program Director at the Universities at Shady Grove campus.

Professionally, Dr. Shariati’s focus is Cybersecurity and serves as head of a global cybersecurity firm providing support worldwide to the United Nations' environment. Also, he has provided Cybersecurity advisement to the private sector in the areas of security policy, disaster recovery plans, and compliance to ensure that Cybersecurity’s best practices are utilized prior to product delivery. His areas of expertise include Cybersecurity risk management, Enterprise Cybersecurity architecture, Network Defense, Cybersecurity Operations, Insider Threats, Active Defense, and Cybersecurity training and education.

Laura Casulli | Adjunct Instructor

L.L.M. with a Certificate in National Security Law, Georgetown University Law Center
L.L.M., Military Law, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center, United States Army
J.D., New York Law School
B.A., University of Delaware

Laura Casulli is an accomplished attorney with over 20 years of experience advising leaders at all levels within the Department of Defense (DoD) on a multitude of legal issues. Ms. Casulli was instrumental in identifying and resolving legal issues related to the merger of DoD’s Joint Functional Component Command—Network Warfare with Joint Task Force Global Network Operations to establish United States Cyber Command. She was the command’s legal advisor for its DoD network defense mission and military cyber operations, and assisted in creating policies and doctrine for the new command’s cyber mission. Prior to that position, she was a legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy on matters related to the International Criminal Court, international agreements, and detainee issues, and represented the United States as part of a delegation to the ICRC International Conference on International Humanitarian Law. Ms. Casulli is currently an attorney/advisor with the National Security Agency where she provides legal and policy advice on cyber and intelligence operations to a client set of thousands. Additionally, she represents the Office of General Counsel at cyber exercises and collaborates with other national level agencies on intelligence operations matters. She has been an adjunct instructor with UMBC since 2014.

Ms. Casulli received her LL.M in National Security Law from Georgetown University Law Center, an LL.M in Military Law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and her J.D. from New York Law School. She is a member of the New York Bar, New Jersey Bar, and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. She received numerous military awards over a distinguished 20 year career as a Judge Advocate, and has taught as an adjunct instructor for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.

Robert W. Clark, J.D | Adjunct Instructor

L.L.M., The Judge Advocate General's School, United States Army
J.D., Michigan State University College of Law
B.G.S., University of Michigan

Robert Clark is currently the Cyber Operations Legal Advisor with the U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Belvoir, VA. Through this position, Mr. Clark advises Commander and staff on all legal matters relating to full spectrum cyberspace operations and information operations. Prior to this position, he worked in the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications and the National Protection and Programs Division, and with the Department of the Navy as the Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Clark received his J.D. at the Michigan State University College of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He has received many Military Awards and has presented at conferences and summits across the nation.

Robert R. Romano, Ph.D. | Adjunct Instructor

Ph.D., Purdue University
M.S., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.S., SW Texas State University

Robert Romano is a seasoned professional with nearly 40 years of professional experience and 30 years of teaching experience, knowledgeable in government, industry, and academia. Most recently, Dr. Romano was the Environmental Affairs Specialist at Coca Cola Enterprises where he was contracted to develop company policy and guidance on waste water management plans, water resources, and petroleum & ammonia spills mitigation. Prior to that position, he was an International Academic Advisor for the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Manager of Regulatory Affairs for The Gillette Co., a Regional Advisor at the Pan American Health Organization, and an Associate Director at the Chemical Manufacturer’s Association. With over twenty years of experience with nuclear and chemical industries, Dr. Romano’s research interests have fallen into environmental science and engineering, engineering management, systems engineering, and cybersecurity. Dr. Romano received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Texas State University; an M.S. in Aquatic Systems and an M.S. in Environmental Health Management at the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Romano also teaches at Montgomery College, The University of Maryland University College, American University, and George Washington University.

Mike Stone | Adjunct Instructor

Mike Stone is a senior security analyst at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The NCCoE collaborates with members of industry, government and academia to build open, standards-based, modular and practical example reference designs that address cybersecurity challenges in key economic sectors. The center benefits from formal partnerships with market leaders including several Fortune 50 companies.

Since starting at the NCCoE in August 2013, Mike has been the program manager for the center’s activities involving the financial sector. Mike collaborates with members of the financial sector and security vendors to develop solutions to complex cybersecurity problems.

Mike has been working in cybersecurity since 2000 and in other computer related fields since 1989. He has held positions in management, development, testing and support. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Computers from the George Washington University. Mike has focused on wireless network security since 2003 and has tested devices, written software, developed architectures and installed components.

Armin Tadayon | Adjunct Instructor

Mr. Tadayon has a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University, and a MPS of Cybersecurity from UMBC. Additionally, he has a J.D. with a concentration in Homeland and National Security Law from George Mason University School of Law. While at GMU Law, he served as a co-founder and an Articles Editor for the National Security Law Journal. He has practiced law in Virginia, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

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