CIAC Faculty and Staff

Meet the Teams: Researchers, Faculty, and Staff


Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Ph.D., Executive Director


Dr. Endicott-Popovsky is Executive Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington, designated by NSA/DHS as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and Research, headquartered at UW Bothell and is a Principal Research Scientist at UW’s Applied Physics Lab, a Navy UARC. Additionally, she holds an Affiliate Professor’s appointment at UW Bothell’s Department of Computer Science and Systems and UW Seattle’s Department of Urban Planning and Management for the Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management, and a faculty appointment at University of Hawaii Manoa’s Department of Information and Computer Science. She was named Department Fellow at Aberyswyth University Wales (2012). Her academic career follows a 20-year career with The Boeing Company marked by executive and consulting positions in IT architecture and project management. View CV/UW Profile.

In 2014, Dr. Endicott-Popovsky received the UPCEA Western Regional Awards for Teaching Excellence and for best Credit Certificate (for the Information Security and Risk Management Certificate then in its 11th consecutive year).

Her research interests include enterprise-wide information systems security and compliance management, forensic-readiness, cybersecurity education and secure coding practices. For her work in the relevance of archival sciences to digital forensics, she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. Barbara earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science/Computer Security from University of Idaho’s Center for Secure and Dependable Systems (2007) under the direction of Dr. Deborah Frincke now the Director of Research for the NSA, and holds a Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering from Seattle Pacific University (1987), a Master in Business Administration from the University of Washington (1985) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh.

She serves on several national committees developing cybersecurity workforce and education standards as the field professionalizes:

  • NIST/NICE WG Academic Co-Chair
  • NIST/CSRIC Academic Representative, (Bill Boni, Chair)
  • ACM Curricular Guidance Committee, Industry Rep
  • Colloquium for Information Systems Security Educators, Board Member


Scott David, J.D., LL.M., Director of Policy 

Scott DavidScott David is the Director of Policy at the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at University of Washington and was formerly the Executive Director of the Law, Technology and Arts Group at UW School of Law. Scott is an active member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development, the MIT/KIT Advisory Board, and the Open Identity Exchange Advisory Board.   Prior to joining the University of Washington, Scott worked as an attorney for 30 years focused on counseling commercial and governmental entities worldwide in the structures and transactions of technology and business networks with an emphasis on online commerce, data security, privacy, digital risk, standard setting, and emerging intangibles value propositions.

Morgan Zantua, Director of Workforce Development


Ms. Morgan Zantua is Director of Workforce Development for CIAC and a research scientist with the APL. She has collaboratively constructed transition models placing members of the military community into STEM careers and is the Architect of Cybersecurity Rapid Education Apprenticeship Training Employment System (CREATES ) a collaborative grant with the WA State Department of Commerce and the Washington State Office of the CIO funded by NIST building a pipeline to support military transition into cybersecurity. Before joining the University of Washington, she had a twenty –five year career in workforce development, career guidance and organizational change. Over the past eight years Morgan has focused on military transition. At the University of Washington Tacoma she assisted the interdisciplinary Master Degree in Cybersecurity & Leadership (MCL) as recruiter and professional advisor. Eighty-seven graduates–55% coming from military–have completed the degree. Prior, she worked in Joint Service Support at the Washington National Guard building nationally recognized employment transition models - Veterans in Piping (VIP) and Veterans in Construction Electrical (VICE) - for National Guard, Reservists and Veterans re-entering the civilian workforce.  

Ms. Zantua holds Master’s Degree from Antioch University Seattle in Whole Systems Design, Organizational Systems Renewal and is a Certified Systems Renewal Consultant. She earned her CNSS Certificate in Information Security in 2013. She has been accepted into George Washington University’s Executive Leadership Educational Doctorate Program focused on cybersecurity technology education/leadership.


UW Bothell - STEM

Michael Stiber, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean

Dr. Stiber received a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Washington University, Saint Louis and his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held industry positions with McDonnell Douglas (St. Charles, Missouri), Texas Instruments (Dallas, Texas), Philips (Eindhoven, Netherlands), and the IBM Los Angeles Scientific Center. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Stiber is a frequent visitor to the Department of Biophysical Engineering at Osaka University (Japan). His research interests include: computational neuroscience, biocomputing, neuroinformatics, simulation, scientific computing, neural networks, scientific data management and visualization, autonomous systems, nonlinear dynamics, and complex systems. View UW Bothell Profile. View CV.


Geethapriya Thamilarasu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Geethapriya ThamilarasuDr. Thamilarasu received her Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2009. Before coming to UWB, she was an Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science at the SUNY Institute of Technology, where she directed the wireless sensor and networking security research lab and led development of their MS in Network and Computer Security degree. View UW Bothell Profile. View website and publications.



Marc Dupuis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Marc DupuisMarc Dupuis received his Ph.D. in Information Science at the University of Washington in 2014, with an emphasis on Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, and his M.S. in Information Science at UW in 2011. Dr. Dupuis also earned a Master of Public Administration at UW, and a M.A. in Political Science at Western Washington University. Dr. Dupuis taught as a Lecturer in Information Technology and Systems at UW Tacoma, where he was honored as a 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award nominee.  In the classroom, he emphasizes not only technical content, but also the professional development of the student, including how they interact with each other, presentation skills, communication, responsibility, and accountability. View UW Bothell Profile. View website and publications.

Brent Lagesse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Brent LagesseDr. Lagesse received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009. Prior to coming to UW Bothell, he held positions as a research scientist in the cyber security research groups at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and BBN Technologies. His expertise is in the areas of cyber security and pervasive systems. His current projects include building security mechanisms to protect against adversarial machine learning attacks and the development of realistic, dynamically created virtual systems for security and education. His other work involves research into enabling developers to more easily write and deploy secure code in mobile and heterogeneous environments and mechanisms to encourage more secure use of software by users in such environments. View UW Bothell Profile.  View website and publications.

Jeffrey Kim, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

Jeff KimDr. Kim received a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kim’s general research interests are distributed teams and collaboration in social media space, technology support for collaborative work, technology and social innovation, social and organizational aspects of computing, and cybersecurity.

Dr. Kim has collaborated with university and industry partners including University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Intel, Microsoft, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Fourth Wall Studios, 42 Entertainment, Samsung, Toshiba, and Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). View UW Bothell Profile.


Adjunct Faculty - Industry Professionals

Mike Simon, CTO Critical Informatics

mike-simon.jpgWith an education in computer science and 25 years of experience designing and securing information systems, Mike Simon is a well-known and highly respected member of the Northwest's information security community. Mike is faculty at the University of Washington Information School, where he teaches IMT 552. He is a published author, an active collaborator in the PRISEM project, and other regional initiatives.  He is a subject matter expert in the energy and finance sectors, and integrated with law enforcement through contacts in the FBI, DHS, and Infragard.

As Critical Informatics’ Chief Technology Officer, Mike leads development teams for the Critical Insight security monitoring platform and the associated Critical Insight Collector - sensor, directs our Big Data and Data Analytics program, and helps to set company direction and strategy. 

Ilanko Subramaniam, CISSP, CISM

ilanko-subramaniam.jpgIlanko is a Principal and serves as a President and CISO of Global Business Analysis, focused on delivering sound, state-of-the-art solutions in the areas of cyber security, data privacy, IT governance, risk and compliance.
Ilanko has designed and implemented several enterprise information protection and decision support programs for fortune 100 companies.

As a CISO of technology, he provides strategic leadership and technology innovations to GBA clients in driving solutions that creates corporate value and increases stakeholder confidence. In his role, he leads GBA’s professional services team delivering state of the art technology projects while overseeing and managing customer relations.

Prior to joining GBA, Ilanko was a Senior Director, managing an international professional services practice In this role, Ilanko’s accomplishments include enabling several fortune 500 organizations with the implementation of Risk and Compliance programs; facilitating the establishment of governing bodies and program structures to support compliance to policy and regulatory requirements and enabling organizations to adopt risk management practices organically to support key corporate decisions.

Previously, Ilanko was the Senior Strategist at Microsoft where he managed the enterprise risk management program for Trustworthy Computing PAGO (Privacy, Accessibility, Geopolitical, and Online Safety) organization. Ilanko also has worked with KPMG and lead several critical projects within both government and private sectors. Ilanko has earned multiple degrees and certifications, and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Washington teaching Information Assurance and Cyber Security (teaching IMT 552).

Seth Shapiro, CPCU, ARM, AIS, ARe, CyRM


Seth Shapiro, Executive Vice President & Risk Strategist, has more than 32 years of experience in risk and insurance. Seth addresses the needs of Kibble & Prentice’s clients in the areas of enterprise risk management, risk assessment and analytics, information security management, M&A due diligence, contract analy is and risk financing program design. 
Seth holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a number of certifications including Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), and Cyber Risk Manager (CyRM).
Seth is an Adjunct Professor of Information Assurance at the University of Washington, and previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Risk Management at Seattle University. He is a member of the Speaker Committee for the Pacific Northwest Enterprise Risk Forum, Regional Director Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA), a member of the Society of Information Risk Analysts, and a board member of Northwest Family Business Advisors. View LinkedIn page.