Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation

National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Program (I/UCRC)

Aerial View of the George Mason Fairfax Campus

Faculty and Staff

Sushil Jajodia, Ph.D.

Site Director

Sushil Jajodia  

Dr. Sushil Jajodia is University Professor, BDM International Professor, and the director of Center for Secure Information Systems in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. He is also the site director of the recently approved NSF I/UCRC Center for Configuration Analytics and Automation at Mason.  He served as the chair of the Department of Information and Software Engineering during 1998-2002. He joined Mason after serving as the director of the Database and Expert Systems Program within the Division of Information, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation. Before that, he was the head of the Database and Distributed Systems Section in the Computer Science and Systems Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Milan, Italy; Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University, England; King’s College, London, England; and Paris Dauphine University, France.

Dr. Jajodia received his PhD from the University of Oregon, Eugene. The scope of his current research interests encompasses information secrecy, privacy, integrity, and availability problems in military, civil, and commercial sectors. He has authored or coauthored six books, edited 41 books and conference proceedings, and published more than 425 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He also holds eleven patents and has several patent applications pending.

Massimiliano Albanese, Ph.D.

Massimiliano Albanese  

Dr. Massimiliano Albanese is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology at George Mason University, where he is also serving as the Associate Director of the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), and the Codirector of the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship (LITE). Dr. Albanese received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2005 from the University of Naples Federico II, and joined George Mason University in 2011 after serving as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Maryland. His research interests are in the area of Information and Network Security, with particular emphasis on Modeling and Detection of Cyber Attacks, Cyber Situational Awareness, Network Hardening and Optimal Defenses, Moving Target Defense and Adaptive Cyber Defense, and Cyber-Physical Systems. Dr. Albanese has participated in sponsored research projects totaling $7.7M. He holds a U.S. Patent and has co-authored a book and over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Albanese is one of the only three recipients of the 2014 Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award, one of the most prestigious honors at Mason.

Kai Zeng, Ph.D.

Kai Zeng  

Kai Zeng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2008. He was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Davis (UCD) from 2008 to 2011, and an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at University of Michigan – Dearborn from 2011 to 2014.

Dr. Zeng was a recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in 2012.He won the Excellence in Postdoctoral Research Awardat UCD in 2011andthe Sigma Xi Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award at WPI in 2008. He was a visiting faculty at the Air Force Research Laboratory through the Visiting Faculty Research Program (VFRP) in summer 2013.

Dr. Zeng’s current research interests are in cyber physical system security and privacy, network forensics, physical layer security, and cognitive radio networks.

Rajesh Ganesan, Ph.D.

Rajesh Ganesan  

Rajesh Ganesan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research. Dr. Ganesan received his Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2005. His current research interests are in stochastic optimization (dynamic resource allocation using approximate dynamic programming), quality and statistics (feature detection and function approximation in high-dimensional data), and enginering education in K-12.

Robert Elder, Ph.D.

Robert Elder  

Lieutenant General Robert Elder (USAF, retired) joined the research faculty at George Mason University following his retirement from the Air Force as the Commander, 8th Air Force. 8th Air Force is the senior Air Force organization at U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) responsible for deterrence and global strike operations, and operates the global commandís Joint Air Operations Center. He also held a position with USSTRATCOM as the joint functional commander responsible for planning and coordinating all nuclear and global strike force activities.

General Elder served as the first commander of Air Force Network Operations and led the development of the cyberspace mission for the Air Force. He also served as the Air operations center commander and deputy air component commander for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His executive experience includes senior leadership positions with the Joint Staff, Air Force staff, and NATO. His international experience includes interactions with senior government representatives in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Pacific, South America, and Africa. General Elder previously served as the Commandant of the Air War College and Vice Commander of Air University. He is an accomplished engineer with avionics software development and program management experience, and holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Detroit.