Hacking for Defense at James Madison University
This course comprises students and faculty from eight disciplines. Visit the project pages to meet the student teams; below, find out more about the faculty team.
Computer Information Systems
Chengqi “John” Guo is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, College of Business, James Madison University. His research interests are cross-cultural management of IT, IS security/information assurance, and technology adoption. Dr. Guo has published papers on cross-cultural IT, internal security threats, social media, IT adoption, and pedagogical innovation. In addition to receiving research grants from the public sector, he is actively engaged with industrial companies where he served on consulting teams and advisory boards (e.g., JDArray Co. Ltd., Beijing, China).
School of Nursing
Erica Lewis is a registered nurse. Her research expertise is in safety and ethics in medicine; as well as research of student learning outcomes related to ethical reasoning and design thinking. Dr. Lewis co-created and instructs a medical innovations course where nursing, engineering, and pre-professional health students work together in a MakerSpace to solve community health problems. She completed Hack for Defense (H4D) instructor training and is an instructor in the H4D course at James Madison University. Dr. Lewis loves work, life, and solving problems.
Steven R. Harper earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of California, Berkeley 1981 and then served in the United States Navy onboard submarines and as a Material Professional. During his career, he earned an M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1988, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 1994. He retired in 2002 at the rank of Commander and earned an M.S. in Business Administration, 2003, and the Ph.D. Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications and was an Assistant Professor of Management at James Madison University (JMU). He is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering at JMU.
S. Keith Holland is an associate professor and the assistant academic head for the Department of Engineering at James Madison University. He enjoys challenging students to employ creative and entrepreneurial thought when crafting solutions to technical challenges. Keith earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the faculty at JMU, he served as the Vice President for Research and Development at Avir Sensors, LLC – a startup venture that produced optoelectronic devices for military and domestic security applications.
Dr. Bernie Kaussler is Associate Professor of Political Science. His research focus deals with diplomacy and statecraft, conflict management, US foreign policy and Middle East security. His latest book was published by Routledge in 2017 and is on the impact of US foreign policy on Middle East security: US Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East: The Realpolitik of Deceit He enjoys the intersection of scholarship and the policy-making community. To that end, he has produced national security teaching materials for the US armed forces and participated in war games. He provides regular commentary on US foreign policy and Middle Eastern affairs. His blog is at https://berniesaffairs.com/
Facilitator / Technologist / Adjunct Faculty