I think of learning as an essential element in one's life, as important as eating and drinking. My best moments are when I learn something new or help someone learn something new. I am currently engaged in educating students through delivering university-level courses, advising student projects, assisting students in learning activities outside the classroom, creating and enhancing educational material, and participating in K-12 educational events.



CS 4970/1 Capstone Practicum

Fall 2017 - Spring 2020

This course is one option in the CS Senior Thesis track. Under the Practicum track, students will take two 3-credit courses, CS 4970 and CS 4971. These courses would form a year-long group-based and project-based practicum class. There would be an actual customer, which could be either internal (the course instructor, other CS professors, etc.) or external (local companies, local non-profits, etc.).

AY 17-18: 15 Projects / 15 Teams / 91 Students

AY 18-19: 10 Projects / 15 Teams / 92 Students

AY 19-20: 18 Projects / 18 Teams / 109 Students

CS 4760 Network Security

Spring 2017 - spring 2020

This course covers the principles of secure network communications and the application of network security. Topics include: attack types, attack surfaces, attack phases, network security devices (a)symmetric key encryption, cryptographic hash function, authentication/identification techniques, key distribution, and data integrity assurance. Also, currently used security mechanisms and protocols will be discussed.

CS 4501 Penetration Testing

Spring 2019

Students learn the stages of a penetration test and create a sandboxed environment to safely try various penetration testing techniques. Students then follow a hands-on approach to experience how vulnerabilities can be discovered and exploited.

CS 1110/3 Introduction to Programming

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

A first course in programming, software development, and computer science. Introduces computing fundamentals and an appreciation for computational thinking. No previous programming experience required.


Outside the Classroom

Cyber fusion 2020
February 21-22, 2020
WiFi hacking @ uWindsor
January 24, 2020
cyber fusion 2019
February 22-23, 2019
CAE-CDE Designation (Uva)
November 7, 2018
2018 cyberwars camp
June 18-22, 2018
2018 National ccdc
April 13-15, 2018
WiCyS 2018
March 23-24, 2018
2018 Mid-Atlantic ccdc
March 15-17, 2018
Enigma 2018 | USENIX
January 16-18, 2018


  • National Cyber League  [Link]
    A performance-based and learning-centered collegiate cybersecurity competition.

  • Cyber FastTrack  [Link]
    A free online scholarship competition, created by experts at the SANS Institute, which aims to provide thousands of students with the opportunity to enter the cybersecurity industry.


  • Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS)  [Link]
    A community of engagement, encouragement and support for women in cybersecurity.


  • Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC)  [Link]
    An organization dedicated to raising awareness of cybersecurity career opportunities and advancement for women in the field of cybersecurity.


  • Hack The Box (HTB)  [Link]
    An online platform allowing you to test your penetration testing skills and exchange ideas and methodologies with thousands of people in the security field.


  • DEVPOST  [Link]
    A site for building products, practicing skills, learning technologies, growing your network, and participating in online virtual and in-person hackathons.


  • Cyber Career Pathways Tool  [Link]
    A new and interactive way to explore work roles within the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.


Department of Informatics and Networked Systems

School of Computing and Information

University of Pittsburgh

135 N. Bellefield Avenue

622 IS Building

Pittsburgh, PA  15260


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