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Principal Investigators for Cyber Service!

Dr. Elizabeth K. Hawthorne, PI, Senior Professor of Computer Science/Cybersecurity

Serving as the PI, Dr. Hawthorne leads this project. For 24 years, Dr. Hawthorne has worked for Union, first as Manager of Academic Information Technologies, and for the last 18 years as Computer Science Faculty. Moreover, since 2007 she has served as the chair of the Association for Computing Machinery‚Äôs national Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (ACM CCECC), responsible for developing curricular standards for associate-degree programs in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering and information technology. In 2015, she was appointed to the ACM task force to develop undergraduate curricular guidelines in cybersecurity. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the ACM Education Board and the advisory board of the National Women in Cybersecurity Conference. Dr. Hawthorne recently completed post-doctoral studies in digital forensics and cyber investigations from the University of Maryland. 

Dr. Cynthia A. Roemer, Co-PI, Senior Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Roemer serves as the Co-PI responsible for developing experiential education and service-learning opportunities for cyber forensics technicians. She is a senior member of the mathematics faculty at Union County College, having been with the College for twenty years. During her tenure at the College, she has served as Chair of the Mathematics Department, Coordinator of New Program Development, and Coordinator of Experiential Education and Service-Learning, in addition to creating and advising the Student Volunteer Organization. Additionally, her doctoral research completed at Columbia University addressed service-learning in teaching mathematics. She has presented on this topic at a number of professional conferences, and has been involved in training Union County College faculty through workshops on developing experiential education and service projects. Moreover, she has been actively involved with New Jersey Campus Compact, having been on the founding team and one of the authors of its original By-Laws and Charter.