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Rob D'Ovidio

Dr. Rob D'Ovidio is the Primary Investigator for Drexel under this award.

Dr. Rob D’Ovidio is an Associate Professor at Drexel University, where he teaches for the Criminal Justice Program and conducts research in the areas of computer crime and digital forensics.  He has received funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, and U.S. Department of Education to support his research.  His most recent project involves crime in virtual worlds and online video game worlds.  In the past, Rob has worked with the New York City Police Department and Philadelphia Police Department on various projects involving computer crime.  His work with the law enforcement community also includes training investigators on techniques to trace Internet communication and seize electronic evidence and cell phones.  Rob is a past president of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, the American Society of Criminology, and the United States Secret Service Philadelphia-Area Electronic Crimes Task Force.  Dr. D’Ovidio sits on the National Governors Association’s Strategic Policy Council on Cyber and Electronic Crime and the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Committee.  Rob provides regular commentary for media outlets on news stories pertaining to computer crime, Internet safety, identity theft, and surveillance.  He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Temple University.

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Robert Fish

Dr. Robert S. Fish is the Chief Project Scientist for Drakontas under this award.  

Dr. Fish serves as the President of NETovations Group, LLC, where he leads a consulting partnership specializing in consumer device and networking technologies. Services include the focused creation of on-demand technical innovation, intellectual property analysis and disclosure, and the positioning of innovation and intellectual property in industrial specification forums and in public standardization venues.

Prior to joining NETovations Group, Dr. Fish was the Chief Product Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations for Mformation Technologies Inc. where he managed a multi-continent product development organization producing carrier-grade server and client software for the mobile carrier market.  He oversaw the responsibilities of 200+ engineers providing program management, software development (both server and client), quality assurance, and carrier/OEM handset certification.  

Dr. Fish has also held positions as Vice President and Managing Director of the Panasonic Digital Networking Laboratories and as Executive Director of Multimedia Communications Research at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), after starting his career at Bell Laboratories.  

During his career, Dr. Fish and his labs pioneered many concepts in secure network-connected consumer electronics including advances in video communications, secure operating systems, networking, cryptography, and data hiding technologies.  He is the holder of 8 US patents and has numerous publications.    

Dr. Fish is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and was a founding member of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group.  Rob also co-founded the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference for which he serves as steering committee chair.  Previously, he was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE-ComSoc) and Chair of the GLOBECOM/ICC Management and Strategy Committee.  

 In 2007, Dr Fish received the Distinguished Service Award from IEEE ComSoc’s Multimedia Technical Committee.  Dr. Fish received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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Bill Jeitner

Bill Jeitner is the Primary Investigator for BKForensics under this award. 

Mr. Bill Jeitner is a respected digital forensic examiner, retired from law enforcement, and internationally recognized for his development of cell phone forensics solutions. Mr. Jeitner formalized the computer forensics unit at the Chester County, Pennsylvania's District Attorney's Office and was the principal architect of the Philadelphia Police Department's computer forensics laboratory.  A pioneer in the field, Bill was the first municipal police officer to be certified in computer forensics in the state of Pennsylvania.  As co-founder of BKForensics, Mr. Jeitner has developed numerous training and software solutions in cell phone forensics, including the world’s first automated tool capable of translating mobile phone memory (Cell Phone Analyzer).  In addition to his training work with BKForensics, Bill oversaw the training and certification program for the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists during his tenure as the Association’s President.    He has provided training for numerous law enforcement groups around the world and at all levels of government, including the U.S. Department of State, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; ATF; Central Intelligence Agency; German Federal Police; Luxemburg Police Agency; and Dubai Police Unit.  Bill teaches computer forensics at Philadelphia Community College, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor and has lectured for Master’s Program in Forensic Science at George Washington University. Mr. Jeitner is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association and a past Co-Chair for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's subcommittee on Computer Crime and Technology.  Bill has been awarded numerous federal grants to develop training in the field of digital evidence and received awards and commendations from the United States Attorney's Office, Citizens’ Crime Commission, Department of Homeland Security, Philadelphia Police Department, and Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Chester County District Attorney’s Office, and United States Postal Inspectors.

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Pam King

Pam King serves as Director of Law Enforcement Programs for BK Forensics.  Pam, who also serves as a lead instructor for BK Forensics, was one of the primary developers of the Mobile Phone Seizure Certification (MPSC).  

Pam has been involved in law enforcement support and training since 1989. She began her career by providing support for active investigations by performing computer forensics while employed for the Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN) one of the nationwide Regional Information Sharing Systems (RSIS) funded by the United States Department of Justice.

In 2002, Pam joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) working for one of their Computer Analysis and Response Teams (CART) at the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (NJRCFL).  Most recently, Pam was employed in private industry consulting in e-discovery, network security, computer forensics and cellular phone forensics.

Pam has taught and lectured on digital forensics as a member of the faculty at several colleges and universities including DeSales University and Chestnut Hill College. She currently directs the Computer Forensics Program at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Pam is a member of Delaware Valley Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigators Association (HTCIA) where she currently serves as Secretary.  She is also a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) since 1992 where she served in various positions as Director, Vice President, Director of Communications, and Director of Training.  She holds several certifications in the field of digital forensics including the IACIS Computer Forensics Certified Examiner (CFCE)

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Mike Mitkus

Mr. Michael Mitkus is a Project Manager at Drakontas, a software and services company, based in Camden, New Jersey and Glenside, Pennsylvania, that provides collaborative solutions for law enforcement, military and security communities.  In his role as Project Manager, Mr. Mitkus supports two Federally funded training and technical assistance programs for State and local law enforcement and the criminal justice communities: one that addresses the threats, vulnerabilities and investigative approaches related to crimes occurring in virtual worlds and online gaming worlds; and another that focuses on crimes involving handheld devices -- from cell phones, smart phones, and tablet computers, to personal navigation devices and gaming devices -- and the identification, seizure and examination of these devices to assist law enforcement during investigations.

Mr. Mitkus has supported the development of training curricula, authored industry articles and white papers, and participated in outreach efforts, webinars, and conference presentations.  

Mr. Mitkus has also supported marketing, sales and business development efforts at Drakontas and has contributed to a grant funded by the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice that provided technical assistance to law enforcement on communications technologies.

Prior to joining Drakontas in 2007, Mr. Mitkus served as Executive Director for a management consulting firm that provided strategic planning and governance support to non-profit trade associations and professional societies.

He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Brian Regli

Dr. Brian Regli is the Primary Investigator for Drakontas under this award, and is the Co-Founder of Drakontas LLC, a software and services company based in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Regli served as the Chief Executive of Drakontas from its founding in 2005, and has worked directly with many agencies within the US Departments of Justice, Defense and Transportation.  Research efforts for these agencies include the trial and evaluation of wireless networks, applications, and data interoperability, as well as direct training for law enforcement on online gaming communities, virtual worlds and law enforcement software tools.  His programmatic experience includes serving as the Center Director for the Communications Technologies Center of Excellence, a program of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technologies Center (NLECTC).  

Dr. Regli spent more than 15 years in the telecommunications industry before founding Drakontas with his business partner, James Sim, and researchers at Drexel University. He was the Chief Operating Officer at CityNet Telecommunications from 2001-2002, as well as Vice President for Corporate Product Management at Southwestern Bell International/Telmex SA de CV in the late 1990s.  He also founded a voice over IP carrier named Inlec Communications and served as its Chief Executive from 1999-2001.

Dr. Regli received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and has an undergraduate degree in Government and Philosophy from Georgetown University.   He is the author of “Wireless:  Strategically Liberalizing the Telecommunications Market” (Lawrence Erlbaum) as well as numerous industry and peer reviewed publications in the area of telecommunications technology and policy.

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Liesl Wuest

Liesl Wuest, Instructional Designer for the Dept. of Culture and Communication at Drexel University

Liesl Wuest has been working in higher education instructional technology since 2006, beginning as an Instructional Designer at Drexel e-Learning in Philadelphia, PA. While there, she worked with instructors and program managers to develop courses for online degree programs at Drexel University. She was responsible for preparing the courses to run each term, developing new courses and course content with instructors and assisting instructors in a variety of ways including teaching software skills, delivery methods and best practices.

In 2008 she moved to Boston and began working as the Instructional Technology Specialist at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. At Mount Ida, she initiated and managed the switch of learning management system platforms from WebCT to ANGEL Learning, organized and managed the launch of all ANGEL course sites each semester, worked closely with the faculty on the development of all online and hybrid courses, co-developed and managed a faculty-training course to help new online instructors develop and teach online courses, and oversaw and managed all technical ANGEL problems. While there, the number of ANGEL course sites increased from around 150 a year to over 560. In addition to her full-time position she also taught an on-campus first year seminar course.

After moving back to Philadelphia in the summer of 2011, Liesl consulted for Temple University and worked as a free-lance Instructional Designer for Drexel e-Learning before joining the Culture and Communication Department at Drexel University in May, 2012 as the department’s first Instructional Designer. At Drexel, her primary focus is working with faculty to develop online courses with strong pedagogy and integrating different technologies into the classroom, both online and face-to-face, to improve the learning outcomes of the students. As the Learning Technology Coordinator on this project, she works closely with the project leaders to design and develop the online instructional components of the training program.

Before working as an instructional designer, Liesl worked as a graphic designer and web designer. Liesl has a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Instructional Technology from Lehigh University.


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