Conference Committee Bios

Arturo Arango

Arturo Arango is a crime data analyst specialized in crime prediction and IT software dedicated to violent crime research and cybercrime over different methodologies delivered to prevent crime. By using geo statistics models designed to exploit data mining and big data science, he helps different local and National Public Safety institutions over Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, and in academic organizations. Now, he is a project director in the National homicide observatory in México as vice president. On International cybercrime observatory, and planning director for Public Safety, secretariat in Nezahualcóyotl, México. (

Scott Arena

Scott Arena is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Science at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Mr. Arena has over thirty-five years of experience in the R&D field of telecommunications and high-order networking (Bell Labs, ATT, Verizon Lab, among others). He has several patents in networking and security. He taught for MET for over twenty years as a part-time faculty member, joining as a full-time member in spring 2019.

Mohamed Chawki

Judge Dr. Mohamed Chawki holds a (Ph.D.) in law from the University of Lyon III in France for a dissertation on French, British and American cybercrime legal systems. This was followed by a 3-year post-doctoral research at the Faculty of Law, University of Aix-Marseille III, France. He is a senior judge in Egypt and the Founder Chairman of the International Association of Cybercrime Prevention (AILCC), located in Paris, France. An association of international IT experts and legal scholars specializing in cyber law, privacy, and security. He is also the founder and co – director of the African Center for Cyberlaw, in Kampala (ACCP), research center founded in collaboration with the United-Nations (UN). Dr. Chawki holds over 25 prizes for this academic achievement and was awarded by the Medal of Excellence by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt in 1998, the international prize Claire l’Heureux Dubé from Canada in 2007 and the distinguished services medal from the government of Brazil in 2009.

Lou Chitkushev

Lou Chitkushev, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, an Associate Professor of Computer Sciences, and the Director of Health Informatics and Health Sciences at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Dr. Chitkushev has served on several IEEE conference committees and as a NSF review panelist. He is cofounder and associate director of Boston University’s Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security, and played a role in initiatives that led to Boston University’s designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency. Chitkushev teaches data communications, computer networks, advanced Internet technologies, medical informatics, and network security.

Jaeyong Choi

Jaeyong Choi, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at West Chester University (PA). His research interests include cybercrime, immigration and criminal justice, cross-national research, and perceptions of crime and justice.

Kyung-shick Choi

Dr. Kyung-shick Choi is the Director of Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC) at Boston University’s Metropolitan College. Dr. Choi designed and oversees Metropolitan College’s programs in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, offered jointly by the Department of Applied Social Sciences and Department of Computer Science. These programs comprise a graduate certificate and an MS in Criminal Justice degree concentration.

Choi has an established track record in designing and delivering law enforcement training programs in cybercrime investigation, including computer forensics and child exploitation investigation. He facilitated the Korean Institute of Criminology global cybercrime project, Virtual Forum Against Cybercrime (VFAC), in cooperation with the United Nations, and also served as an instructor and consultant. He has been invited to deliver lectures at the INTERPOL and the AMERIPOL summits and has also testified as a cybercrime expert in support of a cybersecurity bill (No. H2814) for the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Choi is founding editor and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Intelligence. He also conducts his own academic research, focusing on the intersection of human behavior and technology, and how criminal justice organizations can respond effectively to the challenges of cybercrime. In 2008, he proposed the Cyber-Routine Activities Theory (Cyber-RAT), which has become a predominant theory of computer-crime victimization. Choi’s work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and his books include Risk Factors in Computer Crime (2010), Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation (2015), Cibercriminología: Guía para la Investigación del Cibercrimen y Mejores Prácticas en Securidad Digital [Cybercriminology: Guide for Cybercrime Investigation and Best Practices in Digital Security] (2017), and The Foundations of Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (2020). Choi is currently working on federally funded cybercrime- and cybersecurity-related projects with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Kyungseok Choo

Kyungseok Choo is the U.S. Department of Justice Grant Program lead and Professor of Criminal Justice and Economic Crime at Utica College. He has more than $12 million external research grant experience from which he has directly managed more than $4 million research budget including the current DOJ grant.  The list of selected grants is as follows: 1) OJJDP-Juvenile Drug Court Guidelines, 2) NIJ-a school safety intelligence fusion center in Miami-Dade, 3) Department of Education-Louisiana Safe and Successful Schools Initiative, 4) BJA- Sex Offender Authentication, 5) KIC- transnational human trafficking study, and 6) Massachusetts Shannon Community Safety Initiative. The research results have been published as academic journal articles. (

Brandon Dulisse

Brandon Dulisse is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Tampa. His research interests include the relationship between prison staff and inmates, the administration of solitary confinement, importation of culture into the incarcerative setting, the status and well-being of elderly inmates in prison, and how prisons measure PTSD and other trauma. His recent research has been published in Journal of Criminal Justice, Prison Journal, and Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Criminal Justice Review. (,-brandon/)

Austen Givens

Austen D. Givens is Associate Professor of Cybersecurity at Utica College. His research has appeared in The Cyber Defense Review and the National Cybersecurity Institute Journal, among other outlets. In 2018, Givens was appointed to serve on the national staff of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as Branch Assistant for External IT Security Awareness, a capacity in which he develops IT security awareness and training products for the 28,000+ members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Coast Guard forces worldwide. He received a PhD in Public Policy from the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. (

Chris Kayser

Chris Kayser is the Founder, President and CEO of Cybercrime Analytics Inc. He holds a Master of Criminal Justice with a sub-concentration in Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity from Boston University. Chris is a member of CATA Alliance, CATA’s eCrime Cyber Council, ASC, ACJS, SERENE-RISC, and holds a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) certification from the Market Technicians Association. He is an editorial review board member of the IJCIC, JOCCJ, and JOTA. Chris has authored two books: “How to Master an Online Degree – A Guide to Success”, and “Cybercrime through Social Engineering – A Guide to Success”.

Ilia Kolochenko

Ilia Kolochenko is a Swiss application security expert and entrepreneur. He started his career as a penetration tester and has 15 years of experience in security auditing and digital forensics. After serving in Swiss artillery troops in 2007, Ilia founded his first pentesting and cybersecurity consultancy High-Tech Bridge. In 2014, Frost & Sullivan named the company a leading service provider in the European pentesting market. Later Ilia invented and built the concept of the ImmuniWeb Platform, which combines the strengths of human intelligence with Machine Learning and is now entirely dedicated to it. As a Chief Architect at ImmuniWeb, he leads our data scientists, security analysts and software engineers. Ilia holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and Mathematics from Webster University, a Master of Legal Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Cybercrime Investigation) from Boston University. Currently, Ilia is a Doctoral student (Ph.D. in Cybersecurity Leadership) at Capitol Technology University. Ilia Kolochenko is a member of Europol Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN), a Member of GIAC Advisory Board, a Committee Member at Boston University MET CIC (Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity) Center and CIPP exam item writer at the IAPP. Ilia is a certified GIAC GLEG professional (Law of Data Security & Investigations) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPP/A and CIPP/C) by IAPP. (

Nathan Kruis

Nathan E. Kruis, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Altoona. Kruis received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State Altoona and earned both his master’s and Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include stigma, drug policy, and substance use dependency; guns and firearm legislation; and criminological theory. He currently co-directs the Integrated Social Sciences Research Lab (ISSRL) at Penn State Altoona. Through the ISSRL, Kruis helps develop young scholars and prepares students for graduate school and research-oriented professional experiences. (

Jennifer LaPrade

Dr. Jennifer LaPrade is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the founder and Head Coach of the Mock Trial program at Missouri State University. She has served as a judge at multiple American Mock Trial Association regional and national tournaments. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and her master’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Constitutional Law from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include cybercrime, courts, and policing.

Claire Lee

Dr. Claire Seungeun Lee is an Assistant Professor at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies and a member of the Center for Internet Security and Forensics Education and Research (iSAFER) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, United States. Her research interests include cybercrime, cybersecurity, social media, big data, and immigration. Her research has been funded by and/or is currently funded by the National Research Foundation (South Korea) (2017-2018, 2019-2020), the Overseas Korean Foundation (South Korea) (2019-2021), and the National Security Agency (USA) (2021-2022). She currently serves as a Treasurer/Secretary of the Division of Cybercrime at American Society of Criminology. (

Catherine Marcum

Dr. Cathy Marcum is the assistant chair and professor of justice studies in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. She has extensive book and peer-reviewed journal publication history in the fields of cybercrime offending and victimization, correctional issues, and sexual victimization. Dr. Marcum is the Chair of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Cybercrime, First Vice President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, and Trustee-at-Large for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. (

Ismael Morales

Ismael Morales, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at Utica College, earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green University and his master’s degree in information assurance from Syracuse University. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at Northcentral University. Ismael’s research interests include cybersecurity and data science. His experience in multiple domains encompasses software engineering, DoD geo-spatial information systems, legal/news and business, automotive industrial engineering, DoD logistics, and DoD cybersecurity research and development. His activities in support of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, the NSA, the U.S. Army Intelligence Command, the Air Force Research Lab, and the Department of Defense included software development, kernel programming, cybersecurity R&D, and technical management in classified and unclassified domains. He served as the principal security assessor for multiple DOD agencies and commercial businesses for information assurance certification and accreditation. (

Robert Price

Mr. Price’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity Intelligence and Forensics from Utica College. Mr. Price has received extensive computer forensics training through the Federal Bureau of Investigation Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) program and industry leading organizations including Guidance Software, MSAB Microsystemation, and BlackBag Technologies. For nearly four years, Mr. Price worked as a Forensic Scientist within the Digital Evidence Section at the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory (NCSCL) in Raleigh, NC, where he also served as the Technical Leader and Training Officer.  Mr. Price worked as a Forensic Digital Evidence Analyst II at the Monroe County Crime Laboratory in Rochester, NY, where he serves as a Task Force Officer for the Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (WNYRCFL).  His work at the NCSCL and the WNYRCFL involved the collection, preservation, and analysis of digital evidence for regional, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as providing expert testimony in state and federal courts.

Nicola Staub

Nicola is dedicated to reducing ever-rising costs and losses related to financially motivated cybercrime by using technology and fostering strong public-private-partnerships. As one of the first Swiss Prosecutors specialized in fighting cybercrime, Nicola previously led numerous investigations in Switzerland and abroad. He has initiated and been contributing in an expert capacity to a variety of national and global initiatives against cybercrime, serves as Ambassador to the Global Cyber Alliance and is a member of the Cybersecurity Committee of digitalswitzerland. Nicola is an Attorney-at-law, earned his LL.M. at King’s College in the UK and completed various trainings in Switzerland and abroad in his field of expertise.

Richard Wentling

Richard L. Wentling, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator at Penn State New Kensington in the department of Criminal Justice and Administration of Justice. He is a former corrections officer having worked primarily in therapeutic communities with offenders. His primary research interests are in correctional and public policy, comparative justice systems, and research methods. Dr. Wentling teaches courses spanning from introductory level to senior seminar research-focused courses. (

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