Nodes at MIIS

What is cyber? What used to be relegated merely to discussions of zeros and ones has broadened with the rise of digitized equipment that touch every facet of life.  Understanding this transformation, almost every department and program within the Monterey Institute boasts faculty, staff and students who integrate the role technology plays in their field through their curriculum, research and/or professional activities.  Below please find a sampling of the diverse CySec nodes at the Institute which span the complex of key aspects of international affairs -- security in all its facets (human, hard, economic/business and environmental variants), peace and stabilization efforts as well as communication (strategic, language, translation, linguistics, localization, cross-cultural understanding and new media).

Faculty and Senior Staff

Dr. Itamara Lochard is the Director of the Monterey Institute Cyber Security Initiative (MCySec). 

Dr. Fusun Akarsu is a Visiting Professor from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.  This fall, she is teaching an Intercultural Communication Course and a workshop on Communicating through Social Media and World Events. She is part of a research team at the Monterey Institute with Nuket Kardam, Philip Murphy and Katherine Punteney doing a pilot study in intercultural modes of thinking and reasoning in countries like Macedonia, Israel, the United States, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. 

Ross Baird is an Adjunct Professor in both International Policy and Frontier Market Scouts. In addition, he is Executive Director of Village Capital. He has worked on the development of education-related start-up ventures, including two using technology to promote civic participation.  He teaches, “Introduction to Social Enterprise and Impact Investing” and “Scouting and Developing a Winning Social Venture.” He holds an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar. 

Dr. Abdelkader Berrahmoun is an Assistant Professor of Language Studies.  His his expertise  includes the pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world and political Islam.

Dr. Jinhuei Enya Dai is an Assistant Professor of Language Studies whose expertise includes interactive blogging, Cognitive linguistics, Chinese cognitive linguistics, Chinese as a heritage language, Chinese and Taiwanese popular culture and linguistic anthropology. Since joining the Institute, she has explored the digital world and content-based instruction: Mini-Monterey Model ( 2007), The MIISing Link (2007), Indvidualization model (2008) and The Virtual Language Center (VLC-I, 2009) were developed based on spirits of “reaching beyond.” Currently, she is re-designing and documenting the VLC-II model which integrates Individualization and interactive blogging.  By collaborating with a tech team in Taiwan, she aims for an even more dynamic interactive blogging platform for language teaching and learning.

Robert (Bob) Cole is the DLC Director specializes in technology, organizational development and digital media co-creation tools. The Digital Learning Commons (DLC) at the Monterey Institute assists the Institute’s community in the pursuit of academic excellence and digital media fluency. They promote creativity and reflection and assist students, faculty,and staff in the development of projects for academic, professional and personal purposes. Through peer-driven teaching and learning, they encourage innovation and seek to create opportunities for discovery and collaboration within and beyond our communities of practice. Projects including 3-D maps, MIIS Radio, L10N@MIIS and TEDxMonterey, among others. 

Theresa Forster-Marshall is an Adjunct Professor in Translation and Localization and Director of Localization at Salesforce.com, a leading cloud computing company headquartered in San Francisco. She  leads the R&D Localization team, which is responsible for localizing all platform offerings at Salesforce.com. She has worked for a number of Silicon Valley companies, including Google and PGP Corporation. During her tenure at Google, she led Google’s Localization team as acting Manager for Localization and Global Content, and later, the newly-formed Localization Operations team, focusing on process and tool design as well as vendor and quality management. She has been the organizer and co-host of the Annual Localization Unconference in Silicon Valley since 2009. 

Dr. Michael Gillen is a Professor of Translation and Interpretation.  His areas of expertise include translation of Russian-language scientific and technical publications, particularly materials science and engineering; integration of translation technology into translation curricula. In the mid-1990s, he spearheaded the effort to establish Monterey Institute’s GSTILE’s translation technology curriculum and, in 1999, helped the Institute partner with Sun Microsystems to found the Globalization Research Center, serving as its director until 2004. From 2001 to 2004, he also served as GSTILE’s Director of Translation, during which time he laid the foundation for the MA in Translation and Localization Management. He has also  incorporated GSTILE’s unique approach to incorporating translation technology into its translation curriculum into his duties as the project manager for the Translation and Interpretation Training Project (T&ITP), which provides intensive workshops on translation and interpretation to U.S. Government foreign-language professionals.

Dr. Michel Gueldry is a Professor of Language Studies. Among other publications include, Incorporating Professional Terminologies into the World's Languages: The Linguistic Engine of a Global Culture (The Mellen Press, 2010) and How Globalizing Professions Deal with National Languages:  Studies in Cultural Conflicts and Cooperation (The Mellen Press, 2010). His expertise is French politics, business and history, French language, cinema and civilization; Western Europe; European Union, European integration, transatlantic relations, language pedagogy and content-based instruction (Monterey Model).

Dr. Pushpa Iyer is the founding Director of the Institute's Center for Conflict Studies (CCS). Editor-in-Chief of the Center's publications and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management.  She sponsors and is co-director of the CCS Social Media and Leadership Program. CCS was started with a specific goal of developing programs and publications that would contribute to the theory and practice of the field of conflict studies. A long-term activist and advocate for the poor and marginalized communities in Gujarat, India, she has consulted and conducted research in several countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as in Africa.  Her areas of specialization are: identity conflicts, non-state armed groups, civil wars, peace processes and peace-building in post-war societies. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, a law degree from Gujarat University, India and an MBA in International Management from the University of East London, UK. 

Shanthi Kalathil is a Senior Fellow of the Social Media and Leadership Project at the Center for Conflict Studies, co-director of the Colloquium on Evolving Global Security Challenges and Adjunct Professor of the Institute's Graduate School of International Policy Management. She was a former Senior Democracy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development, is a member of the Advisory Board to the National Endowment for Democracy's Center for International Media Assistance and a regular consultant for the World Bank, the Aspen Institute, U.S. government and others on the policy and practical aspects of support for democracy, good governance and post-conflict issues. She co-author of "Open Networks, Closed Regimes: The Impact of the Internet on Authoritarian Rule," a widely-cited work that examined the Internet and political transition in eight authoritarian contexts.  In addition, she has authored or edited numerous policy and scholarly publications, including the recent edited volume, "Diplomacy, Development and Security in the Information Age" by Georgetown University and "Developing Independent Media as an Institution of Accountable Governance," by the World Bank.

Amy McGill is the executive director of strategic planning and technology at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In addition to planning and institutional research portfolios, she coordinates activities associated with the Institute’s integration with Middlebury College, and oversees the Information Technology Services department, and the Digital Learning Commons.

Dr. George Moore is a Scientist in Residence at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at Monterey Institute. His many achievements include being Senior Analyst in the Office of Nuclear Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA and Senior Fellow at the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). In addition to being a retired U.S. Navy Captain, he is a lawyer and licensed nuclear engineer; he is currently teaching “Cyber Security: Aspects of Nuclear Security.” 

Uwe Muegge is Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Translation & Localization Management.  He is also a director at CSOFT, the largest language service provider based in Asia. His expertise includes computer-assisted translation, machine translation, terminology management and controlled language. He regularly writes on translation quality and technology and has given presentations at a number of international conferences such as Localization World, tcworld, and Translating and the Computer.  He has also provided strategic consulting services to some of the largest corporations in the world, including Honda, Mercedes Benz, and SAP.

Dr. Philip Murphy researches the application and advancement of innovative methods for detecting and discerning “dark” networks and other difficult to identify social, identity, or interest groups. He is particularly interested in the ideas of distributed cognition and shared identity (i.e., shared perceptions, overlapping frames of reference). He is currently involved in research projects in the fields of network analysis, public health, and security studies.

Dr. Fernando da Paolis earned his Ph.D. in urban planning and teaches data analysis, development economics as well as other policy courses that focus on using the most sophisticated computer analysis and visualization techniques.  He is a Senior Research Fellow with the Naval Postgraduate School’s CORE lab and UCLA’s North American Integration and Development Center. He is affiliated with the Institute’s International Policy School and the Center for the Blue Economy, where he develops research and teaches courses on the problems and solutions at the interface between large bodies of water (oceans and lakes) and urban agglomerations.

Robert Shaw is Director of the Export Controls and Nonproliferation Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS).  He has applied his private-sector experience to research and articles examining the role of industry in global nonproliferation and export control efforts, the challenge of illicit WMD-related procurement networks, and reform of the U.S. export control system. He has been invited to share an industry practitioner's view at multiple nonproliferation forums, including events organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the US Department of State's Office of Export Control Cooperation, and the University of Georgia's Center for International Trade and Security.

Dr. Yuwei Shi is Dean of the Monterey Institute School of International Policy Management and Professor of Strategic Management.  His research focuses on competitive strategy, high-tech venture as well as business model development and evaluation. In addition to being an engineer, Dr. Shi holds an LLM  in Comparative Law and a Ph. D. in Organization, Strategy and International Management.  He is also the Board of Director of Scholarly Exchange -  a web services company based in Brookline, MA and began the Institute’s Frontier Market Scouts program. 

Dr. Gireesh Shrimali focuses on climate change mitigation via the development of new technologies. His previous work includes topics such as design of feed in tariffs; impact of policy on penetration of renewable sources in the US; and analysis of the solar mission, low carbon innovation system and business models for sustainable cook-stoves in India. He is currently leading projects evaluating the impact of policy on the diffusion and cost of renewable technologies – in particular, solar and wind – in both United States and India.

Kristen Tsolis is an Adjunct Professor in International Environment Policy at the Monterey Institute and a spatial data analyst and Lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School. She is one of the founding members of the NPS CORE Lab, a lab focused on visual analytic methodologies and data integration.  She has served as a Visiting Scholar with the Computer Security Response Team (CERT/CC) and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Software Engineering with the goal of developing innovative spatial data analytics capabilities. Kristen currently teaches “Geospatial and Temporal Aspects of Dark Networks” and has also taught “Computer Networking”, “Systems Analysis and Design”, and labs for “Computer Attack and Defense”.

Max Troyer is an Assistant Professor of Translation, Localization Management.  His experience spans the technology, language and consulting industries. He has worked in a wide variety of functions both freelance and in-house, including project management, localization engineering, multilingual layout (DTP), training, technical support and process/workflow consulting. He is interest in translation is based on a desire to build bridges between cultures and people that would not normally connect.

Dr. Cynthia Wagner-Weick is an Adjunct Professor in Business specializing in product innovation, strategic planning, technology management, international market entry strategy and commercial development of biotechnology.  She teaches a workshop on Designing Innovative Organizations. 

Dr. Jim Williams leads the energy and climate change track of the International Environmental Policy program at the Monterey Institute.  He is a specialist in energy technologies, markets, and policies for electric power systems, with experience ranging from regulatory policy and carbon market design to grid integration of renewable energy, transmission planning, energy efficiency and demand response, electric vehicles, energy storage, and distributed generation.  His research focuses on the political economy and security dimensions of energy technologies, markets, and regulation, with a special interest in China and other Asian countries.

Eli Zelkha is an Adjunct Professor of Business. He also lectures on Scenario Planning and Uncertainty at Stanford University School of Engineering. His areas of expertise include technology, venture capital, corporate strategy, art of failure, start-ups, entrepreneurship and mergers & acquisitions.  He  led the team that invented and initially developed Ambient Intelligence, a paradigm for human-centric electronic environments that are embedded, context aware, personalized, adaptive and anticipatory. The European Commission continues playing a crucial role in the development and funding of research in the field of Ambient Intelligence.  Prior to attending Stanford Business School,  he founded and developed Kandahar Designs into Afghanistan’s largest soft goods exporter employing 1,000+ people.  He is the author of numerous published articles including, “The Copyright Question: Making The Net Safe And Profitable For Copyright Content” (PC Week) and “Exploring the Multi-medium” (Internet World), "From Devices to 'Ambient Intelligence'”, "Scenarios for the Future of Consumer Electronics", "The Future of TV" and "Imagining the Future of Digital Displays." 

IT/ Media Specialists

Dan Gifford is the MCySec Research Assistant and Media Manager. He is also the head of the Cyber Security Student Working Group at the Monterey Institute.  As an operator of the Wideband Global Satellite system, he served in Okinawa, Japan. His background includes terrorism research at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a degree in anthropology from Columbia University. He is interested in the nexus of anthropology, counter-terrorism and cyber issues with a particular focus on central and southern Asia.

Trinidad Gomez

Melissa Hantham is a Research Associate in the East Asia Nonproliferation Program (EANP) of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). She supports CNS' research by investigating new techniques in geospatial analysis, incorporating imagery and other remote sensing data, 3D modeling and mapping.  Additionally, she assists the Export Control and Nonproliferation Project with research on proliferation financing and money laundering.   Her regional interests include the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, North Korean WMD procurement and proliferation networks, and East Asian security.

Eric Morrow is a social media and website expert with the Monterey Institute.

Anne Marie Steiger is a website specialist at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS).  She is responsible for client sites' updates, maintenance, and coding. She develops and designs custom blogs as needed. She also makes interactive maps using Google's toolsets, one of which is a showcased winner in Google's Geo for Good contest. Before arriving at CNS, she worked as a web designer, computer games animator, adjunct faculty in computer graphics, and art director of print materials. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with an MFA in computer graphics and holds a BA in graphic design from LaRoche College.

David Steiger is the Senior Web & Desktop Publishing Specialist for CNS and is responsible for design, layout, maintenance, HTML coding, and most images on the web site.  Before arriving at CNS, he was a freelance artist and programmer in commercial web design.

Margarita Zolotova is a CNS Research Associate for Social Design and Digital Strategy. Her work has contributed to such CNS projects as: the design and strategy for the CNS online nonproliferation course for diplomats, journalists, and scholars; the joint CNS and Lawrence Livermore online training course on nuclear safeguards policy; and the joint CNS and US State Department's Virtual Science Challenge for US and Russian high school students.  Her professional interests include role of new media and internet communication platforms in international relations and security. Prior to coming to CNS, she worked as a television journalist and producer, media, and political strategist in Russia. She developed a study on new media as a tool for advancing the goal of nuclear disarmament for the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Resource Centers

The Digital Learning Commons (DLC) at the Monterey Institute assists the Institute’s community in the pursuit of academic excellence and digital media fluency. They promote creativity and reflection and assist students, faculty,and staff in the development of projects for academic, professional and personal purposes. Through peer-driven teaching and learning, they encourage innovation and seek to create opportunities for discovery and collaboration within and beyond our communities of practice. Projects including 3-D maps, MIIS Radio, L10N@MIIS and TEDxMonterey, among others.

The META Lab (Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training and Analysis Lab) strives to create a learning environment in which students and faculty share in cutting-edge approaches to research and evaluation, by providing a repository of expertise to support courses and collaborating with other research centers on campus. The META Lab offers students opportunities to gain professional work experience through participating in lab projects, while serving an important community service function, by collaborating with local, regional and national groups to provide high-level expertise in the form of student participation and expert advice and consultation.