Research Team

The project team comprises scholars from three schools/colleges at Syracuse University:


Associate Professor, LC Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science

Steve ChapinSteve Chapin teaches High-Performance Distributed Computing, Operating Systems, Intro to Crypto, and Systems Assurance at SU’s LC Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. His current research projects include Detecting and Thwarting Injected Code Attacks, Protocol Steganography, Covert Channels in IPv6, Reducing False Positive Rates for Digital Forensics, and Accountable Digital Pseudonyms.

Between May 2006 and May 2011, Chapin worked at the Technical Committee in Bellevue, WA, where he was responsible for overseeing Microsoft’s compliance with the consent decree (a.k.a. the “Final Judgment”) in the US v. Microsoft antitrust case. For most of that time, he worked as the Manager of the Middleware Group, with responsibilities relating to web browsers, e-mail clients, instant messengers, and media players.


Meredith Professor, LC Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science

Shu-Kai-ChinShiu-Kai Chin is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at SU. He is Co-Director (with Scott Bernard) of the Center for Information and Systems Assurance and Trust (CISAT). Chin’s research applies mathematical logic to the engineering of trustworthy systems and investigates access control and policy-based design and verification. He supports the research program of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Cyber Operations Branch in the Information Grid Division in trustworthy systems and hardware-based computer security, and he and his students have created engineering design and verification procedures using higher-order logic to make trustworthy hardware and software.

Chin is a member of the National Institute of Justice’s Electronic Crime Technical Working Group. With JP Morgan Chase, he applies his research to reasoning about credentials and entitlements in large-value commercial transactions. He is co-author, with Dr. Susan Older, of the textbook Access Control, Security, and Trust: A Logical Approach (CRC Press, 2011).

Chin also is one of the instructors in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Assurance Internship Program, the successor to the Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) Cyber Security Boot Camp. He is one of two instructors who taught the full eight-year span of ACE, which, from 2003 to 2010, was a 10-week summer program for Air Force ROTC cadets whose mission was to develop the next generation of cyber leaders through education, hands-on training, officer development—and weekly eight-mile runs! ACE was based upon the highly successful three-and-a-half-year General Electric Advanced Course in Engineering, of which Professor Chin is a graduate.


Professor, LC Smith College of Engineering and Computer ScienceSU Photo & Imaging Center PhotosPrasanta Ghosh teaches circuits, electronic devices, integrated circuits, power systems, and workplace diversity at LC Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at SU, where his research interests include high speed electronic devices and integrated circuits; nonlinear dielectric, ferroelectric and optical thin films; power electronics and power engineering; and composite materials. He holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.


Assistant Director, Institute for Security Policy and Law

INSCT Staff Group Photo Prof Bill BanksKeli A. Perrin joined the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University in 2006 as the Assistant Director. In this role, Perrin administers INSCT’s Security in the Middle East Program, coordinates the Victim Compensation Project, co-directs the Resilience and Security Project, and coordinates the Cyber Security project activities. Perrin’s research interests include homeland security, emergency management, and national security law.

In addition, Perrin is an adjunct professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the top ranked public affairs school in the United States. Perrin teaches Homeland Security: Federal Policy and Implementation Challenges, an interdisciplinary course for graduate students pursuing degrees in international relations, public administration, political science and law.

Since 2006, Perrin has co-instructed INSCT’s Research Center, which provides an opportunity for graduate and law students to explore research topics such as: national security leaks, victim compensation, private security contractors, fusion centers, immigration law and border security policy, and emergency management.

She is a member of the New York State Emergency Manager’s Association and has completed ICS-300 and ICS-400 training through the State of New York’s Office of Homeland Security.

Perrin served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable David N. Hurd, United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York. She is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Northern District of New York. She also is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Perrin graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 2004. As a joint degree student she also earned a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She earned a B.S. from SUNY Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering Technology, majoring in thermodynamics.


Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Technical Alliances, Syracuse University

Vijay SrivinasAt SU, Vijay Srinivas’ responsibilities include the identification and development of university-corporate partnerships to best leverage the strengths and competencies of the university and to further its strategic initiatives.

Before working for SU, Srivinas was Director of International Business at SRCTec, a subsidiary of SRC, where he identified and developed international markets for products and systems. Srivinas lead the Product Pipeline Working Group and was an integral part of an Investment Steering Committee tasked with qualifying and funding new product ideas.

Before joining SRCTec, at Sensis Corporation, Srivinas led technical development projects, new product launches, and the execution of Sensis’ first international A-SMGCS program at the New Delhi Airport, India. At General Motors, he served in Business Process Reengineering roles.

Srivinas holds an M.B.A. degree, with a concentration in operations management and international finance, and an M.S. in manufacturing engineering from Syracuse University. He is also a graduate of the Central New York Advanced Course in Engineering program from Syracuse University.


Associate Professor, Economics and Public Administration, SU Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and Director, Center for Environmental Policy and Administrationpeter wilcoxen

Peter Wilcoxen is an Associate Professor of Economics and Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is also the director of the Maxwell School’s Center for Environmental Policy and Administration, and is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Brookings Climate and Energy Economics Project. He received a BA in physics from the University of Colorado in 1982 and a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1989.

Wilcoxen’s principal area of research is the effect of environmental and energy policies on economic growth, international trade, and the performance of individual industries. His work often involves the design, construction and use of large-scale intertemporal general equilibrium models. He is a coauthor (with Dale W. Jorgenson) of the Jorgenson-Wilcoxen model, a thirty-five-sector econometric general equilibrium model of the US economy that has been used to study a wide range of environmental, energy and tax policies. He is also a coauthor (with Warwick J. McKibbin) of G-Cubed, an eight-region, twelve-sector general equilibrium model of the world economy that has been used to study international trade and environmental policies. He has published more than 50 papers and has co-authored two books: one with Warwick McKibbin on the design of an international policy to control climate change, and one with three coauthors on the design and construction of large scale economic models.

Wilcoxen is currently a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee. His past positions include: Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics, the University of Texas at Austin; Visiting Fellow, the Brookings Institution; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University; and Senior Research Fellow, the University of Melbourne in Australia. He was also a Review Editor on the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His research has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the US Geological Survey, and the National Science Foundation.