About the NCI

We’re Excelsior College’s academic and research center dedicated to assisting government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology, and education.

The NCI is shaping a coordinated effort to build the cybersecurity workforce and influence an informed leadership base that implements cutting-edge cybersecurity policy. We target the development of effective cybersecurity practice in specific sectors, including health care, finance, utilities/energy, telecommunications, and education/training.


Amelia Estwick, PhD – Thought Leader for Excelsior College’s cybersecurity research, training, and academic initiatives.


  • Avinash Srinivasan – Faculty member in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University.
  • Michael Tu, PhD – Assistant professor at the Department of Computer Information Technology & Graphics at Purdue University Calumet.
  • Randall Sylvertooth – Career industry subject matter expert (SME) in cyber security, working as a contractor for The U.S. Government in various capacities.
  • Terry M. Evans – Business and cybersecurity consultant with a career including leadership and management positions in both the public and private sector and in government.
  • Timothy Carlisle – Project manager for Cybersecurity at the San Francisco International Airport, where he manages the Airport’s Cybersecurity Programs.

Faculty Members

  • Andrew Hurd – Faculty
  • Denise Pheils – Faculty
  • Din Cox – Faculty
  • Ethan Sprissler – Faculty and Program Director
  • Fiona Vaughns – Faculty
  • Jane LeClair – Faculty and Former NCI COO
  • John Johnson – Faculty
  • Karen Dixon-Brugh – Faculty
  • Laurel Schneider – Faculty
  • Patrick Reedy – Faculty
  • Syed Raza – Faculty
  • Wallace Pennington – Faculty
  • William J. Doane – Faculty