Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
Rodney Petersen is the director of NICE at NIST in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously served as the Managing Director of the EDUCAUSE Washington Office and a Senior Government Relations Officer. He founded and directed the EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity Initiative and was the lead staff liaison for the Higher Education Information Security Council. Prior to joining EDUCAUSE, he worked at two different times for the University of Maryland - first as Campus Compliance Officer in the Office of the President and later as the Director of IT Policy and Planning in the Office of the Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Read more here.
Deputy Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
Bill Newhouse is the Deputy Director of NICE at NIST. Before coming to NIST in 2010, Bill spent five years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he worked initially with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) and then with the Office of the Chief Information Officer for Identity and Information Assurance focused on cybersecurity R&D and technology discovery. Read more here.
Program Manager, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
Danielle Santos is the Program Manager for NICE at NIST. Prior to her role at NIST, Danielle served as the Program Manager for cybersecurity formal education programs including National Centers of Academic Excellence and the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) at the Cybersecurity and Communications division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read more here.
Lead for Industry Engagement, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
Marian Merritt is the Lead for Industry Engagement for NICE at NIST. Marian has over 18 years of experience working in the cybersecurity industry. She previously was with Symantec Corporation as their Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs. In that role, she created a cybersecurity career program for underserved young adults which launched in 2014. Read more here.
Lead for Academic Engagement, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle serves as Lead for Academic Engagement of NICE at NIST. Prior to joining NICE, she was a senior researcher and policy analyst for Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach (ETPRO) and served as the Co-PI for the National Science Foundation (NSF) supported National Cyberwatch Center (NCC). Read more here.
Students at NICE
Prior NICE Student Interns
Samantha Halam, Christine Hysell, and Adi Singh completed student internships with NICE during the summer of 2018.
2018 NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF),
Fayetteville State University
2018 NICE Summer Undergraduate Fellow,
University of Redlands
2018 NIST Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP),
River Hill High School