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Meet the Staff

Rodney Peterson_NICE
rodney.petersen [at] nist.gov
(301) 975-8897

Rodney Petersen

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.


Bill Newhouse_NICE
william.newhouse [at] nist.gov
(301) 975-0232

Bill Newhouse

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.


NICE_Danielle Santos
danielle.santos [at] nist.gov
(301) 975-5048

Danielle Santos

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.


Marian Merritt_NICE
marian.merritt [at] nist.gov
(240) 338-2033

Marian Merritt

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.


Davina Pruitt-Mentle_NICE
davina.pruitt-mentle [at] nist.gov
(301) 975-2411

Davina Pruitt-Mentle

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

Rickie Grigsby

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2019 NICE Summer Graduate Fellow,
California State University, San Bernardino

Thomas Hayes

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2019 NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF),
University of North Georgia

Kelley Li

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2019 NIST Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP), 
Montgomery Blair High School

 Prior NICE Student Interns

Samantha Halam, Christine Hysell, and Adi Singh completed student internships with NICE during the summer of 2018.  

Samantha Halam

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2018 NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF),
Fayetteville State University

Christine Hysell

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2018 NICE Summer Undergraduate Fellow,
University of Redlands

Adi Singh

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2018 NIST Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP),
 River Hill High School


Lindsey Polley, Dora Baldwin, and Alina Aragon completed student internships with NICE during the summer of 2017.

Lindsey Polley

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2017 NICE Summer Graduate Fellow,
Pardee RAND Graduate School

Dora Baldwin

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2017 NICE Summer Graduate Fellow,
California State University, San Bernardino
 

Alina Aragon

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2017 NICE Undergraduate Fellow,
California State University, San Bernardino

 

Contacts

FOR GENERAL INFORMATION

  • NICE Program Office
    (301) 975-5048
    100 Bureau Dr.
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Created February 1, 2017, Updated November 15, 2019