Overview

  • Nadya Bliss

    Interim Co-Director

    Prior to joining ASU, Nadya spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding Group Leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. In that capacity, Nadya developed, led, and managed research initiatives in advanced analytics, high performance computing systems, and computer architectures to address the challenges facing the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC). Under Nadya’s leadership, the Group’s research portfolio included a wide‐range of programs funded by DARPA, iARPA, ONR, NGA, USAF, ASD(R&E), and other U.S. Government sponsors.

    In 2011, Nadya was awarded the inaugural MIT Lincoln Laboratory Early Career Technical Achievement award recognizing her work in parallel computing, computer architectures, and graph processing algorithms and her leadership in anomaly detection in graph‐based data (presented to 2 employees under 35). She has over 60 publications and presentations, holds a patent, and has served as a chair and member of multiple technical and organizational committees. Nadya received bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a Member of ACM.

  • Kyle Squires

    Interim Co-Director

    Dr. Squires serves as director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, one of the five Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and as a professor of mechanical engineering. He oversees degree and research programs in aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering and the professional science master’s program in solar energy engineering and commercialization. Enrollment in the programs is nearly 3,000 students.

    Prior to joining ASU in 1997, Squires was on the faculty of the mechanical engineering department at the University of Vermont. Previously he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University.

    Squires’ expertise encompasses computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modeling of both single-phase and multi-phase flows, and high-performance computing. Specific interests include the use of direct numerical simulation and large eddy simulation applied to particle-laden turbulent flows and the development of hybrid Reynolds-averaged and large eddy simulation techniques for high Reynolds number wall-bounded flows. Squires applies his expertise to exploration of ways to improve the aerodynamics of aircraft, ground vehicles and sports equipment.
    He has held numerous visiting appointments in the U.S., Japan and Europe and was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2008.

    Squires holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

  • Corey Polka

    Business Operations Manager

    Ms. Polka is the Business Operations Manager for the Security & Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI). She is an ASU graduate, obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the College of Business, and has held a variety of administrative positions in her nearly twenty years of experience at ASU, including Business Manager for the Office of the ASU President and Business Coordinator for the W.P. Carey School of Business Development Office.

  • Sharon Lee

    Administrative Specialist

    Ms. Lee is the Administrative Specialist for the Security & Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI). She obtained her BA in Organizational Communication at Arizona State University and her M.Ed. from the University of Arizona. She has nearly twenty years of experience working in various university support positions, including in the Office of the Provost at the University of Arizona and most recently in the Office of the Dean at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

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