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Biographical Information

Raymond T. Albert

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Professor of Computer Science

Ext. 7696 Office: 203 Nadeau Hall

Additional Titles:
Program Coordinator, Cybersecurity/Information Security/Computer Applications programs
Director, Maine Cyber Security Cluster (USM)

Ray is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), Program Coordinator for the Computer-related degree programs at UMFK, and has served as Director of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster (MCSC) at the University of Southern Maine (USM).  Ray previously served as Chair of the Division of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at UMFK during which time he orchestrated the effort to achieve program accreditation under the auspices of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Regionally, he successfully orchestrated and led a multi-campus initiative to attain National Security Agency (NSA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognition of the distributed University of Maine System Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education. He now serves as a reviewer program reviewer for other institutions seeking recognition. Ray has also served the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) as an on-site evaluator for higher education institutions in New England. In 2007, both chambers of the Maine State Legislature passed a legislative sentiment recognizing his work in higher education in the St. John Valley. The proclamation was sponsored, and later presented to Albert, by Fort Kent area Representative Troy Jackson and Senator John Martin. Ray's industry experience includes serving NASA – Johnson Space Center as a Software Quality Assurance engineer on its Space Station Freedom Project, Macro Development Corporation as a software developer, and QualityQuest, LLC as a CEO.


Education

Online Teaching Certificate (SLOAN-C Institute), Newburyport, Massachusetts, August 2012;

Post-graduate certification in Information Assurance and Security, the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), Purdue University, 2003

Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Media & Instructional Design, Bilingual/Multicultural Education, University of Florida 1996

M.S., Computer Science, University of Vermont 1986

B.A., Mathematics/Science Field, University of Maine at Fort Kent 1983


Teaching Experience

Ray has served over 30 years as Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.  He has also served adjunct graduate faculty for Nova Southeastern University for several of those years.


Research

PI on NASA EPSCoR award ($122,539; ) titled "Catalyzing Maine's Cybersecurity Future through Visioneering".  A one-year project to organize and implement a "visioneering" process, which will include hosting a 3-day "visioneering" workshop, to bring together academic, government, and business leaders and practitioners to generate ideas and potential solutions for addressing the cybersecurity vision and applied research growth opportunities in Maine and the great New England Region.

Co-PI on DHS award ($324,373; EMW-2016-PU-00280-S01) titled “Enhanced Port Cybersecurity and Reduced Risk with BetaPort”.  A three-year project to identify core cybersecurity vulnerabilities and capabilities in Port Resiliency/Recovery and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) that inform and direct future training/exercise programs, foster a culture of best practices in cyber security hygiene with the ability to build rigor, security, and safety into its systems.

Co-PI on NSF award ($300,461; DGE-1438826) titled “Maine Virtual Cybersecurity Collaborative Learning Laboratory”.  A two-year project to pilot and evaluate the feasibility of implementing an inter-institutional virtual cyber security collaborative learning laboratory as a shared educational environment that provides Maine students in different locations to gain practical collaborative experience in preventing and mitigating cyber attacks in real-time. The research design allows for the evaluation of the feasibility of implementing the inter-institutional laboratory in five, four-hour rounds of simulations over three semesters when students respond to Denial of Service and Malware exploit scenarios. Evaluation research will utilize a mixed-method approach, with an emphasis on interviews, surveys, observations, and usage data to assess faculty and student attitudes toward and use of the virtual cybersecurity laboratory, and the extent of cooperation among the three institutions in the implementation of the laboratory. Quantitative analysis of student performance data will allow for preliminary assessment of the promise of the virtual laboratory for achieving the expected learning outcomes related to Protect and Defend cyber security scenarios.

University of Maine System Strategic Investment Fund consecutive grants for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 “Cyber Defense Competitions as a Method to Raise Awareness and Interest of High School Students in University of Maine System STEM Programs”. The aim of the project is to raise awareness and interest of high school students in University of Maine System (UMS) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs while simultaneously availing service learning opportunities to computer science and related program undergraduates. The project is based on the successful efforts and progress made to date by state and national programs that serve as models.

Co-Trustee Professorship for AY 2007-2008 (and beyond) “A Prototype Wildlife Detection System for Animal-Vehicle Collision (AVC) Prevention”. The purpose of this study is to build upon and extend research in this area by designing and implementing a prototype wildlife detection system based on an “intelligent” multi-sensory-node network design that can reliably detect wildlife in the roadway while simultaneously preventing the production of false positive alerts.


Honors, Fellowships, & Memberships

NSF sponsored - C5 (Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges) Teaching Fellow (June 30, 2017).

Selected as a university faculty workshop participant in the "SEcurity EDucation (SEED) workshop".  The project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation under the auspices of Syracuse University.  The multi-day workshop provides training to instructors who are interested in using SEED labs in their courses. During the workshops, instructors will work on the SEED labs of which they are most interested (Summer 2017).

Selected as a university faculty workshop participant in the "Capacity Building for Control Systems Collaborative Project".  The project is sponsored by the Department of Defense-National Security Agency Information Assurance Scholarship Program sponsored project under the auspices of Jacksonville State University.  The multi-day workshop covered control systems security curriculum development and hands-on exercises (Summer 2017).

Selected as one of only 30 university faculty members nationwide to participate in the Homeland Security Faculty Development Workshop. The program was sponsored by the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI), a program of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS).

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member

Maine Cyber Defense Competition (http://mecdc.umfk.maine.edu) Director

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Software Quality Engineer

EDUCAUSE 2009 Program Committee member

Participated in Harvard University – Chautauqua 2006 Summer Faculty Development Program – entitled “Using Research-based Curricula and Tools to Promote Active Learning in Introductory Courses II” held June 9-12, 2006 at Tuft’s University

Completed Purdue University (CERIAS) Information Assurance Education Graduate Certificate Program (Summer 2003)

Expert Witness with Round Table Group (Expert Witness Search and Referral firm)


Licenses Held

ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP - 434845). "CISSP® certification is a globally recognized standard of achievement that confirms an individual's knowledge in the field of information security." Most consider it "the most prestigious and highly valued of the security certifications."  More details about the CISSP credential are available at https://www.isc2.org/cissp/default.aspx

EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH - ECC966439). A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker. The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various information security and e-business skills. EC-Council has been certified by American National Standards Institute.

CompTIA Security+ Certification (COMP001020100212). CompTIA is known worldwide as the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications. CompTIA certifications identify IT professionals who prove their aptitude in various fields such as security. Enter code “P1RQTQ4BJL4QY8LE” at https://www.certmetrics.com/comptia/public/verification.aspx to verify.


Research Interests

Application of instructional technologies to promote access to and improve quality of Information Security and Assurance (Cybersecurity) academic programs, Instructional Gaming, Academic Integrity, and Distance Education


Campus & Community Service

Program reviewer for institutions of higher education seeking National Security Agency (NSA)/ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognition as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

Mentor with the C5 Program that seeks to strengthen and expand the number of community colleges across the nation that have earned the NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (IA) / Cyber Defense (CD) 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) designation.

Program reviewer for institutions of higher education recognized under the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission (NEASC).

Proposal reviewer for 2009 Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE) Conference.

Invited by Educational Testing Service (ETS) to serve as reader for Advanced Placement (AP) – Computer Science exams (2008-)

Proposal reviewer for the “Ubiquitous Broadband Wireless Access and Sensing” (BWISE) proposals to the Maine Technology Asset Fund (MTAF) and subsequently the NSF – EpScor program under the leadership of University of Maine Professor Mohamad Musavi (2008)

Served on NEASC evaluation team for focused review of Green Mountain College conducted on November 4-6, 2007

Served to help achieve IACBE Accreditation of Business and Related Programs (2007)

Invited reviewer of “PHISHING the PHISHER using Web Bugs and HoneyTokens to Investigate the Source of PHISHING Attacks”, article submission to Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) (http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_40/apahome40.htm)  

Invited reviewer of “Quality Assurance in Educational Software Development”, article submission to Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) (http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_40/apahome40.htm)  

Served as reviewer/judge in the Computer Society History Competition (CHC60) of the IEEE Computer Society.

Developed "Pac-Maine" (1988), based on the PAC-MAN game (NAMCO), to promote well-being and to raise awareness and interest in UMFK. (https://archive.org/details/msdos_Pac-Maine_1988)


Recent Papers, Presentations & Publications

Lynn, D. & Albert, R. T. (2017), “The Collaboratory Experience: The Human Factor in Cybersecurity””, Journal for the Colloquium of Information System Security Education (CISSE), 4th Edition, Issue 2, February 2017.  

Albert, R. T. & Lynn, D. (2016), “The Collaboratory Experience: The Human Factor in Cybersecurity””, peer reviewed presentation to 2016 Colloquium of Information System Security Education (CISSE).  

Albert, R. T., Bennett, C., Briggs, D., Ebben, M., Felch, H., Kokoska, D., Lovewell, L., MacDonald, C., Markowsky, G., Markowsky, L., Murphy, J., Sihler, E., Wilson, G. (2015), “Experiences with Establishment of a Multi-University Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance-Cyber Defense”, peer reviewed article published in the Proceedings of the 2015 Annual World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Applied Computing Conference (WORLDCOMP). 

Albert, R. T. (2014), "SCADA and Cybersecurity from a Curriculum and Instruction Perspective”, Proceedings of the 2014 Annual World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Applied Computing Conference (WORLDCOMP). 

Albert, R. T.  & Albert, R. E. (2013), "Experiences with the Promise and Potential of Service Learning in an Online Information Security Curriculum”, Proceedings of the 2013 Annual World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Applied Computing Conference (WORLDCOMP). 

Cavanagh, C. & Albert, R. T. (2012), “Implementation Progress, Student Perceptions, and Refinement of a Virtual Information Security Laboratory Maine”, Proceedings of the 2012 Annual World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Applied Computing Conference (WORLDCOMP). 

Cavanagh, C. & Albert, R. T. (2011), “Goals Models and Progress Towards Establishing an Information Security Laboratory in Maine”, Proceedings of the 2011 Annual World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Applied Computing Conference (WORLDCOMP). 

Albert, R. T., Markowsky, G. & Wallingford, J. (2010), “High School Cyber Defense Competitions – Lessons from the Trenches”, Proceedings of the 2010 Annual World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering & Applied Computing Conference (WORLDCOMP).

Albert, R. T., & Wallingford, J. (2010), “Cyber Defense Competitions - Educating for Prevention”, Proceedings of the 2010  Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE) Conference

Albert, R. T. (2009).  “The 'U' in Information Security". Proceedings of 2009 Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE) Conference.

Albert, R. T. (2003).  “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Online: Maintaining Balance”, Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) E-Learn 2003 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education.

Albert, R. T. (2003).  “’New and Improved’ Accountability”, Invited post to the SLOAN-C Effective Practices web site.  http://sloan-c.org/effective/browse.asp

Albert, R. T. & Albert, R. E. (2002). “Relationships among Bilingualism, Critical Thinking Ability, and Critical Thinking Disposition”, Proceedings of the AACN - Baccalaureate Education Conference.

Albert, R. T. (2002).  “’New and Improved’ Accountability”, Proceedings of the Eighth SLOAN-C International Conference on Online Learning. http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/effective_practices/new-and-improved-accountability

Albert, R. T., Albert, R. E. & Radsma, J. (2002).  “Relationships among Bilingualism, Critical Thinking Ability, and Critical Thinking Disposition”, Journal of Professional Nursing, 18(4), pp. 220-229.


Recent Highlights

Raymond T. Albert, PhD, currently serves as Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maine at Fort Kent where he also oversees the Cybersecurity, Information Assurance and Computer Applications degree programs and he served as Director of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster at the University of Southern Maine.

Albert earned his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Florida in Gainesville, 1996.  Prior to that, he earned his master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Vermont 1987, has served as Software Quality Assurance engineer with NASA, Johnson Space Center, Houston.  He is also CISSP, CEH, and Security+ certified, and a member of Phi Delta Kappa.

Regionally, he successfully orchestrated and leads a multi-campus initiative to achieve NSA/DHS recognition of the University of Maine System as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense.

He is recognized for maintaining a vision that fosters high academic quality and integrity by encouraging personalized instruction that is culturally rich, community oriented, technologically advanced, and that evolves to best meet the complex societal demands facing global, national, and rural higher education.

He holds the rank of Major and serves as a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol County Composite Squadron based in Caribou.  He has served as Aerospace Education Officer and Assistant Emergency Services Officer.

He served as Director of the Maine Cyber Defense Competition, a University of Maine System multi-campus initiative to raise awareness and interest of high school students in UMS STEM programs while simultaneously engaging them in cyber security activities that culminate in a statewide cyber defense competition.  He also has extensive experience designing and implemented commercial online faculty/course evaluation system.

He has been extensively involved with strategic planning, general education reform, curriculum planning, distance education, student learning outcomes assessment, institutional research, academic program and institutional review, faculty recruitment, development, tenure and promotion, student retention, success and advising.

Albert, was born in Washington, D.C., began his career in higher education in 1990.  Prior to his election into the division chair position, he served as Coordinator of the Cybersecurity, Information Assurance and Computer Applications programs.  He was awarded tenure and promoted to full Professor of Computer Science.  He spearheaded the preparation of the self-study report required for initial accreditation of the business-related degree programs by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.  He has served the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education as a reviewer.  He has also been recognized by both chambers of the Maine State Legislature.

Courses Taught

Raymond teaches courses in the subjects of Information Security, Education, Cybersecurity, and Computer Science.

Raymond may be contacted by phone at (207) 834-7696 or by email at ralbert@maine.edu.