Mohammed Ilyas Ahmed is one of our new Graduate Research Assistants, working closely with Rob Knake and the cyber team. He completed his undergrad from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (India) and worked for Avaya for 4 years as a Cyber Security Engineer. This is his second semester at Northeastern University majoring in Information Security. Outside of work, he likes traveling and keeping an eye on technology and its changing trends. His current work focuses on Implementation on-prem SMTP postfix servers with SPF, DKIM and DMARC validation to stop email spoofing and phishing, as well as penetration testing and system hardening of Linux based operating systems to ensure system stability and security.
Dr. Liz Allen contributes to interdisciplinary resilience research initiatives at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, applying a sociotechnical systems perspective to study sustainability and social justice implications of the sharing economy, energy system transitions, and climate change adaptation. She also supports international research coordination and partner engagement within the Global Resilience Research Network. Liz holds a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Her doctoral research explored approaches to stakeholder engagement in regional climate change impacts modeling and analyzed how environmental models are used in land use planning. Her community engagement work centers on collaborative system dynamics modeling and participatory research to help decision-makers understand system interactions and feedbacks across multiple sectors and plan for resilience.
Harish joined the Global Resilience Institute in January 2020. He is pursuing his master’s in Telecommunication Networks at Northeastern University. He is a CCNA R&S certified with the ardour for Cyber and Network Security. He worked as Network Engineer with State Street and Network Infrastructure Research Associate with NITK. His current work focuses on Network Security and the use of cloud services for improving scalability and security.
Hyeonji Choi joined the Global Resilience Institute in May 2019. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Boston University Questrom School of Business in September 2016. Hyeonji is currently enrolled in Northeastern University pursuing a master’s degree in Global Studies and International Relations, with a concentration in International Economics and Consulting. Prior to joining GRI, Hyeonji worked at Hyundai Commercial Vehicles in Sydney, Australia as an operations specialist.
Caroline Crawford is the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) at Northeastern University. In this role, she leads the development and execution of all marketing and communications initiatives across GRI. Ms. Crawford was previously the Marketing & Communications Manager at B. Riley Financial, Inc. where she managed the development and distribution of all digital/print brand and marketing assets and communications, as well as managed public relations activities for the firm. Ms. Crawford was responsible for creating and maintaining marketing collateral through collaboration with client-facing teams and internal creative and media partners, and developed compelling email, web, social media, and press communications that drove action and awareness as part of various multi-channel marketing campaigns. Additionally, Ms. Crawford contributed to and oversaw the execution of firm-hosted internal and external events, including several large investor conferences with up to 1,500 attendees, and developed supporting multi-channel marketing campaigns for each event. Prior to B. Riley Financial, she held various roles at Outspoken, Inc. and HGI Global Communications focusing on brand outreach and content development. Ms. Crawford has deep creative direction and brand development expertise, and including extensive experience leading the development of multiple web properties and digital assets, with an added focus on understanding the end-user experience and connecting it with business objectives. Through partnerships with business leaders, she has proven experience aligning marketing initiatives that accomplish overarching business goals. Ms. Crawford holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
Carlisle Dockery joined the Global Resilience Institute in September 2017 as the Staff Assistant. Prior to starting this position, she served as a FoodCorps service member at GROW Windham in Connecticut, working with elementary schools to bolster nutrition and sustainability initiatives. Carlisle graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in Anthropology
Charlotte joined the Global Resilience Institute in January 2020. She is currently a third year undergraduate student at Northeastern pursuing a degree in Human Services and International Affairs, and minors in Global Social Entrepreneurship and Business Administration. Prior to working at GRI, Charlotte completed a co-op as a Communications and Marketing Assistant at Root Cause – a nonprofit consulting organization in Boston – managed Northeastern’s Social Enterprise Institute Newsletter, and participated as Co-President to the SEI Student Association.
CJ Grasso joined the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University as Program Manager in 2016. In this role, Mr. Grasso has managed projects related to natural and man-made disasters and has studied ways in which communities and individuals can build resilience to future disruptions. Mr. Grasso has also worked extensively with communities to perform community assessments in support of resilience-based economic development planning and implementation.
Mr. Grasso holds a Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Security and Resilience Studies from Northeastern University. He also is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at Northeastern with a focus on the resilience of enterprises to various forms of stress and disruption.
Tory joined the Global Resilience Institute in September 2019. She is a December graduate of Northeastern University with a BA (Honors) in Political Science and International Affairs. Over the course of her studies, Tory completed fellowships and co-ops in Washington DC, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands and Israel. In addition to her professional experience, she was an active member of the International Relations Council (IRC) and the United Nations Association of Northeastern (UNA-NU). Tory is now returning to GRI as a Program Manager for the Cyber and Resilience team under Senior Researcher Rob Knake.
Lauren joined Global Resilience Institute in January 2020. She is currently in her fourth year at Northeastern University pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the marketing team Lauren worked as a design co-op at TJX, interned at TOMY as a print designer and was involved with IDEA, Northeastern’s Venture Accelerator, creating digital content and print materials for the organization.
Aayush joined the Global Resilience Institute in February 2020. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Cybersecurity program at Northeastern University. He has a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Information Technology. Before coming to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s degree, he worked with Deloitte in their Identity and Access Management market offering for three years. Apart from his academics he has a lot of passion for security, and has won security hackathons and contests.
Ryan joined the Global Resilience Institute in March 2020. He is currently enrolled in his first year at the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern, where he is pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Homeland Security and doubled minored in History and Terrorism Studies. A piece of work he is most proud of from his undergrad is his thesis paper on Russian Cyber-Operations and Use of Social Media and Disinformation to Attack the United States of America. He is also a cyber intelligence analyst intern for a private cyber security/intelligence company. He is very passionate about intelligence, security, and research.
Andrea has spent more than a decade supporting the academic community in administrative support roles. She worked for TIAA (a global financial investment firm serving higher education, healthcare and the arts community) from 2007-2015 and worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Andrea’s musical background includes both vocal and instrumental performance. Her creative thinking has led her to become a poetizer. Andrea’s favorite musical performers include: Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Norah Jones and Yanni. Andrea enjoys long walks, bicycling, and hiking.
Akshay Patil, an ENFJ by personality, joined the Global Resilience Institute in April 2020. He is a student at Northeastern University pursuing his Masters in Computer Science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence. Prior to joining GRI, he completed an internship and a co-op at NetApp and Amazon. He also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Artificial Intelligence course. He is a full-stack web developer and has approximately 3 years of experience with the latest technologies of Angular, React, Amazon Web Services (Lambda, API Gateway, etc.), Node.js among others. His interests outside of work include volunteering, learning Spanish and exploring Artificial Intelligence.
Sushmita Paul joined the Global Resilience Institute in January 2020. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Cybersecurity in Northeastern University, started in fall 2019, and has 5 years of experience working as a Software Developer in India.
Isabella began working at the Global Resilience Institute in February 2020. Isabella is currently in the ALIGN Computer Science master’s program at Northeastern. She graduated in December of 2018 from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in International & Global Studies with a double major in Political Science.
Elizabeth Shepard joined GRI in March 2020 as Assistant Director of Finance and Administration. Previously, Shepard held senior level financial and administrative roles at Harvard University starting in 1997. Shepard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Social Sciences from Harvard University Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Amanda joined the Global Resilience Institute in July 2019, entering her third year of college and second year studying International Affairs and Arabic at Northeastern University as a transfer student. Prior to working for GRI, Amanda studied regional politics and Arabic dialects in Amman, Jordan, and Cairo, Egypt. At her previous institution, she performed extensive research on free speech and the deliberative process on college campuses, assisting in the development of the Campus Deliberative Forum for the university’s Center for Deliberative Democracy. She has also worked as an accounting, leasing, and administrative assistant at a commercial real estate company in New York City.