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Hume Center Welcomes Three New Board Members

Nov 15, 2018

The Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology is pleased to welcome three new members to its advisory board: Mr. Alfred Grasso, former president and chief executive officer of The MITRE Corporation, Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Richard S. Stapp, and Ms. Jeanne Tisinger, former Deputy Director of CIA for Support. The Hume Center advisory board is made up of defense and intelligence professionals with significant experience in science, technology, and research, who provide strategic direction and ensure the mission of the Hume Center is carried out.

Mr. Grasso is the former president and chief executive officer of The MITRE Corporation and continues to serve as a Trustee and Consultant for the company. Mr. Grasso was elected to the Board of Directors of NetScout Systems, Inc., in 2018. NetScout Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company, provides operational intelligence and performance analytics for service assurance and cyber security solutions. He is an appointed member of the Defense Science Board and a former member of the Army Science Board.

Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Richard S. Stapp is Vice President, Resiliency and Rapid Prototyping for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Stapp leads the sector’s rapid prototyping and resiliency programs across critical space missions to advance industry culture and our warfighter’s space capabilities. Most recently, Stapp served as the Vice President, Applied Research and Technology Development for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

As former Deputy Director of CIA for Support (DDS), Ms. Jeanne Tisinger was responsible for cyber/personnel/physical security, infrastructure, finance, supply chain management, real estate acquisition and management, medical, personnel, and associated information technology. Prior to her role as DDS, she served as CIA’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) where she drove transformational changes to the Intelligence Community’s resiliency posture and significantly advanced inter- and intra-Agency collaboration capabilities. Ms. Tisinger is currently serving as a consultant on technology strategy, cyber defense, shared services and workforce inclusion

"These exceptional individuals bring a wealth of experience and insight to our advisory board," notes Hume Center Director Charles Clancy. "They join an already established group of leaders in the national security field who provide invaluable contributions to the mission and direction of the Hume Center."

The Hume Center was founded in 2010 through an endowment from Ted and Karyn Hume. The Center leads Virginia Tech's research, education, and outreach programs focused on the challenges of cybersecurity, autonomy, and resilience in the context of national and homeland security. Education programs serve 400 students per year, and provide mentorship, internships, scholarships, and seek to address key challenges in qualified US citizens entering federal service. Current research initiatives include cyber-physical system security, artificial intelligence and machine learning, orchestrated missions, and the convergence of cyber warfare and electronic warfare.