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Mary Hoppa

Dr. Mary Hoppa Mary Hoppa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Tel: 757-823-8654
Room: RTC 320 J

Dr. Mary Ann Hoppa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science (CSC) at Norfolk State University (NSU); a co-Principal Investigator in NSU’s Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity (funded by DoD); and a researcher within NSU’s Information Assurance Research and Education Development Institute (IA-REDI). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science and cybersecurity, and she is the Assessment Coordinator for the department. Prior to joining NSU, Dr. Hoppa was a traveling faculty for the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC) Cybersecurity Graduate School in Europe.

Dr. Hoppa entered academia after a multi-decade career in information technology research and development at MITRE, a federally-funded R&D Center. At MITRE she provided subject-matter expertise in information interoperability, digital culture and cybersecurity, most recently as the technical lead for corporate knowledge management. Dr. Hoppa successfully proposed and led innovative projects within MITRE’s highly competitive internal research program in the areas of markup dialects, just-in-time guidance, micro-learning, voice-to-text information navigation and text-to-voice content dissemination. She has authored over 40 publications and is an accomplished technical speaker.

In addition to academic degrees, Dr. Hoppa holds certifications in diverse disciplines including business, electronic commerce and distance education. She serves as a faculty research mentor to students in NSU’s Cybersecurity MS degree program, coaching candidates through every phase of their capstone project experience from concept to final presentation. Her advisees have earned positions with such prestigious organizations as Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Hoppa is a master online course developer for NSU’s School of Extended Learning, who has funded her to design and implement curriculum improvements to help transition students from diverse backgrounds into successful cybersecurity masters degree experiences. She is a grant recipient from the AFRL Minority Leaders Research Collaboration Program (ML RCP) in the field of ethical cybersecurity decision-making.

Research Interests:
     •   Cybersecurity
     •   Information visualization; metrics
     •   Micro-learning; just in time guidance
     •   Cyberpsychology
     •   Games-with-a-purpose
     •   Knowledge management in-the-flow

Courses Taught:
     •   CSC169 Foundations of Computer Science
     •   CYS795 Cybersecurity Capstone
     •   CSC361 Survey of Programming Language
     •   CSC535 Computer Security

Curriculum Vitae