Paula S. Dewitte

Professor of the Practice
Department of Maritime Business Administration

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

– Henry Adams

+1 (409) 740.4496paula.dewitte@tamu.edu

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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I began my professional career as a high school mathematics teacher. I left that career to become a computer programmer/systems analyst as I had enough computer science coursework to qualify. After seven years of great programming experience at a university research center developing maintenance and logistics programs for the US Military. Personal circumstances brought me to Texas A&M University, and for lack of employment, I began a Ph.D. in Computer Science. During my Ph.D. studies, I started a company and remained there for several years before working in the Austin high tech community. As another mid-life reset, I attended law school and obtained my J.D. Again, I returned to life as an entrepreneur starting a few companies along the way. My work has always focused on applied research and technology development. With my law degree, I expanded that to include the effects of law, policy, and ethics relative to the technical work I was performing. My first "job" was in the oil & gas domain where I honed my cybersecurity skills. Following the downturn, I began to teach part-time at the University of Houston which led me to full-time employment at Texas A&M University in the Computer Science & Engineering Department – where I had obtained my Ph.D. My life has come full circle – back to teaching that I had left in the beginning of my career and back to A&M. Today I am working at TAMU, both in College Station and Galveston, to build a cybersecurity focus in teaching both in academic and workforce development, research, and commercialization/innovation which gives me the opportunity to blend all of my careers as a teacher, researcher, and entrepreneur.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I am a Professor of the Practice and non-tenure track. I tell my students that this means I am to make them effective from the first day of the job. Besides the direct knowledge and skills I teach, I hope my students can take from my experience and use the lessons I've learned.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

I volunteer with a Houston charity serving the Eastside communities. I serve on boards, solicit funding, and mentor their young people. My goal is to arrange teaching I also have two rescue dogs and two rescue cats who all believe I am their personal staff. I spend considerable time with my dogs walking and hiking.

Education

Ph.D.Computer Science Texas A&M University, 1989.
M.S., Education, Purdue University, 1975.
B.S., Mathematics, Purdue University, May 1974.

Licenses and Certificates:

Texas Law License: 24067577
USPTO Registered Patent Attorney: 75,555
Texas Professional Engineer: 95276

Courses Taught

MARA 403 cross-listed with CSCE 402/702 Cybersecurity Law & Policy
MARA         cross-listed with CSCE 477/703 Cybersecurity Risk
MARA 201 Foundations of Maritime Cybersecurity  

Publications

“Maritime Cybersecurity: Meet Threats to Globalization’s Great Conveyer,” co-authored with Robert “Chris” Bronk. Currently in process for Springer book, "Cyber Security: Critical infrastructure Protection." Publication due 2021.

“Prepare to be Boarded: The New Practical Paradigm for Security Assets” (paper) and “Maritime Cybersecurity” (presentation) at Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, June 26 – 27, 2015, Point Clear, AL organized by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.

Loose Lips Sink Attorney-Client Ships: Unintended Technological Disclosure of Confidential Communications,” with Bill Piatt. St. Mary’s Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 4, 781-818.

Delivering Results: Evolving BPR from Art to Engineering. Published in Business Process Engineering: Advancing the State of the Art, Kluwer Publishers, 1999, co-authored with Richard J. Mayer.

Presentations

“Maritime Cybersecurity:  Meet Threats to Globalization’s Great Conveyer,” Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), January 2020, co-presented with Robert “Chris” Bronk.  

"Incorporating Essential Cybersecurity Skills into General Curriculum: Developing a Framework for Socio-Technical Cybersecurity Curriculum,” NIST NICE Conference, November 2018, co-presented with W. Arthur Conklin and Robert “Chris” Bronk.

Invited Participant, New Approaches to Cybersecurity Education (NACE) Workshop, June 9 – 10, 2018.  https://www.cerias.purdue.edu/site/nace/

“Prepare to be Boarded:  The New Practical Paradigm for Security Assets” (paper) and “Maritime Cybersecurity” (presentation) at Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, June 26 – 27, 2015, Point Clear, AL organized by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.

The Legal Side of Critical Infrastructure Security:  What’s Here and What’s Coming,” American Petroleum Institute Cybersecurity Conference, November 12, 2014.

Developing an Operational Framework for Integrated System Security,” Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) Seminar, Purdue University, November 1, 2006. CERIAS is a National Science Foundation center of excellence in cybersecurity research. 

“There's a Stranger in the House: How to Protect Your Privacy in This Age of Cyberterrorism,” Integrative Center for Homeland Security, Texas A&M University, April 4, 2006.

Awards & Recognition

2015, Distinguished Mathematics Department Alumna, School of Science, Purdue University.

Co-Inventor of a patent awarded by the USPTO, US 8,812,236 B1, 2015.

Professional Appointments

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Computers and Security, published by Elsevier, June 2018 – present.

Contact Info

Paula S. Dewitte
Professor of the Practice
Department of Maritime Business Administration


paula.dewitte@tamu.edu
Phone: +1 (409) 740.4496
Fax: +1 (409) 741.4014

Classroom Lab Building (CLB), Office 223


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