Institute for Cybersecurity

Participating Faculty

Cheryl Beauchamp

Cheryl Beauchamp, M.S.

Department Chair, Engineering & Computer Science

Professor Cheryl Beauchamp has broad computer science professional experience that includes designing and supporting systems for the banking industry, military and newspaper corporations. Her professional background as a software programmer, software engineer, systems analyst and project manager has enabled her to provide relevant experiences and insight to her students when she transitioned to teaching.

Beauchamp earned her master’s of science in Computer Science from George Mason University and her master’s of Education from Regent University. Besides instructing the undergraduate courses in computer science at Regent, Beauchamp brings her passion for STEM studies to students through volunteering in local, regional and national competitions such as the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot and The National Youth Cyber Education Program.


Dr. Devanandham (Deva) Henry

Devanandham (Deva) Henry, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Institute for Cybersecurity

Dr. Deva Henry was born and raised in the southern Indian state of Tamilnadu. He holds an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology, and a graduate degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay. For almost a decade, he worked as a scientist on the design and development of the Indian combat aircraft Tejas at the Aeronautical Development Agency, Ministry of Defense and Government of India.

Henry came to the U.S. to the Stevens Institute of Technology to pursue a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering. Over the years, he also served as a lecturer and a research engineer. He was actively involved in Department of Defense-sponsored research projects at the Systems Engineering Research Center that produced the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK), the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE), and Atlas: The Theory of Effective Systems Engineers. His research interests also include resilience of engineered systems, multi-disciplinary design analysis and optimization (MDAO), and model centric engineering.


Young B. Choi

Young B. Choi, Ph.D.

Professor, Engineering & Computer Science

Dr. Young Choi has a long history of research and teaching in computer and network security and service management areas. He has diverse experience in research, academic and industry arenas. He worked for CREATIVE Technology, Birlasoft, and COMPAQ Computer in Silicon Valley, California.

He worked as Network Security Team Leader of ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute) and SERI (Systems Engineering Research Institute) and was involved in many security related national research projects including an international joint project between COMPAQ and ETRI as a project leader of ETRI.

Choi has served as an associate technical editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine of the IEEE Communications Society since 2005 and has been working as an editorial board member of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and for many other international journals and conferences in computer networking and telecommunications security.


Joseph M. Saur

Emily Darraj, D.Sc.

Professional-in-Residence, Engineering & Computer Science

Dr. Emily Darraj, a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), is a Health IT cybersecurity manager for a large defense company, with more than 18 years in health care cybersecurity. Currently, she is responsible for cybersecurity health care management for a Federal client in all facets of cybersecurity, HIPAA and privacy. Darraj has managed health care cyber security and solutions for several Federal agencies, state programs, and for Presidential mandated systems. 

In addition to cybersecurity, Darraj has experience in computer forensics and cyber warfare. She also has a interest in genomics and cybersecurity as it pertains to precision medicine. 

Darraj is a doctorate professor at Capitol Technology University in the Doctor of Science Cybersecurity program and is a dissertation chair to several students focusing on cybersecurity doctorates in hacking robotics, deep web hacker activity and training, and topics in cybersecurity pertaining to Health IT. 

She has a D.Sc. in Cybersecurity from Capitol Technology University, with her dissertation focused on secure code; a master’s degree focusing on Information Assurance from Johns Hopkins University; and a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University. 


Jeffery Hayman, D.Sc.

Jeffery Hayman, D.Sc.

Adjunct Professor, Engineering & Computer Science

During a 20-year Army career, Dr. Jeffery Hayman served as a helicopter pilot, commander, paratrooper, computer geek, instructor, investigator and motion picture military advisor. Upon his military retirement, he taught information assurance and cybersecurity practices and certification throughout government, industry and academia. He joined Regent University in January 2016 to help establish a graduate program in cybersecurity.


Joseph M. Saur

Joseph Saur, M.S.

Principal Lecturer, Engineering & Computer Science

Joseph Saur spent 20 years as a Naval officer. He holds a master's degree in computer science and is certified as a modeling and simulation professional. He has worked in the software development field for 25 years as a programmer, project manager, software process improvement consultant and computer science instructor. Most recently, he spent 12 years with Georgia Tech Research Institute as a senior research scientist.


Charles D. Turnitsa

Charles D. Turnitsa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Engineering & Computer Science

Dr. Charles Turnitsa has worked in computer systems research and development for several decades.  He has done research for the Department of Defense, NASA, and in private industry. He has also maintained an ongoing body of academic research in a variety of fields related to modeling and simulation, critical infrastructure modeling, and information systems inter-operability.

Turnitsa has served as a researcher with the Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center, as an assistant professor with the TSYS School of Computer Science at Columbus State University, and as research faculty with the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He holds a Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering.

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