Pitt Cyber Announces New Affiliates

Pitt Cyber announced three new affiliate scholars today: Rosta Farzan, Maria Kovacs, and Ana Radovic and affiliate practice scholar, Keith Mularski.

Pitt Cyber affiliate scholars are drawn from faculty across the University of Pittsburgh and are selected for their excellence in cyber-themed research and teaching. Affiliate scholars are a source for transdisciplinary collaboration and innovation across Pitt and beyond.

Rosta FarzanRosta Farzan is an Associate Professor at the School of Computing and Information where she researches social computing and socio-technical systems; studying how technology and people can come together to tackle major societal challenges.  


Maria KovacsMaria Kovacs is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Professor of Psychology in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Kovacs has been studying the role of emotion regulation in depression across the life span and in multiple generations. She is currently exploring research on the processing of disinformation and its affective context by youths and young adults.

Ana RadovicAna Radovic is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Radovic practices at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health. Her research focuses on using technology in the real world to help adolescents with depression or anxiety access earlier treatment and support.

Pitt Cyber affiliate practice scholars are selected from across industries and disciplines to be a source of practical experience and expertise for research, experiential learning, and discussion.

Keith MularskiKeith Mularski is an advisory Executive Director in the Cybersecurity practice at Ernst & Young LLP. He was previously Supervisory Special Agent assigned to the Pittsburgh Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he worked to develop proactive targeting protocols for emerging cyber threats. Mularski has worked undercover to infiltrate international underground cyber-criminal organizations and led investigations with Pitt Cyber Founding Director David Hickton into the indictments of members of the People’s Liberation Army of China, the GameOver Zeus botnet, the Avalanche botnet takedown, and other significant cyber enforcement actions.

“Our new affiliate scholars build out Pitt Cyber’s expertise around the impact of social media, including an important focus on youth; and the addition of Keith Mularski strengthens our cyber law enforcement expertise,” said Pitt Cyber’s Founding Director David Hickton. “Pitt Cyber is honored to have each of these exceptional individuals joining us. They each bring a unique perspective to our work, as well as tremendous depth, talent, and energy.”


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