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CSAF Committee Members


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Chris Laasch, Director

Founded Cal Poly Pomona's annual Cyber Security Fair  As a security professional; designs and works with various teams to implement security tools and provide daily operational support of the systems security infrastructure. Conducts in-depth technical security reviews, risk assessments, documents recommendations for risk mitigation, as well as, provide guidance and leadership on related activities. Researches, evaluates, recommends, and implements information security solutions, standards, policies, and procedures that protect University information assets. Facilitate the assessment of and compliance with prevailing government regulations and CSU-wide information security policies.


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Anna Carlin, Deputy Director

Anna is a faculty member at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). She teaches Information Systems Auditing, Internet Security, Management Information Systems, and Computer Forensics in the College of Business Administration, Computer Information Systems Department.   She is in charge of the CIS student internships and recruiting efforts at Cal Poly Pomona.  Anna also has over 15 years of experience in IT audit, software development, and operations management.  Anna is currently serving the Los Angeles chapter as a Director and Academic Relations Chair and as 2nd Vice President of the Southern California High Technology Crime Investigation Association.


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Mohammad Husain, Poster Symposium Coordinator

Dr. Mohammad Husain is a professor of computer science and cyber security at Cal Poly Pomona and chair of the CSAF poster session. He is the director of PolySec Lab, a center for cyber security research, education and outreach supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency as well as industry sponsors such Intel, Northrop Grumman and Boeing. Dr. Husain is also the director of nationally recognized programs such as CPP-SFS CyberCorps Scholarship and CPP GenCyber program at Cal Poly Pomona. His professional involvements include organizations such as IEEE, ACM and Usenix.



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David Flores, Photographer

Dave Flores is a freelance photographer, specializing in action and sports photography with a style consisting of colorful and energetic imagery. A California native, at the young age of three he followed his father with his plastic Fisher Price camera while he took family shots. His true passion is shooting professional cycling, and has covered such events as the Amgen Tour of California and the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Once Dave puts his camera down, he likes to spend time wiping the slobber from his face from his four German Shepherd dogs.


Tobi West

Tobi West, Professor

Tobi is a full time CIS/CST Professor at Coastline Community College in Garden Grove and is adjunct faculty in the CIS Department at Cal Poly Pomona. With a passion for cybersecurity education, Tobi focuses on developing career pathways for students to achieve their goals as a cybersecurity professional. In addition to teaching security related courses, she coordinates local training and competition for middle schools and high schools in CyberPatriot and CyberTech Girls at Coastline Community College.


Carlos Committee member

Carlos Marquez, Student Assistant

Carlos is a Student Assistant at the Information Security Office and will be working on the CSAF Scavenger Hunt. He is a four-time Air Force Association CyberPatriot competitor and worked with the CRY-ROP to bring introductory cybersecurity courses to Redlands High School and the Redlands Unified School District. Carlos is currently studying Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona, beginning his second year at the school in Fall Quarter of 2017, and is pursuing a career in cybersecurity. He hopes to compete for the Cal Poly Pomona CCDC team.


Julieth Committee member

Julieth Jaramillo, Student Assistant

Julieth is a Student Assistant at the Information Security Office. Julieth is currently studying Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona, beginning her third year at the school in Fall Semester 2018. 


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Curtis Carpenter

Coming soon


Previous Cyber Security and Awareness Fair Committee members:

Thank you for devoting your time and effort to the Cyber Security and Awareness Fair. Without your support this event could not be what it is today.


Jo Retirado Committee member

Joanne Retirado, FAST Representative

Joanne Retirado is a fourth year student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems and will be graduating March of 2018. Joanne was appointed as Director of Digital Forensics last year at her student club, Forensics and Security Technology (FAST).  She and her team competed at Information Technology Competition (ITC) 2017 and took 3rd place in the Digital Forensics challenge. Her passion and interest for cybersecurity is the reason why she takes joy in dedicating her time and commitment to support Information Technology Events.  


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Charena Hengsathorn, Technical Writer and Student

Charena Worked on the Cyber Security and Awareness Fair Committee as a Student Assistant. Content management for the Cyber Fair Website. She integrated JavaScript, integrated Bootstrap, integrated Tables and Basic HTML (responsive).In addition to that, she also created graphical content for the website including the pictures presented on the slideshows. Social Media management. She also Modeled for Cyber Security and Awareness Fair Poster


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David Lyon, Programmer Educause Liason

David Lyon is a Systems Analyst and Senior LMS Administrator at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. David specializes in Learning Management Systems and has a strong background in information security. David earned two SANS certifications (GSEC Security Essentials and GCUX UNIX Security Administrator) and is the author of two SANS white papers. David led the Title V project team that helped plan and launch the Cyber Security Fair in 2005. David has also contributed to the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) Awareness and Training working group and currently serves as a liaison to that group.