Steven McAlpine

Academic Advisor

Professor Steven McAlpine serves as my academic advisor in INDS and is the Assistant Director of the Individualized Study program. Professor McAlpine also oversees the Kinetic Sculpture Project, an interdisciplinary applied learning experience that brings students from varying academic disciplines to target the challenging issue of sustainability engineering. The project is home to the award-winning Kraken Upcycle and more recent MC Hammerhead. Professor McAlpine is an incredible member of the team and continues to provide guidance and support through INDS.

Professor McAlpine holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an Ed. M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Dr. Richard Forno


Dr. Forno serves as one of my degree mentors for my INDS Degree and directs the UMBC Graduate Cybersecurity Program and serves as the Assistant Director of UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity. Dr. Forno's interdisciplinary research and professional interests include information-age conflict, cybersecurity operations, risk communication, and the social shaping of technology. Dr. Forno has shared his wealth of knowledge and expertise to help me shape my degree plan and possible research topics.

Dr. Forno holds a Ph.D. in Internet Studies from Curtin University of Technology


Aastha Jain


Ms. Jain serves as a degree mentor for my INDS degree and is currently a cybersecurity professional focused on incident response for the financial services industry. She is an INDS alumnus from the class of 2015 and provides guidance around interdisciplinary theory and my capstone project. Her security expertise and program guidance has helped me shape my degree plan and capstone project as I move forward towards graduation.

Ms. Jain holds a B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a M.S in Cybersecurity Management and Policy from the University of Maryland, Global Campus (UMGC).