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Tony Coulson

Co-Principal Investigator

California State University, San BernardinoDr. Tony Coulson is currently a professor and the Executive Director of the Cybersecurity Center at California State University, San Bernardino. Having a well-earned reputation in industry and academia, he has won numerous awards, grants, and accolades for his innovative approaches in education and leadership in the cybersecurity and technology fields.

Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Coulson was an entrepreneur, starting three companies before the age of 20 and a computer school when he was 14 years old. He also had a successful career as an executive and CIO. His industry collaborations included long-term consulting with a Fortune 500 semi-conductor company, pioneering work on knowledge management. An expert in workforce technology initiatives, Dr. Coulson led research and redesign of the international training strategy for one of the top five ERP vendors.

Since moving to academia in 2001, he has worked hard to innovate and provide new opportunities for students. In 2008, Dr. Coulson was awarded a national Innovation in Teaching and Learning award for his work in changing learning labs. He firmly believes in an interdisciplinary approach to technology education and has used that passion to make California State University, San Bernardino a recognized leader in cybersecurity.

As the Executive Director of the California State University, San Bernardino Cybersecurity Center, Dr. Coulson has worked with industry and government to map out opportunities for students and cybersecurity strategies for the nation. As the lead of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Community, he coordinates over 330 NSA CAE designated colleges and universities. He runs multiple grant programs in excess of $30 million that provide specialized skills to the federal government including the Department of Defense and private companies. In 2018, he became a member of a workforce development panel on the National Security Agency advisory board.

Dr. Coulson has an M.B.A. with a concentration in Information Management from California State University, San Bernardino. He also holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University.

Contact: Tony Coulson
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