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Paolina Centonze, Ph.D.

Cyber Security Program Coordinator

Dr. Paolina Centonze has been an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department of Iona College since August 2011. Her areas of research include language-based security and mobile computing. At Iona College, she has been responsible for extending the Computer Science curricula into the field of Cyber Security. In April 2015, the President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., awarded Dr. Centonze the Academic Innovation Grant to work on achieving a National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) for Cyber Operations designation, an NSA accreditation, for the Computer Science programs with concentration in Cyber Security.


Dr. Centonze was featured in the Winter 2016 issue of Iona College Magazine as the Faculty Focus interview. In May 2016, Dr. Centonze was presented with the Br. Arthur Loftus Outstanding Student Research Award at Iona College's Honors Convocation. This award is presented to the faculty member who has actively engaged in research and/or scholarly activity with undergraduate or graduate students.

Before joining Iona College, Dr. Centonze was a researcher at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. She has published extensively at numerous conferences worldwide, such as ISSTA, ECOOP, ACSAC, MDM, MOBILESoft, MobileDeLi. Dr. Centonze is also the author of two book chapters in the area of cloud and mobile security, which will appear in 2016 in books published by IGI Global and John Wiley & Sons. She is also the inventor of 10 patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Centonze received her Ph.D. in Mathematics and MS degree in Computer Science from New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, N.Y., and her BS degree in Computer Science from St. John's University in Queens, N.Y.

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Contact Information

Office: Murphy Center 113 H
Phone: (914) 633-2562
FAX: (914) 633-2144
E-mail: pcentonze@iona.edu

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