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Paolina Centonze, Ph.D.

Cyber Security Program Coordinator

Dr. Paolina Centonze is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Iona College since 2011. Her areas of research include language-based security, mobile computing and cyber security. At Iona College, she is also the coordinator of cyber security academic programs, and she has been responsible for extending the Computer Science curricula into the field of cyber security.

In the summer 2017, Dr. Centonze was featured on News 12 in a story on international "Ransom-ware" cyber-attacks. 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. In April 2015, President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., awarded Dr. Centonze the Academic Innovation Grant to work on achieving a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) for Cyber Operations designation, an NSA accreditation, for the Computer Science programs with concentration in cyber security.

Before joining Iona College, Dr. Centonze was a software 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 has been part of the program and organizing committees for ACSAC, MobileDeLi and MOBILESoft conferences. Dr. Centonze is also the author of one book chapter in the area of cloud and mobile security, published in 2017 by John Wiley and Sons (USA) publishers; Editors: Lei Chen, Hassan Takabi. 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
Email: pcentonze@iona.edu