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Falcon Spotlight - J. Philip Craiger, Ph. D.

Philip Craiger

J. Philip Craiger, 2013

  • Associate Professor, School of Engineering Technology
  • DSC employee since 2010

Degrees and schools where awarded: Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Psychology, with a minor in Artificial Intelligence, from the University of South Florida; B.S. from Florida State University. 

Career/Professional honors: Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; Certified Information Systems Security Professional; Certified Cyber Forensic Practitioner. 

Outside interests: I’m an avid scuba diver. I’ve been an instructor since 2009 and have taught hundreds of students.  I teach everything from basic open water courses to cave diving and Trimix diving. (Trimix adds Helium to the breathing mixture.) I’m an avid photographer as well, and I particularly enjoy taking underwater photos, portraits and interesting events where I can’t predict the circumstances.  I also enjoy playing guitar: I used to be lead guitarist in rock ‘n’ roll band a long time ago.

What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? From 2004-2010, I had a dual appointment as the assistant director for digital evidence at the National Center for Forensic Science and also served as an assistant professor of Engineering Technology at the University of Central Florida. 

What professional projects are you working on right now? Our $1.83 million National Science Foundation grant is probably the most important. I’m the co-PI on a project titled “The Advanced Cyberforensics Education (ACE) Consortium.”  Based at Daytona State College, we are working to increase cyber security and cyber forensic educational opportunities to K-12 and community college students. 

What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Working with students. They are our “customers,” something all of us should always keep in mind.  Working with young people keeps me thinking young.

What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Expanding our NSF grant from a project to a $3 million NSF ATE Center. Digital forensics is becoming more important in ensuring the security of our nation’s critical infrastructure, and we need to grow programs to keep up with the demand.  There are no NSF Cyber Forensic Centers, and I’d like to build the first one. 

In life? Don’t worry. Be happy.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? “Man who say it cannot be done get out of way of man doing it.”  Something my mother always told me.  It’s an old Chinese proverb, but I’ve taken it to heart. 

One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: There are a few.  When I was two years old I was in a car wreck, and my head went through the windshield.  I have a huge scar over my eye to prove it.  Another surprising fact is that I can find cave diving relaxing.

Last book read:  Excluding photography books and scuba manuals, that would be “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden” by Mark Owen. 

If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Never Say Die

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be:

That’s a difficult question because there are many.  Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton and my mother. I have many alternates.  

The Daytona State of Mind to me is people working together to create a stimulating and rewarding educational environment. 

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Last updated: 2014-09-11T17:47:19.005Z