Our Team


LTC Ramoni O. Lasisi, Ph.D.

Lt. Col. Ramoni O. Lasisi
Principal Investigator
313G Mallory Hall

Lt. Col. Imran Ghani
Director of Operations
316 Mallory Hall

Amish Parikh

Mr. Amish Parikh
IT Specialist/Systems Engineer
313C Mallory Hall
(540) 464-7405

Dr. Sherif Abdelhamid

Dr. Sherif Abdelhamid
Outreach Liaison Officer
422 Mallory Hall

Jacob Klein

Mr. Jacob Klein
Jr. Software Engineer
312 Mallory Hall

Nathan Dransfield

Mr. Nathan Dransfield
Jr. Software Engineer
312 Mallory Hall

Pamela Waldron

Pamela J. Waldron
Exec. Administrative Assistant
313C Mallory Hall

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Col. Dimplekumar N. Chalishajar, Ph.D.

COL Dimple is a professor of Applied Mathematics at Virginia Military Institute. He received his Ph. D. from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and University of Baroda, Vadodara, India. He has over 55 research publications, has given over 60 presentations at conferences, is on the Editorial board of 11 journals, and has reviewed 120+ research articles for peer review journals. His research includes control theory and applications through functional analysis.

COL Dimple has taught courses including Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III, Higher Engineering Mathematics (Calculus IV), Calculus for Business I, II, Elementary Statistics I, II, Statistics for Engineers, Business Mathematics I, II, Differential Equations and Applications, Linear Algebra, and Numerical Analysis with Matlab coding


COL Jennifer E. Pullin, Ph.D.

Jennifer E. Pullin is an associate professor in the Economics and Business Department at Virginia Military Institute. She holds a BS degree in biological sciences with a minor in secondary education, an MBA, and a PhD in management (concentration: information systems) from Clemson University. Her research interests are IT–business strategic alignment, power and politics in the workplace, and drivers of IT use/resistance. She has publications in MIS QuarterlyEuropean Journal of Information SystemsInformation and Management, and Information Systems Management.  She has served on the Executive Board of the SIG Leadership in IT (SIGLEAD) for five years.



Dr. Denis Gracanin

Denis Gracanin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. His research interests are at the intersection of human computer interaction and Internet of Things (IoT), including extended reality, visual analytics, smart built environments (SBEs), and cybersecurity. He has over 200 publications in archival journals and conference proceedings, as well as 3 patents. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM and a member of AAAI, APS, ASEE, INSTICC and SIAM.


Abibat Lasisi, Ph.D.

Dr. Lasisi is an adjunct professor in the Computer and Information Science department at Virginia Military Institute. She started her college education with the intention of becoming a Computer Scientist, thus, the motivation to studying Mathematical Sciences with emphasis in Computer Science. She holds a first master’s degree in Computer Science and a second master’s degree in Mathematics from Utah State University.

In 2018, she earned a Ph. D. degree in Applied Mathematics from Utah State University where she conducted research in computational and applied mathematics with emphasis on multi-scale analysis using multi-resolution analysis and wavelet basis conditioned on homogenization. She is also interested in computational and applied mathematics with emphasis on numerical and computational approach to derivative pricing in finance, data science, and business analytics.

Dr. Lasisi teaches Discrete Structures, Data Analytics, Programming, Introduction to Computer Science, and Introduction to Information, Interconnections, Intelligence, and Security.


Dr. Mohamed Azab, Ph.D.

Mohamed Azab is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Virginia Military Institute, VA, USA. Mohamed received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering in 2013 from The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He has multiple provisional patents, book chapters, and over 80 publications in archival journals and respected conference proceedings. His research interests lie in the area of cybersecurity and trustworthy engineering ranging from theory to design and implementation. His recent research crosscuts the areas of Software Defined Networking (SDN) architectures and protocols, high performance and cloud computing, ubiquitous Internet of Things (IoT), and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Mohamed is the founder of the cybersecurity and IoT lab, VT-MENA, hosting Mohamed’s Ph.D. and Masters students’ research activities. Mohamed acted as a keynote speaker in multiple prestigious conferences. He served as a member of the steering committee of conferences, workshops, and archival journals.



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