Researcher Profiles

Josh PauliJosh Pauli – College of Business and Information Systems

Dr. Pauli research expertise addresses issues in network and internet security.  He is a national speaker and presenter at events such as Black Hat and DEFCON. He teaches ethical hacking and actively involves students in his work. 

In 2011 Dr. Pauli was awarded a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service program and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship program to create the Dakota State Cyber Corps. 

In addition to their study on-campus, students accepted into the program will participate in a summer internship with an agency of the Federal Government and will be required to work for a minimum of two years in the Federal Government after graduation.

Rick PuetzRick Puetz – College of Business and Information Systems

In collaboration with lawyers from Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Illinois, Dr. Puetz researches state laws regarding patient consent for the exchange of health information across state lines.

This research is critical to health providers who will be exchanging electronic medical records across state lines.  This capability is needed to show "meaningful use" of the electronic health records for federal payment purposes. In addition to a summary matrix of state laws, a common consent form is being developed for the participating states. 

The consent form will be presented for adoption by state health information exchanges.  Funding this project is provided by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (U.S. Department of Health) through a contract with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI).  A final report will be published on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website when the work is completed.

Barbara SzczerbinskaBarbara Szczerbinska – College of Arts and Sciences

Barbara Szczerbinska is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics at Dakota State University in Madison, SD. Barbara holds a PhD in Physics with an emphasis in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, SC and an MS in theoretical physics from University of Wroclaw (UW) in Wroclaw, Poland.

Barbara's current research interests focus on neutrino-nucleus cross sections relevant to atmospheric and long baseline experiments. She works on this subject together with world known researches in the field: Prof. Kuniharu Kubodera from University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, Prof. Harry Lee from Argonne National Laboratory, Batavia, IL and Prof. Toru Sato from Osaka University, Japan. She is a member of Homestake-DUSEL Collaboration (Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory) which includes several in and out of state universities, Berkeley National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dr. Szczerbinska, together with Prof. Baha Balantekin from University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the Center For Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Fields (CETUP*). The purpose of the CETUP* is to promote organized research in physics, astrophysics, geosciences, geomicrobiology and other fields related to underground science via individual and collaborative research. The inaugural CETUP* meeting was held in the Black Hills summer 2011 and was attended by 35 of the top theoretical and experimental physicists from around the world.  Feedback from this first meeting was so strong that a second meeting is planned with attendance expected to double. Prospects for development of a long term facility are being explored.

Dianxiang XuDianxiang Xu – Business and Information Systems

Dr. Xu's areas of expertise include software security and safety, software testing and verification, and applied formal methods.

He has conducted extensive research in the area of software security, ranging from security requirements analysis, threat modeling, secure software design and verification, to test generation from threat models and security policies.

He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He has served and is serving on the program committees of several international conferences and workshops on software quality and security. His research has been funded by NSF, NASA, NIH, and Samsung.

Last Updated: 3/6/13