The Meijer Lecture Series provides a platform for Honors students to interact with speakers that are experts in their field. This year is no different, with two speakers lecturing about cyber security.
Dr. Jared DeMott holds a PhD from Michigan State University and is the founder of VDA Labs. VDA Labs is an information security firm that helps organizations with their penetration testing, advanced security training and code security services.
DeMott was previously a vulnerability analyst with the NSA and was a finalist in Microsoft’s BlueHat prize contest. DeMott is currently a professor at Dakota State University and spends much of his time lecturing at institutions around the United States.
Barb Hiemstra holds a BA degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and has additional certificates within the field. Hiemstra currently works as a Privacy Engineer for Steelcase, a position that allows her to work with the Security, Legal, Software, and Product Development teams to reduce risk and increase operational privacy.
Hiemstra was formerly a Information Security-Governance Manager at Perrigo, the Information Security Director and the Deputy Director for IT at Kent County. Hiemstra is also the co-founder and a co-chair for the Region 6 DHS’s WEst Michigan Cyber Security Consortium (WMCSC), served on the IGNITE Steering Committee for Region 6 Law Enforcement, is a member of the State of Michigan CISO’s Kitchen Cabinet Advisors, and serves on the Advisory Board of the COllege of Information Technology at Baker College.
The Meijer Lecture will occur on Tuesday, March 20 at 5 pm and will be held downtown in the Siedman College of Business Forum. For additional information, please click here.