Research Philosophy

My research has three primary areas of focus: supply chain disruption, recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations in STEM fields, and modeling cybersecurity events. I use discrete-event simulation to investigate disruptions to supply chains and cybersecurity events. I have engaged in K12 programs and undergraduate programs aimed toward diversifying the student interest in STEM fields.

Research Interests

  • Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Populations in STEM Fields

  • Modeling and Simulation of Supply Chain Disruptions

  • Modeling and Simulation of Cybersecurity Events 

Research Activities

Research Experience 

  • Principal Research Engineer, Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2022 - present

  • Co-Primary Investigator, Department of Defense/National Security Agency, Cybersecurity Scholarship Program, Academic Year 2021-2022, 2020-2021, 2019-2020 

  • Grant Proposal Panelist, National Science Foundation, Virtual Panel, January 2021, 2019, 2018 

  • Grant Proposal Panelist, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia, June 2018 

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Business Applications Using Modeling and Simulation, Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center Funded, 2012 – 2015 

  • Research Assistant, Social Classification System, Facet Approach to Collaborative Categorization and Classification, National Science Foundation Funded, 2008 – 2012


Publications Papers


  • He, W., Chee, T., Chong, D. Z., & Rasnick, E. (2012). Analyzing the trends of e-marketing from 2001 to 2010 with the use of bibliometrics and text mining. International Journal of Online Marketing, 2(1), 16–24. 

  • He, W., Chee, T., Chong, D., & Rasnick, E. (2012). Using bibliometrics and text mining to explore the trends of e-marketing literature from 2001 to 2010. In E-Marketing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 341-349). IGI Global. 


Conference Proceedings

  • Rasnick, E. “Role-Play as a Teaching Methodology for General-Education Cyber Security” (2019) Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Cybersecurity Education, Research, and Practice (CCERP), Kennesaw State University. 

  • Thackston, Rasnick and Kadlec. Case Study: Lessons Learned While Laying the Foundation for a High School Computer Science Curriculum. SAIS 2018 Proceedings 26. 

  • Rasnick and Chatfield. “Information Blackouts in a Multi-Echelon Supply Chain Simulation”. Invited paper, Supply Chain and Logistics track, Winter Simulation Conference 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

  • Rasnick, E. 2016. A Study of the Impact of Information Blackouts on the Bullwhip Effect of a Supply Chain Using Discrete-Event Simulation. 2016 Modeling Simulation and Visualization Student Capstone Conference, Suffolk, Virginia. 

  • Rasnick, E. and D.C. Chatfield. 2015. Simulating the Bullwhip Effect in a Multi-echelon Supply Chain. 2015 Modeling Simulation and Visualization Student Capstone Conference, Suffolk, Virginia. 

  • Rasnick, E., J. Hilton, and F.G. Wilson. 2013. A Study of Contagion Spread among a Finite Human Population on a Naval Vessel. 2013 Modeling Simulation and Visualization Student Capstone Conference, Suffolk, Virginia. 

  • Rasnick, E. 2012. Technology Adoption in the Home Inspection Industry. Decision Sciences Institute, 2012 Conference, San Francisco, California. 

  • Fu, L., Maly, K., Rasnick, E., Wu, H., and Zubair, M. 2011. In A. Jose, D. Madalli, & A. Prasad (Ed.) User Experiments of a Social, Faceted Multimedia Classification System. Proceedings of the International Conference on Digital Libraries & Knowledge Organization (156 - 167). Gurgaon, India: Management Development Institute. 

  • Coppage, S., Wu, H., and Rasnick, E. 2010. Collaborative Computing Behaviors in a Digital Archive. IABPAD Conference Proceedings. 

  • Rasnick, E. 2008. Looking Outside the Box. Inframation 2008, Reno, Nevada. 



  • “Simulating Supply Chain Breaches with Arena”, Workshop, Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference 2021 with Chris Kadlec, September 8, 2021. 

  • “Women in IT: Recruiting and Retaining Best Practices”, Convergence College Network Webinar Presentation with Chris Kadlec, December 4, 2020. 

  • “Cyber Security Basics” virtual presentation, Parent University, November 4, 2020, presented to Parent University students. 

  • “Cybersecurity Considerations when holding Virtual Classes” virtual presentation, Parent University, presented to Parent University instructors and administrators, September 19, 2020. 

  • Panelist in Opening Session, Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Virtual Conference, April 15, 2020.

  • “Underrepresented student populations in an IT program: Successes and Failures”, Conference Presentation with Chris Kadlec, SEDSI 2020, Charleston, South Carolina, February 12-14 

  • “What is STEM?” Bulloch Retired Educators Association, March 14, 2018, Statesboro, Georgia.

  • “Cyber security”, United Methodist Women, Statesboro First Methodist Church, October 9, 2017, Statesboro, Georgia. 


Graduate Student Thesis Committees

  • Thesis Committee for Izell Scott III, "Exploration Into the Security Awareness of Employees Within Rural Telecommunication Cooperatives Utilizing a HAIS-Q Based Instrument", September 2020. 

  • Thesis Committee Chair for Rachel L F McCombs, "Computing the Role that Women Hold in the Technology and Computing Fields", May 2019. 

  • Thesis Committee for Augustine Paul, "Isolated Mobile Malware Observation", August 2018. Thesis Committee for Jenna Bayto, "Establishing a Need for a Protocol for the Interoperability of Heterogeneous IoT Home Devices", May 2018. 

  • Thesis Committee for Md Baitul Al Sadi, "Digital Forensics Framework on IoT Devices and Analysis of Web Proxy Logs to Establish Resource Allocation Plans", May 2018. 

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