NadyaBliss-HeadshotNadya T. Bliss, Ph.D.

Director, Global Security Initiative

Professor of Practice, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Nadya T. Bliss is the Director of the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University. Global Security Initiative serves as the university-wide hub focusing on addressing emerging global challenges characterized by complex interdependencies and often presenting conflicting objectives, such as cyber security and digital identity, mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts, and human security, all requiring multi-disciplinary research and cross-mission collaboration between defense, development, and diplomacy communities. The Foresight Initiative, a 5-year, University-level partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, serves as the foundation for GSI. As the Principal Investigator on Foresight, Nadya leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in exploring approaches to anticipate, visualize, and respond to global environmental change and its consequences in context of U.S. national security interests.

Nadya holds a Professor of Practice appointment in the School of Computing, Informatics,
and Decision Systems Engineering, Senior Sustainability Scientist appointment in the Julie
Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and is affiliated with the Center on the Future
of War (collaboration between ASU and New America) and the Simon A. Levin
Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center.

Before joining ASU in 2012, Nadya spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently
as the founding Group Leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. Under Nadya’s
leadership, the Group’s research portfolio included a wide-range of programs funded by
DARPA, iARPA, ONR, NGA, USAF, ASD(R&E), and other U.S. Government sponsors.

In 2011, Nadya was awarded the inaugural MIT Lincoln Laboratory Early Career Technical
Achievement award recognizing her work in parallel computing, computer architectures,
and graph processing algorithms and her leadership in anomaly detection in graph-based
data (presented to 2 employees under 35). She has over 65 publications and presentations,
holds a patent, and has served as a chair and member of multiple technical and
organizational committees. Nadya received bachelor and master degrees in Computer
Science from Cornell University, a PhD in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social
Sciences from Arizona State University, and is a Senior Member of IEEE.