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Diana L. Burley, Ph.D.

A Vanguard in Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation

Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. is an award-winning global thought leader with more than 30 years of experience driving digital transformation, implementing cybersecurity workforce initiatives, and promoting an equitable global technology community.

Dr. Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. Bio

Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. is currently Vice Provost for Research and Innovation at American University (AU) where she also leads the Khan Cyber & Economic Security Institute and serves as a member of the faculty. As both the university’s chief research officer and chief innovation officer, she oversees the university-wide R&D portfolio, research partnerships, and strategic initiatives to catalyze discovery. Along with her administrative role, Diana is an active researcher. She currently leads a $6M NSF funded effort to accelerate research translation in support of data-driven policymaking and holds research appointments at the Idaho National Laboratory and the John’s Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.


She has written nearly 100 publications and regularly advises executives on emerging technologies and the future of work. She co-chaired the National Academies 2013 report, “Professionalizing the Nation’s Cybersecurity Workforce,” the 2021 report, “Looking Ahead at the Cybersecurity Workforce at the Federal Aviation Administration,” and currently co-chairs the National Academies committee on research and application in team science.

Prior to AU, Diana spent 14 years at The George Washington University as a professor, administrator, and as executive director of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) – a 26-member cybersecurity research consortium. She co-chaired the global ACM joint task force that established cybersecurity curricular guidelines for post-secondary academic institutions and has recently advised the ACM on a follow-up effort. Her board service includes the Cyber Future Foundation and the Global Cyber Security Advisory Group, and she has been honored by GET Cities, Executive Women’s Forum, SC Magazine, the Federal CIO Council, and others for her leadership in building the global cybersecurity workforce. She earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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