Core members

The Centre is taking a multi-disciplinary approach in the field of cybersecurity. Its been founded by members from Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Industrial Engineering.

Mitra Mirhassani is a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Windsor. Her research focuses on hardware security, the development of methods for the detection of Trojan Hardware, and high-performance custom-designed AI systems. She is a member of the APMA Cyber Security Committee since 2019 and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the committee. She served as Vice-Chair for Women in Engineering Affinity Group, IEEE South- East Michigan section (2014), and an advisor to WiCyS, Windsor Chapter (2020). She is serving as the Associate Editor for IEEE Access Journal and Neural Network track chair for the 2016-2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. She is an IEEE Conference Editorial Board Member and a Senior Member of IEEE.

She has been recognized by the IT world Canada as one of the top women in cybersecurity in Canada in 2020 and won the 2020 APMA's cyber Security Individual Achievement Award. She received the 2021 APMA leadership awards in cybersecurity. 

Ikjot Saini is an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor. She is an automotive cybersecurity professional whose research is focused on the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles covering the security and privacy of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X). She has published many research papers and journal articles, including V2X privacy schemes, engineering privacy attacks for equitable assessment, DSRC network congestion and routing protocols. 

She is serving as the Academic Director of the Automotive Security Research Group and chapter lead at Windsor. She is currently serving as a member of the advisory committee of the APMA Cyber Security Committee and Project ARROW as a V2X technology expert. She is currently serving as Academic Chair on WiCyS Ontario Professional Affiliate Board. She is a steering committee member at Aggregate Intellect with a focus on "IoT and Edge Security”. She was the winner of the cyber woman of the year award, one of the cyber mobility awards, in 2020 and the inaugural WEtech Alliance Woman in Tech of the Year award in 2019. She has been featured in 2020 Canadians to Watch by Auto News Canada. In 2021, she received the outreach and engagement award of the Faculty of Science at the University of Windsor.

Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Windsor in Canada.  She earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University in 1994, an MBA from York University in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy (specialized in Public Finance) at the University of Georgia in 2011.  She was a faculty member at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University from 2011 to 2016.  In 2016, she joined the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Windsor, focused on management, innovation, and Entrepreneurship.  Before undertaking her doctoral studies, she worked for 12 years as a professional engineer, primarily in alternative fuel product development for General Motors of Canada. 


Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech is an interdisciplinary scholar with a focus on innovation, systems, and public policy.  Dr. Schuelke-Leech’s research sits at the nexus of systems, sustainability, innovation, business, and public policy.  Her work focuses on the interactions of technology development with society and the effects of disruptions (specifically autonomous systems and other emerging technologies, climate change, and changing geopolitical and economic forces), as well as the ways to build more sustainable, ethical, and socially-responsive systems.  She is currently working on projects in cybersecurity, ethics, and public policy, electric battery design, the circular economy, smart cities, and building resilience in systems.