Anita Nikolich, director of research and technology innovation and research scientist, has been re-elected to a three-year term on the American Registry for Internet Numbering (ARIN) Advisory Council. ARIN is a nonprofit organization that manages Internet numbering resources and policy within Canada, the United States, and many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands, and advances the Internet through informational outreach. ARIN's Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy and related matters.
Nikolich's research interests include security, privacy, networking, enterprise IT operations, and scientific cyberinfrastructure. She is currently leading a $3M National Science Foundation (NSF) project focused on internet security and privacy, and she serves as co-PI for a $20M NSF Mid-Scale project. She also is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Public Policy Fellow in the area of artificial intelligence.
Her experience includes serving as program director for cybersecurity at NSF, executive director of infrastructure at the University of Chicago, director of global data networking at Aon, and director of security for Worldcom. While at the NSF, Nikolich expanded the Transition to Practice program to draw upon innovative basic computer science and security research to solve complex, real-world problems. She holds an MS in engineering from The University of Pennsylvania and a BA in history from the University of Chicago.