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Dr Ashley Podhradsky

VP for Research & Development, Dakota State University

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky is a sought-after speaker and keynote for cybersecurity events around the country. Her research teams have received over $15 million in competitive grants from the National Security Agency, National Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, and others. In addition to her academic and professional work, she has a strong passion for increasing gender diversity in cybersecurity. She is the co-founder of CybHER, a cyber outreach program which has reached thousands of people from K-12 to college age and beyond. As a fundraiser, she has received nearly $2 million in gifts for CybHER. Dr. Podhradsky was the recipient of the EmBe 2017 “Young Woman of Achievement,” the 2017 Merrill Hunter Award for Excellence in Research, and was a 2017 and 2018 New America Cybersecurity Fellow. She was also named an American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassador in 2019. Through this program, she is one of 120 women in STEM featured around the country with a life-size statue. She earned her B.S., M.S., and D.Sc. degrees from Dakota State.

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