Victor Fay-Wolfe, Ph.D.
University of Rhode Island
Research, Commercial Transitions, RI State Police Lab, Training, Degree Programs, Data Security
Dr. Victor Fay-Wolfe is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where has been since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fay-Wolfe founded URI's Digital Forensics Program, a national leader in digital forensics academic programs, which includes an undergraduate and graduate curriculum, a research program, and a service center. He has been Principal Investigator on over $10M in federal research grants and published over 100 professional articles and books.
The URI Digital Forensics undergraduate and graduate programs founded by Dr. Fay-Wolfe were originally funded by a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Cyber Security Capacity Building grant, and were among the first such programs in the country. The academic program includes a minor in digital forensics, a graduate degree in digital forensics, and an internship program that places students at many federal agencies and companies that perform computer forensics, as well as a current NSF Research Experience For Undergraduates summer internship program where students from all over the country work in the URI Digital Forensics Center for a summer.
The URI Digital Forensics research program led by Dr. Fay-Wolfe is the highest funded university program in Digital Forensics by the U.S. Dept of Justice in the country. It includes six current and recent awards from the U.S. National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) Electronic Crimes Program. URI Digital Forensics research products have been successfully transitioned to commercial products marketed by several companies and organizations and used by digital forensics professionals across the world.
The Digital Forensics Center (DFC) founded by Dr. Fay-Wolfe is a working forensics lab on the URI campus. It performs case work for local agencies and attorneys; providing both services to these communities and an opportunity for student interns to learn from real case work. The DFC staff designed and built the Rhode Island State Police Computer Forensics Lab, a centralized lab for all law enforcement digital forensics work in the state, the model of which is being considered by the NIJ as a model for the rest of the country of an innovative, effective collaborative law enforcement digital forensics lab. The URI DFC has run digital forensics training courses for Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers/agents. The URI DFC has recently been named as the lead partner in the NIJ's Electronic Crimes Technology Center of Excellence. In this role they are the lead on projects such as cell phone tool analysis for the U.S. Dept of Justice. Dr. Fay-Wolfe is also currently leading the NIJ-sponsored Electronic Crimes and Digital Evidence Needs Assessment for State and Local Law Enforcement – a two year nationwide study of what the future needs are for State and local law enforcement in handling digital evidence that will be used by the NIJ and congress to establish funding priorities. Dr. Fay-Wolfe is a court-certified expert witness and testifies in computer forensics cases.