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Critical infrastructures expert Marianne Meins to deliver commencement address at Capitol

Marianne Meins, vice president for critical infrastructure strategy at Parsons, will address graduating bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students as Capitol Technology University holds its annual commencement ceremony on Saturday (May 12).

A photo of Marianne Mains, 2018 commencement speaker at Capitol TechWith more than 25 years of national security-related experience, Meins has held several executive positions in industry. Joining Parsons in 2015, she spearheaded development of the company’s Converged Security Offering, which combines cybersecurity, integrated network solutions, and critical infrastructure protection.

“We are honored and delighted that Marianne Meins will be here to share her insights and experiences with the Class of 2018,” said Dr. Bradford L. Sims, president of Capitol Technology University. “Marianne not only possesses deep technical knowledge in the fields of computer science and cybersecurity, but has built an impressive career as a business leader and executive. She is well-positioned to speak to our graduates about the wider contexts in which they will be applying their knowledge as they moved forward with their careers.”  

“At Capitol we pride ourselves on offering a high quality, practical education in technology fields – an education that is responsive to the ever-evolving needs of industry. We partner with leading corporations and companies, including Parsons, to keep our curriculum abreast of current developments and to secure new resources and opportunities for our students,” Sims said.

Meins is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego, where she majored in applied math and scientific programming. She went on to earn a master of science in computer science from George Mason University, and has pursued doctoral studies in the field. She currently serves as an Executive Advisory Board member of George Mason’s Computer Game Design Program.

“Ms. Meins is a proven thought leader in pioneering and evangelizing innovative and strategic initiatives focused on secure resiliency for our nation’s critical infrastructure. She has broad technical experience in cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, control systems (ICS/SCADA) and converged security solutions in high-performance, multi-level secure computing environments,” Parsons said in an official bio.

Based in Laurel, MD, Capitol Technology University specializes in high-demand fields such as business analytics, computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. Undergraduates can choose from among a wide range of business, engineering, and technology degrees. Graduate programs are aimed at working professionals and are offered online.

Capitol was one of the first schools in the nation to offer degree programs in cybersecurity, and currently has programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Capitol’s program has continuously maintained the Center of Excellence designation, awarded by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency to a select group of institutions.