WSRC welcomes Navy Captain (ret) Amir Tavakoli-Rizi to Board of Advisors

WSRC welcomes Navy Captain (ret) Amir Tavakoli-Rizi to Board of Advisors

The Wisconsin Security Research Consortium is pleased to welcome Captain (ret) Amir Tavakoli-Rizi to its Board of Advisors. Captain Tavakoli will support national security, language, and secure research initiatives at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He currently serves as a Senior Director at LG-TEK in Elkridge, Maryland.

Captain Tavakoli has extensive experience with the U.S. Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Cryptologic, and Cyber Operations enterprises. He served as the Senior Navy Advisor and Reserve Program Director for the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command, and as the Commanding Officer of numerous operational Navy Cryptologic and Intelligence units.

Captain Tavakoli brings decades of experience from his 30 year career in the United States Navy and as a Senior Cyber Strategist and Highly Qualified Expert in the U.S. Department of Defense. He also served as Senior Language Authority at U.S. Cyber Command. Captain Tavakoli is proficient in Persian and Dari, and has knowledge of Tajiki, Arabic, and Kurdish.

Captain Tavakoli is a Level III Joint Qualified Officer. He completed JPME and Advanced JPME at the Naval War College and Joint Forces Staff College respectively, and has completed Naval War College Executive Level Operation Course. He was also recognized as NSA/CSS Mentor of the Year and National Cryptologic University (NCU) Adjunct Faculty of the Year.

“Captain Tavakoli’s deep knowledge of cyber operations and requirements as well as his rich experience with language capabilities and their application throughout DOD, the Intelligence Community, and government will be a valuable addition to WSRC as we work to expand national security partnerships in Wisconsin,” said Dave Schroeder, WSRC Research Director. “His leadership in the Navy and DOD is an incredible asset.”

The Wisconsin Security Research Consortium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation affiliated with the University of Wisconsin–Madison that enhances Wisconsin’s position to attract and retain research and development grants from federal government agencies for the purpose of conducting sensitive academic and business research and related development work. This research contributes to the health, safety, and security of the people of Wisconsin and citizens of the United States, regardless of where they live.

Read more about Captain Tavakoli at Station HYPO.