About the Speaker
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    Steven "Doc" Simon, PhD
    Professor, IT / Captain, US Navy (Ret), Mercer University

    Steven “Doc” Simon was commissioned in the Navy in October 1989. He served his first tour aboard the USS BLAKELY (FF-1072), homeported in Charleston, SC earning his Surface Warfare Qualification. Upon de-commissioning of the Blakely he cross-decked to the USS SAMUEL ELLIOT MORRISON (FFG-13) before being assigned to Naval Construction Force, Support Unit Three as Information Resource Management Officer and earning his Seabee Warfare Qualification. He was then transferred to the Second Naval Construction Brigade as ADP/IRM Officer. During this period he led the re-engineering of the Brigade’s information system implementing local area networks, storage, and SATCOM functionality.

    In September 1994, he was assigned to Commander, Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force in Williamsburg, VA as a Logistics Planner and in October 1997 transferred to Commander, United States Atlantic Command. In October 1999, LT Simon was assigned as Logistics and Information Systems Officer for Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 208. In October 2001, LCDR Simon was assigned to Commander Carrier Group TWO as Assistant Communications and Logistic Officer. Serving aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75) during Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Mediterranean he became Tactical Action Officer (TAO) Qualified. In October 2003, he transferred to Commander, US Sixth Fleet Det 802 as N-6. During this tour he served on the USS LASALLE (AGF-3) and USS MT WHITNEY (LCC-20) qualifying as Battle Watch Captain (BWC).

    From October 2005 to July 2006, CDR Simon was assigned to the Office of Naval Research/Naval Research Labs as Deputy CIO/Research & Development Liaison Officer. He was then transferred to the United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD) as Chief Information Officer/J-6 where he led the development of joint and coalition systems.

    In October 2008, he assumed command of Naval Communications Material System (NCMS)/Department of Navy Communications Security System. AT NCMS, he was responsible for the planning, development, and operation of the Department of the Navy’s communication security (COMSEC) system. In July 2011 he became the Director of the Cyber Security Center at the United States Naval Academy. Before his retirement he served as the commanding officer of NR-Naval Information Operations Command Georgia. CAPT Simon has a broad background with large-scale systems and infrastructure projects having worked on numerous Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations as a solutions architect and project manager. He is an Associate Professor of Information Technology at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA.

    Capt. Simon holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and marketing from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Georgia System, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Technology and International Business from the University of South Carolina. He has published over seventy-five scholarly articles on IT topics and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Science and Technology. He has been a professor at University of South Carolina, Oklahoma University, Florida International, and currently Mercer University. He has additional served as an SAP consultant, consultant to several large World Bank projects, and advisor to a number of DoD and USG technology projects. His personal decorations include Legion of Merit with two Gold Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with two Gold Stars, Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation with one Oak Leaf, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, Expert Rifle Shot Medal, and Expert Pistol Shot Medal.