The Magic and Beauty of Computer Science

Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins is the Deputy Director of the Cebrowski Institute for Innovation and Information Superiority at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, The Cebrowski Institute (http://www.nps.edu/cebrowski) supports cross-disciplinary research on emerging issues and technologies that enable global security in the information age. As a lecturer in the Information Science Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), she has taught courses in Command and Control, Space Systems, Technology and Innovation, and Network Centric Operations. As the Department of Defense (DoD) Transformation co-Chair at NPS from 2005-2008, she served as a node in a network of educators focused on growing the DoD’s next generation of leaders. A former US Navy Commander, she worked in the 1980s and 1990s in the areas of computing, satellite systems and communications, holding a variety of leadership jobs that moved the Navy from a platform focus to a network orientation for its operations. She helped launch the Navy’s Information Professional career field in 2001 and served as its first Chief Learning Officer until she retired from active duty in 2003. She also developed and taught one of the Navy’s first fully web-based, interactive distributed learning courses – Introduction to Space Systems. She holds a BA in History from the University of CA, Santa Barbara and an MS in Space Systems Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School.