LUCCS Members


Dr. Mark Shaneck
Online Chair of Cyber Security

Dr. Mark Shaneck serves as the Director of LUCCS and oversees the Cyber security outreach programs. Shaneck is also the Online Chair of the Master of Science in Cyber Security program at Liberty University and is the faculty mentor for the undergraduate Cyber Defense Club.  The student club meets to learn current security techniques and tools, as well as participates in regional and national competitions.

Shaneck specializes in Computer Security and Cryptography, and has a passion for developing technologies that have practical applications. His research interests span several different areas, including secure protocol design and developing techniques to secure our networks from attack. He is interested in investigating what gains can be made in efficiency to cryptographic protocols by making realistic tradeoffs in the underlying assumptions.

Shaneck received the BS degree in Computer Science and the BA degree in Mathematics from Rutgers University. After spending a few years working as a Software Engineer, he went to graduate school and received the MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. He is now a member of the faculty at Liberty University’s School of Engineering and Computational Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He also obtained his Certified Ethical Hacker from EC Council in July 2011 and received his OSCP certification in December 2013.


Board of Advisors

David Donahoo
Dean, School of Engineering & Computational Sciences

David joined the Liberty University team in 2009 bring over 10 years of executive leadership from the corporate and defense industry.  We are fortunate to have David's leadership as we expand our scope for growing our programs. 

David has demonstrated strong leadership in creating and implementing business strategies into the academic process. He began teaching at Liberty University 2009, where he was responsible for developing and enhancing the ABET accreditation process for the Computing programs. 

In 2011, Information Systems was moved to the School of Business.  Here David, continued as the faculty lead for the newly established Business Information Systems.  He was critical in establishing new programs that are set to launch in the Fall of 2012. David considers his students to be his greatest success in life and also, his greatest responsibility.


Dr. Scott Hicks
Dean, School of Business

Semi-retired from the petroleum industry as director of retail operations for the largest petroleum jobber in the United States. Continues to consult for local businesses and individuals, as well as his former employer, thereby allowing him to bring practical application to the subjects he teaches.


Matthew Zealand
Chief Information Officer

Matt Zealand The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is responsible for selecting and supporting all administrative and academic information technology (IT) system operations, data centers, process automation, data queries and report writing, help desks, communication networks (voice and data), software development, user interface optimization, and IT security, as well as setting technology standards, policy, and compliance. In addition to these responsibilities, the CIO coordinates the alignment of IT strategy with business objectives by evaluating the overall information technology operations and project portfolio through business metrics. The chief information officer also oversees the reduction of technology costs across the entire university by increasing system utilization, ensuring that each student’s IT experience is streamlined and consistent.