Jason Jaskolka is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. His current research involves the design and development of critical infrastructure assessment methodologies, and associated modeling and simulation environments. He received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering in 2015, his M.A.Sc. in Software Engineering in 2010, and his B.Eng. in Software Engineering and Game Design in 2009, each from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His dissertation research was in the area of information security, and focussed on the preservation of information confidentiality. Specifically, it examined the specification of distributed systems of communicating agents and the formal verification of the necessary conditions for the existence of covert channels. His research interests also include cybersecurity, information security, behavior and knowledge in multi-agent systems, and algebraic approaches to software engineering.
Upon completing his Ph.D., Jason undertook a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He worked on a research project concerning the application of software engineering architectural design patterns to systematically guide the design and development of maintainable, extendable, and reusable ontologies. He also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the McMaster University Centre for Software Certification (McSCert) as part of the embedded software team for the Leadership in Automotive Powertrain (LEAP) project. In this position, his research focused on a variety of projects in the areas of software engineering and model-based development for real-world problems and involved the modeling and optimization of hybrid electric vehicle systems. This research was in collaboration with a large industrial automotive partner.
Jason has been the recipient of a number of awards and accolades throughout his studies, including scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC CGS M (2009) and NSERC PGS D (2012), the McMaster University Dean’s Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research (2012), and the McMaster University Student Union Teaching Assistant Merit Award (2013).