Stephanie Travis, director of the Senior Military College Cybersecurity Institute at the Virginia Tech National Security Institute, was promoted to the role of editor-in-chief for the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA).

The Military Cyber Professionals Association aims to develop American military cyber professionals and invest in the nation's future through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, with a non-exclusive focus on K-12 students.

“Fulfilling the role of editor-in-chief is an honor,” said Travis. “I have really enjoyed working with the members of MCPA to publish their technical expertise and experiences to share with the broader military cyber community that I spent the first ten years of my career working with.”

Travis was also recently named the director of Virginia Tech’s Senior Military College Cyber Institute, which received a grant from the Department of Defense to continue developing the Department of Defense (DoD) Senior Military College Cyber Institute (SMC2I).

As editor-in-chief, Travis is responsible for coordinating staff editors and individual article contributors to prepare their submissions for publication. She also works to pinpoint new topics that may be of interest to the MCPA community, and ensures these topics of interest are portrayed in MCPA media. 

MCPA also publishes a paper magazine annually, called CYBER, in which Travis selects which published articles are to be included in the physical magazine.

“I am looking forward to extending publication opportunities to Virginia Tech faculty and students, as well as faculty and students at the other five Senior Military Colleges,” said Travis. “This is a unique opportunity for them to publish topics of interest that are not a good fit for traditional academic journal publication, but are still important topics to generate publication and discourse around.”

The CYBER magazine focuses on providing MCPA members and others associated with the military cyber community the opportunity to publish articles about technical and non-technical topics of interest to the community. 

With a decade of service to the U.S. Air Force in several leadership positions, this new role allows Travis to elevate others’ stories in the cyber military community.

—  Written by Aubrey Medina