Li-Chiou Chen

Pace University Seidenberg Professor Li-Chiou Chen, PhD

Seidenberg Professor Li-Chiou Chen, PhD, has seen quite a bit of change in the realm of cybersecurity and information technology policy during her 16 years at Pace. As an expert in an ever-evolving field, she has taken a particular interest in mentoring, training, and preparing students for whatever might come their way as they begin to navigate their careers in cybersecurity. Which is why, as the Principal Investigator of Pace’s CyberCorps® program—through which she has helped secured millions of dollars in grants from the National Science Foundation—Chen has placed particular emphasis on student advisory and mentorship.

“I’ve found that the experience has been very rewarding. I’ve learned a lot from this process over the past 10 years—how to advise students, and how to work with them in research,” said Chen. “A lot of students have had successful careers in cybersecurity and government. It’s making an impact on student lives, and it’s one I'm grateful to make.”

In addition to serving as an exemplary mentor for students, Chen has been busy conducting her own impactful research. In collaboration with Seidenberg Professor Daniel Farkas, PhD, Chen has been examining risk perception and cryptocurrency, in attempts to better understand how people and businesses might use—or be motivated to abstain from—cryptocurrency in business transactions, which will help us better understand their viability and usability in the future.

“Some people are buying cryptocurrency like a stock—as a trading target,” she says. “But what we’re looking at, is whether people will start using cryptocurrency like a credit card or cash to pay for a transaction.”

The goal of Chen’s work is to provide information about how likely the use of cryptocurrency might become in the future. This could help vendors design their transaction or service so as to attract users to use cryptocurrency in a transaction the same way as your credit card.

Overall, Chen looks forward to ensuring that her next 16 years are as fruitful as her first decade-and-a-half(ish) at Pace and looks forward to continuing to be a trailblazing member of the Pace Community and beyond.

“What I am most proud of during my 16 years at Pace is that I’ve been able to work with different colleagues and students to pursue different research projects,” she said. “I think that the opportunity of working with different people and seeing how that working relationship has positively impacted all of us is something I’m very proud of.”