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William  McGill

William McGill

  • Senior Lecturer
301G Information Sciences and Technology Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-0270


  1. Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering, University of Maryland Post-Graduate Intelligence Program, National Defense Intelligence College, Washington, D.C.
  2. M.S., University of Maryland
  3. B.S., University of Southern California


William "Will" McGill is an Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University (IST@PENNSTATE). His current research focuses on security risk management, with a particular emphasis on the design and application of serious games and participatory sensing campaigns to support all phases of risk management (e.g., recognition, evaluation, communication, education and control). He has done extensive work supporting both DHS and the Intelligence Community on topics spanning risk modeling, structured analysis methodologies, technology futures analysis, counterdeception and infrastructure protection. In 2003-2004, he served as the first ASME Federal Fellow to the Department of Homeland Security where he assisted the department in developing their first generation of risk analysis methods. In 2010, Dr. McGill and his research group won the first DHS Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign Challenge. He has a PhD in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland and degrees in Aerospace Engineering from both the University of Maryland and the University of Southern California. Dr. McGill is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a Certified Reliability Engineer with the American Society for Quality. Dr. McGill also holds a certificate in deception and counterdeception from the Foreign Denial and Deception Committee of the National Intelligence Council.

Research and Teaching

Risk analysis, uncertainty modeling, and decision analysis applied to homeland security, defense, and intelligence problems.

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