Nadya Bliss

Senior Fellow, Resource Security Program

Nadya Bliss joins New America as a senior fellow in the Resource Security program. She is the director of the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University. GSI serves as the university-wide hub focusing on addressing emerging global challenges, with a focus on borderless threats, characterized by complex interdependencies and often presenting conflicting objectives (“wicked” problems) requiring multi-disciplinary research and cross-mission collaboration between defense, development, and diplomacy communities. GSI currently has approximately 100 faculty affiliates across nine college-level units and is home to the Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Center, the Human Security Collaboratory, and the DARPA Working Group. GSI also serves as the university’s interface to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. Before joining ASU in 2012, Bliss spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding group leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. In 2011, Bliss was awarded the inaugural MIT Lincoln Laboratory Early Career Technical Achievement award recognizing her work in parallel computing, computer architectures, and graph processing algorithms and her leadership in anomaly detection in graph-based data (presented annually to two employees under 35). She is also the recipient of the R&D100 award (2011) for her work on PVTOL: Parallel Vector Tile Optimizing Library. Bliss received bachelor and master degrees in computer science from Cornell University, a PhD in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences (Complex Adaptive Systems Science) from Arizona State University, and is a senior member of IEEE.