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Jennifer Marden

University of Alabama - Huntsville
UAH CCRE Research Scientist and RING Trainer

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Jennifer Cramer Marden is a trainer and research scientist with the RING cybersecurity curriculum team at the University of Alabama Huntsville. She is a former Loudoun County Public School teacher where she taught for thirteen years, with six of the past years teaching Introduction to Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Operations, Python programming, Computer Information Systems, and Personal Finance. Mrs. Marden graduated from Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with minors in Economics and Computer Information Systems. Her Master’s in Business Administration was earned from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Shenandoah University is where she earned her Virginia state teaching licensure with endorsements in Business Education and Marketing. She is a former Adjunct Professor for the Kogod School of Business, Master of Business Administration program, at American University in Washington, DC. Before teaching, Mrs. Marden worked as an Information Technology (IT) system engineer, consultant, developer, manager, and director for various consulting and telecommunications companies in northern Virginia, Kansas, and abroad (Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Chile, and Canada). After seventeen years in IT, she switched careers from doing business to teaching business. Mrs. Marden has been part of the Virginia Cyber Range Executive Board and K-12 Advisory Committee since 2018. She has worked with Virginia Cyber Range and with Cyber.org on cybersecurity curriculum review and standards. She has also worked with the Virginia Department of Education on updating cybersecurity curriculum standards and advocating for further cybersecurity classes to be taught in secondary schools. She is the c-director of the Virginia CyberSlam conference for high school students and has grown the initiative for the past three years to over 580 students state-wide. Mrs. Marden was awarded the Virginia Cybersecurity Educator Award in 2022, nominated for the Presidential Cybersecurity Educator Award in 2023, and nominated for the National Cybersecurity Teacher of the Year in 2020.
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