Information Technology
  • Professor, Computer Information Systems/Computer Science
  • Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA
  • Lecturing and Research: Information Technology; Retention of Women and the Underprepared in Information Technology
  • Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
  • July 2006 - December 2006
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
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Dr. Amelia Phillips is tenured faculty at Highline College in Seattle WA. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Astronautical Engineering and a BS in Archaeology. She earned her doctorate in Computer Security at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as an interdisciplinary degree in International Digital Law.

After working as an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and TRW, Amelia worked with e-commerce sites and began her training in digital forensics and investigations during the dot-com boom. She has designed certificate and two year programs for community colleges in e-commerce, network security, digital forensics and data recovery. Dr. Phillips co-authored the textbook Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations now in its fifth edition. She is program lead for Highline College’s Applied Bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity and Forensics. In addition, she is the Regional Director of the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (PRCCDC) and will be the host of the International Collegiate Cyber Defense Invitational (ICCDI).

Amelia’s first visit to Namibia was in 2001 and found herself stranded there after the 9-11 attacks. The people took such good care of her, she fell in love with the country and what they had fought for in their independence.  She was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Polytechnic of Namibia (now the Namibia University in Science and Technology - NUST) in 2005 and 2006. During her stay, Amelia created their first computer forensics and network security courses. Since her return home, she has stayed in touch, traveling back as time permits to assist their ongoing projects. She is now considered one of their senior faculty.