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Ralph Russo - Tulane University. New Orleans, LA, US

Ralph Russo

Program Director, Professor of Practice, Applied Computing | Tulane University


Ralph Russo is an expert on technology in the homeland security and public safety domains.




Ralph Russo is the Director of the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement Applied Computing Program, where he is focused on keeping learning delivery and the Applied Computing curriculum on pace with cutting-edge technology, security and industry advancement. Russo also holds the title of Professor of Practice. He created and delivered the first graduate and undergraduate cybersecurity courses at Tulane in 2011, and has taught in both the Homeland Security and Applied Computing programs.

Russo is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on technology in the homeland security and public safety domains. He has served in director-level leadership positions for technology/systems integration companies for over 15 years. He has also consulted for multiple federal, state and local jurisdictions to successfully guide the development, deployment and adoption of IT systems for security and public safety.

Russo retired from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in 2005. His 20+ year career with NYPD included leadership positions in a wide array of investigative and field assignments. Of note, Mr. Russo served as the Commanding Officer of an Organized Crime Control HIDTA Task Force of Local/State/Federal law enforcement. He also served as a Commanding Officer at NYPD Intelligence RIC/Watch, where he designed, managed and implemented agency-wide law enforcement and homeland security systems for tracking Confidential Informants, Search Warrants and Counterterrorism Leads - including the NYC Terrorism Hotline (888-NYC-SAFE).

As an entrepreneur, he has co-owned two startup technology firms. These small businesses focused on delivering secure solutions to businesses handling personal data, and on creating, marketing and delivering software for police officers seeking to advance their careers.

Russo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology.

Russo is passionate about technology, and its real-world uses. He is strongly motivated to educate and prepare students in different phases of their careers to lead secure technology programs that drive innovation and safety in the community while engendering trust and bringing value to the users.

Russo lives in the New Orleans area with his wife Michelle, a Federal IT Program Manager and expert on Lean/Agile IT operations, and their family.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Software Development

Computer Science

Emergency Management

Public Safety

Emergency Operations

Information Technology Management

Technical Operations

Media Appearances (3)

Is Biometrics ID Security Good Enough?

Tech News World  online


"Biometrics have been around as identifiers and authentication means for over 100 years, with the most well-known case being that of police/law enforcement use of fingerprints," noted Ralph Russo, director of the School of Professional Advancement Information Technology Program at Tulane University.

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New Orleans higher education news for July 15, 2018: Tulane adds master's in cybersecurity; UNO gets $50K for research

New Orleans Advocate  online


“The cybersecurity management program curriculum was built with the input and advice of an industry panel of practitioners and executives,” said Ralph Russo, associate director of applied computing systems and technology at Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement. “This design ensures that our graduates possess the relevant knowledge, skills and abilities most in demand in the marketplace.”

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The College Guide for Servicemembers and Veterans

Best Colleges  online

As either an active-duty or retired servicemember, you are an individual who has demonstrated the ability to persevere, meeting the challenges of service and maintaining focus on your aspirations. A number of public and private organizations provide financial aid and unique services to active-duty and veteran servicemembers to help them pursue higher education and adapt to civilian life.

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Event Appearances (2)

National Cyber Security Alliance

Cybersecurity Education  New Orleans


National Cyber Security Alliance

Entergy/Tulane Academic Panel  New Orleans