Faculty and Staff Leadership

Faculty Director

Dr. Marina Blanton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and WiSE Faculty Director. She holds a BS degree on Computer Science from Tyumen State Oil and Gas University, Russia, a master's degree in Electrical Engineering with Computer Science concentration from Ohio University, a master's degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University.

In her role of a CSE faculty member, Dr. Blanton teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research. Her research is in information security, privacy, and applied cryptography with over 70 peer-reviewed research publications. Dr. Blanton has won several awards for her research and is an active member of her research community.

In her role of WiSE Faculty Director, Dr. Blanton's goal is to help students succeed by means of building a community, providing support, and offering professional development opportunities. Together with WiSE Program Coordinator, she oversees WiSE events and activities and is looking forward to enriching student experiences and supporting diverse representation in science and engineering.

The best way to contact Dr. Blanton is via email at mblanton@buffalo.edu. Outside of work, she enjoys photography and spending time with her family.

Dr. Marina Blanton, WiSE Faculty Director.

Marina Blanton, PhD
WiSE Faculty Director
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Virginia Stever, MPA is the director of UB’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program.  In this role, she organizes extracurricular networking, professional development, and outreach programs for WiSE students. She is available to meet with one-on-one to help students navigate their university experience, and to share resources and information about pursuing experiential learning opportunities. In doing so, she frequently connects students with her own network of faculty, staff, upper class students and community members.

Virginia holds a BA in Linguistics from Stony Brook University and a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University. Over the course of her career, she has worked with diverse groups of students and created programming to enhance their opportunities for education, careers and engagement. In addition to her professional position, Virginia has taught religious education, led a youth group, and mentored students and young women in her spare time. Prior to working in higher education, Virginia had a successful career in the real estate industry.  

Virginia draws on her own passion and experience to grow and enhance the program, while helping WiSE students get everything they deserve out of their educational experience. In this role, she looks forward to being able to empower other women. If you’d like to set up a meeting with Virginia, please email her at ubwise@buffalo.edu or call (716) 645-3519. 

To learn more about Virginia, check out this Q&A!  

Program Director

Virginia Stever, WiSE Program Director.

Virginia Stever, MPA
WiSE Program Director