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AIU's faculty make courses come alive by translating class lessons into real-world applications. Meet a few of our best and brightest faculty members, industry specialists who have served as Wall Street executives and government IT engineers, crime scene investigators and special agents.
Patrice Nybro worked her way through undergrad and grad school on her way to a 20-year career as a Wall Street executive. Her passion for teaching brought her to AIU, where her flair for storytelling helps her share her experience and connect with students in our business degree programs.
Belinda Smith, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur and consultant as well as a mother, grandmother and U.S. Army veteran. A longtime advocate of online learning, she has taught in the AIU School of Business for more than a decade. "I don't have lectures," she says, "I have conversations with my students."
AIU criminal justice faculty member Dr. David Lounsbury served as a special agent for the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command with a specialty in counter narcotics and counter narcotics terrorism. Today, he imparts the experiences of his "Tom Clancy life" to AIU criminal justice students in the online classroom.
Daniel Rinehart has 30+ years' experience in law enforcement and crime scene investigation and now teaches courses in criminal justice at AIU. Of his students, he says, "I give them things that I've been through, real-world situations that they can relate to in today's life. So when you take that CSI moment from TV, I'm going to show you what it really involves."
In addition to teaching information technology courses at AIU, Andrew Mahaney is currently a lead software engineer for global security and defense technology company Northrup Grumman, where his experience includes work on the new PATRIOT Missile Interceptor Defense System. As part of his nearly 30-year IT career to date, he also spent 15 years working in the defense industry, including the FBI and National Security Agency (NSA), and 10 years as an intelligence specialist for the U.S. Marine Corps. and U.S. Army.