Current ASPIRE Scholars

Lola Ajayi is pursuLola Ajayiing her Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy, with a finance specialization, at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Lola received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University. Prior to graduate school, Lola worked as a Security Specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for more than four years. While at CBP, she performed extensive analysis and adjudication of background investigations and planned and facilitated roundtable discussions to analyze current policies for her division. Lola then went on to work as a Senior Investigative Case Analyst with CSRA (formerly Computer Sciences Corporation – CSC), supporting a CBP contract. This past summer, Lola worked as a Cyber Intern (IT Specialist) with the National Protection & Programs Directorate (NPPD), where she was an integral member of the Industrial Control Systems-Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). Her work was primarily focused with the Program Management Office (PMO) where she supported the Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) Public-Private Partnership and the Private Sector Assessments Program. Upon completion of graduate school in December 2016, Lola will work with the federal government in Washington, DC.

CassanCassie Deskusdra (Cassie) Deskus is a 2L student interested in criminal justice, technology policy, and tax policy. She is currently participating in NYU’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic. She was a student advocate for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project, where she worked on the Uncontested Divorce Project, and is a member of the Women of Color Collective. She spent last summer interning at the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section and will spend next summer at the DOJ’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section. Prior to law school, Cassie worked for three years as a software engineer and analyst. She has B.S. in Math from the University of Chicago and an M.S. from Northwestern University.

Joshua R. Fatfattaltal is a 2L student interested in studying the effects new technologies have had on various topics in national security law and criminal procedure. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the IPELS Cyber Law Committee, and is also a student advocate for the International Refugee Assistance Project. He spent this past summer in the Cybersecurity Practice of the NYC office of Steptoe and Johnson LLP, where he worked on issues concerning data breaches and foreign laws on encryption technologies, and has served as a research assistant for Professor Samuel Rascoff at NYU Law, Matthew Waxman at Columbia Law, and Fareed Zakaria at CNN. He previously studied History at Columbia University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.

View More: Grinberg is a 2L student interested in how rapid technological developments interact with legal and regulatory frameworks.  He is an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, serves as a staff editor on the Annual Survey of American Law, and is on the board of the Supreme Court Forum.  Last summer, he worked in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division in the Department of Justice.  Prior to attending law school, he worked as a software engineer at the New York Times.  He graduated with an S.B. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.

kirby-cropKevin Kirby is a 3L student interested in national security law, renewable energy, and computer programming. He is a board member of the student group SERV (Students for the Education and Representation of Veterans), through which he has helped provide advocacy for veterans in need of fair hearings for government benefits. Prior to law school, Kevin was a business systems project manager at Starbucks, and before that he served five years as an army engineer. He graduated with an honors degree in English and Philosophy from the United States Military Academy.

Linda Nguyen Lindais a junior at NYU Tandon School of Engineering studying for a BS in Computer Science. She is also this year’s student leader for the NYU CSAW Department of Homeland Security Quiz, a cybersecurity game show sponsored by its namesake, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Working alongside the government unit, Nguyen will introduce control systems as the topic for this year’s competition.

Munieshwar Ramdass(Kevin) Ramdass is a second-year graduate student interested in cybersecurity, computer science and forensics. He is an intern for a federal law enforcement agency in the U.S. He was an advocate for the transparency of black box DNA forensics tools, and worked with forensics scientists and students to shed light on the inconsistencies that some of these forensic tools produce. Prior to graduate school, Kevin reverse engineered a proprietary probabilistic genotyping program from the program’s historical results while interning at the Legal Aid Society DNA Unit. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from NYU Tandon School of Engineering.


See our past ASPIRE scholars here.