Don McGillen

Academic Partnerships Team Lead
New York, New York

Dr. Donald J. McGillen is the head of the Academic Relations group in Yahoo Labs and manages Yahoo's relationships with a number of universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Michigan, the University of Illinois, the University of Maryland, and Howard University. He came to Yahoo after spending nine years at Carnegie Mellon University where he served as the Executive Director of the university’s Cyber Security Laboratory (CyLab) and was the director of Carnegie Mellon’s activities as a National Security Agency-designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. In the latter capacity, Dr. McGillen oversaw all aspects of both the Federal Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service program and the Minority Serving Institutions Information Assurance Capacity Building Program, both funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. McGillen was the founding Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Chief Information Officer Institute, and also served as the founding Executive Director of the Software Industry Center. Prior to his stint at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. McGillen concluded a twenty one year career in the United States Air Force, during which he served as an instructor pilot and F-15 fighter pilot, and received his MS and PhD degrees in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon. He taught mathematics and served as Director of Faculty Research at the United States Air Force Academy, and performed research in nonlinear optics during a sabbatical at the Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory. His final assignment was as Chief Scientist and Commander of the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development in London, England.