Will IT Kill the 4th Amendment?

Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

This free event brings together a dynamic panel of information technology and cyber security experts for a discussion exploring the intersections information technology and the 4th Amendment’s protections against unreasonable search and seizure. The panelists include:

  • J. Eric, Dietz, Ph.D., P.E. – Purdue University
  • Dom Caristi, Ph.D. – Ball State University
  • Nicholas Rosasco, D.Sci. – Valparaiso University
  • Robert Wichlinski, MALS, CPS, Moderator – Valparaiso University

This event is free and open to community members and Valpo students. For Valpo students, this event is CORE approved. Pizza will be served prior to the panel discussion.

Event Details

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Pizza Reception: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Program: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, Duesenberg Recital Hall (Campus Map)
  • Cost: Free (please RSVP to help us plan for the amount of pizza we need to provide).


J. Eric Dietz, PhD. PE. is a Professor at Purdue University where he also serves as the Director of The Purdue University Homeland Security Institute. Dr. Dietz’s research interests include optimization of emergency response, homeland security and defense, energy security, and engaging veterans in higher education.   As a Director in Purdue’s Discovery Park, Dr. Dietz is responsible for the catalysis of the Purdue’s homeland security research, increasing the impact of Purdue research on society, and organizing interdisciplinary projects within the university.   Prior to his current responsibilities, Eric was on loan from Purdue to Governor Mitch Daniels to serve as the founding Executive Director for The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, a new state agency of over 300 people responsible for emergency planning, training, fire and building safety, and disaster response for 6.2 million Indiana residents.  During this period, Eric led Indiana’s response to 7 Presidential Major Disasters and Emergency Declarations which included restoration and recovery of critical infrastructure.  Eric also led the creation of the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center and the Indiana Fire Training System both new government functions that were created with new laws and funding.  Retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2004, Dr. Dietz led a number of Army Acquisition and research programs throughout his career including power systems, chemical sensors and command and control systems.   An Indiana native, Eric was graduated in 1984 from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology after earning a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. He also earned a master’s of science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1986 and a PhD in chemical engineering in 1994 from Purdue University.

Dom Caristi, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University. Before joining Ball State in 1998, he had served on the faculty at Iowa State University, Missouri Southern State University and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. His main teaching and research interests are in electronic media law and policy. He is Associate Director of the Digital Policy Institute, which he helped to found in 2004. Caristi’s writing is varied. In 2011 he co-authored Communication Law: Practical Applications in the Digital Age. He has contributed chapters to books, encyclopedia entries and columns in newspapers and trade journals. His commentary is valued and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Washington Post. In addition to his own Fulbright awards, Dr. Caristi serves as the Fulbright Program Adviser for Ball State. Since 1998 BSU has had 18 student grantees. Eleven of those have come in the last four years under Caristi’s tutelage. In addition to his two Fulbright experiences, he has taught American students in Italy on study abroad programs three times: twice in semester-long programs and once on a five week summer term. Dr. Caristi is an active member of the Broadcast Education Association and served five years on its Board of Directors, including a term as Vice President. He has had fellowships with the National Association of Television Program Executives and the Radio Television Digital News Association, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Broadcasters Association. Caristi holds a BA from the University of Miami, an MA from the University of Central Missouri and a PhD from the University of Iowa.

Nicholas S. Rosasco, D.Sc. is an Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Sciences at Valparaiso University and directs the Graduate Program in Cyber Security for that institution.  He specializes in software engineering and computer security, coming to those areas from
prior professional experience in both industry and government.  His current teaching includes courses in Information Assurance and project-focused programming.  Additionally, he has held positions at the Argonne National Laboratory and the United States Naval Academy. Rosasco is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Loyola University Maryland, and Towson University.

Robert J. “Bob” Wichlinski, MALS, CPS is a Lecturing Professor at Valparaiso University. Previously, Wichlinski served as a Limited Term Lecturer at Purdue University Calumet. Bob has over 30 years of professional IT experience. In addition to his teaching responsibilities he is the President & Managing Partner of ON-SITE Computer, LLC; a firm he founded 25 years ago. Bob has also served as a Board Member of the Indiana Technology Partnership, the Executive Director of the Purdue Technology Center Northwest, consultant to the Purdue Homeland Security Institute, and Director of the Commercial Systems Group for 21st Century Systems, Inc. (a defense contractor) where he also served as a T.S. security officer.