Louis F. McHugh IV

  • Director, Cyber-Tech Security
  • Adjunct Industry Professor, Information Technology and Management
  • Mgr. of Academic Computer Labs


Ph.D. Student, Educational Technology Leadership, Concordia University Chicago, Expected Graduation Spring 2021
Masters in Cyber Forensics & Security, Illinois Institute of Technology
M.S., Information Systems & Technology, University of Michigan-Dearborn
B.S., Computer Information Systems, Northern Michigan University

Research Interests

Cyber Crime, Cyber Warfare, Leadership, Networking, Security, and Virtualization

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) + SIGITE + SIGUCCS
Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)


Best Paper, 3rd Annual Association for Computing Machinery’s Research in Information and Technology Conference, (SIGITE)


Publication: McHugh, Louis F., IV, Maya Embar, and William R. Wesselman. "Printer Watermark Obfuscation”, RIIT ’14 - Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference on Research in Information Technology. 3rd Annual Conference on Research in Information Technology, Atlanta, GA. New York: ACM, 2014. 15-20. Print.


Professional Activities

Peer Reviewer:
ACM-Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education and Research in Information Technology.
ACM-Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education.

Mentor and Reviewer:
NSA-DHS National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE).

Media Interview: Molina, T. (July 17, 2019). Viral FaceApp Raises Alarms About Privacy; ‘You’re Essentially Giving Away Your Fingerprint’, Expert Says. CBS 2, Chicago. TV.

Media Interivew: Emanuel, L. (May 10, 2018). Expert warns against sharing on social media. U-High Midway. Retrieved from https://uhighmidway.com/1659/indepth/expert-warns-against-sharing-on-social-media/

Media Interview: Farr, C., (May 7, 2018). Robocalls, Scams at ‘Epidemic Proportions,’ Official Says. NBC Chicago. TV.

Media Interview: Marotti, A., (March 23, 2018). Facebook users have been giving away their data for a decade. Is it too late to get our privacy back? Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL).

Media Interview: Kozlov, D., (2017). Zuckerberg Promises Facebook Ad Reforms. CBS Chicago. TV.

Media Interview: Madrigal, A., The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner. The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 06 June 2017. Web.

Media Interview: Crews, J. & Associated Press, (2017). WikiLeaks claims to release thousands of CIA documents. WGN News, Chicago. TV.

Presentation: Hajek, J., McHugh IV, L. F., Liaw, J. (2017) The Skunkworks Approach: Using Devops to Foster Rapid Deployment, Innovation, & to Reduce Costs. Supporting Learning & Technology in Education Conference, Northern Illinois University, Naperville, Illinois.

Media Interview: Leitner, T., & Capitanini, L., (2015). How Hackers Can Commit Cyber-Murder in Just 10 Minutes. NBC Chicago, TV

Media Interview: Seidman, Bianca. ""Cardless Cash" Eliminates ATM Cards and PIN Codes." CBS News. CBS News, 18 Sept. 2015. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.

Presentation: McHugh IV, L.F., “Hackers – Who Are They?” Security Symposium, West Suburban Bank, Addison, Illinois, September 2015.

Presentation: McHugh, Louis F., IV, Maya Embar, and William R. Wesselman. “Steganographix: Printer Watermark Obfuscation”, ForenSecure 2014, IIT Rice Campus, Wheaton, Illinois, April 2014.

Presentation: Jessop, J. and McHugh, Louis F., IV, “Interested in 3D Printing? Start here”, DuPage Regional Office of Education Center for Professional Learning, Lombard, Illinois, April 2014.

Additional Info


Illinois Institute of Technology - Computer Systems Manager
Truven Health Analytics - Technical Support Analyst
Thomson Reuters Healthcare - Technical Support Analyst
University of Michigan Dearborn - System Administrator