Nektaria Tryfona

PhD, Computer Science

Director, Educational Initiatives
co-Director Mason DataLab (
College of Science
George Mason University


Dr. Nektaria Tryfona is the Director of Edicational Initiatives in the College of Science and the co-Director of the Mason DataLab ( in George Mason University. She received her Engineering Diploma and Ph.D from the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics, University of Patras, Greece.

Prior to joining George Mason University in 2013, Dr. Tryfona was with the Hellenic Open University, Greece (2002-2012), the Computer Technology Institute (2002-2005), Talent Informatics SA (2005-2009), the Computer Science Department of Aalborg University, Denmark (1997-2001) and the National Center of Geographic Information Analysis, University of Maine (1995-1997).

Dr. Tryfona has long experience working with data-intesive systems in both Academia and Industry, and research projects in Europe and USA. Furthermore, she has more than 15 years of teaching experience and advising students in STEM, both in face-to-face and online. She has also coordinated and developed distance education courses and teaching material for higher education.

Dr Tryfona’s research interests include Data Science and Data Analytics for multidisciplinary application areas, non-conventional Data Management techniques, Spatiotemporal Systems, Educational Informatics, personalized Distance Education, as well as, the integration of computational and data science skills in K-12 and Higher Education.

Her professional interests are in building partnerships between Industry and Academia in the Data Science area, and the development of cross-disciplinary educational programs to meet workforce demands.

Current Activities

Dr. Tryfona’s effort in the College of Science (COS) focuses on directing and shaping multidisciplinary data science courses and programs to meet the needs of professionals in the highly competitive scientific arena. She is working on partnering COS with Industry in the Data Analytics area. 

She is also coordinating the COS academic outreach activities in executive and distance education, developing and integrating educational technology into K-12 activities and the college’s disciplines, developing, enhancing and  coordinating computational and design skills across the college and K-12 programs.

Finally, she is working on developing and teaching graduate courses and advising and mentoring COS students.