Dr. J. Richard “Rick” Kiper is a retired Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With more than 20 years in the FBI, Dr. Kiper has worked in a variety of investigation and teaching positions. In the Miami Division he investigated white collar crime, organized crime, cyber crime, Internet fraud, and served as the Confidential Human Source Coordinator and a Computer Forensic Examiner. At FBIHQ, Dr. Kiper worked in program management for IT systems implementation. While assigned to LEGAT San Salvador, he served as the Assistant Legal Attaché, focusing on foreign police cooperation, transnational street gangs, counterterrorism, kidnapping, fugitives, and international training matters. More recently, Dr. Kiper served as the Unit Chief of the Investigative Training Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. There, he supervised the instructors and curriculum for the New Agents in the areas of Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Financial Investigations, Digital Skills, and Investigative Processes.

After earning a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physics/Science Education from Florida Institute of Technology, he taught high school physics, astronomy, Spanish and science research for seven years. He helped to establish the Integrated Science Curriculum in Brevard County, Florida, and he co-authored and edited the behavioral standards for what would become the Florida Department of Education’s Sunshine State Standards for Science Education. He has also earned a Master of Science (M.S.), Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Nova Southeastern University – all in the field of Computing Technology in Education.

Dr. Kiper worked on updating the FBI’s Instructor Development Program, and as an Advanced Instructor in that program he has represented the Bureau as an educational consultant to Serbia, Guatemala, San Salvador, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. He also develops Cybercrime Investigation curriculum for the U.S. Department of Defense International Counterproliferation Program, and has taught cyber investigative courses in Albania, Singapore, Moldova, Georgia, Bulgaria, Colombia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. Dr. Kiper most recently served as a forensic examiner for the FBI Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) in Miami, Florida.