Tom Vielott is a graduate of the Master of Public and International Affairs program at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and the Masters of Science in Information Science program at Pitt's School of Computing and Information (SCI). He was a Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies Fellow and the lead designer of the Itoora Peace Game, a project with the Ford Institute for Human Security to create a role-playing training game for students of humanitarian affairs to learn about the circumstances and difficulties of working in conflict zones. He has also worked on other working groups for Ridgway on the dynamics of nuclear negotiations and on gray-zone interactions with Russian military units. His research interests include the application of "serious games" to the teaching, training, and analysis of security topics; cybersecurity; military affairs; and grand strategy. Tom also holds a BS in History with an additional major in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University.