On January 4th, 2017, the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) received a grant award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), totaling $1,522,456. The funded grant entitled, Strengthening the National Cyber Security Workforce, will support activities to address our societal challenge on recruiting and training the future workforce in the area of cybersecurity and information assurance. As the demand for cybersecurity careers continues to ramp up, so will the need for highly talented and skilled technical personnel. The CECS team headed by Assistant Dean Dr. Li Yang will work with NSF, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other agencies to develop a responsive, agile and well-educated workforce trained in cybersecurity. Scholars in the CyberCorps program will conduct collaborative applied research and participate in Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), community services, K-12 outreach, and team building activities. Through this award, UTC now becomes one of six-nine (69) CyberCorps institutions in the nation. The CyberCorps team at UTC consists of Dr. Joseph Kizza, Dr. Neslihan Alp, Prof. Kathy Winter, Dr. Karen Adsit, and Dr. Dalei Wu. The CECS also partners with Tuskegee University which helps to increase underrepresented, trained individuals in the program. UTC InfoSec center Defense housed in the College of Engineering and Computer Science is a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cybersystems designated by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Security Agency (NSA).
This new SFS program is another example of the CECS’s commitment to its excellence in teaching and applied research, promoting scholarship and incorporating research in all academic programs.