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JCSU's HS-STEM Center Awarded Over $700K in Federal Funding

Johnson C. Smith University will develop an undergraduate research center in August to discover new electronic and cyber security innovations that could impct the nation. A recent Congressional grant for JCSU's Homeland Security - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Center (HS-STEM) brings the total amount of committed federal funds to over $700,000.

The new Undergraduate Research Center for Electronic and Cyberspace Security will train computer science and engineering faculty along with students in telecommunications systems, security, and disaster recovery. Both will also research electronic imaging technologies, electronic and cyber security system architecture design, analysis for optimum performance, data mining, and analysis as related to national security.

"This is a very exciting time for us because of the strong national interest," said Dr. Magdy Attia, ECSU's Chair of the Council of Deans and the Dean of STEM College/ James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. "It is one of President Obama's initiatives to improve the cyber security technology preparedness and to produce an emerging workforce in this area".

Once the center is fully operational, it will also serve as a resource for aligning and integrating computer science and engineering curricula to address national needs in electronic and cyber security. Current faculty and one new additional member will design an outreach program to increase the awareness of high school students in electronic and cyber security by offering a two-week summer camp every year.

Below left, JCSU Principal Investigator Dr. Sunil Gupta and students attend the VA-NC Alliance 2010 Symposium; below right, JCSU student Adhiya Hart's entry in the Symposium's poster presentation competition.

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