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Student featured in Brainerd Newspaper

NDSU Undergraduate Peter Wells has been recently featured in the Brainerd Dispatch. Read the article here.

KVRR Reports on Student Projects

News station KVRR visited NDSU's Quentin Burdick Building to view student projects related to cyber-physical system cybersecurity.  They interviewed NDSU students Joe Billstrom and Mitchell Fokken and Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub.  View the report here.

KVRR Reports on Net Neutrality

KVRR visited NDSU as part of a report on Net Neutrality.  They interviewed Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub, who explained the concept to viewers in a clip on Tuesday's evening news.  Watch the story here.

Computer Science undergrads in the news

According to the Jamestown Sun, NDSU Computer Science undergrads Cody Elhard, Nicholas Snell, Devante Bell and Terrance Hanlon have a "jet powered future."  The Sun -- along with the Detroit Lakes Tribune -- featured the work of the four undergrads on a project for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The students are developing a system that will help other students around the country interact with literal rocket scientists at the NASA facility responsible for the Voyager spacecraft and Curiosity rover. 

Check out the Detroit Lakes Tribune article here and the Jamestown Sun article here.

Assistant Professor Receives Award

NDSU Assistant Professor Jeremy Straub was among the “high achievers from across our region” – including North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota – who were recognized by Prairie Business Magazine with the 40 Under 40 Award.  Straub, who is a faculty member in NDSU’s Department of Computer Science, was one of only two university faculty to be selected for the award.

Straub conducts research related to autonomous systems and cybersecurity for applications including spacecraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, robots and self-driving vehicles.  His work has received national recognition, having been recently featured in Newsweek, and earned him honors including a Marquis Lifetime Achievement award and selection as a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.

Straub holds a Ph.D. in Scientific Computing an M.S. in Computer Systems and Software Development, an M.B.A. and two B.S. degrees.  He also serves as the Associate Director of the NDSU Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research.

Thanks to Donors!

11/28/2017 - 10:00 PM
Computer Science department chair Ken Nygard donated $10,000 to provide scholarships as part of the NDSU Giving Day, which is currently ongoing.  He set this donation up as a challenge, asking alumni and friends of the department to match his generosity.  

We have some exciting news – with 5 hours to spare, the Nygard scholarship match has been completely ‘unlocked’ by $10,000 in matching donations.  This will provide an additional $20,000 (and possibly even more – there are still 5 hours to go!) to endowments that will provide scholarships for current and future Computer Science students.

Thanks to donors that have given $10,000 and fully unlocked the Ken and Gloria Nygard Computer Science Scholarship match (and of course to Ken and Gloria Nygard for their generous donation and challenge)!

We've set up a Facebook post for messages of thanks to Ken and Gloria Nygard and other donors, here

Competition Teams Featured

NDSU drone competition teams, including multiple Computer Science students, were featured on the NDSU homepage.

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Cybersecurity institute hosts week of speakers

Regional cybersecurity leaders participated in the NDSU Institute for Cybersecurity Education and Research’s speaker series Nov. 13-18. Speaker presentations throughout the week highlighted National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week.

Kendall Nygard, professor of computer science at and institute director, kicked off the series on Monday with a discussion of academic careers and educational opportunities. NDSU’s chief information security officer Enrique Garcia talked on Tuesday about careers in information technology and how to prepare for them.

Tim Jensen, senior penetration tester with AppSec Consulting, on Wednesday discussed careers in security consulting. He gave students a firsthand perspective on working in an area that is constantly changing to find and respond to security vulnerabilities. On Thursday, Jerry Wynne, vice president of security and chief information security officer at the Noridian Mutual Insurance Co., provided a management perspective, discussed responding to incidents like the Fargo flood and explained how to get jobs in the field.

Marine Corps Maj. Terry Traylor, who has worked in electronic warfare, finished the series on Friday with a presentation about U.S. military and intelligence agency careers in cyber intelligence and security.

Most of the presentations were recorded and are available for viewing online.

Department Alum Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

Bhabani Misra, who completed both his Master's degree and Ph.D. at NDSU, has been recognized for his contributions to STEM education in Minnesota with a Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Minnesota High Tech Association recognized Misra for being "instrumental in the transformation of cutting-edge programs that have produced more than 4,000 master’s degree students in the software engineering, data science, information technology and software management fields."  His work with industry was also highlighted. Misra is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at The University of St. Thomas.  Read more here.

Valley News Live Focuses on Cybersecurity

NDSU students Chengyao Tang and Isaac Burton and Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub were interviewed by reporter Kristi Larson in a report airing on Valley News Live's morning program.  The report focused on cybersecurity.  Burton and Tang, who recently placed among the top 15% of students nationwide in the National Cyber League competition, discussed what they had learned as part of preparing for the NCL competition.  View the report here.

Computer Science student Chengyao Tang featured in Fargo Forum

Calling her a "virtual victor," the Fargo Forum featured NDSU Computer Science graduate student Chengyao Tang and her teammates Isaac Burton and Steven Karschnia.  The three placed in the top 15% nationwide in the recent National Cyber League "regular season" individual competition.  Read the article here.

DigiKey Visits to Present Trophy

After the NDSU teams' win at the DigiKey programming contest, DigiKey came for a visit on November 7th to present the traveling trophy and the checks for the students' prizes. While here, they also told students all about career opportunities at the company.

NDSU Teams Win First and Third in Local Programming Contest

Computer Science Students from the North Dakota State University continued their winning streak at the local competition for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, taking first and third places.  The competition, hosted at NDSU, had teams from schools including the University of Minnesota, Morris, and the University of North Dakota.

Students on the first place team included Ajay Brown, Aaron Buchholz and Riley Conlin.  Students on the third place team included Wyly Andrews, Jeremy Jaeger and Eric Myers.  Both teams were coached by ACM faculty advisor Professor Anne Denton.

Computer Science Instructor Joseph Latimer and Systems Administrator Guy Hokanson served as co-site directors.  Computer Science faculty members Otto Borchert and Jeremy Straub also helped to run the event.

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