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Congratulations to the 2023 Computer Science scholarship winners!

Computer Science Scholarship
Deborah Pompa
Delia Riosum
Benjamin Rybacki

Paul Juell Scholarship
Mitchell Borders
Alan Guajardo
Ian King

Nygard Scholarship
Ebenezer Alomenu
Bohdan Ivanyshyn
Abdullahi Mohamed
Sokiri Monokajo
Le Yang Tan

Bill Perrizo Scholarship
Chanaka Sampath Cooray Bulathsinghalage

Brian Slator Memorial Scholarship
Josiah Ernst
Emmanuel Fosu

Simone Ludwig, Professor and Department Chair
NDSU cybersecurity institute awarded $1.5 million

The North Dakota State University (NDSU) Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research and the NDSU Department of Computer Science have been awarded $1.5 million in federal funding through the Griffiss Institute, in partnership with the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering and the Air Force Research Laboratory-Information Directorate, as part of the Virtual Institutes for Cyber and Electromagnetic Spectrum Research and Employ (VICEROY) program.  This funding will support NDSU and its partner institutions in providing world-class cybersecurity education to students and enhance our cybersecurity, computer science and related programs.

The VICEROY program is designed to augment the traditional college curriculum through providing hands-on, experiential learning and internship opportunities that match the workforce demands of the U.S. Department of Defense and the American defense industrial base. The program aims to increase the quality and quantity of students with job-ready cybersecurity skills upon graduation.

“Our participation in the VICEROY program provides an exceptional opportunity for NDSU students to gain hands-on experience and real-world skills in cybersecurity,” said NDSU Cybersecurity Institute director Dr. Jeremy Straub, who is a faculty member in the Computer Science Department and also serves as the principal investigator for this program.  “We look forward to using the additional resources provided by VICEROY to build on our existing strengths and develop new world-class courses, labs and other resources to drive student learning.” Read more

New BS programs starting this fall

Starting this Fall the department is offering two new programs, a BS in Cybersecurity and Software Engineering.

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity curriculum includes courses in topics including defensive network security, networking, ethical hacking, malware analysis, programming, and cybersecurity law and policy.  It also provides a background in general education areas such as mathematics and communications. 

Cybersecurity seeks to prevent and provides the tools to respond to attacks against computing systems and organizations.  It is a field that spans numerous areas, ranging from the highly technical aspects of securing and testing the security of IT systems to preventing manual data theft by organization members.  Cybersecurity practitioners protect important private information in all areas of society – ranging from healthcare to banks to government – and secure systems that are critical to everyone’s day-to-day lives. 

The Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering is offered jointly by the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering. The curriculum includes courses in software engineering, computer science, electrical & computer engineering, along with the relevant mathematics background. 

Software Engineering is the design and application of systematic, disciplined, and quantifiable approaches to the development and conservation of software, software systems and related computing hardware. The Systems Programming track focuses on embedded systems while the Applications Development track centers on methodologies, techniques, and tools to manage the software development life cycle. 

New stackable certificates and minor in artificial intelligence this fall

New this Fall the department will offer stackable certificates as well as a minor in artificial intelligence. Both offerings are designed to meet the needs of current students as well as career professionals in computer science. Our new certificate program is ideal for professionals looking to gain new skills as well as new students not ready to commit to a full degree program. The certificates provide a sequence of credentials accumulated over time to build up an individual's qualifications. 

With talk of ChatGPT, robots, self-driving cars, and artificially created images ever present in the media, understanding artificial intelligence and its implications is crucial. Our new minor will allow students to deepen their understanding of artificial intelligence and is laid out to include a concise coverage of mathematical and computational foundations, a specific course on artificial intelligence, and an elective that can be drawn from courses offered in the computer science department or any of the other departments that have broadened their machine learning and artificial intelligence offerings in recent years.

Fundraising launch for new computational sciences building

The North Dakota State University Foundation is pleased to announce an ambitious fundraising initiative to raise philanthropic gifts in support of a new, $84 million Center for Engineering and Computational Sciences at NDSU. This state-of-the-art facility will advance hands-on, interdisciplinary engineering and computational sciences curriculum, research, and learning to develop technical talent for tomorrow's workforce needs.

"Preparing highly skilled, practical engineers and computational scientists is central to our 1862 land-grant mission for North Dakota," NDSU President Dave Cook said. "We're ready to launch a new, expanded era to address the grand challenges we face in the 21st century and believe that Bison-educated engineers and scientists can make a real difference." Learn more and get involved by visiting the NDSU Foundation News webpage.

Dr. Zahid Anwar receives innovation in teaching award

Zahid Anwar, associate professor of computer science and Challey Scholar, was named 2023 Innovation in Teaching Award recipient from the NDSU Office of Teaching and Learning. This award was presented at the 2023 Teaching and Learning Conference.

The Office of Teaching and Learning has established this monthly Innovation in Teaching Award to expand recognition and awareness of instructors who are successfully using innovative teaching strategies. This award recognizes individuals who have exhibited creativity to elicit high levels of student engagement and learning in their classroom environment.

NDSU ranked 3rd in 2023 most affordable school for Software Engineering

North Dakota State University has been identified as one of the Third Most Affordable Online College for a Master's in Software Engineering by OnlineU. The ranking used manually researched online tuition for 2022 - 2023 and found that NDSU is a great value for students. OnlineU mission is to help aspiring students accomplish their education and career goals by finding the online degree with the best value. They conduct manual research on thousands of online degrees each year to provide accurate, detailed cost information and salary information of alumni of these colleges, collected reviews from over 13,000 online students, and has been recognized by over 475 colleges as a leader in higher education rankings.

Software Engineering at NDSU is focused on the application of systematic, disciplined, and quantifiable approaches to the development, operation, and maintenance of software systems. Inclusive of computer programming but going well beyond, Software Engineering is concerned with methodologies, techniques, and tools to manage the entire software life cycle, including development of requirements, specifications, design, testing, maintenance, and project management. The advent of Software Engineering is a natural result of the continuous quest for software quality and reusability, and the maturing of the software development industry.

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CS senior Kaylee Swenson, talks about her NDSU experience

Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics and software development are some of the hottest areas in the job market today and our computer science program is designed to help you succeed in any of them.

NDSU to hold cybersecurity conference

NDSU will host Fargo’s second BSides Cybersecurity Conference from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday, October 14 at the Quentin Burdick Building on campus. The community-focused conference will feature presentations and workshops.  It also will host a capture-the-flag style competition operated by Hack the Box.

In addition to the technical content, the conference provides an opportunity for networking between area cybersecurity professionals, students and others aspiring to enter the cybersecurity field.

“BSides Fargo is an excellent opportunity for the local cybersecurity community to gather on the NDSU campus to learn about new tools and techniques and to network,” said NDSU associate professor of computer science Jeremy Straub, who also is director of the NDSU Institute for Cybersecurity Education and Research.  “It also provides an excellent opportunity for NDSU students to meet members of the local workforce and learn about job roles and opportunities in the field.” Read more

Students conduct summer research

A group of NDSU computer science undergraduate students participated in national security-relevant cybersecurity research and outreach activities at NDSU this summer.  The students, which included sophomores Keaton Hasse and Sydney Deaton, and senior Mason Kornezos, developed software, conducted analysis and performed a variety of outreach activities in support of multiple projects. 

Summer on-campus cybersecurity research provides students with leadership and skill development opportunities much earlier in their careers than may be otherwise possible.  Students take leadership roles in teams and learn while doing.  They also collect and analyze valuable data. 

“I have been given many opportunities to widen my knowledge,” said Hasse, who is from Wahpeton, North Dakota and also serves in the North Dakota National Guard. “I am getting real world experience in software development.  I have been able to connect with my co-worders and learn from them.  My current position is a great steppingstone to further my career.” Read more

NDSU kicks off the new school year with welcome week

This week NDSU kicked off the fall semester with a variety of Welcome Week special events. This weekend hundreds of students moved into the residence halls, and today many experienced their first official college events on campus. Led by chair Simone Ludwig, students were greeted by members of the computer science department in the morning and introduced to the faculty and staff. Students learned about what the department has to offer new students, and what to expect in the coming years. We wish all students a productive and healthy new school year, and we look forward to getting to know all of you.

NDSU students attend cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas

A group of NDSU students recently attended the DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. The experience provides an opportunity for students to learn about all types of cybersecurity from world leaders and to meet with NDSU alumni who work in the cybersecurity field. 

The students who attended brought information that they will share with others at NDSU through activities of the Cybersecurity Student Association and a variety of local events. Six NDSU students – Cameron Kolodjski, Elsa Bernard, Jack Hance, Jonathan Rivard, Neal Buerman and Sydney Deaton – attended the conference in 2023. 

“DefCon was an incredible experience,” said NDSU undergraduate student Elsa Bernard.  “There is so much to be learned and explored in just four days.  It will definitely have me coming back.”  Read more

Department hosts cybersecurity camp for high school students 

The NDSU computer science department recently hosted its annual Bison Cyber Camp, which provided a week of fun-filled cybersecurity and computing education to approximately thirty-five high school students.

Students attended core sessions related to programming, robotics, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. They also selected electives to participate in, got to visit NDSU’s dining center and the NDSU campus Wellness Center’s pool. 

This was NDSU’s fifth year of offering cyber summer camps.  Instruction was provided by computer science faculty members Pratap Kotala, Simone Ludwig, Zahid Anwar, Joe Latimer and Jeremy Straub. Staff members Ben Bernard, Cayden Schmandt and Dylan Schaefer and students Anthony DeFoe, Elsa Bernard, Gavin Kestner, Danielle Hanson, Mason Kornezos, Ryan Patterson and Sydney Deaton also played integral roles in the camp. Read more

Computer Science students earn fourth at cybersecurity competition

A team of NDSU students earned fourth place in the spring National Cyber League team competition in the advanced-level “experienced students bracket.” Hundreds of colleges and universities and thousands of students participated in the competition this spring.

The National Cyber League competition provides students with an enjoyable and exciting competition environment in which to learn and demonstrate their cybersecurity skills.  Participants perform real world-relevant tasks as part of the competition’s challenges which correspond to tasks performed in cybersecurity industry job roles. 

The NDSU team was comprised of students Jack Hance, Cameron Kolodjski, Cayden Schmandt, Jonathan Rivard, Matthew Tassava and Jordan Milbrath. Read more






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