A team of computer science faculty from The University of Texas at El Paso has been awarded a highly competitive $3.9 million Scholarship For Service (SFS) grant from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security.
The funding will give scholarships to 28 bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. computer science students over the next five years.
The project’s goals are to increase the number of qualified students who complete advanced degrees with a specialization in cyber-security. Graduate students will enter the workforce with the ability to transfer state-of-the-art cyber-security techniques and approaches into practice.
“The project will open significant opportunities to UTEP students with an interest in software engineering and cyber-security, particularly in areas such as defense, energy, communication, transportation and manufacturing,” said UTEP Vice President for Research Roberto Osegueda, Ph.D.
The UTEP grant team, led by Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the Master of Science in Software Engineering Program Salamah I. Salamah, Ph.D., includes Ann Q. Gates, Ph.D., professor and department chair; Assistant Professor Christopher Kiekintveld, Ph.D.; and Associate Professor Luc Longpré, Ph.D.
Each student will be funded for up to three years and will receive a stipend of $34,000 (graduate students) and $22,500 (undergraduates), $4,000 for travel and professional development, $2,000 for books and supplies, and $3,000 for medical insurance. Tuition and fees also will be paid for these students.
Students will commit to work for two years in government positions that utilize their knowledge and capabilities in cyber-security.
UTEP is one of six universities to be awarded an SFS grant in this funding cycle. It is now one of only 63 universities nationwide that are part of CyberCorps, which was established by the SFS program in 2000.
Pictured above are John Robinson, acting senior cyber security advisor to the deputy under secretary for cyber security & communications at the Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Program Directorate (NPPD); Ann Q. Gates, Ph.D., professor and chair of the UTEP computer science department; Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the Master of Science in Software Engineering Program Salamah I. Salamah, Ph.D.; Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Ph.D., assistant director, directorate for education and human resources, National Science Foundation; Clifton N., Triplett, senior cyber and information technology advisor, U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Photo courtesy of the National Science Foundation.