IUPUI is one of eight recipients of the National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program. The university says it will use the $3.7 million grant to train undergraduate and graduate students in cybersecurity engineering to help the U.S. respond to national security needs.
IUPUI says the five-year grant will provide students with a curriculum that includes real-world cybersecurity research and internship experiences. The project will also encourage diversity in the cybersecurity workforce.
“We are using a cybersecurity engineering approach by giving our students more hands-on activities and hands-on exposure in the cybersecurity field,” said Feng Li, chair of the department of computer information and graphics technology in the school of engineering and technology and principal investigator on the project. “We will connect students in this program with the state-of-the-art cybersecurity research happening at IUPUI in order to prepare them for the future.”
IU Vice President for Research Fred Cate says there is a critical need to grow and strengthen the cybersecurity workforce, in Indiana and across the nation.
“Indiana University is committed to preparing our students to address the challenges posed by evolving cybersecurity threats,” said Cate. “IU is now home to two CyberCorps programs, both working to ensure our students are at the frontlines of improving our national security.”
IUPUI says the co-principal investigators of the project are Brian King, chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering in the school of engineering and technology, and Xukai Zou, professor of computer and information science in the school of science.
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