August 2013


Five DSU Students Part of Winning Cyber Challenge Competition Team

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Members of the winning Delaware Cyber Challenge team (from second to left) Trevor Newell, Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Priscilla Wilson, Andrew Hobbs. Also pictured: Dr. Hongxin Hu, assistant professor of cyber security (far left) and Dr. Marwan Rasamny, chair of the Dept. of Computer Science and Information Technology (far right).

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Five DSU computer science information technology students were recently part of a team that won the Delaware Cyber Camp’s U.S. Cyber Challenge held at the Wilmington The five DSU students who were part of the winning team are shown here hacking away toward their 1st Place finish. University site in New Castle County, Del. U.S. Cyber Challenge utilizes Cyber Quests as a platform to provide challenging on-line competitions that allow participants to display their cyber security skills. The five DSU students participated in  a “cyber boot camp” on July 8 where they attended with students from other Delaware colleges, universities and high school workshops among other things, penetration testing, reverse engineering, and forensics taught by faculty, SANS instructors, and cyber security experts. The week culminated in an on-line "Capture the Flag" competition where individuals in a team attack specially provisioned servers on the Internet. The flags consisted of cracked passwords (both wired and wireless), hijacked websites, server penetrations, and data acquisition. Five DSU students -- Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Andrew Hobbs, Trevor Newell and Priscilla Wilson were on Team Five called “My Little Ponies,” which won the competition. Since 2010, Delaware has been a proud supporter of the U.S Cyber Challenge (USCC) summer camps. The USCC's mission is to "significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cyber security professionals." In keeping with its mission, the USCC has been a partner and sponsor of the Delaware Cyber Security Boot Camp and played an integral role in this year's successful event. USCC is a partner and supporter of four camps in the country. These include the Western Regional Cyber Camp , Eastern Regional Cyber Camp, State of Delaware Cyber Camp, and State of Illinois Cyber Camp hosted this year by San Jose State University, Virginia Tech, Wilmington University, and Moraine Valley Community College, respectively. The Western and Illinois camps have scheduled their boot camps in August.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper Visits New DSU Commons

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(L-r) Kailani Capote, senior residential assistant; DSU President Harry L. Williams; U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper; Amir Mohammadi, executive vice president and University treasurer; and Rose Spady, Commons residential director, take a photo opportunity at the front desk of the Commons.

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8/30/13 DSU President Harry L. Williams ushers U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper into the Commons. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper took a grand tour on Aug. 29 of the University’s newly acquired residential facility – the DSU Living and Learning Commons. DSU President Harry L. Williams, along with Executive Vice President and University Treasurer Amir Mohammadi and Residential Director Rose Spady, gave Sen. Carper a first-hand look at how the University has converted the former hotel into a residential hall. The DSU officials showed Sen. Carper various not-yet-occupied rooms, a master suite that will be used for visiting faculty or University guests, and the exercise room amenity. U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper greets residential assistant Shakida Hercules at the Commons front desk Sen. Carper said the quality of the rooms at the Commons exceeded the dormitory rooms that existed when he was an undergraduate at Ohio State University. “You’ve heard of people who want to relive their youth,” Sen. Carper said. “Well I want to relive my youth here.”

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Speaks on Optics Research at National Conf.

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Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, was recently among a highly esteemed group of guest speakers who gave presentations at the 8th annual Night Vision Systems conference sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) and held in Arlington, Va. on July 29-31. Dr. Noureddine Melikechi Dr. Melikechi, who is also the DSU vice president of research, innovation and economic development, gave a presentation on the optic research taking place at DSU especially as it relates to the ongoing development night vision technology that can be used in 21st century battlefield environments. The IDGA’s 8th Annual Night Vision Systems brought together all relevant stakeholders to discuss the most pressing issues facing the night vision community. The event focused on the latest technological advancements in military night vision technologies and sensors and the possible investments in new solutions that could enhance warfighter ability to “own the night” in battlefield and war-related situations. During the event, future trends were analyzed, immediate and long-term needs identified, and discussions were held on up-and-coming technologies for use in changing environments.

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