Campus: CSU Long Beach -- June 24, 2005
Cal State Long Beach Engineering Professor Receives $598,000
NSF Grant for Collaborative Project With USC
Tulin Mangir, professor of electrical engineering at California State University,
Long Beach, in collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC),
has received a $598,000 grant ($298,000 awarded to CSULB) from the National
Science Foundation (NSF) for a project titled "Computer and Network Security
and Information Assurance."
The purpose of the project is to develop degree emphasis programs in network
security and information assurance, a growing topic of interest for researchers,
e-commerce businesses and the general public, who realize a lack of training and
education in this area is no longer an option.
Through the development of a cross-disciplinary curriculum for engineering and
non-engineering students, teacher training and an introductory general education
course for non-majors, Mangir and her colleagues will implement several courses
and experiments. These will involve newer networking and communications security
technologies, applications and techniques; integration of technologies for
development of designs for hardware and software security; and dependable
infrastructure for security and information assurance.
The project will also create several student internship opportunities at USC's
Information Sciences Institute and with local industry.
"Increasingly, we realize that solutions to our problems in this and other areas
involve more than one discipline," said Mangir. "The days of educating our students
in 'silos' are gone. Our business and industry partners need us to graduate
well-informed graduates who can work in teams requiring cross-disciplinary knowledge
and problem solving. This program gives us the opportunity to work across campuses,
develop an inter-departmental curriculum and inform the public.
"I am working with both USC and CSULB colleagues to develop the curriculum, course
modules and dissemination of our results to a broader audience," she explained.
"We expect this program will lead to further funding of our research and teaching
efforts, as well as updating our infrastructure to teach and advance the state of
the art. We plan to form a center that integrates all work in this area for
multi-disciplinary approaches and training of our students with participation of
local industry and other institutions."
Results from Mangir's work will provide for a well-trained work force in high
demand and proactive approaches to security, privacy and information assurance.
These approaches include technologies and techniques for preventing losses,
intrusion and identity theft as well as solutions for protecting privacy, and
providing commercial information assurance and security, virus detection,
isolation and recovery of computer data.
Presently, the shortage of personnel and technology to solve these problems costs
U.S. employers and the public hundreds of billions of dollars, $70 billion of
which was spent on identity theft alone in 2004.
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