Campus: CSU, Northridge -- July 31, 2001

$40,000 Grant Provides Funding for CSUN Student Research in E-Commuting

A $40,000 grant from Northrop Grumman is giving four Cal State Northridge students the chance to help develop cutting edge software in the field of e-commuting.

The computer science students will work alongside computer software design specialists from Northrop Grumman to design software that will allow people in places around the world to work together in developing computer software.

"E-commuting, or telecommuting, is old hat. Everyone is doing it," said computer science professor Shan Barkataki. "What we want to do is develop a program that would allow the company to hire someone anywhere in the world and get them to work collaboratively with other people in the company, via the internet, in designing software in a secure environment. Security is a key issue, and that's what the students will be working on."

Barkataki, who directs CSUN's E-Commerce Laboratory, said the grant from Northrop Grumman will provide an opportunity for two graduate and two undergraduate students to do research on some cutting-edge technology.

"They are going to have some real life experiences doing some industrial work," he said. "It will be a great opportunity for them."

Barkataki said some of the grant money also will be used to upgrade some of the equipment in the laboratory.

"I hope this is just the beginning," Barkataki said. "As the lab continues to grow, there are great opportunities for research in the e-commerce world."

California State University, Northridge has more than 29,000 full- and part-time students and offers 63 bachelor's and 51 master's degrees. Founded in 1958, it is the only four-year university in the San Fernando Valley and the third largest in the 23-campus CSU system.

CSUN's College of Engineering and Computer Science is nationally recognized. A recent National Science Foundation survey of 529 universities ranked CSUN among the top 12 in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the computer sciences and engineering. It is also ranked 14th in the nation in the number of bachelor degrees awarded to Hispanic students, qualifying the campus to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution.


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