Johnny Wong and his colleagues at ISU received an NSF/SFS award to train students in Information Assurance

November 22, 2009

Johnny Wong and his colleagues at ISU received a 2-year NSF award of $1,368,867, with a possible 3rd year totaling $1,956,883. This NSF/SFS project is led by Professor Douglas Jacobson, University Professor of the ECE department and Director of the Information Assurance Center. Professor Clifford Bergman of the Mathematics department, Johnny Wong of the Computer Science department, Barbara Licklider and Janice Wiersema of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department are the co-PIs of this award. 

This project expands the capacity of the Iowa State University (ISU) SFS Cyber Corps program. Designated by the National Security Agency as a charter Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, ISU further recognizes the importance of the information assurance (IA) field by supporting an IA Center on campus. Through this project, ISU continues participation in the NSF/SFS program. Faculty from the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Political Science, Mathematics, Educational Leadership, and Logistics, Operations, and Management Information Systems lead the interdisciplinary Cyber Corps program. Students work closely with the faculty to receive IA training, conduct research, and develop as leaders and team members. Students complete IA courses and develop deeper problem-solving skills through more in-depth research efforts and involvement with major professors. All students participate in the unique and critical component of the ISU SFS program: leadership, teamwork and professionalism development. 

It is anticipated that this NSF award will provide 10 new NSF/SFS Fellowships to the MS degree students in Information Assurance for the next academic year. See the following link for details: