CIS Faculty Win Awards at EDSIGCON 2020 Conference on Computing Education

Dr. Paul Kovacs
Dr. Wenli Wang

Dr. Paul Kovacs, University Professor of Computer and Information Systems, and Dr. Wenli Wang, Professor of Computer and Information Systems, received the Best Paper Award at the 2020 Conference on Computing Education (EDSIGCON) for a paper that they co-authored with Dr. Alan Peslak (Penn State University) and Dr. Lisa Kovalchick (California University of Pennsylvania). Their award-winning paper was titled “Effectiveness of Educational Delivery Modes: A Study in Computer Information Systems.”

Dr. Jamie Pinchot
Dr. Karen Paullet

Dr. Jamie Pinchot, Professor of Computer Information Systems, and Dr. Karen Paullet, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems, received the Distinguished Paper Award (Top 10%) at the same 2020 Conference on Computing Education (EDSIGCON) for their paper titled “Using Student Choice in Assignments to Create a Learner-Centered Environment for Online Courses.”

The EDSIGCON 2020 Conference was held virtually this year on November 4-7, 2020. Congratulations, faculty!

Dr. Pinchot and Dr. Cellante Win Distinguished Paper Award – Top 5% at CONISAR 2020

Dr. Jamie Pinchot
Dr. Donna Cellante

Dr. Jamie Pinchot and Dr. Donna Cellante, both Professors of Computer and Information Systems, received the Distinguished Paper Award (Top 5%) at the 2020 Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR) for a paper that they co-authored. The CONISAR 2020 Conference was held virtually this year on November 4-7, 2020.

Dr. Pinchot and Dr. Cellante’s paper was titled “Privacy Concerns and Data Sharing Habits of Personal Fitness Information Collected via Activity Trackers.”

Congratulations on this award!

Security and Autonomous Vehicles Presentation – a TSC sponsored Event (November 19, 2020)

The Top Secret Colonials are holding another virtual presentation on Thursday, November 19th at 2:00 pm. Kevin Cody from Argo AI will be presenting on Security at Argo AI which tests autonomous (self-driving) vehicles in the Pittsburgh Area. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit for professional development. Below you will find the link to the Google Meet session. Names will be collected for those earning SET credit.

Google Meets Link:
https://meet.google.com/vfw-tpzd-hgp

Kevin Cody is a penetration tester at Argo AI, with experience working at several Fortune 500 enterprises. Although his particular expertise is geared toward hacking Web and Mobile applications, he is also experienced in the entire gamut from mainframes to embedded systems. Kevin is adamant on helping build-up developers through security, which can be seen in his involvement within OWASP or while speaking at events like CodeMash or BSides. In his spare time, Kevin can be found attempting to repair something (via online DIY videos), reading tech books, fishing, or simply spending time with his wife and children.

“Deepfakes” Presentation – a TSC-sponsored Event

The Top Secret Colonials are holding a virtual presentation and workshop on Thursday, October 29th at 2:00 pm.

The topic of the virtual presentation and workshop will be “Deepfakes”. Chet Hosmer, Chief Scientist and Sr. Vice President of WetStone Technologies, will be presenting. Chet will present during the first half of the session on Deepfakes where he will pull video from Twitter and run a Python script to determine if the video is real or has been altered. For the second half of the presentation you will be taught how to pull EXIF data from an image using python. Files will be sent prior to the presentation so that you can participate remotely. Below you will find a link to the Google Meet session. You will need to click the link to join. Names of everyone that joins the presentation will be collected and all (undergraduates) will receive credit for 1 hour of professional development SET credit.

https://meet.google.com/xps-fzsy-thb

Chet Hosmer is Chief Scientist, Sr. Vice President, and a co-founder of WetStone Technologies, Inc. Chet has been researching and developing technology and training surrounding data hiding, steganography and watermarking for over a decade. He has made numerous appearances to discuss the threat steganography poses including National Public Radio’s Kojo Nnamdi show, ABC’s Primetime Thursday, NHK Japan, CrimeCrime TechTV and ABC News Australia. He has also been a frequent contributor to technical and news stories relating to steganography and has been interviewed and quoted by IEEE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Government Computer News, Salon.com, and Wired Magazine. Chet also serves as a visiting professor at Utica College where he teaches in the Cybersecurity Graduate program.

“The Rise of IoT” Presentation – a TSC-sponsored Event

The Top Secret Colonials are holding their second virtual presentation for the semester on Wednesday, October 21st at 2:00 pm.

The topic of the virtual presentation will be “The Rise of IoT”. Amber Schroader, the founder and owner of Paraben Corporation, a mobile and computer forensics company, will be presenting. Below you will find a link to the Google Meet session. You will need to click the link to join. Names of everyone that joins the presentation will be collected and all (undergraduates) will receive credit for 1 hour of professional development SET credit.

https://meet.google.com/omd-bytw-oid

Ms. Schroader is the Founder and CEO of Paraben Corporation as well as the chief architect responsible for the design of Paraben’s extensive line of digital forensic solutions. As a pioneer in the field, Ms. Schroader has been key in developing new technology to help investigators with the extraction of digital evidence from hard drives, email, and handheld and mobile devices. Ms. Schroader has been a leader in the field of computer forensics for over twenty years. During this time, she has developed and taught numerous courses for the computer forensic arena specializing in the field of wireless forensics, mobile technologies, email analysis and extraction, as well as network forensics. Ms. Schroader is also a sought after keynote speaker, expert witness and appeared on NBC Nightly News other national and international media. Ms. Schroader has extensive experience in dealing with a wide array of forensic investigators ranging from federal, state, local, and corporate. With an aggressive development schedule, Ms. Schroader continues to bring new and exciting technology to the computer forensic community world-wide and is dedicated to supporting the investigator through new technologies and training services that are being provided through Paraben Corporation. Ms. Schroader is involved in many different computer investigation organizations including The Institute of Computer Forensic Professionals (ICFP), HTCIA, and HTCC.

Dr. Ping Wang wins Best Paper Award – Pedagogy at IACIS 2020 Conference

Dr. Ping Wang, Professor of Computer and Information Systems, and co-author Dr. Hossein Zare (Johns Hopkins University) received the Best Paper Award – Pedagogy from the 60th Annual International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) Annual Conference. The IACIS 2020 Conference was held virtually this year on October 7-10, 2020.

Dr. Wang’s paper was titled “Teaching Internet of Things (IoT) through Software Simulations with Packet Tracer.

Congratulations, Dr. Wang!

“Securing Patient Data” Presentation – a TSC-sponsored Event

The Top Secret Colonials are holding their first virtual presentation for the semester on Tuesday, October 20th at 4:30 pm.

The topic of the virtual presentation will be “Securing Patient Data: What happens to your data after it is collected by your healthcare provider?” Dr. Gary Janchenko will be discussing the security issues surrounding patient information.

Below you will find a link to the Google Meet session. You will need to click the link to join. Names of everyone that joins the presentation will be collected and all (undergraduates) will receive credit for 1 hour of professional development SET credit.

https://meet.google.com/evs-ojnd-oio

Dr. Gary Janchenko’s Bio:

Dr. Gary Janchenko is the CIO for Central Ohio Primary Care, the nation’s largest independent physician practice with over 500 physicians across 80 locations around the greater Columbus, OH area. Before joining COPC, Gary worked for Pediatric Alliance, P.C. for 10 years, serving as their CIO for 8 years before their acquisition by Allegheny Health Network. He is a lifelong learner, recently earning his Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University as well as an MBA and an M.S. in Management Information Systems both from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his work at COPC, Gary is an adjunct faculty member at Robert Morris University, The University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University.

Amazon offers AWS Tech U

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a leader in cloud computing services. Amazon is offering AWS Tech U, a career development program for students and recent graduates who want to advance their technical and business skills. AWS Tech U is now seeking applications.

This unique residency program consists of six months of project-based learning followed by a six-month work assignment in an AWS technical role. Current or former AWS Academy students (any students who have taken INFS4460/INFS7460 Cloud Computing & Amazon Web Services at RMU) are invited to explore the open roles and apply today.

48 Hour TSC Gaming Marathon ~ October 16-18

Top Secret Colonials (TSC) will be holding a 48 hour gaming marathon where all money raised will go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s toughest diseases, particularly leukemia and other cancers. The hospital does not charge patients for their care and relies on donations to keep helping children. If you’re not able to attend the event, you can also donate directly via a GoFundMe page.

Steps to Sign Up for the Gaming Marathon

A donation of $10 and advanced registration is required to participate for both Non-RMU and RMU students. Before attending please make sure to review all rules and information here before filling out the registration form: Rules and Information

BEFORE REGISTERING, You are required to make a Discord Account or a Twitch Account whichever you prefer. 
Discord account can be created here: https://discordapp.com/register. 
Twitch account can be created here: https://www.twitch.tv/
If you need any extra help with activating/registering for Discord or Twitch please review the Rules and Information Presentation linked above!

Register Below!

Registration form: https://forms.gle/r7mXLtiQoNkJgbFN6  

Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program Grant

Dr. Ping Wang

Congratulations to Dr. Ping Wang!

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This grant will establish a new DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) at RMU to recruit and prepare cyber talent for the DoD cyber workforce and to enhance the national pipeline for qualified cyber professionals. The grant funding provides support for three (3) graduate student scholarships and for faculty research on cybersecurity education and mentoring. Students graduating from the CySP program will be placed and serve professional positions of cybersecurity within DoD agencies.

This award was possible as RMU is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by NSA/DHS. This designation must be in good standing to apply for this competitive grant.

Dr. Ping Wang is the Principal Investigator (PI) of this grant project. The project period is 12 months and the grant is valued at $243,465. For 2020-21, three students have been awarded this scholarship. Each student will receive $68,660 (to cover full tuition & fees, living stipend, laptop computer, and textbook allowance) and is eligible to take up to 18 credits per semester.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wang!