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NMT Hosts New Computer Science Partners From Ruidoso

October 18, 2017

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech played host to two new students and their instructor from Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso campus on Wednesday. The visitors are new members of the federally-funded Scholarship For Service, or SFS, program, which Tech has operated since 2003.

The National Science Foundation expanded the program this year, partnering community colleges with universities that are categorized as Centers for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity – which Tech is. The new partnership, which is one of only 49 in the nation, was made possible by the two schools’ articulation agreement in computer science.

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Dr. Lorie Liebrock, the P.I. on the Scholarship For Service program since its inception at NMT in 2003, with the new Ruidoso SFS participants. From left are Liebrock, students Brent Kernohan and Joseph Rutledge, and ENMU-Ruidoso instructor Stephen Miller. 

 

Dr. Stephen Miller, the principal investigator for the program in Ruidoso, said, “The goal is to get a pipeline from our high schools to the community college, and then off to New Mexico Tech.”

Dr. Lorie Liebrock has been the principal investigator for the SFS at New Mexico Tech since its inception 15 years ago. She said the program is important because the nation’s universities aren’t producing enough students with skills in cyber-security to meet the demands of the workforce.

Each SFS student receives a year of support as an undergrad and two years of support as a grad student. SFS participants also get a laptop, travel funds, a research project, and professional development course work. Upon completion of a degree, SFS students are required to work either two or three years for a government agency. Graduate students earn $34,000 each year for two years.  

Two Ruidoso students, Joseph Rutledge and Brent Kernohan, visited NMT on Wednesday to tour the campus and to participate in a class alongside the current SFS students at Tech.

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All of the Scholarship For Students at NMT and ENMU-Ruidoso took time away from class for a photo during the initial visit of the Ruidoso contingent. 

Kernohan is a native of Mescalero, N.M., and got interested in computer science through his older brother. Rutledge retired from the Coast Guard, where he had experience as a systems administrator. They both said the SFS program provides important financial assistance and that they were attracted by the prospect of job stability upon graduation. Both will transfer to NMT in the fall of 2018.

The seven current SFS students are Kyle Buchmiller, Sean Salinas, Sean Turner, Kevin Schmittle, Jessica Rooney, Owen Parkins, and Armando Juarez. Four NMT students will join the program in the near future – Jonathan Grzybowski, Kevin Helfert, Celia Pacheco, and Matthew Robinson.

Rooney, a native of Denver, said she came to Tech specifically for the Scholarship For Service program. She had experience in computer science in high school and has already completed an internship at IBM. Since being accepted into the SFS program, she has already attended one conference, which she said was an excellent opportunity to network with other professionals.

Salinas, who is finishing his master’s this year, said the SFS program is an excellent way to fund tuition and get a job.

“I’m supported the whole way,” Salinas said. “I am getting paid to go to school. The commitment I made at the end, where I do government service, is basically a guaranteed job. It’s not that I have to serve. It’s that I get to serve.”

New Mexico Tech has a course for SFS students in professional development. Students also go to an annual job fair in Washington, D.C. Salinas said that employers had more jobs available than there were students at the most recent job fair.

“This is the best deal I’ve found,” he said. “I’d recommend this to any student interested in computer science.”

Overall, more than 60 Tech students have successfully completed the SFS program.

“They have found jobs all over the nation in government agencies,” said Dr. Dongwan Shin, who joined as co-P.I. a couple years ago. “They are at the NSA, the FBI, Sandia National Lab, Los Alamos, Idaho National Lab and many other agencies like the Department of Defense. All of them are working in the cyber security field, which is a basic requirement for SFS students here.”

NMT Partners With ENMU-Ruidoso To Expand Computer Science Scholarship Program

October 9, 2017

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech has developed a new computer science partnership with the Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso campus. The first two Ruidoso have enrolled in the federally-funded Scholarship For Service, or SFS, program.

Each SFS student receives a year of support as an undergrad and two years of support as a grad student. SFS participants also get a laptop, travel funds, a research project, and professional development course work. Upon completion of a degree, SFS students are required to work either two or three years for a government agency.

Two Ruidoso students, Joseph Rutledge and Brent Kernohan, will join the current cohort of SFS students at NMT. The seven current SFS students are Kyle Buchmiller, Sean Salinas, Sean Turner, Kevin Schmittle, Jessica Rooney, Owen Parkins, and Armando Juarez. Four NMT students will join the program in the near future – Jonathan Grzybowski, Kevin Helfert, Celia Pacheco, and Matthew Robinson.

Salinas, a second-year master’s student in the program,  said the SFS program is an excellent way to fund tuition and get a job.

“I’m supported the whole way,” Salinas said. “I am getting paid to go to school. The commitment I made at the end, where I do government service, is basically a guaranteed job. It’s not that I have to serve. It’s that I get to serve.”

The SFS program provides participants an annual stipend that covers tuition, housing and living expenses, Salinas said.

“I don’t have to worry about having a job or going into debt,” he said. “My full-time job is being a student.”

New Mexico Tech has a course for SFS students in professional development. Salinas and other SFS students also go to an annual job fair in Washington, D.C. Salinas said that employers had more jobs available than there were students at the most recent job fair.

“This is the best deal I’ve found,” he said. “I’d recommend this to any student interested in computer science.”

Dr. Lorie Liebrock, Computer Science Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies, has been the principal investigator since the program’s inception in 2003. Dr. Dongwan Shin joined as co-P.I. a few years ago. Overall, more than 60 Tech students have successfully completed the SFS program.

“They have found jobs all over the nation in government agencies,” Dr. Shin said. “They are at the NSA, the FBI, Sandia National Lab, Los Alamos, Idaho National Lab and many other agencies like the Department of Defense. All of them are working in the cyber security field, which is a basic requirement for SFS students here.”

Shin said the SFS program not only guarantees a job, but is an excellent preparation for a career. SFS students at Tech enter as a cohort, take classes together and work on research projects together.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the SFS program provides funding to universities that have been identified as Centers for Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Education, of which NMT is one.

 

 

 

October 1, 2016

Welcome CyberWatch West's New Co-PI: Stephen D. Miller

Stephen Miller has been approved by the National Science Foundation to serve as a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) for CyberWatch West. Miller is currently a tenured professor, subject matter expert. and the Director for Information Systems/Cyber Security Center of Excellence for Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Branch Community College (CAE2Y/IA/CD). As a resident of Rockport, TX, Miller's involvement will help CyberWatch West do more effective outreach to all the states in its 14-state area of focus.

He developed online computer and network security certification and associates degree programs, offered since spring 2011. His community college has close working relationships with Veteran Affairs and military bases, with a retired Air Force veteran providing job development and career counseling for veterans.

A retired executive from the ExxonMobil Global Information Systems Department, Miller brings to this role experience in industry and the military, having served in the U.S. Army 1st Calvary Div. in Vietnam (computer specialist), worked with Univac Corp./NASA Mission Control on the APOLLO and Skylab missions (Communications and Telemetry Systems Analyst), and been employed by Ford's TechRep Division.

Through Miller's work with the Mescalero Apache Reservation and Dine’ College on the Navajo Reservation, a dual-credit cybersecurity certificate with pathways to associate and bachelor's degrees have been established through the community college's articulation partners. Miller is also a National Cyber League Operations Team member and a mentor for CAE2Y applicants through the C5 Mentor Program.

 

Coming Spring 2015 - Associates of Applied Science Degree Information Systems Cybersecurity

The ENMU Board of Regent approved the new Associates of Applied Science Degree Information Systems Cybersecurity Program. This degree program will be offered starting Spring 2015 semester.
 67 credit hours
The Associates of Applied Science in Information Systems (IS) Cybersecurity is designed to introduce students to contemporary information systems security, information assurance and demonstrate how these systems are used throughout global organizations.  The focus of this program will be on the key components of information systems assurance and cybersecurity - people, software, hardware, data, security, and communication technologies, and how these components can be integrated and managed to create competitive advantage. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity (CAE-2Y). This program is specifically designed to prepare and certify students as Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011and CNSSI No. 4016 Entry Level Risk Analysts or provide current Information Systems professionals with an Information Systems security certification to meet the needs of current and future employer requirements. Upon completion of this program students will receive a university certification of completion, the CompTIA Security+ and EC - Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)™ industry certification in addition to their degree. Key is that the program meets the CAE-2Y curriculum certification by the NSA and complies with the DOD 8570 certification. The students will participate in the Cybersecurity Challenge Competition with industry partners to demonstrate and apply program knowledge in the capstone class.
Contact Student Services to enroll in this program 575-257-2120.

 

 

December 22, 2014:

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity through academic year 2019, for the IA National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE-2Y) Certification.

NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA/CD programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA/CD and producing a growing number of professionals with IA/CD expertise in various disciplines. Designation is valid for five academic years, after which the school must successfully reapply in order to retain its CAE designation.

Students attending CAE IA/CD-E and CAE IA/CD-R schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. Designation as a Center does not carry a commitment for funding from NSA or DHS.

CAE IA/CD institutions receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing our Nation's information systems.

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