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Vol 57 No. 13 : June 30, 2005
Vol 57 No. 13 | June 30, 2005

NSF Awards $598,000 Grant to CSULB Engineering Professor

Tulin Mangir, professor of electrical engineering at CSULB, 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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