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Databytes - School of Engineering and Computer Science - Cedarville University

Greetings From the Dean

The vernal equinox did not bring an end to the chilliness of winter in Cedarville, Ohio. Even after the signs that spring had come … the greening of the grass, the rise of crocuses around houses, and the return of the colorful plumage of male goldfinches … a few cold nights with temperatures dropping below 20 F and snow squalls brought us back to the reality of bundling up with hats
and gloves as we ventured outdoors. As with the processes that God has provided for us through
the changes of the seasons, such are the activities of our faculty and students.
Competition and senior design teams are busy sharpening their skills and testing their prototypes with varying
levels of success. You will be able to read about some of their experiences in this newsletter.
Some exciting developments have resulted from the growth in the number of our computer science and cyber operations majors. Faculty and students have connected in multifaceted ways to engage our culture for good. We have enjoyed having Ben Sprague, one of our graduates, with us during the spring semester as a visiting professor. He has been sharing his experiences in the field of cybersecurity with our Cedarville family as our “hacker-in-residence.”
As we come to the end of the 2021-22 academic year, we are hopeful that you and your family
have been able to experience the blessings of God. He has graciously brought us through the
pandemic with enthusiastic students, a growing sense of accomplishment, and opportunities to
share those blessings with a world that needs to hear about the Gospel of Jesus our Lord.
In Christ,
Bob Chasnov, Ph.D., PE
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Engineering Team to Compete in NASA Student Launch Competition

A team of students from the School of Engineering and Computer Science has worked for months designing and testing a rocket that they hoped to take to the 2022 NASA Student Launch competition on April 20-23 in Huntsville, Alabama. They recently successfully launched a full-scale prototype rocket and officially qualified for the launch competition. The team will be led by Dr. Thomas Ward, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, the faculty advisor for senior ME students, and Dr. Tim Tuinstra, Professor of Electrical Engineering, who is faculty advisor for senior computer engineering students.
Team of students working on laptops at a competition

Battling Nightmare Scenario in a Dream Location

Five cyber operations students and Dr. Seth Hamman, Associate Professor of Cyber Operations and Computer Science, traveled to south Florida, all-expenses-paid, to participate in Hack the Port 22, a prestigious conference of cyber professionals, academics, and students, from March 21-25. The conference organized a themed cyber competition where students and professionals exercised their cyber defensive and offensive skills. 
Dr. Seth Hamman and student Madeline Chairvolotti at a conference

New Student Org Promotes Women in Cybersecurity

The School of Engineering and Computer Science has a new org this year, a Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) student chapter. Our chapter was founded by Madeline Chairvolotti, senior computer science major, and Erin Eppich, junior computer science major; Dr. Seth Hamman is the advisor. WiCyS exists to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in the field of cybersecurity. Our student chapter hosted a speaker from the NSA this spring with a special "girls-only" dinner in the dining hall afterward, along with other social events to encourage the women in our cybersecurity program. The 2022 WiCyS national conference was held in Cleveland this year with over 1,500 attendees. The conference featured workshops, talks, and keynotes from national leaders, including Jen Easterly, the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Dr. Hamman and Madeline attended as scholarship recipients.  
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First-ever "Hacker-in-Residence" Teaches Students to Fight Cyberattacks

We were excited to welcome Ben Sprague, from our 2006 inaugural Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering class, back to campus this spring as our first-ever “hacker-in-residence.” Ben will be training student-hackers to use their skills to protect others from cyberattacks. Since graduation, Ben has worked in the government and defense contracting industry in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. 

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Partner With the School of Engineering and Computer Science

Do you want to recruit excellent Cedarville graduates to your organization? Or maybe you would be willing to support students' technical projects for your company or nonprofit? We invite you to join us as a School of Engineering and Computer Science industrial partner. As an industrial partner, you would team up with a faculty member and students who would complete work on a sponsored project that would benefit your organization. The students, during their sophomore or junior year, would collaborate with you, as a sponsor, on a proposal for a project. Then, in their senior year (or maybe even during junior year), they would devote time, research, and effort toward the project as part of their senior design or capstone project. Your organization would provide technical support during the course of the project, and possibly a stipend to the student ($2,500/year or more). If interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Fred Harmon, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, at or 937-766-7694 to learn more.
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