A $416,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will help UD form the Cybersecurity Education Initiative along with Delaware Technical Community College and Harford Community College.
The money will help fund expanded cybersecurity courses at the University of Delaware and create a minor for students who want to learn how to design secure software systems. Dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering Babatunde Ogunnaike says the initiative is just the first step in an important process. “The first step in something that we all sense and know that is going to become a significant part of the portfolio of the College of Engineering.”
In addition to the university level programs, the funds will also help create summer camps for middle and high school students and teachers that are focused on cybersecurity.
“This is serious stuff and also this is something that is going to require not just engineers in isolation, but mathematicians, people in the business school, the government, the army all over the place.”
Ogunnaike says Delaware is in a perfect position geographically and size-wise to make the most of its assets that meet those requirements.