Stevens selected as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research

June 04, 2008

HOBOKEN , N.J. ― Stevens Institute of Technology has been selected by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the first 23 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R). Stevens will hold this designation from 2008 to 2013. Universities designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (IA) Education and Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Research are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through both the Federal and Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Programs. This designation will also lend itself to numerous opportunities for advanced research in the field, and is a testament to the outstanding IA research already being conducted here at Stevens.

This most recent designation builds on Stevens' excellent history of being a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education for the academic years 2003 through 2006, and 2006 through 2009. The application process for the CAE-R designation was led by Professors Susanne Wetzel and Sven Dietrich (Computer Science), and their efforts were supported by Professor K.P. (Suba) Subbalakshmi from ECE.

Presentations will be made to the designated centers on June 4, 2008 during an awards ceremony at the annual conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. The conference will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas on June 2 to 4, 2008 .

The other designated universities include Auburn University; Boston University; Dartmouth College; George Mason University; Indiana University; Johns Hopkins University; Mississippi State University; Missouri University of Science and Technology; North Carolina State University; Northeastern University; Oklahoma State University; Polytechnic University; The George Washington University; The Pennsylvania State University; The University of Texas at Dallas; University of California at Davis; University of California at Irvine; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; University of Pittsburgh; and University of Washington.

The National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Research Program was launched in September 2007 to address the need for robust IA technology, policy, and practices that will enable our Nation to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic event. The vision for this program is to establish a process that will present opportunities for IA research centers to drill deeper into much needed solutions to securing the global information grid and provide NSA, DHS, and other federal agencies with insight into academic IA programs that can support advanced academic research and development capabilities.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence Programs. This partnership was formed in April 2004, and responds to Priority III of the President's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace of 2003. The President's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace refers to cyberspace as the nervous system of our Nation's critical infrastructures, and indicates that the healthy functioning of cyberspace is essential to our economy and our national security. Securing cyberspace presents a difficult strategic challenge, and information assurance education is a critical component in successfully meeting that challenge.
About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis®, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value.

Stevens offers baccalaureates, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 2,040 undergraduate and 3,085 graduate students, and a worldwide online enrollment of 2,250, with a full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty of 140 and more than 200 full-time special faculty. Stevens' graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at

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