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Awardee:LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
Doing Business As Name:Louisiana Tech University
PD/PI:
  • Hisham E Hegab
  • (318) 257-3304
  • hhegab@latech.edu
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Sumeet Dua ~000361137
  • Katie Evans ~000342678
  • Jean Gourd ~000513856
  • Miguel Gates ~000708357
Award Date:12/05/2017
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 3,531,750
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 1,312,488
  • FY 2018=$1,312,488
Start Date:01/01/2018
End Date:12/31/2022
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.076
Primary Program Source:040106 NSF Education & Human Resource
Award Title or Description:SFS@LaTech: Cyber Engineers & Scientists for our Future
Federal Award ID Number:1754048
DUNS ID:069746725
Parent DUNS ID:069746725
Program:CYBERCORPS: SCHLAR FOR SER
Program Officer:
  • Victor P. Piotrowski
  • (703) 292-5141
  • vpiotrow@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:P O BOX 3168 TECH STATION
City:Ruston
State:LA
ZIP:71272-3178
County:Ruston
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:05

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Louisiana Tech University
Street:600 Dan Reneau Drive
City:Ruston
State:LA
ZIP:71272-0001
County:Ruston
Country:US
Cong. District:05

Abstract at Time of Award

Louisiana Tech University is a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) and Research (CAE-R) and is currently the only university in the state to hold both education and research designations. Louisiana Tech is proposing a CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program (SFS@LaTech) to prepare highly-qualified cybersecurity professionals for entry into the government workforce. The program proposes to support 36 SFS@LaTech Scholars to complete either a B.S. degree in Cyber Engineering or Computer Science with Cybersecurity concentration, or obtain an M.S. degree in computer science with an additional focus on information assurance. The program recruitment and selection plans are designed to attract a diverse and inclusive mix of Scholars, targeting awards for 40% of the scholarships to women and underrepresented groups in this field. The overall objective is to use the SFS@LaTech program to produce exceptionally prepared cyber professionals that can help the nation address its critical need for technical leaders in this field and build a pipeline of graduates to enter positions in government service. Louisiana Tech has in place a strong set of academic degree programs and proposed activities for the students in the SFS@LaTech program. In 2012, Louisiana Tech University established the first Bachelor of Science in Cyber Engineering degree program in the nation. The SFS@LaTech program will leverage the pioneering courses developed for this program, many of which are also available to the Computer Science majors concentrating in cybersecurity. Curricula include the Introduction to Network Security course, which culminates in an annual day-long cyber security competition called Cyber Storm. In this event, student teams compete in a cyber-ops environment where they test their skills in network defense and attack strategies. The project will also leverage Louisiana Tech's strong relationships, through its Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI) and government agencies. These relationships aim to provide mentored project opportunities for SFS@LaTech scholars as well as connections to internships and full-time employment opportunities. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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