NASA Johnson Space Center awarded the Silver Achievement Medal to University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Science and Computer Engineering Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Andrew Yang. The two were recognized for their work in establishing the university’s Cyber Security Institute.
The prestigious NASA Silver Achievement Medal is awarded to government and non-governmental individuals or teams by NASA Center Directors for a stellar achievement that supports one or more of NASA’s core values.
“Establishment of the Cyber Security Institute at University of Houston-Clear Lake is an important milestone in NASA collaboration with the university,” says Kamlesh Lulla, NASA Johnson Space Center University Research, Collaborations and Partnership director. “UHCL has been a regional strategic partner for Johnson Space Center and this institute will serve as a vital resource to our entire region in leading education, training and research related to cyber security issues.”
“We are flattered to be recognized in this way,” says Czajkiewicz. “Dr. Yang and I have worked tirelessly to see this institute come to fruition, and we celebrate this achievement with NASA Johnson Space Center and others who have assisted us in making our institute offer workshops and forums for the community.”
The citation that both received states that recognition was given for “…exceptional and outstanding contributions toward developing innovative regional partnerships with aerospace and energy industry, NASA Johnsons Space Center, and nonprofit economic development entities (Greater Houston Partnership, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, BayTech) for the establishment of the Cyber Security Institute at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.”
UHCL’s Cyber Security Institute was approved in October 2012 and began operations in early 2013. The institute’s mission is to serve as a focal point of collaborations between academia, federal agencies, and local governmental and business organizations in the greater Houston area through research and development, education and services. Czajkiewicz and Yang hope to improve public awareness of potential cyber attacks.
“We believe these Silver Achievement Medals mean that we are moving in the right direction,” says Yang. “We will continue to carry forward the mission of the institute and assist local organizations in preparing their systems against possible cyber attacks.”
Since the creation of the institute, it has hosted four events including the popular “Cyber Security Collaboration Forum” at NASA Johnson Space Center in April 2013, which attracted more than 170 participants from local, state and federal government, as well as energy, medical and chemical industries and economic development agencies.
“I congratulate Dr. Yang and Dr. Czajkiewicz for their leadership in this initiative,” adds Lulla.
Future plans include more workshops and seminars and the possible establishment of a cyber security certificate and degree programs.
For more information about UHCL’s Cyber Security Institute, visit http://www.uhcl.edu/CyberSecurityInstitute or call 281-283-3835.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.