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An Initial Look into the Computer Science and Cybersecurity Pathways Project for Career and Technical Education Curricula

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Computing and Information Technology Division Technical Session 3

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Computing and Information Technology

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10

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10.18260/1-2--34128

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Vukica M. Jovanovic Old Dominion University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8626-903X

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Dr. Vukica Jovanovic is a Batten Fellow and an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering Technology Program. She holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering Technology, focuses on Digital Manufacturing, Magistar (Ph.D. candidate) degree in Indsutrial Engineering and Management, focused on Production Systems Design, and dipl.ing. degree in Industrial Engineering focused on Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation. She went through engineering pathways herself, completing master electrician degree when completing Technical School in Uzice, Serbia, focusing on pre-engineering program on high power voltage systems and maintenance of electro-mechanical systems. Her research is focuses on engineering pathways, career and technical education, digital thread, cyber physical systems, mechatronics, digital manufacturing, broadening participation, and engineering education. She is a Director of Mechatronics and Digital Manufacturing Lab at ODU and a lead of Area of Specialization Mechatronics Systems Design. She worked as a Visiting Researcher at Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Disputanta, VA on projects focusing on digital thread and cyber security of manufacturing systems. She has funded research in broadening participation efforts of underrepresented students in STEM funded by U.S. Department of Education, focusing on computer science and cybersecurity pathways, and from Office of Naval Research, focusing on mechatronic pathways. She is part of the ONR projects related to the additive manufacturing training of active military. She is also part of the research team that has multiple projects funded from NSF focusing on veteran pathways and their success in engineering. She leads the team that delivers the summer program to nine graders that focus on broadening participation of underrepresented students into STEM (ODU BLAST), funded by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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Murat Kuzlu Old Dominion University

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Murat Kuzlu (Senior Member – IEEE) joined Old Dominion University (ODU) of Electrical Engineering Technology Department as an Assistant Professor in 2018. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Kocaeli University, Turkey, in 2001, 2004, and 2010, respectively. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as a Global Network Product Support Engineer at the Nortel Networks, Turkey. In 2006, he joined the Energy Institute of TUBITAK-MAM (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey – The Marmara Research Center), where he worked as a senior researcher. Before joining ODU, he worked as a Research Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Institute. His research interests include smart grid, demand response, smart metering systems (AMR, AMI, AMM), home and building energy management system, co-simulation, wireless communication and embedded systems. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University.

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Otilia Popescu Old Dominion University

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Dr. Otilia Popescu received the Engineering Diploma and M.S. degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania, and the PhD degree from Rutgers University, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research interests are in the general areas of communication systems, control theory, signal processing and engineering education. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and serves as the Program Director for the Electrical Engineering Technology Program. In the past she has worked for the University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at San Antonio, Rutgers University, and Politehnica University of Bucharest. She is a senior member of the IEEE, serves as associate editor for IEEE Communication Letters, and has served in the technical program committee for the IEEE ICC, WCNC, RWW, VTC, GLOBECOM, and CAMAD conferences.

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Abdul Rahman Badawi Old Dominion University

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Pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at ODU

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Deborah Kay Marshall Norfolk Public Schools

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Salih Sarp Old Dominion University

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Salih Sarp is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Old Dominion University, USA. Currently, he is developing AI applications and sensor fusion models. Previously, he received his BS degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Dogus University, Istanbul, Turkey, and MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The George Washington University, USA. His research interests include embedded systems, machine learning, tinyML, deep learning, computer vision, blockchain and smart grid.

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Spyridoula Tsouganatou Old Dominion University

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Petros J. Katsioloudis Old Dominion University

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Petros J. Katsioloudis is a Professor, Department Chair and the Industrial Technology Program Leader, Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. His research focuses on improving teacher and student performance in STEM education, and enhancing the development of a national STEM-educated workforce.

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Linda Vahala Old Dominion University

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Dr. Linda Vahala received her B.S..degree from the University of Illinois in 1969, an M.S. degree from the University of Iowa in 1971, and a Ph.D from Old Dominion University in 1983. Her publications include articles in both plasma physics and atomic physics with an emphasis on laser interactions with plasma and with neutral/rare gas collisions. She has presented her work at various international workshops and meetings, both in Europe and in the United States. She is currently Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at ODU. In 1995, she received the Peninsula Engineer of the Year award.

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Hongyi Michael Wu Old Dominion University

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Hongyi Wu is the Batten Chair of Cybersecurity and the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research at Old Dominion University (ODU). He is also a Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds joint appointment in Department of Computer Science. Before joining ODU, he was an Alfred and Helen Lamson Endowed Professor at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). He received the B.S. degree in scientific instruments from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1996, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree in computer science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 2000 and 2002, respectively. His research focuses on networked and intelligent cyber-physical systems for security, safety, and emergency management applications. He chaired several conferences such as IEEE Infocom 2020, IEEE WoWMoM 2016, and IEEE Globecom Wireless Communication Symposium 2015. He also served on the editorial board of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and IEEE Internet of Things Journal. He received NSF CAREER Award in 2004, UL Lafayette Distinguished Professor Award in 2011, and IEEE Percom Mark Weiser Best Paper Award in 2018. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

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Abstract

Computer science and cybersecurity have gained the attention of various stakeholders, industry representatives, educators, parents and students who are thinking about their future careers. Teaching computer science courses has moved into K-12 education, no longer introduced in the college classroom. There are various reasons for this trend. One is that in this way more children have access to the curriculum that integrates computer science principles, not just those undergraduate students in specific STEM majors. Other industries need different levels of computer science and cybersecurity education. There are various programs across the nation that are focusing on introducing these topics as early as elementary school through various outreach programs or even in the regular curriculum. In 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe (Commonwealth of Virginia) established the “Cyber Virginia and the Virginia Cyber Security Commission” with recommendations that a cybersecurity workforce pipeline should start in K-12 education and that various pathways should be developed and implemented across the Commonwealth. This paper will provide an initial look into a project funded by the Department of Education that is focused on the Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways in Computer Science and Cybersecurity. It is the first year of implementation.

Jovanovic, V. M., & Kuzlu, M., & Popescu, O., & Badawi, A. R., & Marshall, D. K., & Sarp, S., & Tsouganatou, S., & Katsioloudis, P. J., & Vahala, L., & Wu, H. M. (2020, June), An Initial Look into the Computer Science and Cybersecurity Pathways Project for Career and Technical Education Curricula Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34128

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