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Work in Progress: Layering Cybersecurity on Domain Engineering Instruction

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Engineering Experiences

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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12

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33636

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https://peer.asee.org/33636

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Rhonda Kay Gaede University of Alabama, Huntsville

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Rhonda Kay Gaede is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her research interests include computer architecture, VLSI design, and cyber security. She has a PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of IEEE (computer society), ASEE and ACM. Contact her at gaeder@uah.edu.

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Thomas Morris University of Alabama, Huntsville Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4854-5419

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Rishabh Das

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Yu Lei

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Thiago Alves University of Alabama, Huntsville

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Thiago Alves received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the "Pontifícia Universidade Católica" (PUC) in 2013, his MsE degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in 2018 and his Ph.D. degree also from UAH in 2019. He was the recipient of the Best Senior Design Award from PUC University Electrical Engineering Department in 2013. In 2014 he created OpenPLC, the world's first open source industrial controller. OpenPLC is being used as a valuable tool for control system research and education. The OpenPLC project has contributions from several universities and private companies, such as Johns Hopkins and FreeWave Technologies. In 2017 Thiago won first place in CSAW, the world's largest student-run cybersecurity competition, with his innovative embedded security solution for OpenPLC. In 2019 Thiago was awarded as 2019 outstanding ECE graduate student by UAH. Currently Thiago is an Advisory Specialist Master at Deloitte. His research interests include cybersecurity for SCADA systems, industrial controllers and embedded systems.

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Hongyu Zhou University of Alabama, Huntsville

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Hongyu Zhou is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Dr. Zhou received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University in 2013 and bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Tongji University in 2010. His research interests include materials and designs for energy-efficient buildings, integrated design, hazard mitigation, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Zhou is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Concrete Institute (ACI). He has an active role in several technical committees. He is a founding member and Chair elected for the ASCE SEI Committee on Bioinspired Structures and Co-Chair of the Advanced Structures and Materials Committee of ASCE Aerospace Division (ASD).

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Farbod Fahimi University of Alabama, Huntsville

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Dr. Fahimi has over 10 years of research experience in dynamic modeling, system identification, linear and nonlinear controls, with applications to robotic system and autonomous vehicles. He received a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering on dynamic modeling of flexible multi-body systems in 1999. He has graduated 8 Masters students, and has offered several senior design projects. He is currently supervising several full time and part time graduate students. He has taught several undergraduate and graduate level courses such as Dynamics, Vibrations, System Dynamics, Elasticity, Finite Element Method, Introduction to Robotics, and Advanced Robotics. He has authored a graduate level text book titles: Autonomous Robots; Modeling, Path Planning, and Control.

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Abstract

Work-in-Progress: Layering Cybersecurity on Domain Engineering Instruction Abstract The grand challenge to secure cyberspace includes securing industrial control systems. These systems monitor and control physical processes such as nuclear power plants, gas pipelines, dams, electrical power distribution and are susceptible to cyber threats. However, many of the engineers responsible for designing, operating, and maintaining these systems do not have an appreciation of, nor understand, these threats. Conversely, cyber security professionals, having studied computer engineering, computer science, or information systems understand cybersecurity principles and threat vectors, but not the implications of the threats on the industrial control systems. There is a need for cross pollination between the two groups. We have developed a two week module on cybersecurity of industrial control systems that was first delivered to a civil engineering senior design class (Fall 2017). We subsequently expanded our reach by offering the instruction as an extra credit opportunity for a large enrollment mechanical/aerospace engineering class at the sophomore level and a chemical engineering class at the senior level (Spring 2018). Surveys administered pre- and post-instruction show significant increases in the level of appreciation students have for the challenges presented by our increasingly connected world.

Gaede, R. K., & Morris, T., & Das, R., & Lei, Y., & Alves, T., & Zhou, H., & Fahimi, F. (2019, June), Work in Progress: Layering Cybersecurity on Domain Engineering Instruction Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33636

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