SEIDENBERG RECEIVES ABET AWARD FOR DIVERSITY
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS INFORMATION ASSURANCE SCHOLARSHIPS
THE PACE/SkillPROOF IT INDEX REPORT TO APPEAR QUARTERLY
SEIDENBERG ALUM PURSUING EXCITING CAREER IN GENETICS RESEARCH
INTERNET SECURITY EXPERT BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
CEO OF STRIKEFORCE TECHNOLOGIES GIFTS AUTHENTICATION SOFTWARE
SEIDENBERG IN THE NEWS
WHAT'S NEW AT THE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER?
SEIDENBERG TO OFFER SECURITY TRAVEL COURSE FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
CURRICULUM CHANGES IN EFFECT FOR FALL SEMESTER
PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING SEIDENBERG THROUGH PLANNED GIVING
 
SEIDENBERG RECEIVES ABET AWARD FOR DIVERSITY

In early October, Pace's President David A. Caputo was notified that the Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems was selected to receive one of three 2006 ABET President's Awards for Diversity. ABET, Inc., the sponsor of this prestigious award, is the professional accreditation agency providing leadership and quality assurance in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology education. Pace currently has ABET accredited programs in computer science and information systems.

The ABET President's Award for Diversity is presented to recognize U.S.-based educational units, among other individuals and organizations, for extraordinary success in achieving diversity and inclusiveness or for facilitating diversity and inclusiveness in the technological segments of our society. Dr. Susan M. Merritt, dean of the Seidenberg School, accepted the award on its behalf on October 25 in Tampa, Florida at the Annual ABET Meeting.

The Seidenberg School is being recognized "for providing a supportive atmosphere for its diverse student body and for its efforts to encourage young women to enter into the field of computing by hosting the Women in Computing Symposium and the Trendsetters Conference on Nontraditional Careers."

The Seidenberg School has a long history of promoting diversity. In addition to the activities cited by ABET, it has awarded Patricia Roberts Harris Scholarships to both women and minority group members that were made possible through a Federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, hosted a panel on "Women in Computing: Paths to Doctoral Education, Teaching, and Research" and sponsored "Good Counsel Technology Day" for girls in their sophomore year of high school to promote interest in study and careers in computing. In 2005, the school was ranked 2nd in the country in the granting of master's degrees in computing to Hispanics, 3rd to African-Americans, and 3rd to all minorities by Diversity: Issues in Higher Education. Similarly, it is 19th in the country (out of some 3000 institutions) in the granting of baccalaureate degrees in computing to minority persons. Over the years, the Seidenberg School maintains an unusually high 32 percent of both women students and faculty, a percentage well above national averages.

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS INFORMATION ASSURANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

William Sabia (BS/IS '07) and Andrew Harris (BS/MS/CS '09), outstanding students in the Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, are recent recipients of scholarships awarded through the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP). They were among 25 students chosen for this prestigious award from a pool of approximately 350 applicants nationwide. The award provides both full financial support (including full tuition, books and a stipend) and exciting internship opportunities as well as full-time employment upon graduation.

Seidenberg students are eligible for these comprehensive scholarships as a result of the school's designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. This designation occurred in 2004 after an extensive review of the Seidenberg curriculum and faculty expertise in the field of Information Assurance. At the time, Seidenberg was one of only 59 schools nationwide to become a Center, making Pace a part of a select group of universities participating in the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program. This recent award of two scholarships is a tribute to the high caliber of these Seidenberg students and a confirmation of the quality of the school's information assurance education program.

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THE PACE/SkillPROOF IT INDEX REPORT TO APPEAR QUARTERLY
New Online Publication to Provide Accurate Job Market Information


 

Beginning in November and every quarter thereafter, the Seidenberg School will publish The Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index Report, an online report that provides a snapshot of the current IT job market in both New York City (Manhattan) and Westchester County.

The purpose of the Index is to provide accurate, research-based information on job availability in these two locales. The Index is helpful as a planning tool for job seekers as well as for policy makers in corporations, governmental agencies and educational institutions because it indicates the need for certain skills and professional education.

Current trends gleaned from the report support the government's prediction that qualified IT professionals in a number of job categories are in short supply and that the shortage will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. In addition to showing job growth in the computing professions, the report contradicts the conventional wisdom that IT jobs are being sent abroad in large numbers.

[ To view the inaugural IT Index Report and to read about its underlying methodology ]

SEIDENBERG ALUM PURSUING EXCITING CAREER IN GENETICS RESEARCH
Art Evans Developing Software to Support Research to "Knock-out" Mouse Genome

Art Evans (MS/CS '03)
While many Seidenberg graduates pursue satisfying and financially rewarding careers developing and applying IT solutions to various business processes in the financial service industry, consumer products organizations and the like, others take a different path and find themselves in an unusual work environment. One such alum is Art Evans (MS/CS '03).

Art, a self-taught programmer with a Master's in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard's Kennedy School, joined the MS in computer science program in Westchester as a graduate assistant responsible for developing the school's original Web site. He excelled in his studies, developed a keen interest in image processing, received the Student Service Award at graduation, and thereafter accepted a position as a software developer at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Tarrytown, NY.

Sanger Institute in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK

While at Regeneron, he caught the attention of one of the scientists for whom he had developed an image management system. When the scientist was recruited to head up the Mouse Genetics Programme at the prestigious Sanger Institute in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK, Art jumped at the opportunity. Today, he is an Informatics Developer engineering software in support of cutting-edge genetic research at a world-class institution. Because of the similarities between the mouse and human genomes, researchers at Sanger hope that their work will result in a greater understanding of the cause and progression of human disease.

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INTERNET SECURITY EXPERT BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Hal Berghel, PhD

Hal Berghel, PhD, a noted expert in Internet security and forensics, came to Pace in 2003 and delivered a number of engaging talks on these topics to several different audiences. Due to the evergrowing problems connected with identity theft and financial fraud, Seidenberg decided to invite him back for an update as to what the issues are and what is being done to detect and thwart those engaged in illegal Internet activities. On Thursday, October 26, he addressed "Identity Theft and Financial Fraud for the New Millennium" to an audience of faculty, master's degree students and advisory board members. The next morning, on Friday, October 27, he spoke to an audience of New York City undergraduates as well as members of the New York City Police Department "On the Art and Practice of Internet Forensics" and later that day on "Phactors in Phish Pharming" to an audience of doctoral students at the Graduate Center in White Plains.

Dr. Berghel is currently Associate Dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and founding Director of both the Center for Cybermedia Research and Identity Theft and the Financial Fraud Research and Operations Center. He has held a variety of research and administrative positions in industry and academia during his twenty-five year career in computing. His current research focuses on computing and network security and forensics, digital crime, and technologies to anticipate network security events-of-interest. He is also a popular columnist, author, keynote speaker and frequent talk show guest in the network and security areas.

CEO OF STRIKEFORCE TECHNOLOGIES GIFTS AUTHENTICATION SOFTWARE

Mark Kay, CEO of StrikeForce Technologies
Mark Kay, CEO of StrikeForce Technologies, has gifted his company's unique authentication software valued at $50K to the University. His gift was acknowledged following an Internet security lecture delivered by Hal Bergel, PhD, an expert in the field of Internet security and forensics on October 26 on the New York City campus. StrikeForce Technologies' software GuardedID and ProtectID designed for helping to prevent the evergrowing problem of identity theft, is to be used in the classroom as an instructional tool in a number of security-related courses offered through the Seidenberg School. Mark Kay, a long-time friend of the school, is a member of its Advisory Board. He is also a former Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer, Global Technology Auditor, and Managing Director of JPMorganChase& Co.


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SEIDENBERG IN THE NEWS

The Seidenberg School, its faculty, and its dean, Dr. Susan Merritt, have received considerable news coverage in recent months.

In July, Jean Coppola, PhD, posed important questions to think about to those contemplating building their own computer in "Is it for me?" in "Enthusiasts build PCs from Scratch," The Journal News, July 10, 2006. Later in the month, Pace/Seidenberg was mentioned numerous times in "In Depth: How Businesses Can Attract the Next Generation of IT Workers" that appeared in the July 17, 2006 issue of InformationWeek. The article touched on the generous gift from Ivan G. Seidenberg after whom the school is now named and the Seidenberg Scholarships and Summer Experience that this gift engendered as well as on the school's online NACTEL program and on site corporate programs.

Following an early August press release from IBM, three related articles appeared in different publications on August 10. "IBM, Pace partner to boost students' cutting edge computer skills" appeared in The Journal News. The article described how IBM and Seidenberg are pairing up to help fill the IT and computer science labor shortage and to assure that students are learning the latest technologies sought after by industry such as mainframe skills, Linux and open source technologies. A similar article "Educating Pace Students for the Future" appeared in Red Herring, an online publication and a third one titled "IBM Alliance with University Aims to Make Students Mainframe - Linux - Savvy" was published in InformationWeek.

More recently, Dean Susan Merritt was called upon by the Atlanta press to comment on an innovative computer science curriculum revision unveiled by Georgia Tech in September. Her remarks were incorporated into "New 'Threads' for Computer Science" in Inside Higher Ed, (September 26, 2006), an online news source published Monday - Friday for members of the higher education community. She was also quoted in the opening paragraph of "Tech launches 'offshore-proof' curriculum" in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on September 29.

On October 26, a news story relating to the Pace/IBM partnership and the role of corporate influence in the classroom, aired on WABC TV/Channel 7 on the 6 o'clock news. Featured were Michael Byrnes, a Seidenberg computer science major; interning at Link Technology Group in White Plains; Matt Ganis, a Seidenberg alum, current doctoral student, adjunct instructor, and IBM Research staff member; and Dean Susan Merritt.

WHAT'S NEW AT THE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER?
  • Pace University is now a Registered Education Provider (REP) of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). This designation allows Pace to offer an expanded choice of project management courses designed to train participants in the best practices employed by successful project managers and help them prepare for the examination leading to certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®). For current course schedules and help choosing the right course for you, call the Computer Learning Center at (212) 346-1222 or (914) 422-4328. You can also visit http://pclc.pace.edu/pclc/newmgmproj.html.

  • Pace University has become a partner of Red Hat. Red Hat certifications, the strongest certifications available for Linux, are valued credentials throughout the IT world. Now, through the Computer Learning Center, participants can take classes that will prepare them for Red Hat certification exams.

    Fall classes prepare students for the RHCT (Red Hat Certified Technician) examination. In the spring, the schedule will be expanded to included classes preparing students for the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) examination.

    These classes are offered two evenings per week for 10 weeks. The evening format is particularly suited to today's professional, who can not afford to take time away from an already crowded schedule. For more information, visit http://pclc.pace.edu/pclc/linuxinfo.htm.

  • PCLC is becoming an authorized Adobe Training Center. This will help us to locate clients through the Adobe Web site, and will support an increased number of workshops in Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, and inDesign.
SEIDENBERG TO OFFER SECURITY TRAVEL COURSE FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR


The Seidenberg School will once again offer IT 690B -International Perspectives on Network Security, a popular travel course, during Spring 2007. IT 690B is an online class that will run the full length of the spring semester; the trip to London and Paris to learn how network security issues are addressed in the UK and France will occur during the spring break from March 16-25.

The course is available as an elective and may be taken by any student enrolled in any Seidenberg master's degree program. It is not open to those who have already taken an introductory security course. However, those students may participate in the travel component of IT 690B which serves as an enhancement to the course they have already completed.

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CURRICULUM CHANGES IN EFFECT FOR FALL SEMESTER

MS in Internet Technology - New Knowledge Area Offered

Effective Fall 2006, the Seidenberg School added a new knowledge area option in Open Source Application Development to its MS in Internet Technology program. This was implemented in response to the increasing popularity of open source usage. Students opting for this concentration have a choice of three out of four courses resulting in the acquisition of a solid foundation in the field.

In addition, the capstone requirement for the MS in Internet Technology has been reduced from six credits to three, thereby allowing students to take an additional 3-credit elective course.


[ For more details about MS in IT program ]


MS in Software Design and Development Renamed

Shortly before the start of the fall semester, the State Education Department approved a request to change the name of Seidenberg's MS in Software Design and Development to the MS in Software Development and Engineering. The new name better reflects the content of the program and is more readily recognizable by experienced software engineers and individuals holding undergraduate degrees in computer science for whom the program was initially developed. The content of the curriculum remains the same.

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PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING SEIDENBERG THROUGH PLANNED GIVING

As the calendar year comes to a close, one's thoughts might, among other things, turn to taxes (and tax savings!). It is not too late for you to secure a charitable deduction by making a gift to the Seidenberg School . Are you aware that there are many ways to make a gift, beyond writing a check? For some creative ideas, point your browser to this site: www.pace.edu/PlannedGiving .