Cyber Engineering may be defined as the fusion of computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics, with the integration of the humanities in order to (1) research and develop systems solutions across cyberspace; (2) create new structures that have novel functions because of their use across cyberspace; (3) harness the potential of the electromagnetic spectrum in a systematic way; and (4) develop the mathematical structures necessary for engineering across cyberspace. Like biotechnology and information technology, cyber engineering is a growth industry with potential to greatly change the world in which we live. The purpose of the undergraduate program at Louisiana Tech University is to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills in integrating basic computer science, electromagnetic sciences and mathematics with engineering fundamentals to design and develop useful technology while also preparing students to be technical leaders in cyber security with a thorough understanding of the associated security concerns, social and political impacts and ethical consequences. The program combines the basic sciences, engineering principles, and the practical aspects of current technological tools used across cyberspace to produce engineers capable of solving special kinds of problems.
Graduates with a degree in Cyber Engineering will have many opportunities at the boundaries of traditional engineering due to the cross-disciplinary nature of their degree. We expect many graduates of this program to pursue research-based careers by going on to graduate study or working in government laboratories as well as research centers. Graduates will also find opportunities to work in a commercial environment through ever expanding needs in the many new cyber-security companies or corporate divisions that are emerging. A November 2010 report of the CSIS Commission on Cyber security for the 44th Presidency highlighted the fact that the United States needs about 10,000 to 30,000 cyber-security specialists while having less than 1,000. Whatever the environment, commercial or research, these employment opportunities will be very exciting and at the cutting edge to this area of national need.
Cyber Engineering Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the Cyber Engineering Program are expected within a few years of graduation to have:
- Established themselves as practicing Cyber Engineering professionals or engaged in advanced study in a related or complementary area.
- Engaged in professional development in order to remain current in the field for enhanced understanding of current issues in Cyber Engineering.
- Received positive recognition and advancement for the productive application of their skills and knowledge.
- Demonstrated their ability to work successfully as a member of a professional team and function effectively as responsible professionals.
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