Secret Agent Man

When you ask students why they chose Pace, you’ll hear a lot of great answers: from the location to the internships to the small classroom experience. But for Seidenberg student Douglas Kandl ’13, ’14 what drew him to Pace was a matter of national security: the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Information Assurance Program, a program that only select universities designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence have access to. Pace is one of them.

“When I was a high school student and touring the Pleasantville Campus, the Seidenberg academic adviser told me about the program and Pace’s affiliation with the DoD. I came to Pace because of the program and the scholarships it offers,” Kandl says.

It was a smart choice for Kandl, who last fall was selected for the highly-coveted Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) to prepare for a career in cybersecurity. Kandl, who is majoring in Information Technology with a concentration in Security and a focus on Art, will also pursue his master’s in Information Systems as part of the program. In addition to a full scholarship and a generous stipend, the program guarantees internships and full-time employment after graduation. His first internship will begin in summer 2014 with a prominent organization—we’d tell you more, but it’s on a need-to-know basis only.

“Doug is an outstanding student, an entrepreneur, and a leader dedicated to the community, just to name some of his merits. All in all, he is a terrific individual and I know everyone will be pleased to work with him,” says Director of Assessment and Co-Director of the scholarship program, Andreea Cotoranu, who guided Kandl through the comprehensive application process.

While it may be the most top-secret, this isn’t Kandl’s only internship experience. He’s already landed four others including: Alloy Media + Marketing, providing technical and web support to the rights holders of shows like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies; Standard & Poor’s, where he helped lead a multimillion dollar throughput increase and worked on ratings with a team from around the world; and PSE&G, where he currently works on IT enterprise architecture: “I work on a team that does strategic planning. We decide what technology gets implemented in the enterprise,” he says. This summer, Kandl will be interning for Checkmarx, an application security company, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

With all this, Kandl still finds time for campus activities. When he arrived at Pace in fall 2010, he began working on Hillel, Pace’s then-inactive Jewish student organization. As Co-President of the organization along with Nicole Benzimra, Kandl has helped Pace Hillel grow into a vibrant and inclusive student group responsible for some of Pace’s most unique events like T-Bone’s Bark Mitzvah, Sushi in the Sukkah, Friday Night Lights: Musical Shabbat, and Hillel Idol. Kandl has also written op-eds and been featured in a variety of publications, including The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, Cleveland Jewish News, The New Jersey Jewish News, and Chicago Jewish News and helped launch the Hillels of NYC Council and worked with UJA-Federation of New York’s Bridging the Gap to bring together students from all of the Hillels in the area in order to bridge the divide between Jewish students of varying cultures. For his leadership, Kandl received the 2012 Philip H. Cohen and Susan Rudd Cohen International Hillel Exemplar Award at the Jewish Federations of North American Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

If you have an interest in cybersecurity and would like to know more about the Department of Defense’s Information Assurance Scholarship Program, please visit http://seidenberg.pace.edu/ia.

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