I Ain’t Afraid of No Cybersecurity

If there’s something strange in your cyber world, who ya gonna call? Find out on November 13 at a discussion on cybersecurity law and policy issues.

The Office of Government and Community Relations and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems invite you to join them for Who Ya Gonna Call? The Uncertain Landscape of Cybersecurity Law and Policy, a free lecture to get an “Inside the Beltway” perspective on cybersecurity law and policy issues on Wednesday, November 13, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in Lecture Hall West on the 2nd floor of 1PP.

Tim Clancy, president of Arch Street LLC, will be the featured speaker. Clancy has broad experience in federal science and technology policy in academia, government, and the private sector and has represented the National Science Foundation before Congress, serving in senior positions in the NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. He also served two tours as a professional staff member on the House Science Committee and as Chief of Staff to Representative Sherwood Boehlert in the House of Representatives.

Clancy has won federal sponsored research awards as a research faculty member at George Mason University, has received two awards from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security in the fields of cybersecurity law, policy, and economics research, and has organized and presented at major international conferences on cybersecurity.

Associate Dean of the Seidenberg School Jonathan H. Hill, DPS, will moderate.

RSVP to communityrelations@pace.edu by Monday, November 11. Space is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Secret Agent Man

Can you keep a secret? So can Seidenberg student Douglas Kandl ’13, ’14, who was recently awarded a prestigious Department of Defense Information Assurance scholarship to work on security for the…well, his secret is safe with us. >>Read More

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.

Get in the Know(ledge)

A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by Seidenberg Dean Amar Gupta, PhD, takes a look at several innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the emerging Knowledge Economy beginning March 6. >>Read More

Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is excited to announce a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) led by Dean Amar Gupta, PhD, for the spring semester.

While the University has been making great strides into online education through services like iMentor this will be its first ever MOOC and is a bold step for both the University and the Seidenberg School. MOOCs have been pioneered by companies like Coursera and EdX and this will be Pace’s first contribution to the arena. The course is part of Pace’s efforts to use the most advanced technologies to bring their students the best educational experience possible.

Tieing together four important aspects of the technology driven Knowledge Economy; International Management of Services; Entrepreneurship, Innovation; and the 24-Hour Knowledge Factory; the course will look at several innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the emerging Knowledge Economy, with special emphasis on how teams of individuals can work together in a seamless manner across national boundaries to render professional services of diverse types and varying sophistication.

In particular, the course will analyze the 24-Hour Knowledge Factory model in detail. This model envisages that a professional in the US will work from the usual work day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At the end of the work day, the professional will transfer the work to a colleague in China or Australia who will then work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., based on the clock in that country. At the end of the latter’s work day, the work will be transferred to a colleague in Poland or Romania who will work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. based on the clock in Eastern Europe. Finally, the work will be transferred back to the original professional in the US, who will feel that a magic fairy was working hard while the professional was asleep.

The lectures began on March 6 in 163 William Street, Room 237, at 6:00 p.m., and continue on March 20, April 3, and April 17. They will be recorded and put on Udemy.com for everyone to access. Those interested in the course should contact kbrazaitis@pace.edu. Pace students may have the option of receiving credits for the course. Everyone interested in the 21st century global economy should tune into the lectures as they are sure to have a wealth of information that will be useful across all disciplines.

For more information, click here.

Help Seidenberg Support the Downtown Community

Pace students help organize a concert in NYC to benefit the AHRC, an organization dedicated to helping those with development disabilities.

The AHRC of NYC and the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall are partnering with Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems faculty and CIS102W students to hold a concert on February 14 at 11:00 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room to benefit the AHRC, an organization dedicated to serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Performers will include professional musicians classically trained in such genres as pop and folk, as well as AHRC staff who are musicians part-time. Musicians are paired with an individual served by the AHRC where they learn to sing, rap, play instruments, and even compose their own music while also helping to create meaningful relationships and memories.

Beginning in 2007, CIS102W students have organized cultural and musical production and photography showcases in the Schimmel Theater that have highlighted the many societal contributions by individuals with developmental disabilities. At the upcoming concert, students will serve as escorts, guides and hosts to guests from the local downtown community as well as advocates for the disability rights movement and supporters of the AHRC in attendance. Students will also offer individualized tours for guests interested in exploring the campus, as well as hold a luncheon.

The CIS102W course, instructed by James Lawler, DPS, has been awarded the National Jefferson Award for Community Service, a prestigious national recognition honoring community and public service in the U.S., and also allows students to fulfill their AOK 1 requirement within the curriculum necessary for graduation.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Professor Lawler by e-mail at jlawler@pace.edu.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

All Hands on Tech

If the word java doesn’t make you think of Starbucks and you know that agile is more than just a word to describe the Fab Five gymnasts, five Seidenberg events this month will whet your app-etite.

The Hess Truck Rolls Into Campus
On September 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Pace Computing Society welcomes Whitney Hess for a New York City User Experience Professionals Association (NYCUXPA) featured talk and free pizza. Hess will discuss surviving the corporate jungle as a Solo UX practitioner and the lessons she’s learned along the way. The NYCUXPA talks feature speakers or panels that address topics related to user experience—an essential part of good program, app, and web development. Hess has worked on many impressive projects, including a card search tool for American Express and as a member of the design team for Liquidnet, an international financial software company. Learn more by checking out her blog, Pleasure and Pain.

Agility is Key
Join Seidenberg at two Agile NYC events. On September 20 in the Multipurpose Room, AGILE NYC and Seidenberg celebrate the 3rd Agile Day, a full-day conference organized by AGILE NYC, the most active agile community in the Big Apple. The annual Agile Day is a huge Manhattan meet-up dedicated to agile project management and development practices. Participate in Agile Day to learn from local practitioners and industry experts and connect with others and learn more about the agile initiative.

On September 21, the Multipurpose Room will serve one purpose: the Agile NYC Open, a unique full-day “Open Space” event with only one topic—the open space itself. During open space conferences, the participants create a marketplace and agenda on the morning of the event. Everyone has the opportunity to either convene a session or participate in another session. Come experience the spontaneity of this open space event and be ready to learn some surprising new things in the agile way.

Tech Talk on Telemedicine
Join Seidenberg Dean Amar Gupta, PhD as he shares his vision for the Seidenberg School and discusses an important paper he wrote on Interoperable electronic health records at Telemedicine: Improving Patient Experience and Lowering Costs using Technology on September 27 at 12:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. In his paper, he proposes federal legislation mandating uniform technical standards for the transfer health records. Gupta is a renowned computer scientist and entrepreneur, and has worked at a variety of influential organizations including IBM, The World Bank, Citibank, and the United Nations.

Got Game?
If you like video games and you like to program, this is your chance to get a taste of what it takes to actually make one. Join the Seidenberg Video Game Jam from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on September 28 and 29, where students will gather together as a group to make video game magic in the course of two days. Bring headphones, food, tablets, or anything else that you’ll need to have a good time and make a game! Seidenberg will offer some resources and inspiration during a talk at the start of the event.