UTSA College of Business Newsletter
October 25, 2016
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Frost Lecture Series
UPS CFO Richard Peretz, '85 to Present Frost Lecture

Richard Peretz,’85, chief financial officer at UPS, will present the keynote address at the Frost Distinguished Lecture Series, presented by the UTSA College of Business. The lecture begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 in the University Room (2.06.04) of the Business Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Joining the company in 1981 while a student at UTSA, Peretz has risen through the ranks to become chief financial officer of the $58 billion company headquartered in Atlanta. Peretz is responsible for accounting, finance, financial planning, taxes, audit and compliance activities. He also serves as the company’s senior liaison to the investor, finance and analyst communities. Peretz' career highlights include being part of the team that led the IPO to take UPS public in 1999; managing acquisitions and expanding international small package operations in Costa Rica, Romania, South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam; launching UPS’ operations in Mexico; and serving as the international CFO during which time he grew profits while opening operations in China and expanding operations in Japan, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Cyber Student Competition
Cyber Students Advance to National Competition

Cyber security students from The University of Texas at San Antonio have been named finalists in the 2016 National Cyber Analyst Challenge. “This is an interesting competition because it is industry sponsored, academically administered, provides cash prizes to students and advancing schools, and includes training,” said Nicole Beebe, Ph.D. ’07, Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor and associate professor of cyber security. Competing for the first year, the UTSA team included Erin Allred, cyber security; Justin Copeland, cyber security; Joe Mireles, computer science; Jesse Munos, cyber security; and Catherine Telles, cyber security. In the first round of the competition, students received a data set highlighting a fictitious cyber incident. To advance, teams had to present a report that analyzed the incident and provided recommendations. The top 10 teams will participate in the national competition at the end of this month in Virginia. Finalists included UTSA, Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Iowa State University, Penn State University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of Maryland, University of South Florida and Villanova.

Data Analytics
College Welcomes First Class of Data Analytics Students

Sixty-three students began this fall as part of the first class of the new Master of Science in Data Analytics program. “We’re excited about the response we received to this program from both students and the business community,” said Max Kilger, director of the Data Analytics program. “There is a tremendous demand and need for data analysts.” The inaugural class came from diverse backgrounds. The class is 37% female, 31% Hispanic, ranges in age from 21-55, graduated from 35 distinct universities and had 31 different majors. Offered in both daytime and evening cohorts, students are becoming data savvy professionals and learning the latest tools, techniques and applications used to transform data into meaningful information. Our program is unique because it leverages the College of Business’ strengths in cyber security, marketing analytics and statistics to provide students with the opportunity to study the latest communication and visualization technologies so that they can assist senior business executives in making informed decisions. Transferring the knowledge from the classroom to application, students will participate in practicum experiences in which they complete real analytical projects for business clients. The daytime cohort will graduate in Summer 2017.

Federal Cyber Grant
Business Faculty Training Army Reservists to Become Cyber Warriors

Glenn Dietrich, professor of information systems and cyber security in the UTSA College of Business, has received a $471,549 federal grant to support UTSA's Army Reserve Cyber Private Public Partnership Program (Cyber P3). UTSA was tapped by the United States Army Reserve as a founding member of the program in 2015. As part of the grant, the college will train Army reservists to become highly-qualified cyber warriors at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral level. The grant will also support the creation of a new laboratory to give this generation of cyber warriors hands-on research experience. "Much of the research will focus on industrial control systems security," said Dietrich, the project's principal investigator. "These young reservists will learn the skills necessary to protect our power grid, our water systems and petroleum pipelines." Dietrich plans to start creating the educational programs immediately, with construction on the new lab to begin this fall. One of his main objectives is to recruit participants through the Wounded Warrior Project. "UTSA is ranked first in the nation for cyber security for a reason," Dietrich said. "We can use those considerable skills to help Army reservists and wounded veterans find rewarding jobs in a growing in-demand field."

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