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 the hands-on research experience UTSA is known for offering its students.
“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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