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Cyber Professor Awarded $1.5 Million in Grants


Continuing his work on Internet of Things (IoT) and critical infrastructure security, Elias Bou-Harb, associate professor of cyber security in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business at UTSA, has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation for two grants focused on  related research, development, operations and training. These grants include collaborations with researchers… Read more »

Roadrunner Spotlight: Online Cyber Student Jacob Luevanos


Only one of 326 students in the online cyber security program here in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business at UTSA, Jacob Luevanos first chose UTSA to experience life outside of his hometown, but later appreciated UTSA’s flexible modality. When deciding upon his major, Luevanos considered what he was interested in outside of academics, his… Read more »

Roadrunner Spotlight: Cyber Student Christopher Placencio


After almost eight years of working on his degree and beginning at a community college, cyber security transfer student Christopher Placencio is ready to finish his degree at the Carlos Alvarez College of Business at UTSA. Transferring from one institution to another is never easy, especially taking the leap during a pandemic. Placencio originally came… Read more »

Roadrunner Spotlight: Graduate Student Joshua Speshock


Playing an active role in student organizations and having the passion to invariably learn has helped Joshua Speshock succeed in his graduate student journey. With an impressive Technical Marketing Engineer internship with XSOAR under his belt, Joshua shares his knowledge as a leader of several study groups within the university while pursuing a M.S. in… Read more »

College Launches New Applied Cyber Analytics Program


Leading the way in cyber security education once again, the Carlos Alvarez College of Business at UTSA has launched a new B.S. in Applied Cyber Analytics program that is the first degree program of its kind and scale in the country. “This is a next generation degree program,” said Nicole Beebe, chair of the Department… Read more »

Anthony Rios Awarded NSF Grant to Conduct AI Research


Anthony Rios, assistant professor of information systems and cyber security in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business at UTSA, received a $550,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to study natural language processing (NLP) within artificial intelligence. The five-year award is part of their Faculty Early Career Development Program. CAREER is the NSF’s most prestigious award… Read more »

Graduate Hannah Hardee Finds Her Fit in Cyber Security


Feeling like she never really belonged in the world of cyber security, Hannah Hardee’s impostor syndrome finally lifted when she was offered a position as an associate technical analyst in cyber security with Southwest Airlines. On this path since middle school, Hardee will complete her journey when she receives her B.B.A. in cyber security this… Read more »

Business Researcher Protecting EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks


As the number of electric cars on the road grows, so does the need for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and the Internet-based managing systems within those stations. However, these managing systems face their own issues: cybersecurity attacks. Elias Bou-Harb, director of the UTSA Cyber Center for Security and Analytics, and his colleagues—Claud Fachkha of the… Read more »

Alumni Frank and Nancy Kudla Double Their Gift to Kudla Fellowship


Nancy Kudla, MBA ’87 and her husband, Frank, ’85 generously committed $700,000 to their existing fellowship, the Nancy and Frank Kudla Endowed Fellowship in Cybersecurity.  Longtime supporters of UTSA and U.S. Air Force veterans, their gift doubles the size of their endowment. They established their endowed fellowship in 2011 to support graduate student research and… Read more »

Top 10 Stories of 2021


Looking back through the past year in the UTSA Carlos Alvarez College of Business, we’ve compiled below the Top 10 stories of 2021. #10–Online Cyber Security and MBA/MPH Receive National Recognition #9—College Appoints New Faculty Fellows  #8—College Launches New Operations and Supply Chain Management Degree #7—Victor De Oliveira Named Fellow of American Statistical Association #6—M.S.… Read more »

UTSA Students Participate in Najim Strategist Program


Recognizing the value of experiential learning, four UTSA students were selected as inaugural participants in the Najim Strategist program sponsored by the Harvey E. Najim Center for Innovation and Career Advancement. The six-week program exposed students to a real world project from the business community.  Team members were Catherine Hittson, a junior marketing major; Alex… Read more »

Graduate Chris Parafinczuk Strives to Protect Nation’s Infrastructure


Cyberattacks are a frequent threat to individuals and corporations. Almost everything that takes place connects to the Internet in some way. To ensure that people are able to safely connect and do business online, UTSA is preparing the next generation of cyber security professionals. Chris Parafinczuk enrolled at UTSA to learn how to develop secure… Read more »

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