A group of Kansas State University students will spend the weekend fending off cyberattacks and keeping information secure. 
Six members of the university's Cyber Defense Club are competing in Argonne National Laboratory's Cyber Defense Competition 2017 on Saturday, April 1, at the laboratory's facility in Lemont, Illinois. K-State was invited to participate in the competition, which includes 15 teams from colleges and universities across the country. 
The six K-State students who will be competing are Jordan Voss, sophomore in computer science, Hays; Lance Pettay, senior in computer science, Hutchinson; Richard Petrie, master's student in business administration, Lenexa; Nathan Hood, freshman in computer science, Manhattan; Logan Prough, sophomore in computer science, Olathe; and Matt Webb, master's student in computer science, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 
At the competition, the students will participate in a staged real-life scenario. Collegiate teams — called blue teams — have spent three weeks creating and designing a cyberdefense network for a green team, which represents a utility company and its employees and customers. The collegiate teams will set up their systems at Argonne National Laboratory, where a red team of professional hackers will try to infiltrate and disrupt the cybersecurity networks designed by the collegiate teams. The students must defend their networks from the cyberattacks while still providing services to the green team. 
The collegiate teams are scored based on the security of their network as well as the accessibility of their services to members of the green team. 
"These kinds of competitions give real-life experience," said Prough, safety and ethics officer for the Cyber Defense Club. "In cybersecurity, it's one thing to learn about the theory and concept in the classroom, but it's another task entirely to go out in a real-world scenario and implement what you learned in the classroom. That's what we're doing at this competition." 
The Cyber Defense Club formed in 2011 and has 26 members for the 2016-2017 school year. Eugene Vasserman, associate professor of computer science, is the faculty adviser. 
"I'm very proud of the great performance and track record of the Cyber Defense Club and all its membership, including those going to this competition, as well as those who are staying behind and training hard for the next one," Vasserman said. "The entire club helps with training for competitions and contributes to the success of the team who goes. The club has a fantastic competition track record, participates regularly in Open House and does many other extracurricular education activities." 
The Cyber Defense Club has participated in several national cybersecurity competitions and club members took first place at the 2015 Central Area Networking and Security, or CANSec, competition. 
For more information about Argonne National Laboratory's Cyber Defense Competition 2017, visit

The ERGP office is now accepting applications for the Robert I-Jen and Sophia Shui-Kan Jung Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship is a supplemental scholarship with an award level of $6000 per year for PhD students and $3000 per year for MS students. The scholarship is intended to recognize those outstanding students from the People’s Republic of China and The Republic of China. If you know of a student(s) who qualifies, please encourage them to apply. The deadline is February 1st for new applicants. Attached you will find more information along with the scholarship application and instructions. You can also visit our website or contact the ERGP office,, to learn more.


Congratulations to CS Professors John Hatcliff, Robby, and Venkatesh Ranganath who received a $160,000 NSF grant from the USFDA Scholar-in-Residence program that will fund students and faculty to work with FDA engineers on risk-management challenges for interoperable medical devices.

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The paper "Counterexample Guided Abstraction Refinement for Stability Analysis" written by Pavithra Prabhakar along with Miriam Garcia Soto from IMDEA Software Institute in Madrid, Spain has been accepted for publication in the 28th International Conference on Computer Aided Verification (CAV). This paper was one of the 46 papers selected among the 165 submissions received by the conference.

Honoring Beth

Look at how far we've come! Join us in honoring the career and contributions of Beth Unger. The event will be held in the Hartford Room of the Bluemont Hotel at 8:00 AM on April 29th. Please RSVP by March 10th. Reserve by phone at (785) 473-7091.

The ACM Women in Computing (ACM-W) is hosting a T-Shirt Design Contest! Any and all K-State students are encouraged to participate. This is a great opportunity for those with great ideas or artistic skills to show off their talent! The winner will receive a free T-Shirt with their design on it! Rules for designs are:

• Must include the phrase "Women in Computing" or "ACM-W" in some way.
• Must reference or represent K-State, KSU, or Kansas State University in some way.

If you have an idea for a design, here's how you can participate:
1. Sketch out or describe the design in detail.
2. Email your name, your contact information, and design entry to
3. Entries are due by Saturday, November 28th at 11:59pm.

ACM-W members will be notified of the submissions on Monday of the following week and will be given an opportunity to vote on their favorite. Voting will end December 5 at 11:59pm. The winning T-Shirt design will be announced that following Monday, December 7, 2015.

T-Shirt orders will be available through December; expected cost is approximately $10 per student. (Of course, the contest winner gets their shirt free!) T-shirts will be printed over the Winter Break and will be available for pick-up from the ACM-W in January. (Spring Semester, ACM-W will be located in the new Engineering Student Complex with the other CIS Department student clubs.)

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact ACM-W Vice President Joy Hauser ( We look forward to your ideas!

Spring 2016 enrollment begins Monday, October 26. Enrollment instructions are available here:

The department of Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) at Kansas State University invites applications for multiple tenure-track positions beginning in Fall 2015 at all levels (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor). Applicants should have a background in cybersecurity or high-assurance software. In addition, applicants whose research interfaces with one or more of the following areas are highly encouraged to apply: bio-security, cyber-physical systems, mobile computing, cloud-based systems, big data, or human-computer interfaces.  Successful applicants will demonstrate commitment to both teaching and research. A doctorate degree in computer science or related disciplines is required; salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

For the complete announcement follow this link: