Cybersecurity, data analytics, and advanced manufacturing for the modern soldier: An integrated ROTC research and training program

Kennesaw State University - in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been awarded a grant by the Office of Naval Research to develop and deliver a specialized training program for ROTC students.

Students currently enrolled in Army and Navy ROTC programs interested in participating should contact Dr. Mike Whitman (mwhitman@kennesaw.edu) as soon as possible.  Space is limited.

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This program will instruct participants in the areas of cybersecurity, data analytics, and advanced manufacturing, using both experimental and content-based training modules. The program has been designed to support future military officers to become more capable advanced warfighters by increasing their knowledge of cyber warfare and cyber defensive operations; their ability to perform vulnerability assessment research and threat analysis through cybersecurity, data analytics and research methodologies; their basic understanding of advanced manufacturing and its relationship to military vehicles and weapons; and generally improve their knowledge in these areas regardless of their undergraduate major.

Selected participants will receive $18/hr (150 hours of engagement / 5-10 hours per week for the duration of the program).

The program involves four weeks of independent study in Cybersecurity; Data analytics; Research methodologies and Advanced Manufacturing, followed by assignment as a research assistant on a current project. The program also involves a field trip to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Program duration:

August 2020 – May 2021

Who can apply:

Undergraduate KSU ROTC students in good academic standing

How to apply:

Eligible students should email the following documents to infosec@kennesaw.edu by July 1, 2020:

  • letter of interest describing major program of study, ROTC program, and progress toward graduation
  • resume
  • letter from an ROTC instructor verifying good standing (a template is available).