Student Awards

KSU Cybersecurity students who have won local, regional, national, or international awards.

KSU Student of the Year Awards

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity


The 2019-2020 Student of the Year is Michelle Aninye.

 Michell Aninye

Michelle Aninye is a Privacy Engineer at Google. She designs technologies that are as privacy-respectful to users as they are beneficial.

Her career in privacy started at Cisco where she developed frameworks for new privacy regulations. She continued this work at the University of Chicago through her research on usable security and privacy for marginalized communities. Before this, Michelle worked on cybersecurity teams in various industries at Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and CNN.

In addition to her industry work, Michelle teaches cybersecurity and coding classes to grade-school students and offers individual privacy consultations.

Michelle holds a BS in cybersecurity from Kennesaw State University.


The 2018-2019 Student of the Year is Ruben Mocuta.

Ruben Mocuta

Ruben Mocuta began his interest in all things tech at an early age. Fortunately for him, Kennesaw State University created a new cybersecurity program, and he was first in line for it since it is one of his passions. After 2 years of diligent effort at KSU, he finally earned a bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity as the first major to be awarded that degree.

Ruben is currently a security engineer for a Fortune 50 company. He loves cybersecurity so much that he decided to go back to school at the Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue a Master's Degree in Cybersecurity that is focused on security policy. In his free time, he is with his family or reading the Word of God. He is very thankful for the journey and grants all glory to God for letting him make it this far.

He can't wait to see what lies ahead!

Master of Science in Cybersecurity

To be determined -- No graduates from this program yet.