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Before arriving on the University Park campus this fall, Russell Houseknecht took a winding road to his new role as a lecturer in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). Previously, he made stops in the United States Army, the cybersecurity industry, and, most recently, Penn State Harrisburg. 

Growing up in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and graduating from Utica College with a degree in cybersecurity, Houseknecht joined the U.S. Army in 2000 and was deployed to the Middle East during the Iraq War in 2003.

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When a computer system is compromised by a cybercriminal, chaos ensues. Not only have attackers accessed the data they’re after, they could also bring the everyday business processes to a grinding halt.

Thanks to new research from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), there may be a new way to help organizations mitigate the wave of disruption left in the wake of a cyberattack.

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As a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity education, Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) has been awarded a grant to expand the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, an initiative undertaken by the federal government and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.  

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 For many Penn State students, a Sunday brunch at the Nittany Lion Inn might mean a special event with a student organization or the last goodbye after a family visit. But for several students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), it was a chance to meet and say thank you to two donors who are offering financial support as they pursue their degrees.

On Sunday, Oct. 1, Armen and Claudia Manoogian hosted seven students who are benefiting from the Manoogian Excellence Scholarship in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. The couple created the scholarship earlier this year, which provides each student a $5,000 annual award for four years.

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Saeed Abdullah, who recently joined the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) as an assistant professor, has devoted his career to improving lives through the power of technology.

“I have always felt that for patients with mental illnesses, the care they receive is often not adequate,” he said. “But now we are really seeing a shift in health care, and technologies can suddenly speed up that transition,” he said.

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Penn State has announced the creation of a new center designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools and research units to focus a broad range of academic endeavor on society’s most critical threats.

“This center will allow us to use the breadth and depth of our University to work on security — an issue that is critically important to our world,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “This is an example of how we envision our shared future: with many areas of excellence, and people who are strategic and focused on living our land-grant mission of service to society.”

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If you’re a Penn Stater in the Chicagoland area, the Alumni Association has a group for you.

The Greater Chicago Chapter is one of the most active of the 300-plus Alumni Association affiliate groups, with 2009 IST graduate Ed Chicoski serving as president, spearheading the chapter’s many initiatives that keep Penn State alumni and fans connected to the University they love.

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Linhai Song, a newly hired assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has devoted his career to not only enhancing the performance of software, but also helping battle the threat of malware.

Traditionally, malware detection requires substantial manual effort by cybersecurity professionals. In his future research at IST, Song hopes to develop automated tools for this task.

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 David Hozza, a Masters of Professional Studies graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has joined the faculty as a lecturer for the fall 2017 semester.

Amid a successful 30 year career in information technology, Hozza’s Penn State journey began when he dropped off his daughter, Caroline, for her freshman year at University Park in 2010.

Traffic merging on North Atherton Street in advance of construction work in State College.
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It’s a weekday morning on North Atherton Street in State College. For David Reitter, a Penn State faculty member, and others commuting on that road, it usually means one thing.

“Just like everybody else, I get stuck in traffic.”

A gas line relocation project means torn up roads on North Atherton in advance of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation roadway project. Drivers there dutifully merge from two lanes into one, sometimes well in advance of road work.

Many people use North Atherton to commute to work, and the situation can be dismaying by State College traffic standards.