Section Meeting - Why Cyber Security Engineering?


Please join us for the March Section meeting.

Beginning in the fall of 2019, Iowa State University will offer a degree in Cyber Security Engineering that is designed to prepare graduates to solve the complex cyber security problems of the future.  Dr. Jacobson will discuss the process of creating a cyber security engineering degree.

The ISU Student Branch will be our host.  This is a joint meeting with the Central Iowa Section and the local chapter of the IEEE Computer Society. 

  Date and Time




  • Ames, Iowa
  • United States 50011
  • Building: Coover Hall
  • Room Number: 3043

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  • Co-sponsored by Central Iowa Chapter of the Computer Society
  • Starts 06 March 2019 11:30 AM
  • Ends 28 March 2019 06:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge
  • Register


Dr. Doug Jacobson

Dr. Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University


Why Cyber Security Engineering?

We will discuss how Iowa State University designed a cyber security engineering degree program using our computer engineer degree as a baseline.  We will discuss the process to design the degree, and the courses that were created.  We will also discuss how we using the current capstone experience to create multidisciplinary teams between computer engineers and cyber security engineers.  In addition, we will highlight the current recruitment and outreach activities and how you can build a pipeline starting in middle school and several co-curricular activities that help build a strong sense of community among the students and also provide a way for employers to interact with the students.


Doug Jacobson is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and currently holds the rank of University Professor. Dr. Jacobson joined the faculty in 1985. He has been teaching cyber security courses since 1995 and in 2000 he led the effort to create the Master’s degree in information assurance. Doug created the ISU Information Assurance Center in 2000, where he still serves as its director. He led the effort to create a BS degree in cyber security engineering, which is housed in the electrical and computer engineering department. The degree will start in the fall of 2019.

Dr. Jacobson has given over 200 presentations in the area of computer security. He has published numerous papers on computer security education and the use of hands-on laboratories to teach computer security, as well as written a textbook on network security. He also created a computer security outreach program targeted at the general public, post-secondary students and faculty. He co-authored a book on security literacy for the non-technical audience and also lectures on this topic. His team has developed a cyber security literacy curriculum for grades k-12.


Address:ISU Information Assurance Center, 2419 Coover Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States, 50011


6:00 PM – Gathering and Networking
6:30 PM – Sandwiches and Pop Provided by the Section
7:00 PM – Presentation

Guests are always welcome and encouraged.  Please invite someone who will enjoy this program.

The Section will provide a variety of sub sandwiches and pop.

To help us order adequate food and drink, please register by clicking the Register Now button above.