Straub earns honor
He is named founding associate director of NDSU Institute for Cybersecurity Education and Research
FARGO, N. D. — Jacksonville State alum Jeremy Straub has been recently named as the founding associate director of the North Dakota State University’s new Institute for Cybersecurity Education and Research. The institute will coordinate efforts at NDSU and across the North Dakota University System related to network, infrastructure, software and other computer security education and research.
“The institute presents an opportunity to build on the strengths of multiple security research programs at NDSU, as well as related activities in several areas,” noted Straub. “As part of the process of standing up the center, we’ve been identifying synergies around and beyond the university that we can leverage for student education, research and public benefit.”
Straub’s role is integral in kicking off institute activities. He will be teaching a course related to cyber-physical system (such as robots, UAVs and spacecraft) cyber security in the Fall, one of the first courses taught that qualifies towards the new cyber security student recogni-
tion within the NDSU Department of Computer Science’s bachelor’s degrees. This course will use a hybrid oncampus and distance education format, facilitating collaboration between traditional students and industry practitioners. Straub will also be leading a cyber security awareness program for new students and is coordinating several efforts to engage with the broader security community.
“The institute broadly serves as a nexus for cyber security excellence to serve the state, the upper Midwest, the nation and the world,” noted institute Director Kendall Nygard, who also serves as NDSU’s Computer Science Department chairman. “It builds upon the strengths of the university and its land grant mission to meet the needs of the public for leading-edge cyber security practices.”
Straub’s own work in cyber security is multi-faceted. He currently leads projects related to securing the systems and software used for 3D printing and the development of intrusion detection technologies for self-driving cars. He has also worked on satellite intrusion detection and cryptography, previously.
“A key goal of both our research projects and the institute is student engagement, “noted Straub. “Cutting-edge technology development that also prepares a group of students to serve as leaders in the related field is far more beneficial than either research or educational activities alone.”
In addition to his work on security, Straub also directs work on spacecraft development, robotics and autonomous systems. He received a M. S. in Computer Systems and Software Design from Jacksonville State in 2010, before going on to complete his Ph.D. in Scientific Computing at the University of North Dakota.
‘The institute presents an opportunity to build on the strengths of multiple security research programs at NDSU, as well as related activities in several areas.’ Jeremy Straub Jacksonville State alum