Oct 31, 2012

White receives the Distinguished Aerospace Education Award

In September, Dr. Gregory White, Associate Professor of computer science, received the Distinguished Sustained Aerospace Education Award given by the Air Force Association (AFA). This was the first time they presented the award to someone for their efforts in cyber security education.


The AFA Distinguished Sustained Aerospace Education Award is “Presented in rare instances to an individual AFA member whose AFA record overwhelmingly demonstrates distinguished sustained service in support of the educational mission of the Association over a period of years”. It is the second highest award of the AFA Aerospace Education Council.


Dr. White received the award for his work in cyber security education, and especially in the area of cyber security competitions and their benefits to STEM education.  In particular, he helped establish the CyberPatriot National High School cyber defense competition by writing the original concept of operations for the program.  Dr. White is the director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), which continues to support Cyberpatriot today.  It is patterned after the Collegiate Cyber Defense (CCDC) program which Dr. White also started in the CIAS 8 years ago.


For more information on the award: http://www.afa.org/members/iawds.asp

CIAS Website: http://cias.utsa.edu/

Dr. White’s website: http://www.cs.utsa.edu/~gbwhite/