N.C. A&T and GTCC Computer Science and Technology Departments Announce New Research Partnership

N.C. A&T’s Computer Science Department and GTCC’s Computer Technologies Department announced a new research partnership. The collaboration will allow students the opportunity to conduct independent and joint research in cyber security at N.C. A&T’s Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences (CASIS) and the Center for Cyber Defense (C2D).

Dr. Gerry Dozier, professor and chair of the department of computer science in the College of Engineering at A&T, and Astrid Todd, director of GTCC’s Cyber Crime Technology program, established the partnership as a way to involve GTCC students in research at an early stage in their academic career.

“Working with Astrid Todd brings experience in computer forensics to CASIS and (C2D),” Dozier said. “The research collaboration will combine the expertise of N.C. A&T in the areas of cyber security, cyber identity protection and privacy, along with the expertise of GTCC in computer forensics. The joint project will also provide opportunities for students to develop technology that will support national security, a strong economic future, and address the growing national concerns with respect to cyber security and privacy.”

“This agreement will provide another avenue for growing a well-educated STEM workforce since it provides an important path for the talented minds of the Piedmont-Triad community,” said Dr. Robin Coger, dean of the College of Engineering at A&T. “By further advancing our partnership, we are making yet another significant step toward enabling a direct research pipeline between our institutions."

The program, located on the campus of N.C. A&T, will employ several GTCC students each summer performing biometrics and malware detection statistical analysis. According to Kevin Lee, department chair of Computer Technologies at GTCC, the project is not limited to Cyber Crime Technology curriculum students, but is also open to students in other disciplines within GTCC’s Computer Technologies Department. 

“I am very excited to work with N.C. A&T in this collaborative effort,” Lee said. “Dozier and Todd have done an excellent job forming a partnership between our institutions and providing career opportunities in Cyber Crime technologies for our students. Furthermore, the work and advanced research that will be performed under this partnership will also provide a national impact in the technologies of cyber security, as GTCC continues to become a national leader in this technology. Working with a dedicated team of faculty and staff at N.C. A&T and GTCC will provide our community with cutting edge technologies, developments, and advancements in the Forensic Identity Sciences, while promoting the excellence within both institutions.”

Dr. Beth Pitonzo, vice president of instruction at GTCC said, “This latest partnership demonstrates the strong relationship we continue to build with N.C. A&T and supports our initiative to increase STEM pathways for students and enhance their educational experience. We’re honored to collaborate with A&T on this new venture and to give our students an opportunity to participate in cutting edge research.” 

A launch was hosted by N.C. A&T on Wednesday, August 28, in the Edward B. Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC) Bldg. Remarks were given by State Rep. Alma Adams. 
The partnership was announced Aug. 28, in the Fort IRC Building at A&T. N.C. Rep. Alma Adams was the keynote speaker.

“I am so proud of my alma mater. N.C. A&T was instrumental in helping me achieve all that I have and she continues to provide new ventures and collaborations that allow students to soar beyond imagination,” said Adams.