Techlandia Issue 5- 2021/2022 - Page 74

Looking forward

Along with an initial industry partner, Oregon State has already committed nearly $1 million for ORTSOC. The physical space is being renovated and equipped, and Nevin was hired as the center’s director. The center will also have an advisory board of stakeholders to help refine the university’s cybersecurity curriculum and further shape ORTSOC operations.

An incubation year begins this fall, and the center starts its pilot phase in 2022-23. The potential pipeline for graduates in the field is large. According to the American Society for Engineering Education, Oregon State graduates the most computer science students in the nation and was recently named one of the top universities for computer science talent. When ORTSOC is fully functional, it will be able to train about 200 students each year.

The distinctiveness of the program is expected to attract more talented students to the university. The university’s cybersecurity program has been growing over the past several years, both in the number of students interested in the field and faculty specializing in cybersecurity research.

With construction green-lit, the ORTSOC team is now focusing on curriculum development and recruiting cybersecurity professionals to serve as instructors and mentors. A key value of ORTSOC is the plan to supervise and instruct students using experienced professionals. The emerging interest from the private sector to support ORTSOC is a vital sign this plan will work. Interested experts should reach out to the ORTSOC team.

“Speaking as vice-chair of the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council, we combed the state for the most promising cybersecurity workforce development initiatives to foster,” Kawasaki said. “ORTSOC embodies the best of everything that we would hope for in a program.”

"ORtsoc emobdies the best of everything that we would hope for in a program."

— Charlie Kawasaki, CTO of Curtiss-wright Pacstar

Contacts

Rakesh Bobba

Dave Nevin

Tom Weller

Charlie Kawasaki