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Summer Workshop on Cyber Security


A schedule for the workshop is available for download as an Excel file:

Final Program

A PDF version of the Final Program is available for download:

Panel Discussion

A PDF version of the presentation for the panel discussion is available for download:

Keynote Presentations

August 14:
Presentation by Interim Vice President for Research Dr. Michael San Francisco


Dr. Michael San FranciscoDr. Michael San Francisco is the Interim Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University. Also a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and a former associate dean in the Honors College, Dr. San Francisco worked on faculty development, interdisciplinary scholarship academy, strategic initiatives, proposal development and limited submissions as the associate VP for research.

He joined Texas Tech as an assistant professor in biological sciences in 1990 and was promoted to full professor in 2004. He also is a professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1977 in India before attending Boston University, earning his master's in biochemical ecology in 1980 and doctorate in biology-microbiology in 1984. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Maryland in biochemistry and molecular biology (1984-1987) and subsequently at Ohio State University (1987-1990), in biotechnology.


August 14:
"Protecting the Energy Resource Systems with Cyber Security"


Cyber security research at Reese Center and the importance of the Cyber Security Center

PowerPoint Slides


Mark A. Harral, JD is the Chief Executive Officer of Group NIRE. Originally, Mark Harral's introduction to renewable energy was negotiating a wind lease with British Petroleum to deploy thirty-four 2.5MW wind turbines. This project has been commissioned and is known as the Shibino II wind farm in Pecos County, Texas. Subsequently, Texas Tech University employed Harral to manage a 15MW Pantex project which would have received federal funding through President Obama's line item budget. After federal funding had been removed for the project, Harral assisted with the development of an organizational structure to allow research for organizations like Texas Tech to be conducted on wind farms.

The organizational structure developed was implemented by Texas Tech to create The National Institute for Renewable Energy with a for-profit wholly owned subsidiary known as Group NIRE. This structure enabled Alstom Power Inc. to deploy a 1.67MW Eco 86 wind turbine at the Reese Technology Center. During that project, Mr. Harral oversaw all project development and management activities. Currently, Mr. Harral is the point of contact of the DOE-SNL Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility initiative for Group NIRE working with TTU and SNL. Mark graduated from Texas Tech School of Law with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence after receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as an expert witness in wind energy litigation cases.


August 16:
"Back-Mapping: Using a Systematic Approach to Course and Lesson Design"


In this session participants will be introduced and be given hands-on practice with the back-mapping instructional planning approach. Using the knowledge gained in this session, individuals will be given tips and resources which will help them design their future courses in cyber-security.


Dr. Fatih AriyDr. Fatih Ari is a programmer analyst in the office of institutional planning and assessment at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has an Ed.D. in instructional technology with a minor in management information systems and M.S. in software engineering. He is a former programmer and has extensive skills and experience in web/multimedia programming and database development.

Dr. Raymond FloresDr. Raymond Flores is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Texas Tech University. His experience and interests are in technology integration/tool implementation. He has an Ed.D. in instructional technology, a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics, and is a former high school and undergraduate math instructor. He has considerable experience with the design and development of math learning material for diverse learners, and has conducted numerous research studies related to the design of individualized math instruction.

Session Objectives

Participants will be able to apply the Back-Mapping Approach for designing a lesson

Overview of Session

(~1.5 hours)
Materials Required: Chart paper, markers, timer,

  • Introduction (2 minutes)
  • Presentation of Course/Lesson Design (20 minutes)
    • Backward Mapping
    • Learning Objectives
    • Assessments (Formative and Summative; projects)
    • Learning Activities (Interactive, collaborative, group work etc)
      • Make more interactive, student-centered, more hands-on practice, move away from lecture style.
      • Tie with 21st century skills
  • Group activity: Practice with applying Backward Mapping (45 minutes)
    • Go over task for groups (~5 minutes)
    • Given a lesson title, groups will come up with assessments and activities (~20 minutes)
    • Carousel activity where groups will evaluate each other's work and provide each group feedback on how to improve (~20 minutes: 5 groups x 4 minutes for evaluation)
  • Group Discussion (~5 minutes)
    • What types of tips can they get from each other from the activity?
  • Closing: Tie back to learning objective
  • Last minute Tips (~5 minutes)
    • Gagne's 9 events to instruction
    • Provide students with support, oversee group progress (break project into deliverables)
  • Additional resources for planning instruction (~5 minutes)
    • Merlot
    • Lesson Plan templates