Texas Tech University

Dr. Frias Receives National Science Foundation I-CORPS Program Award

Trevor Bell

January 30, 2015

Assistant Professor of Marketing Kelli Frias - along with Dr. Akbar Namin, Computers Sciences, and Fethi Inan, Instructional Technology - has been awarded an Innovations Corps Team Program (I-Corps Team) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project titled "I-Corps: CyberExercises, Instructional Modules Development for Exercise-based Teaching of CyberSecurity Concepts" is intended to enhance the curriculum in cyber-security pedagogies and raise the knowledge dissemination prowess of the national and international community in academia.

The proposed project introduces online/offline training instructional modules to train individuals interested in learning various aspects of cyber-security through specialization tracks along with a leveling certification program carefully crafted to address the needs of students of two and four-year college students. The project also offers scientifically developed course materials for instructors with the aim of facilitating teaching. The primary target audiences in this project are community college, upper division and four year collegiate faculty.

The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently-funded NSF projects. Additionally, the kick-off workshop provided the team with training and feedback about their technology with top-notch instructors from Stanford University. As the I-Corps Team Mentor, Dr. Frias was charged with supporting the technology transition out of the academic lab and into the marketplace and developing a technology-disposition plan. Additionally, Dr. Frias took responsibility for guiding the team forward and tracking project progress.

"The conference allowed me the opportunity to share our technology with scientists, business thought leaders, and potential collaborators," Dr. Frias said. "We were also able to engage with several large Silicon Valley firms. The I-Corps program provides a tremendous opportunity for our team to move this technology forward at a rapid pace."

For more information about this "I-Corps L Team Program" email Dr. Frias at kelli.frias@ttu.edu.

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