AU named Center of Excellence
Date: June 16, 2003
AUBURN The National Security Agency has designated Auburn University a Center of Academic Excellence because of its programs in information security and assurance.
The designation will allow AU to apply for scholarships and grants from federal information assurance scholarship programs. Larry Benefield, dean of AU's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and Drew Hamilton, associate professor of computer science and head of Auburn's Information Assurance Laboratory, accepted the designation during a ceremony in Washington.
Hamilton's group is conducting software vulnerability analysis for the federal Missile Defense Agency to ensure that software is protected against cyberterrorism and that software shared with U.S. allies does not contain classified code.
While the CAE designation does not guarantee federal funding, many federal grants are available only to NSA Centers of Excellence. In addition, Auburn can apply for scholarships and grants through information assurance scholarship programs offered by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.
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