Archive for February 2014

New Professor Part 2


Those of you who take CPSC 250 have already met our new professor in the PCSE department Dr. Steven Gianvecchio. If you haven’t met him, he also teaches CPSC 502 – graduate students have that to look forward to – and an independent study course on botnet detection.

Before coming to the heavily-columned campus on CNU, Dr. Gianvecchio worked as a cyber-security researcher at the MITRE Corporation, a federally-funded research and development center. He was a project lead and principal investigator on projects that detected botnets and advanced persistent threats.

In case you didn’t know (I didn’t!) a botnet is a network of computers infected with malicious software that criminals can use to send  out spam, spread viruses, attack computers and servers, and other such nefarious deeds.

Dr. Gianvecchio says he is enjoying the CNU community. “The faculty are very talented, and enjoy teaching and working with students. The students are smart, and are enthusiastic about the subject matter and enjoy learning.” Way to go CNU for impressing the professor!

Signing Day 2014


Hiya Captains! As you may (or may not) know, February 4th was Sophomore Signing Day! Eighty-eight students declared a PCSE major and were welcomed into the department with a shiny new pen, a button, and a cool PCSE lanyard.

Dr. Riedl was there to shake the hands of all the newcomers as well as Dr. Flores, Professor Perkins, Dr. Lambert, Dr. Collins, Professor Cole, and Dr. Gerousis.

Congratulations sophomores and welcome aboard!

New Professors


Hey there, PCSE department! Have you met Dr. Michael Collins yet? He is one of our new professors here at CNU this year. You may have had him teach your CPSC 125, ENGR 213, CPSC 250L, or CPSC 428 class. Dr. Collins came here from the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM where he worked in network security, vulnerability analysis, cryptography, and discrete optimization.

I think we’ve made a good impression so far because he says the most enjoyable thing about working here is the people. Great faculty and staff and great students! He also enjoys not working behind a fence with badges and security.

The most difficult adjustment, he says, was packing up and moving from New Mexico and into our moist Virginia climate! Sorry about that…

Welcome Dr. Collins! We’re glad to have you and we hope to have you for a while!