The objective is to establish a “Center of Technology Excellence” Which shall focus on innovating cyber technologies that matter to the cyber security of the United States of America and with the goal of creating opportunities for DSU students and technology professionals in South Dakota.

  • Develop a Center of Technology Excellence to host applied development projects in the areas of systems, products, and services
  • Pursue collaboration on fundamental and applied research related to Cyber Technologies, computer and information sciences and optimization of applications performance, for example:
    • Predictive Analysis, Internet modeling, simulation and visualization
    • Network Mapping and Red teaming
    • Hardware and firmware security
    • Virtualization technologies to create virtual nodes
    • Functional Cyber Security and Information Assurance
    • Cyber Security and Information Assurance Characterization Assessment and Predictive Analysis
    • Enabling Technologies for Cyber Security and Information Assurance, R & D Cyber Security and Information Assurance, R & D test beds, IT system modeling, simulation, and visualization

SD State Economic Development and Workforce Development

The four largest industries in South Dakota are finance and banking, manufacturing, healthcare and agriculture are all very information dependent with growing security concerns. South Dakota is home to leading companies and organizations in these fields such as Citibank, Sanford Health, Raven Industries, Poet as well as IT leaders such as Chenega, Bright Planet, and RESPEC.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has identified financial services, information technology, advanced manufacturing, biosciences and value added agriculture as target industries for development. Security, specifically information security, is a key factor and its importance will continue to grow in the future.

To grow these industry sectors an available skilled workforce along with the research infrastructure needed to support development and implementation of innovations are critical.

The proposed EPSCoR RII would focus on developing the public/private partnership needed to develop the needed infrastructure and programs to support the R&D and workforce development that will enable these sectors to compete nationally and internationally.

Strengthen New or Emerging Doctoral Graduate Programs

The CST would directly support the following new and existing PhD programs:

  1. Information Systems (DSU),
  2. Chemistry and Biochemistry (SDSU),
  3. Materials Chemistry (USD), and
  4. Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (SDSM&T).

In addition, the following PhD programs would also benefit from formation of the proposed CST center:

  1. Computational Science (SDSU), and
  2. Materials Engineering and Science (SDSM&T).

Furthermore, the Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems (RIAS) at SDSM&T (M.S. program) will be evaluated for expansion to the PhD level, or integration with the above PhD programs.

Finally, Dakota State University was recently approved to design a Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) with an information assurance specialization, and this partnership certainly will draw upon this new resource. DSU has also discussed a PhD in Information Assurance, and this process can be used to evaluate the need for this type of program in the system.

Last Updated: 7/31/12