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New programs announced

Student working in biometrics lab, and another student working on a computer for cybersecurity

Photos by Nesbit

During the spring semester, the WVU Board of Governors announced two additions to the Statler College’s slate of academic programs, both of which began offering courses in the fall.

 In response to the surging, global demand for cybersecurity professionals, the Statler College now offers an undergraduate degree in cybersecurity. The program provide students with skills in areas such as business, criminal justice and cryptography to prepare them for careers in industry, law enforcement and defense.

“Cybersecurity draws heavily from computer science,” said Brian Woerner, chair of the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. “The program will provide students with the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing society. By producing work-force ready cybersecurity experts, we hope to increase the prospects of enhanced economic development for West Virginia.”

In April, the BOG approved graduate offerings in biomedical engineering. Offered at both the master’s and doctoral levels, the programs are designed to prepare students to be skilled in learning and discovering processes that aim to integrate engineering and life sciences for the advancement of human health and medical technologies.

Cerasela Zoica Dinu, associate chair of biomedical engineering, sees opportunities for the program to foster a collaborative research culture with partners across the campus as well as spurring economic development in the region.

“The Statler College’s close proximity to the WVU Health Sciences Center campus and its growing collaborations with the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute will help cultivate a network-based community between biomedical engineering students and clinical partners for the production and application of new knowledge in areas that impact the health and well-being of West Virginia’s citizens,” said Dinu. “We also expect to enhance the attractiveness of WVU and West Virginia to outside medical companies considering relocating here, and to stimulate a more robust local infrastructure in the discipline.”