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the cutting edge: PLU Computer Science & Computer Engineering
students gain encryption skills
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was only one rule for the final exam in Richard Spillman's Computer
Science 490 class, Computer Security-wear your T-shirt. Working
in teams, and wearing official class shirts, students were given
encrypted information that when decoded, would send them on their
next campus mission. To pass their final exam, students had to break
all the codes.
Richard Spillman and his dog, Jolie
learning an essential in modern echnological education-the security
of our information. Spillman's students, like many others in Computer
Science & Computer Engineering (CSCE) department courses,
are learn how computers can be compromised-and protected.
for students to understand encryption system weaknesses," Spillman
said. "Part of the 'war on terrorism' has to involve defending
against cyberterrorists." PLU CSCE is one of the few Computer
Science departments in the area to emphasize in its curriculum understanding
the most contemporary computer security issues.
is taking responsibility for maintaining its own standards for excellence
in all areas of computer technology. Starting in 1989, CSCE made
the rare choice to maintain professional accreditation for its BS
program. PLU is the only private university in the state of Washington
accredited. Last fall, the Computer Science Accreditation Commission
of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board visited PLU for their
four-year review and the response was again positive.
to students that we're in the mainstream-that we keep up with the
latest information, how we teach and what we teach," Spillman
said. "It also helps students when they go look for a job,
to have the backing of an accredited program."
The Center for
Learning and Technology (CLT), which has come to the forefront of
university planning, will build an even stronger CSCE department.
Spillman is one of the department's professors now stationed in
Rieke, while others are in the math and computer science building.
When the CLT is complete, CSCE will have all its faculty under the
same roof, as well as state-of-the-art technology in offices, labs
obviously have a major impact on how we grow, and how we teach,"
Spillman said. "It's going to be great."