Outreach


Speaker Series - Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Farzad Moazzami of the WiNetS Lab is conducting a speaker series on cyber security where a group of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students from Mathematics, Ingenuity, Computer Science, and Project Lead The Way classes attend his talk once a month for 47 minutes. The goal of the talks is to give these students exposure to the increasing demand of workforce in this area. The topics covered so far in the 1st part of the series are general overview, an introduction to cyber security and cryptography and exploring the future of wireless technology. During part-II of the program, the plan is to go a little deep into cryptography by involving students in some code breaking activities, giving them an onsite tour of the cyber security laboratory at Morgan and then explaining the requirements they need to familiarize themselves if they consider this highly demanding field as their career.The goal of this program is to increase the cyber security awareness of the students and to inform them of current security practices.

  • Oct 23: 4000 Years of Cryptography Before WWII ( Dr. Farzad Moazzami, WiNeTS Lab, ECE)
  • Nov 13: Future of Network Technology ( Dr. Farzad Moazzami, WiNeTS Lab, ECE)
  • Dec 11: Cyber Security Awareness ( Mr. Alexandre Adao, OIT)

Minority Male Maker Program
In celebration of Engineers Week, the MMM Program will have a special presentation on the Future of Wireless Technology by Dr. Farzad Moazzami, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Morgan State University. Participants will learn about new developments in wireless communications and how they will impact everyday life in 2026 and beyond. This session will include several hands-on activities on how cryptography is used in secure communications. (Engineers Week - February 20, 2016)


Cyber Security Club - Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
WiNetS research student Felix Shonubi has helped establish a Cyber Security Club at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. There are a few highly motivated students that take part and meet with Felix once a week for 45 minutes to an hour to discover new aspects of this fascinating field.


CyberSTARS
The Summer Training Academy in Robotics and (Cyber)Security (CyberSTARS) is a program designed to provide academically focused students with an opportunity to explore their interests in the world of robot and sensors programming and cybersecurity. The primary focus is on students from urban settings and underrepresented groups preparing to enter 11th or 12th grades. The program also focuses on high school graduates who plan to enroll, as Freshmen in the Computer Science, Mathematics or Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments of Morgan State University. This 5-week commuter academic summer program incorporates conceptual mathematics courses; robot and sensors programming; and computer, network and internet security as well as information assurance sessions with a wide array of hands-on projects and exercises. Students will also get an opportunity to interact with various professionals from these fields and visit a number of sites connected to these rapidly growing computer science, information technology and engineering areas. Students will learn about what it takes to stay competitive in these industries, academic programs available and scholarship opportunities to funds their college endeavors. This array of activities will allow students to develop their technical and interpersonal skills while being introduced to the college environment and adequately begin planning for their academic future. For more details contact Dr. Vojislav Stojkovic - (443)885-1053 - vojislav.stojkovic@morgan.edu


Freshman Weekend
Each year, the Morgan State University School of Engineering's Department of Retention and Recruitment hosts a weekend of enlightenment and fun for the engineering freshmen class. This year, the electrical engineering freshman participated in a "Coffee House Hacking" activity with upperclassman serving as peer mentors. Half of the groups launched the attacks while the other half "sniffed" for attacks using Wireshark.

 


Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Program - Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Farzad Moazzami of the WiNetS Lab is working as a mentor to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students Ana Corro and Amma Ankobia on a Raspberry Pi humidity sensor project as well as with I'Shea Boyd on an encrypted USB flash drive project. These students are conducting research as a part of their senior year engineering course known as Engineering Design and Development (EDD). EDD is the capstone course offered at Poly through the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Program. PLTW is the nation's leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. The goal of this engineering program is to enhance the current engineering curriculum as well as provide a rigorous educational opportunity for motivated students. A part of this course includes, "a grand challenge" as a way to pair the students with real-world mentors as they perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After defining the problem, teams design, build and test their solutions. At the end of the year, teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. In this endeavor Dr. Moazzami has committed to mentor the students through the year-long problem solving process as well as making himself available to go to Poly and meet with his mentees on a biweekly basis from September through May.


AMIE Tutoring Program
The AMIE Tutorial Program is an after school tutoring program for middle and high school students from the Baltimore City Public School System. The program is designed to assist students in Mathematics and help cultivate interest in science and engineering. The goal of the program is to increase the mathematics skill proficiency of middle school students in preparation for the Maryland State Mathematics Proficiency Examination and prepare high school students for the SAT. Morgan State University's engineering students tutor students Monday through Thursday evenings at the Clarence M. Mitchell School of Engineering. The eight-week program is offered in the fall and spring. Students may attend all three tutoring sessions each week but are required to attend at least two days a week. They are tested at the beginning and the end of the program to measure their progress. Students also participate in an electronics class and build a device using electronic components by the end of the program (e.g. last year students built a computer). Tutoring hours are Monday through Wednesday 4PM to 6PM.


Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
The Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions gives Morgan State University students the ability to learn about the science of visual analytics through an immersive experience at the VACCINE Center. The 6 students and faculty that participated were housed on the campus of Purdue University. A lab module was developed for and presented to the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Students.


Maryland Engineering Challenges
Morgan State University partners with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Maryland Section to host Maryland Engineering Challenges. For instance, Tau Beta Pi students assist in judging the Hovercraft Competition which entails Maryland middle school students designing and constructing Hovercraft vehicles (a land-and-water transportation vehicle that Maryland could use for a ferry service across the Chesapeake Bay) from a kit to be the fastest vehicle in a race across a 20-foot stretch of floor.