News from the College of Engineering

November 28, 2018

Houston SIM Chapter Awards $100,000 to HBU College of Engineering for Cyber Engineering Smart Factory Project

The Society for Information Management SIM Houston Chapter has awarded $100,000 to be distributed over four years to Houston Baptist University to support the Cyber Engineering Smart Factory project, completed by first-year students in the College of Engineering. All students in Cyber EngineeringComputer Science, and Electrical Engineering complete the two-semester SAFE Lab Engineering and SAFE Lab Cyber courses. Graduates of these programs will help meet the challenge of Securing America’s Future Through Engineering (SAFE).

The Smart Factory system will accept multiple inputs, in order to control multiple outputs, to maintain signals within desired levels. In the Smart Factory, students will control temperature and water level, build components and systems, and include wireless control and cybersecurity. The security of the inputs, outputs, and components will be considered during design and implementation. This introduces first-year students to the Internet of Things (IoT), and how engineering and computer science can help keep the world of IoT safe and secure.  Read the complete press release here.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The College of Engineering at Houston Baptist University is a Champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018. The College join a global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy.   

A multi-layered and far-reaching campaign held annually in October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information. As an official Champion, HBU recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity, online safety and privacy.

The College of Engineering at HBU offers B.S. degrees in Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science.  Students in all three of these degrees will learn to design and secure electronics, control, and computer systems.  Dean of the College, Dr.  Stan Napper, says that “in addition, we want to help all of our industry partners, community leaders, students, and families to be more secure and better prepared to deal with living and working in cyberspace”.

Co-founded and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, government entities, the military, educational institutions and young people nationally and internationally. NCSAM 2017 was an unprecedented success, generating 4,316 news stories – an increase of 68 percent in comparison to NCSAM 2016’s media coverage. Kicking off its 15th year, NCSAM 2018 presents an unparalleled opportunity to leverage the month’s tremendous adoption growth over the last several years and expand cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness globally.

The HBU College of Engineering supports the NCSAM #CyberAware campaign through its comprehensive goal of Securing America’s Future Through Engineering.  Every graduate will learn to utilize God-given resources and talents to serve humanity by solving technical challenges efficiently and securely.  In doing this, we hope to make the world healthier, more productive, and more secure.

For more information about NCSAM 2018, the Champion program and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #CyberAware on social media throughout the month.

 

Engineering ClassLab Dedication

The Houston Baptist University College of Engineering  dedicate the Engineering ClassLab at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the SAFE (Securing America’s Future Through Engineering) Lab in Atwood II on HBU’s campus.  Read More.

Dean Napper welcomes guests to the SAFE ClassLab for the Dedication

Trustees, administrators and friends of the University gathered to dedicate the SAFE Lab at HBU. Dr. Stan Napper, Dean of the College, welcomed HBU Trustees, Enginering Advisory Board members, HBU administration and faculty and staff, and other guests.  Dr. Napper introduced the faculty and staff of the College to the guests.  Dr. Robert B. Sloan, HBU president, thanked the College of Engineering Advisory Board and called the launch of the College a “landmark moment”.

 

 

HBU Trustees launched the College in 2017, and dedicated its first ClassLab in 2018.
Students program robots prior to the Dedication

First Day, First Class, First Projects

The College of Engineering celebrated its first week, August 27-31, 2018.

Our first visitor was Ms. Sue Sloan,First Lady of HBU and wife of President Sloan.  She recorded this photo of Dr. Drake hanging up the College banner outside our location in Atwood II.

Dr. Drake hangs up College Banner
Dr. Robert Sloan, President of HBU also visited on the first day.  He prayed with students, visited the labs, and thanked the College faculty.
Dr. Sloan greets and prays for students on first day of SAFE Lab Cyber

Students begin assembling their robots in SAFE Lab Engineering
August 6, 2018

HBU Engineering Program Begins with Inaugural Faculty

The HBU College of Engineering is the first entirely new college that HBU has launched since 1973 (apart from department reorganizations). The first students are being admitted this fall, 2018. Even in its early stages, the college has benefited from the support of advisory board members and from organizations in the community. Integral to any program’s success are its faculty members. Dr. Stan Napper, dean of the College of Engineering, is pleased to announce the first faculty members in the College of Engineering, Dr. Melissa Carlton has joined as assistant professor of Computer Science, and Dr. Keith Drake as assistant professor of Engineering.  Read More

August 3, 2018

HBU Receives Formal Approval for Engineering Degrees

Houston Baptist University received notification in July 2017 of official approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  Ritamarie Tauer, associate provost of HBU Academic Operations and SACSCOC accreditation liaison, said the official approvals are the culmination of work to create strong curricula that meets a need for students and the market. “I know everyone associated with each of these new programs is ready to go,” she said. “We are so eager to see the inaugural class matriculate!”  Read More

June 26, 2018

The William Stamps Farish Fund Awards $750,000 to HBU College of Engineering

The HBU College of Engineering accepted a major gift from The William Stamps Farish Fund in the amount of $750,000 to support its Cyber Security programs. The award will be distributed over three years, and will support the development costs of hiring new faculty members, purchasing equipment, and generally supporting the program during its initial years. To date, the College has received a total of $3,714,230.  Read More

June 26, 2018

The Cullen Trust Gives $2.5 Million to HBU College of Engineering

The HBU College of Engineering is grateful to accept a $2.5 million major gift from The Cullen Trust for Higher Education. The funding supports the Trust’s goal of bolstering higher education programs that boost the community members of Houston and the area. Funds will go toward recruiting and hiring faculty members and students, and equipping laboratories with resources.  Read More

June 25, 2018

HBU Dean of Engineering speaks on Higher-Ed Partnerships at CISO Summit June 25

The annual summit of Houston metro areas Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) was held June 25, at the Four Seasons Houston hotel.  Dr. Stan Napper, Dean of the College of Engineering spoke in a panel with industry executives from Chevron and Lyondell-Basell Americas about the importance of industry-academia partnerships.  The theme of the panel was Securing the Higher-ed Partnership:

Often described as having “negative unemployment,” the cybersecurity profession demands a steady pipeline of new talent. Many of today’s universities offer programs that produce fresh-faced cyber professionals armed with the latest technical talents, but the programs that really stand out, cyber leaders say, are the ones that align their curricula with the strategic needs of real-world business. This interactive panel will showcase partnerships between security leaders and higher-education institutions that seek to foster a pipeline of high-quality cyber hires. Join the conversation to share the skills you seek in your newest team members.

During the session, the panel addressed the key skills that cybersecurity professionals need to succeed today, the pipeline of cybersecurity talent, and effective collaborative models.  Dr. Napper described his experience working with industry advisors and partners at Louisiana Tech University, where he served as dean of engineering and science for 9 years, and at Houston Baptist University, where he became Founding Dean of the College of Engineering in August of 2017.

HBU’s new College of Engineering offers three new programs – Bachelor of Science in Cyber Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical, and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, beginning in the Fall of 2018.  Cyber Engineering is a new field that prepares graduates to design secure systems at the interface of operational technology (electronic and mechanical systems) and information technology (computer and software systems).  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science share fundamental concepts, laboratory resources, faculty, courses, and professional goals with Cyber Engineering.  This unique combination enables the College of Engineering to produce graduates to meet the demands of all of these industries, and to address cyber threats of many types.  Together, these graduates will help meet the challenge of Securing America’s Future Through Engineering (SAFE).

March 3, 2018

HBU College of Engineering Congratulates Cyber Impact Award Winners from 2018 Science and Engineering Fair of Houston

Dr. Keith Drake and Dr. Stan Napper judged the projects at the 2018 Houston Science and Engineering Fair on February 24 to identify the projects, and students, who made the greatest impact on cybersecurity. Award winners received a gift from the HBU College of Engineering. The first-place winner received the offer of a Merit Scholarship Award to attend HBU.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place Cyber Impact Awards, presented by Dr. Keith Drake, at the Houston Science and Engineering Fair

1st place:  Mike Hermes from Friendswood High School  for “Automated Control of Water Pumping and Heating Systems Using a Smartphone or PC”

2nd place: Hannah Craft (2nd from left beside Dr. Keith Drake) from Clear Falls High School for “Software Hierarchy for Robotic Control”

3rd place:  Nicole Kowalchuk from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School (competing in the Junior Division) for “Hacker’s Power: Safest Passwords from Hackers”

February 28, 2018

Dean Stan Napper Presents Cyber Engineering at HBU to Houston Cyber Summit

Dr. Stan Napper, dean of the College of Engineering at Houston Baptist University, presented the Cyber Engineering program as a key solution to the critical shortage of cybersecurity workforce. Dr. Napper spoke during the 2nd Annual Houston Cyber Summit, on Feb. 28, 2018 at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston.

In addition, Dr. Napper spoke about the distinct features of the new programs in Cyber EngineeringElectrical Engineering, and Computer Science at HBU, which will provide graduates to meet the significant demand for a cyber workforce. These degree programs combine STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), IT (computing and Information Technology), and Faith (Christian values and beliefs) to produce new professionals for the “digital workforce” that is under-served in the Houston metro area. These graduates will utilize God-given resources and talents to serve humanity by solving technical challenges efficiently and securely.

 

The Cyber Summit agenda was organized by members of the Cyber Task Force, of the Greater Houston Partnership. The Cyber Task Force released an executive briefing, and a cyber preparedness assessment during the Summit. Dr. Napper is a member of this Task Force.

 

The HBU College of Engineering (www.hbu.edu/engineering) was also a Community Partner Sponsor of the Cyber Summit, and presented information on the College to attendees in the exhibit hall.

For more information, see www.houstoncybersummit.com, or www.cyberhouston.org.

February 7, 2018

President Robert Sloan Offers “Engineering and the Christian Worldview”

In Dr. Sloan’s blog post of February 7, 2018, he describes the role of engineering in caring for God’s creation by bringing order. The article on “Engineering and the Christian Worldview” defines engineering, and describes key responsibilities for engineers:

  • Engineers help build society (by bringing order, and through order bringing worship)
  • Engineers should be agents of life
  • Engineers are called to worship

These roles and responsibilities formed the key components of President Sloan’s “Charge to the College of Engineering,” during the Commissioning Service on January 31, 2018.

 

February 1, 2018

HBU College of Engineering Commissioning Service Marks the Beginning of Program

A special Commissioning Service marked the beginning of the College of Engineering at Houston Baptist University. The ceremony was held during the weekly student convocation on January 31, 2018. The event was broadcast live on Facebook, and can be viewed on the HBU Facebook page.

The College of Engineering is recruiting the first cohort of students in the fall of 2018; students may major in Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science*. The launch is the result of work by the Engineering Advisory Board, University administration and the Board of Trustees, and especially the support provided by the MD Anderson Foundation and the Fondren Foundation.

During the ceremony, Dr. Robert B. Sloan, HBU president, described engineering as a field which mirrors God’s creative nature, and which embodies His commandments to the first humans in Genesis to be fruitful and to subdue and rule in the earth. “Engineering is the practice of taking ideas and information, and translating them into reality,” Sloan said. “When engineers build a structure, they’re extending order into God’s creation. To bring order, beauty and goodness into the world is an act of worship when we offer it back to God.”

Sloan charged the leaders of the college to remain true to its founding principles, and to the mission of the University as a whole. He credited the advisory board, chaired by Carl Glaw, for its commitment to seeing the college become a reality.

Engineering service3Dr. Stanley A. Napper, founding dean of the College of Engineering, described his involvement in helping start the college as an important mission. “We could become the best college in the world for incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), IT (information technology) and faith,” he said. “Certainly, this specialty is needed in the Houston metropolitan area and in the entire country.”

Board member, and Memorial Hermann information security officer, Randy Yates, reiterated the need for experts in the engineering specialties. “Most people use technology in one way or another on a daily basis,” he said. “The possibilities for the graduates of the program are endless.”

The school continues to recruit students, faculty and support.

Visit HBU.edu/Engineering for more information.

(*The College of Engineering programs are pending approval from the regional accrediting body, SACSCOC.)

 

February 14, 2018

Dean Stan Napper asks Houston to “Think About It …”, The New College of Engineering at HBU

On the February 14, 2018 edition of the HBU podcast, “Think About It…”, Dr. Stan Napper, Dean of the College of Engineering at HBU, describes his journey to HBU, his mission and motivation, and some of the steps HBU is taking to launch a new College. This podcast, one in a series of thoughtful conversations with HBU faculty and leadership, introduces the new leader and the new college.

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