Message From Leadership


Happy New Year! May 2021 bring you many opportunities for learning and advancement of skills. As reported in previous STC Thursday Byte announcements, STC continues to build academic-industry alliances. In Fall 2020, we joined the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Academy to prepare our students for industry-recognized certifications and careers in the Cloud sector. While STC students are studying for their degrees at STC, they can also prepare for AWS certifications.    

In Winter 2021, MSCS and BSCY are offering CS 519 Cloud Computing Overview and CS 489 Component Security. Students will study cloud computing using AWS and prepare for AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification in each course. Since AWS Academy requires  instructors teaching any AWS certification content, they first must pass the related certification exam. I am delighted to report that five CityU STC faculty passed the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam – Mr. Clark Ngo, Mr. Marvin Gold, Mr. Richard Gary, Dr. Sampson Tevaseu, and Dr. Sam Chung! Congratulations! I expect many of our students to join the STC certification list after taking CS 519 or CS 489. All STC students are eligible for a 50% discount off the exam voucher. See you instructor about AWS exam vouchers.

Faculty Recognition – Interview with Sion Yoon

Hee Jung (Sion) Yoon, Ph.D. is an Associate Faculty at the City University of Seattle. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Informatics and Health Information Management at the University of Washington with minors in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Diversityand a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. degree in Information & Communication Engineering at DGIST. Before joining the City University of Seattle, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Cyber-Physical Systems Global Center at DGIST. She has published a couple of patents and over 30+ full and short papers. With Sion and one of her research projects was featured on the Canada Discovery Channel. Her research interest focused on designing and developing surveillance applications for vulnerable people such as the elderly, patients, and children using the 3D depth camera. Examples of the projects that she worked on include fall detection and prevention for elderly individuals, aggressive behavior recognition for dementia patients, and child vs. adult classification for children’s safety. She has also collaborated on various healthcare projects such as automatic cell-counting, asthma ecosystem, heart rate detection, stress detection, biometric gait identification, as well as other topics such as zone-based temperature control and metro scheduling. 

At CityU, Sion teaches the following courses: Data Structures (CS 469), Technology Capstone (CS 497)Introduction to Cloud Computing (CS 519)C++ for Programmers (CS 555), Computer Science Capstone (CS 687), IT Compliance (IS 472), System Administration for Information Security (ISEC 505), Ethical Obligations in Information Security (ISEC 520), and DS 510: Artificial Intelligence for Data Science (DS 510). 

Radana:  Sion, congratulation on your research & publications! I am impressed that you were featured on the Discovery Channel! And thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for the STC Thursday ByteLets start off by telling us about your career path that brought you to where you are today. 

Sion:  Thank you, Dr. Dvorak. I first started by volunteering in the Health Information Management department of a Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA, where I decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Health Informatics and Health Information Management. After graduating, I got an opportunity to continue further education in Information & Communication Engineering graduate program in South Korea. Through the master’s program, I found that I was very interested in Cyber-Physical Systems research, focusing omachine learning techniques for smart home and healthcare applications. After pursuing a master’s degree, I continued my education through the doctoral program in which, during the process, I got the privilege to collaborate with various researchers on fascinating projects. Thereafter, I spent about a year as a postdoctoral researcher and joined CityU almost two years ago. 

Radana: Whats one thing you wish you had known when you began your career? 

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STC Accomplishments/Activities

Center for Cybersecurity Innovation

  • The School of Technology and Computing changed the name of the NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) from the Center for Information Assurance Education (CIAE), to the Center for Cybersecurity Innovation (C4CYI). A newly formed advisory board met in mid-December.

MSCS/BSCY – Highlighted in ‘From Leadership’ above 



  • Students submitted excellent capstone projects. Several projects will continue to be developed by the students to full prototypes with the potential of developing applications.  
  • BSIS Faculty Task Force was created and will meet during the first week of the term.


Lessons from Women in Tech to Pivot or Accelerate Your Career

Working in tech can be awesome for women. It’s a high-paying industry, with abundant opportunities, where you build the future in any field you’re passionate about. Cybersecurity is a solid career pathway with opportunities in an array of work environments. Hear from a panel of successful women in tech who share their experiences on how to not only navigate the pitfalls but to rise in this field whether you’re a newcomer or building on an established career. 

Webinar & Networking Event | Register 

Time: Tue, Jan. 26| 5 pm – 6:30 pm (PST) 

Cost: $7 – (Free with promo code: CityU) 

This Week in Tech History Jan 11-16

January 13, 1989: ‘Friday the 13th’ Virus infects the United Kingdom 

The “Friday the 13th” virus infected hundreds of IBM computers in Great Britain. It is ‘famous’, because it was one of the first highly publicized examples of a computer virus. It was activated on Friday the 13th based on the computer clock. It stealthily infected .exe and .com files under MS-DOS, resulting in computer systems to be significantly slower due to memory usage.  

Career Tip of the Week

Robo-Resumes – Immediate Resume Changes Job-Seekers Need to Make

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STC Student Club Meeting

The Tech Group and the Cybersecurity Club will meet Thursdays from 4 P.M. to 5 P.M. PST via Teams: STC Clubs & Research Groups Weekly Meeting – Fall Quarter. For students or faculty who would like to present, choose a date and upload your presentation HERE.

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