Message From Leadership

Morgan Zantua, Director, Center for Cybersecurity Innovation

Are You a Noun or a Verb

Last quarter Associate VP, Dr. Kathy Cox, and I had an opportunity to visit Dr. Gregory Neidert, a colleague and co-author of Identifying a Psychometric Profile for Vulnerability Assessment Professionals Talent Identification to Support Career Assessment.  We discussed the importance of career planning, and Dr. Neidert pointed out the word career is both a noun and a verb, and the two words have an interesting juxtaposition. As a noun, a Career is defined as “an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.” As a verb, Career is defined as to “move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way in a specified direction”. Without proper career planning, one’s work life often a person can career from job to job with no certain progression or reliability. 

As a CityU STC student, what does your career look like? Are you person who no longer wants to career from one job to another?  Are you transitioning into a technology career? Or are you the person who wants to advance your career, upskill, or move into management? Whatever your circumstances, we encourage you to address your career strategically. Here are a list of activities recommended to move from being a verb to a noun:

  • Utilize office hours to meet with your instructors.


Ali Khamesipour: has open office hours Monday and Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 pm PT to assist students with technology questions.

Morgan Zantua: has open Monday 5 to 6:30 PM PT to discuss your Professional Development Plan process. If you enrolled before CS 100, DS 500, or DIT 600 were available, consider attending to learn how to initiate your Professional Development Plan.

Farzin Bahadori: Thursday 5:00 – 7 pm PT 

Brian Maeng:

DIT 500: Tuesday 5:00 – 5:30 pm PT

CS 500: Wednesday 5:00 – 5:30 pm PT  

  • Sample the student clubs. Extra-curricular participation enriches your learning experience and provides potential networking opportunities.

  • Attend Invited Talks: Will Longman – CISO for Blue Origin April 21st 4:00 pm PT with more Invited Talks to follow.

  • Meet with your advisor, Rich MacGilvray quarterly

  • Participate in a competition (Cybersecurity, Data Science, Hack-a-Thon).

Student Recognition

Winter Wells

I wanted to share a project that I was a part of with my girls over spring break. We had heard about a remote village in the mountains of Jamaica that needed school supplies, money to create another schoolhouse, shoes, and clothes for the children. 

Winter in Jamaica 1

The project was a success for many reasons, but the most impactful for myself and my family was delivering the school’s first computers and having the opportunity to teach the children and teachers how to use the computers. 

The children and teachers were so eager and excited to learn how to use technology and see the endless possibilities technology brings to our lives. It was indeed a transformative experience to make connections and, for the first time, use the new computers to stay connected to this special community. Technology truly opens doors! Do you have a story to share that is technology-related? Contact us to share your experiences!

Upcoming Events

Save the Date – Spring 2022 Invited Talk

Presenters: Will Longman, CISO at Blue Origin

When: Apr 21, 2022, Thurs, 4:30-5:30 PM PDT

Where: MS Teams Meeting


STC Capstone Orientation

When: Thursday of the 4th Week (May 5, 2022) from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM 

Who: Any students who are interested in capstone preparation 

Where: MS Teams Meeting 

What: Start Your Capstone Prep Now! 

Please join us for the April CAE Tech Talk on Thursday, April 21, 2022 beginning at 1:00 pm EST.
Below are the details for the presentation and the logistics for attendance:
Time: 1:00 – 1:50 pm EST / 10:00 – 10:30 am PDT
Topic: HE and ZKP: Privacy-Enhancing Technologies
Time: 2:00 – 2:50 pm EST / 11:00 – 11:30 am PDT
Topic: Symbolic Execution for the Win: Pwning CTFs with Angr
Just log in as “Guest” and enter your name. No password required.
If you have a topic you’d like to present, please email

National Cyber League Spring 2022

Club Announcements

  • Cybersecurity Club

This week Cybersecurity Club will be viewing an in-depth video about Log4j followed with an open floor discussion that welcomes questions and comments! Click here to join us every Thursday at 5:30 PDT on MS Teams.

  • STC Tech Club

STC Tech Club meets every Thursday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT) via Teams to provide tech-related learning opportunities, skill development, and networking. Students or faculty who would like to share your expertise or project, please contact Yang Ren. Click here to join.  Everyone is invited! 

STC Tech Club Announcements

The STC Tech Club is proud to announce we are providing vouchers for 50% discounts on the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam. Please contact Yang Ren if interested.

Career Center
Deirdre Grimes
Resume Building

Virtual Workshops/Conferences/Learning
AWS Skill Builder – Free sources
AWS Free courses – Free sources
Atlassians Developer Day

STC Tech Club Private Cloud Lab


Please contact Yang Ren if interested.
VP of Marketing
VP of Operations
Web Administrator

  • Data Science Club

The Data Science Club would like to invite you to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 4pm PDT. You can join our meetings using the link here or by scanning the QR code on the right. We will be covering various topics this quarter including Computer Vision, Data Engineering, and NLP! Please reach out to the club president, Amanda Vaughan, with any questions.

  • Google Developer Student Club

Please join the GDSC this Thursday at 4:00 PM (PDT) to learn how to protect yourself from dependencies. Anyone is welcomed! Click here RVSP. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email us at


Check out the New Human Centered Artificial Intelligence (HCAI) Research Group 

Meeting Schedule:  Every Monday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST – Join here 

For more information, click here

Career Opportunities

NRC Health has multiple open positions available right now. For more information and to apply, click here.

Continuant is looking for NOC, for more information and to apply, click here. To check out all other opportunities, click here.


Bsides, Seattle is looking for presenters. To learn more and to present, click here.

Tech History

MS LogoIn January 1975, the then unknown computer programmer Paul Allen bought an issue of the magazine Popular Electronics. It was in this magazine where he saw a demonstration of the world’s first microcomputer, the Altair 8800. He took this magazine to his friend Bill Gates and convinced him to help develop an interpreter of the BASIC programming language for the Altair 8800. Gates was able to set up a meeting with the manufacturer, Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS). Together, they spent the next eight weeks creating a BASIC interpreter. The work paid off as MITS awarded Allen and Gates a contract thus prompting the founding of Micro-Soft (later Microsoft) out of necessity in April 1975.

Source: Review Geek