Message From Leadership

Doctoral Program Director, Brian Maeng

Welcome to the third week of the Fall Quarter. As the Doctoral Program Director in STC, I would like to share exciting news in the Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) program. 

Firstly, the DIT program will introduce opportunities for students to meet and work with faculty members sharing common research interests. With early matching between students and faculty, students will spend time on their research projects in advance, using the technology of their choice. As it takes time to develop research topics and skills in current technology, this effort will allow students to graduate in time, with confidence, and with quality deliverables in hand. 

Secondly, the DIT program will host the faculty focus group meeting in October and the advisory board meeting in November 2021. These meetings will initiate the conversation on the current DIT program, direction, goal, and action plan. The forthcoming insights and feedback from the advisory board regarding the program and its alignment with market needs will be valuable for the ongoing effort to improve the program’s quality. 

Finally, the DIT program will introduce a new Depth of Study (DOS) area. As the Academic Affairs Council recently approved the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence in STC, developed by Dr. Radana Dvorak and Dean Sam Chung, the DIT program can offer a DOS area in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the next academic year. That makes the DIT program enrich its offering in four DOS areas in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Data Science. Students interested in AI applications, including natural language processing and agent-based systems, will find them attractive. 

Thank you for the opportunity to share exciting news from the DIT program. If you have any questions, interests, or comments about the DIT program, please email me ( 

Faculty Recognition

Interview with Greg Surber

Greg Surber has more than 25 years of experience in the cybersecurity field in both public and private industries. He has operated in environments governed by an intricate network of local, state, federal, and international policy, from large-scale educational systems spanning a dozen foreign countries to public utilities operating in multiple jurisdictions. His experience encompasses all aspects of cybersecurity from offensive and defensive techniques to regulatory compliance, system auditing, cyber risk management, and policy creation and enforcement. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Criminology from the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Science in Cybersecurity from City University of Seattle. He currently holds Security+, CISSP, and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certifications. 

Morgan:  Greg, congratulation on your recent career change. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for the STC Thursday Byte. Let’s start off by telling us about your career path that brought you to where you are today.

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Club Announcements

  • Cybersecurity Club

Cybersecurity Club will not be meeting this week as the club is preparing for the NUARI TableTop Exercise. We hope everyone does well on their first installment of final projects and we will see you all soon!

  • Data Science Club
Would you like to learn more about the fundamental Data Science concepts? Would you like to gain experience working with real-world applications of machine learning? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Data Science Club would love to have you! Please fill out the application form here. We will be holding weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 4pm PST. Please join us via the Teams link here.
  • 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 us at Click here to join STC Tech Club Weekly Meeting – Fall Quarter. Everyone is invited! 

  1. Invited Talk:
  1. Virtual Mock Interview:

STC Tech Club encourages students to participate in virtual mock interviews with a panel of program managers. The goal of these practice sessions is to provide students with an understanding of what to expect in a typical interview as well as an opportunity to improve interviewing skills. By choosing to participate in this event, you are:

  • Improving communication/interview skills, which are required to be competitive in today’s employment market.
  • Professionalism is demonstrated by coming early for the event, dressing properly, and maintaining a positive attitude while at the event.
  • Developing your professional network before graduation and acquiring contact information to remain connected
Date: Thursday, Nov 4, 2021
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM PDT
Student Registration Deadline: Oct 27, 7:00 PM or until full
Please note: limited spots are available, and registration may close on or before October 27th due to capacity. If registration does become full, a waitlist will be started.
  1. Recruitment: We would also like to announce a new vacant position of VP of Operations. If you would like to be one of the Tech club officers, please email OR If you would like to join STC Tech Club, please fill out this form:  STC Tech Club – Member Sign-Up. You might be the one we are looking for!

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Career Tips

Turn the Interview Conversation Around – Job Search QuickTip #3

The job search is NOT about You; It’s about the interviewer or hiring manager. Pivot the conversation on them during the interview.

A video series of helpful job search tips to help you succeed in the most competitive job environment ever. For college grads to senior executives.

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This Week in Tech History

October 21, 1991

Apple introduced its first Powerbook notebook computers at the COMDEX computer expo in Las Vegas – PowerBook 100, PowerBook 140, and PowerBook 170. The PowerBook line is the first truly portable Mac that redefined portable computers and set the bar for future laptop designs. These were the first laptops to introduce trackball in front of the keyboard as most existing laptops ran DOS and were keyboard-oriented, requiring external mice.

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