Message From Leadership

From Leadership 

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday, even though many families could not get together due to COVID-19. May you and your family stay safe through the new year.

As you may know, our new degree programs support the option of using a professional internship to enhance your academic experience and gain credit hours. Your internship can be a paid or non-paid position. An internship involves designing, participating in, and reflecting upon the internship experience.  

To qualify, students must be currently enrolled in a program, have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. This internship course is repeatable once for credit. Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credits hours of core requirements. Graduate students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours.  

In order to take the internship option related to your degree program, you must identify an internship worksite supervisor.  It is important to start building a professional network to find an internship supervisor. You can start by connecting with faculty, clubs, work, and professional organizations through local and online meetups. Create or update your LinkedIn account and develop an online presence. Your program manager is available to help you.

Student Recognition – Interview with Kim Nguyen in the podcast, Offensive Security Interviews

Kim Nguyen joined as a guest on the podcast Offensive Security Interviews hosted by Jon Helmus and Jaclyn Scott: Episode 1: Pentesting, AI, Deep Fakes, & Voice Recognition Exploitation


Faculty Recognition – Interview with Dr. Patrick Offor

Patrck OfforDr. Patrick I. Offor is an Associate Faculty at the City University of Seattle. He is also an active duty Chief Warrant Officer Five in the US Army. He serves as the Chief at the Production Support Branch, Army Sustainment Command, US Army Materiel Command, Huntsville, Alabama, USA. Dr. Offor’s previous assignments include working as logistics staff and liaison officer with the Headquarters, US Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (HQDA G4); Chief, Supply and Mobility Division, White House Communication Agency (WHCA); Capabilities Developer at the US Combined Arms Support Command (USCASCOM) for the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army); Accountable Officer and Supply and Services Officer at the 506th Infantry Regiment (4th Brigade Combat Team) and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA; and as a System Administrator (Unix Solaris) at the 16th Corps Support Group, Hanau, Germany. Dr. Offor is also a Certified SAP Application Associate. 

At City, Dr. Offor teaches Network Security (CS-481), Cybercrime (ISEC-530), Intellectual Privacy and Espionage (ISEC 560), Technology Implementation and Change (ITMGMT-575), and Information Technology Policy and Governance (DIT 610). I did not add IT 428 because I have not actually taught but feel free to add it if necessary.  

Radana: Patrickcongratulation on your recent publication, and thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for the STC Thursday ByteLet’s start off by telling us about your career path that brought you to where you are today. 

Patrick: Radana, thank you! My journey in the States started 24 years ago when I joined the US Army as an Automated Supply Specialist. My interest in computing led me to choose the Combat Service Support Automation Management Office (CSSAMO), now known as the Sustainment Automation Support Management Office (SASMO), as my unit during my first reenlistment. The SASMO supported all levels of the Standard Army Management Information Systems (STAMIS). Well, the STAMIS has since transformed into the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), the Global Combat Support System-Army, and I was lucky enough to be part of the development team.   

Equally important, during this time horizon, is my pursuit for self-actualization in the education arena. I was determined to use any and all opportunities afforded to me in advancing my academic goals. I was even going to school while deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan. It took me 16 years to earn my associate degree (AA) to obtaining my doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Information Systems, with a concentration in Information Security and Information privacy. Needless to say that my military career advanced as a consequence, and I joined the City University of Seattle over two years ago. 

Radana: What an amazing journey! Continuing your education while deployed shows passion and persistence – thank you for sharing.  What’s one thing you wish you had known when you began your career? 


STC Accomplishments in November

Center for Cybersecurity Innovation (formerly Center for Information Assurance Education)  

CityU Seattle’s STC is a sub-awardee to the $6.5 M grant awarded to the University of Louisville. Starting in May of 2021, the sub-award will provide career pathway guidance to 200 military service members transitioning into cybersecurity.

MSCS – Sam Chung PM and AWS/Certificates – Clark Ngo PM:  

STC partners with industry leaders through the industry-academic alliance program to bridge the technological gap between academia and industry. Recently, MSCS, BSIT, and BSCY joined the AWS Academy to bring Cloud Computing to their relevant courses. Check out our other partners here.

AWS Academy

BSAPC/BSIS/BSIT – Radana Dvorak PM: 

  • Six new course syllabi, that were submitted to and approved by the Curriculum Committee, will be offered in the winter quarter of 2021. 
  • Jon Helmus, a faculty member, podcast host of Offensive Security Interviews, and author of AWS Penetration Testing published by Packt, is available to our students as a mentor. Connect with Jon through LinkedIn.
Jon Helmus

BSDS/MSDS/DIT – Brian Maeng PM: 

  • Seven new course syllabi, that were submitted to and approved by the Curriculum Committee, will be offered in the winter quarter of 2021. 
  • The faculty candidates and DIT applicants interviewed bring a strong diverse professional background. Special thanks to faculty members who participated in the interview process. 

Career Tip of the Week

This month the STC Thursday Byte will focus on resume tips. 


This Week in Tech History Nov 29 – Dec 5

November 30, 1959 

One of IBM’s first commercially produced mainframe computers, the IBM 7090 is delivered followed by the IBM 7094. Both were used by NASA to control space flights Mercury and Gemini. The mainframe computers were used for many scientific and government applications in the 1960’s and through 1970’s. Few agencies even used them in the ’80s! 




IBM laboratory

STC Student Club Meeting

Student Clubs, 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. 

Tech Humor