SRU virtual event addresses cybersecurity with expert speakers, student presentations


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Slippery Rock University’s Center for Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing is hosting its biannual Cyberspace Event, April 20, featuring student presentations and invited speakers from the cybersecurity industry. 

April 15, 2021 

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University is hosting its biannual Cyberspace Event, 12:30-2 p.m., April 20, which will address issues related to the cybersecurity industry with invited speakers and presentations by SRU students. The event will be conducted via Zoom and the public  can register by completing an online form. 

The Cyberspace Event is organized by SRU's Center for Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing and is sponsored by the College of Health, Engineering and Sciences and the Computer Science Department.  

The invited speakers will be David Dampier, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences at Marshall University, and Tim Carlisle, a project director for cybersecurity at San Francisco International Airport. 





Dampier is a former chair of the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security at the University of Texas, San Antonio and he was a founding director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute at Mississippi State University. He has authored more than 70 articles published in peer-reviewed publications. Prior to entering academia, he spent 20 years as an automation officer for the U.S. Army. 

Carlisle retired after working 20 years with the U.S. Navy submarine service and he continues to serve in various nonprofit organizations including as president of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., Mare Island Chapter. His is a former project director for the U.S. Navy and chief information security officer for Contra Costa County in California. 

The Cyberspace Event will also include SRU students presenting real-world case scenarios and live software demonstrations and applications that address cybersecurity challenges. 

For more information, email Nitin Sukhija, associate professor of computer science and director of the C2AC, at, or visit the C2AC at 

MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Zackal  | 724.738.4854 |