Cybersecurity Program to Grow Research Component

The Cybersecurity program at City College will play a crucial role in the execution of the $5 million TREAD grant received from the U.S. Department of Education. 

The TREAD project, which stands for Translational Research Excellence Across Disciplines, will further City College’s advancement to the “R1” level of a doctoral university with very high research activity, as defined by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This will require an increase in the number of doctoral students graduating from City College. 

TREAD’s activities will include:

  • Building an ecosystem of support for Ph.D. student recruitment and success
  • Fundraising to create sustainable fellowship programs
  • Germinating translational research and training in partnership with industry and government
  • Developing a training and research program in convergence science

Cybersecurity is one of three research areas of excellence (together with green energy and nanotechnology) at City College which will help jumpstart this process. Led by Professor Rosario Gennaro, a team of Cybersecurity faculty from the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments (Professors Nelly Fazio, Tushar Jois and Samah Saeed) will engage in applied and interdisciplinary projects in the context of TREAD, focusing on increasing the recruitment and success of doctoral students in their research groups.