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Tuskegee University’s plan to train cybersecurity experts can’t happen fast enough.

Over 209,000 cybersecurity jobs went unfilled in 2016 and the number of jobs in the field is expected to grow tenfold during the next decade, according to one report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Our new computer engineering program positions Tuskegee University in a unique niche to provide leadership in cybersecurity studies,” said Dr. Heshmat Aglan, dean of the College of  Engineering.

“Additionally, this program will provide the platform to expand into other emerging engineering specialties, including artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, machine learning, deep learning, autonomous vehicle technology, and embedded robotics,” the dean said.

Beginning this fall, Tuskegee University is offering students a new bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, the university announced recently.

The program, approved by the Board of Trustees at its March 2018 meeting, will focus on computer hardware design and cybersecurity engineering.

Aglan said the program’s focus on cybersecurity engineering makes it a first among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Faculty will be holders of information and cyber security industry certifications such as the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government (CIPP/G) —among others.

Click here for more information about the new computer engineering curriculum.

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