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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Master of Cyber Security program has first class of graduates

Liberty University hosted its 43rd commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, VA on May 14, 2016. Campus was flooded with an estimated 35,000 guests, while the university recognized its largest class of 19,430 graduates. The School of Engineering & Computational Sciences exhibited this growth, almost doubling in the number of graduates from 2015. During the Engineering & Computational Sciences degree ceremony, the first class of Master of Science in Cyber Security graduates walked across the stage. The program saw 28 students complete the coursework during Fall 2015-Spring 2016. Another 12 graduates are anticipated at the completion of the summer terms. 

The Master of Science in Cyber Security began in Fall 2014. The coursework covers the theoretical background of cyber security and integrates opportunities for hands-on experience through lab exercises designed by experts in the field of computer and network security. Graduates are equipped for a variety of jobs, including digital forensics analyst, security engineer, penetration tester/ethical hacker, secure network engineer and more. 

We would like to congratulate all of Liberty University’s class of 2016 and especially the hard work and dedication shown by the School of Engineering & Computational Sciences graduates. 


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Friday, October 16, 2015

Security Awareness Seminar

Are you #CyberAware? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In celebration, Liberty University's Computational Sciences department is holding a Security Awareness Seminar on Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in DeMoss Hall 3400 (the School of Engineering & Computational Sciences Atrium). Come and learn more about securing your personal information in our connected age. This is a free event and open to the public.

The Computational Sciences department is committed to promoting security awareness through this seminar and other educational opportunities. In the fall of 2014, the department offered the online Master of Science in Cyber Security program for the first time and this fall 2015, the residential Bachelor of Science in Computer Science introduced a Cyber Security cognate. The School of Engineering & Computational Sciences also houses the Center for Cyber Security, whose vision is the promotion of cyber security awareness throughout the University and surrounding region. The department is focused on training Christian professionals for this evolving field, as well as helping to cultivate a safer internet for everyone through awareness events.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Programs receive ABET accreditation

August 31, 2012 : By Drew Menard/Liberty University News Service

A student of the Liberty University School of Engineering and Computational Sciences examines models created with the university's new Stratasys 3D printer.

The Liberty University School of Engineering and Computational Sciences announced this week it has received accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for its Electrical Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering programs.

ABET is the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

“This gives our engineering and technology students some serious additional validity, preparing them for graduate studies and making them more appealing to potential employers,” said Dr. Ron Godwin, Liberty’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

The accreditation extends retroactively for the two programs from Oct. 1, 2010.

“This is especially significant as the university had its first graduates from these programs in May 2011,” said David Donahoo, dean of Liberty’s School of Engineering and Computational Sciences. He said each program seeking accreditation must have at least one graduate to be eligible so Liberty’s programs received accreditation at the earliest point possible.

Receiving this accreditation culminates a process of evaluation by faculty and staff that started more than four years ago, Donahoo said. The final 18 months of that process included the preparation and submittal of a comprehensive self-study for each program under evaluation. This was followed by a campus visit by an ABET Program Evaluator and ended with the Accreditation Commission’s final decisions in June.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires comprehensive, periodic evaluations. A key element is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education. Programs must set specific, measurable goals for students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve based on the results. The accreditation criteria are developed by technical professionals to assure every program meets the demanding standards that prepare graduates to enter their engineering professions.

Engineering and computing students at Liberty are offered opportunities to participate in meaningful undergraduate research projects, allowing them to work hands-on with state-of-the-art equipment. Liberty’s top-notch equipment includes an electron microscope, thinfilms printer, circuit board printers, inverted microscope, and a 3D printer with Computer Aided Drafting software.

The newly acquired 3D printer produces fully functional models out of plastic. These models have movable parts and are valuable in testing and examining products before manufacturing. Recently, the school took on a project where they will “print” a 3D air foil that the School of Aeronautics will be using in wind tunnel testing.

  • The Liberty University School of Engineering and Computational Sciences launched in 2007. SECS offers degree programs in computer science, computer science (intelligence specialization), web technology and design, electrical engineering, electrical engineering (intelligence specialization), industrial engineering, and computer engineering.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Liberty University Engineering wins $396,000 Simio Grant


Lynchburg, VA, 19 July, 2011 – Simio, an industry leader in simulation software, has awarded a $396,000 grant to the School of Engineering & Computational Science at Liberty University. Liberty University is the largest private educational institution university in Virginia with a total annual enrollment of over 40,000 students and academic offerings of more than 60 accredited programs of study.

“The faculty at Liberty is committed to providing the best environment for their students to learn simulation,” said Dr. Dennis Pegden, Founder and CEO of Simio. “We are honored to provide them with the best software available to teach their students."

The grant is in the form of the Simio Software Academic Edition allowing the Lynchburg, Va.-based Engineering program to learn and create simulations using Simio’s innovative software, which allows users to users to rapidly model almost any system without require programming.

Faculty will use Simio to teach students the core competencies of Engineering and Systems Design.

 “Our Engineering faculty came with a request for simulation software.  After looking at the various options, we decided to look at Simio”, said Scott Pleasants, Manager of LUSECS Technology & Research Labs. “The interface and feature set contains everything a modern software package should offer.  The interface is simple which allows our students to begin their work immediately.  Simio’s ability to incorporate objects from Google’s 3D warehouse allows students to create robust and dynamic simulation processes without sacrificing time.”

Simio Academic Edition is fully capable software with no model size limits and includes discrete and continuous modeling, object library development, and 3D animation. The faculty at School of Engineering & Computational Science at Liberty University is counting using Simio to teach the students how to solve real world problems in visually-rich environments by using the software’s connection to Google’s 3D Warehouse, an online library with thousands of free models.

Robert Rich, Profess of Industrial Engineering at Liberty has been pleased with the software and how quickly the students grasping the technology. “Simio offers the capabilities of examining real world processes such as the U.S. Air Force supply chain to the traffic flow of Lynchburg, VA, or specifically Liberty University.  It provides an analysis of growth rates over an x number of years and while offering an analysis of bottlenecks for potential conflicts.  This helps in the allocation of resources where action would be needed at a future time.  Since you can model into the future, Simio allows us to model the processes to find conflicts and to objectively forecast resources and budgets accordingly.”

About Liberty University

Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the worlds largest Christian university with over 11,000 students attending residentially and over 35,000 students attending Online with a campus that stretches more than 5,000 acres and over 2.9 million square feet of facilities.


Simio LLC
 is a private company headquartered in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and is dedicated to delivering leading edge solutions for the design, emulation, and scheduling of complex systems.

For more information, please contact Scott Pleasants at the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences at 434-592-7150.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Engineering student wins 5K Race


Derek Kitchen, an Electrical Engineering with Intelligence major here at Liberty University, took first place in the Run for Their Lives 5K footrace last weekend with a time of 17 minutes and 35 seconds.

On Saturday, October 23rd more than 1,700 men, women and children showed up at Heritage High School for the second annual Run for their Lives. Run For Their Lives is a 10K race, 5k run/walk and Youth Run that aims to place the spotlight on sexual slavery in Southeast Asia. Proceeds from the registration fee go to Freedom 4/24, a local ministry of Brentwood Church.

Derek is 21 year old Junior in EE with Intel and a Math minor. He is originally from Greenwood, Delaware and plans on designing and creating weapons for the military after graduation.

When asked what made him want to major in Engineering he replied,

“Engineering attracted my eye for a number of reasons; one being that it is such a broad, exciting field where you can choose to specialize in a variety of areas.  It's also an occupation that is in much demand in our country, particularly what I'm majoring in (Electrical Engineering with Intelligence).  Engineering is a field where you will truly enjoy what you're doing, give you a sense of accomplishing important tasks, and set you up for life full of learning.  Along with all this, it's got a nice paycheck as well.  Why would you not major in Engineering is a better question!”

Among those 1,746 were 264 registered runners of the 10K. In 88th place was our own Engineering Professor Dr. John Vadnal with a time of 52 minutes and 43 seconds.

Congratulations again to Derek, Dr. Vadnal and all who participated!

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