Voorhees College hosts first eSMART NNSA Consortium closing program


Voorhees College hosts first eSMART NNSA Consortium closing program

July 06, 2015

Voorhees recently closed out its two-week National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Consortium Cyber Security camp. During the event, students presented security projects for the cybersecurity fair. 

The fair, which was held June 27, began with introductions of the camp's participants and what each of them decided to do their project on. Then, students went to their stations to present their projects to the five judges, family members and friends.

Presentations ranged from poster board displays to interactive computer games to live camera surveillance models. One participant's project was a drawing robot.

"Making the comic strip at first was a big hassle because the original file became corrupt," said Jelani Haigler, rising sophomore at High School for Health Professions in Orangeburg, S.C. "In the end, this minor setback only allowed my project to be even greater the second try. I am now inspired to continue on with cyber security."

The five judges included: Courtney Hooks, senior, computer science major at Voorhees; John Bennett, computer technology professor at Denmark Technical College; Tim Kentopp, principal investigator for the NNSA Consortium grant; Dr. Jianye Zhang, assistant professor of chemistry at Voorhees; and Kamilah Brown, 2008 Voorhees graduate working in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) profession.

Brown, one of the judges, encouraged the participants, especially those passionate about cybersecurity, to push themselves to learn more about this field and stay out of trouble. "There are more than 200,000 technology positions available, but prospective employees must have security clearance, and this cannot happen with a criminal record or background."  

Concluding the program, each participant was given a raspberry pi, a mini computer management system that teaches students programming skills. In the fall, for students who qualify, there will be a Saturday camp to continue these learning skills.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.