SPC STEM Student, Lionel Plaisance earned the opportunity to present his research as a concurrent session at the National Community College Cybersecurity Summit (3CS) in Louisiana this summer.  Lionel majors in Cybersecurity at SPC and is also an active member of the Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate Alliance (TB-B2B)  The alliance was created to encourage minority students in the Tampa Bay Area to successfully transfer into and graduate with bachelor’s degrees in STEM majors.  The program is grant funded by the Nation Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).

Professor Laura Malave, Academic Chair of the College of Computer and Information Technology at SPC also attended the conference and provided support to Lionel.  Lionel reports that his experience at the 2019 3CS was extraordinary!  Lionel states, “I would never have been able to participate in the conference or conduct undergraduate research at the college without the help of the TB-B2B Program.  The whole experience helped me grow as a STEM student and as an individual.”

Doctor John Duff, Baccalaureate Academic Chair, College of Computer and Information Technology at SPC was the Principal Investigator on the Cybersecurity Research Project. The project set out to examine various Capture the Flag platforms and determine what resources could be leveraged.

Opportunities continue to abound for Lionel.  He also reports that he had the pleasure of meeting Gus Hinojosa, Director of the National CyberWatch Center’s National Cybersecurity Student Association who asked Lionel to present his research to the association’s members.  Lionel states he is actively working on preparing for the event and is honored by the request.

Article by Reney Lizotte 8/26/19