Wei Li Receives Technology Fee Award

Posted On August 25, 2020
Categories Faculty News

Assistant professor Wei Li has received a Tech Fee award of $98,000 for the construction of a cybersecurity lab. The lab will be used by students for research and hands-on learning of cybersecurity and privacy skills, providing enhanced learning and experience valuable to potential employers.

In the spring of 2018, Georgia State’s Department of Computer Science introduced a security and privacy concentration for students in the M.S. in Computer Science program as well as a certificate in cybersecurity for undergraduate CS majors. The creation of these new degree options reflects the increasing demand for proficiency in cybersecurity and privacy in both academia and industry. Cybersecurity is a skill best learned hands-on, so Dr. Li proposed the cybersecurity lab, where students can actively practice a variety of cybersecurity skills. Students will gain theoretical knowledge in addition to first-hand experience in attack and defense schemes and other cybersecurity and privacy techniques.

Tech Fee awards are funded from the Student Technology Fee that GSU students pay each semester. These awards are used to support hardware and network expenditures as well as the construction of general and special-purpose labs. Decisions concerning the allocation of Tech Fee funds are made with input from students, who constitute 50% or more of each Tech Fee committee.

The construction of the cybersecurity lab will be done in collaboration with several other computer science faculty members: associate professor Anu Bourgeois, associate professor Zhipeng Cai, professor Robert Harrison, and associate professor Daniel Takabi.

Story by Ashlie Swanson