Community Outreach

Port Angeles High School CyberPatriot Team Wins First Place in Washington State - Gold Division

PAHS CyberPatriot Team from left to right: John Mitchell - Coach, Preston Tucker, Michael Chong, Haylen Gerhard, and Nate Toscano (not pictured)

In the fourth year of Washington State's Cyber Patriot Competition, twenty club members on four different high school teams competed for top honors. The CyberPatriot competition is our nation's premier cybersecurity/cyber defense high school competition are sponsored by the Air Force Association. During the 6 hour competition format, high school teams assume the role of newly hired IT personnel and are tasked to find cybersecurity vulnerabilities and harden three virtual machines.

Port Angels High School Cyber Patriot team is comprised of students enrolled in Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics classes. These classes are offered through the High School Occupational Credit, through the Career and Technical Education program. Classes can provide students with up to 10 quarter credits at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. The Peninsula College Cybersecurity program is aligned with cybersecurity programs at Western Washington University in nearby Bellingham, Washington.

John Mitchell, Peninsula High School teacher, worked closely with Mike Simon, CTO of Critical Informatics and Adjunct Faculty at University of Washington, to integrate technical and personal skills into coaching high school students to take top honors in Washington's CyberPatriot competition.

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UW Tacoma - 13 years of Math Science Leadership

The Math-Science-Leadership Program (MSL) has been creating positive educational experiences that enhance academic success and access to career pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). MSL serves youth in grades 7-12 that are historically underrepresented in STEM (low-income, minority, female and potential first-generation college students).

In 2013, MSL adjusted the 11th grade curriculum to focus on cybersecurity. For   three years, Institute of Technology faculty members, professors Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Yan Bai and Marc DuPuis have provided the technical guidance to students.

MSL brings together youth with students and faculty from UW Tacoma for an engaging three-week summer program and community-building monthly events throughout the school year. MSL develops supportive cohorts that build positive science-linked identities, academic and leadership skills over six years and creates capacity for community-serving institutions to collaboratively build increase youths’ ability to participate in the economies of the future.

By bringing together the ideas and needs of community groups that serve K-12 youth, post-secondary institutions of learning and industry, MSL fosters these long-term impacts:

  • Reducing achievement gaps for students in science and mathematics compared to peers who have not participated in MSL;
  • Increasing diversity of students who enroll in and complete STEM college degrees;
  • Increase Tacoma community engagement in K-12 STEM informal education efforts.

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-For inquiries and to apply, email



CIAC Military Collaboration

Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

PRCCDC.jpgUnder Dr. Barbara Endicott-Popovsky's leadership, UW CIAC has cultivated strong relationships with all branches and services within our nation's military community.  This relationship began in 2005 when Dr. Endicott helped found the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (PRCCDC). West Point conceptualized and promoted a civilian version of Capture the Flag to Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) nationally. Joint Base Lewis McChord and West Point hosted Dr. Endicott's Imformation Security and Risk Management students in 2006 and 2007 and the Washington National Guard staffed the Red Team. When the Iraq War escalated JBLM could no longer host the competition and Microsoft sponsored the event while the Washington Air & Army Washington National Guard staffed the Red Team. Watch video.




Public Regional Information Systems Event Management (PRISEM)


Students in Tacoma's Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership. Photo by Cody Char.

The CIAC has been the recipient of military focused grants through multiple funding sources. In addition to NSA capacity building funding, in 2010 CIAC received a National Science Foundation grant, VetEngrs, to study military transitioning into cyberesecurity/STEM degrees. The success of this research grant resulted in NIST funding the partnership among the Washington Department of Commerce, University of Washington Tacoma and the Public Regional Information Systems Event Management (PRISEM).

Program participants with appropriate career goals received career coaching and "live fire" internships through the Public Regional Information Security Event Monitoring (PRISEM) system. Receiving this experience provides pathways into government and private sector analyst positions. Ultimately this program connect veterans with cybersecurity employment opportunities in the private and public sectors by working with the information and communication technology companies in Washington. The grant ended in 2015 and provided over 200 transitioning service members and veterans career guidance into the cybersecurity field.






Army Reserve Partnership

Chancellor Kenyon Chan, fifth from left, signs an agreement establishing UW Tacoma as one of six university sources of highly trained cybersecurity professionals. (Photo courtesy of the Army Reserve)

UW is establishing an important niche for itself in the areas of cybersecurity and information assurance through the collaboration with a military, public and private sector collaboration called the U.S. Army Reserve Private Public Partnership Cyber Initiative, or USAR Cyber P3.

Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley signs the Memorandum of Understanding
(Photo courtesy of the Army Reserve)

Among the companies representing the private sector in the partnership are T-Mobile, Boeing and Microsoft. UW Chancellor Kenyon Chan, fifth from the left pictured above, at a Washington, D.C., signing ceremony Representatives from George Mason University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Norwich University, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Drexel University and the University of Washington (represented by UW Tacoma) completed the signing in February 2015. Read full article.




A New Kind of Homeland Security

Student-Vets learn in the classroom

Students in Tacoma's Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership. Photo by Cody Char.

UW Tacoma and the tri-campus Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) focus on veterans and military.

As part of this strategy, the campus is becoming a hub of the center’s veteran-focused activity. The Master’s of Cybersecurity Leadership, a unique partnership between the Institute of Technology and Milgard School of Business, is preparing veterans and active-duty military to head cybersecurity initiatives.

Veterans and active-duty military are a natural fit for careers in cybersecurity. “Protecting the homeland and homeland infrastructure aligns very nicely with what they’ve been doing to protect the homeland overseas,” says Endicott-Popovsky. As many return from overseas and transition into civilian life, the shortage of cybersecurity experts provides job opportunities. Read full article.