Ten college students from across the nation will spend the early summer at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) helping professors conduct research into computer networking and security. The students’ 10-week stay at NJIT is supported by a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The program is highly selective and the students were picked from colleges and universities across the U.S. Each student who was selected for the program receives a $4,000 stipend.
“The need for engineers and scientists trained in computer networking and security is increasing rapidly and this program will introduce undergraduate students to these fields,” said John Carpinelli, PhD, an associate professor in the department of computer and electrical engineering at NJIT who is directing the program.
Each student will assist a professor who is doing research in computer networking or security. In computer networking, students will work with professors seeking to improve the speed and efficiency of networks. Computer networking is the framework for most of today’s communication, may it be email, instant messaging, chat rooms, music downloading, video streaming and web surfing, said Carpinelli. The communication networks, he added, can always be improved upon, especially the quality of service for applications such as video and data streaming.
In computer security, students will help NJIT professors develop efficient ways to ward off cyber attacks, viruses and spam. The estimated loss due to computer crimes nationally is more than $450 million a year, said Carpinelli. Several large companies, such as General Motors and Ford, handle their inventory control and production feedback entirely through the Internet. If security is compromised, their business operations would be severely jeopardized. Researchers are now developing the next-generation Internet, which will allow for the development of new e-commerce infrastructure.
Editor’s Note: Here is a list of the 10 students attending the NSF research program at NJIT, including their hometowns and colleges: Etan Bukiet, of W. Orange, attends Cornell University; Laura Cabreja, of Jersey City, NJIT; Raul Garcia, of San Juan, the Universidad Metropolitana de Puerto Rico; Andrew Hofmaier, of Caldwell, NJIT; Dunxu Hu, of Bloomfield, Essex County College; Lubaba Islam, of Queens, attends Polytechnic University; Fabien Lopez, of Passaic, NJIT; Philip Miller, of Maplewood, Harvey Mudd College; Daryl Siu, of Renton, Wash., Seattle Pacific University; and John Stille, of Cary, N.C., North Carolina State University.