Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity

Moraine Valley Community College Advisory Board:
Computer Integrated Technologies Department
Department of Homeland Security

The Moraine Valley Community College Advisory Board Members for the Computer Integrated Technologies (CIT) department play an instrumental role in our continuous improvement initiative. The committee meets twice a year to review curriculum, program outcomes and review of new products, technologies, and industry trends. The members work with the department faculty and staff to ensure our programs of study are current and relevant. They also play a major role in creates new opportunities for student internships, employment opportunities and professional and academic advice. They also serve as subject matter experts and guest speakers for our classes and events. The members contribute to our program success by direct involvement and planning of the following annual events:

  • State of Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) Competition
  • Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) Competition
  • US Cyber Challenge Event
  • Cybernet Chicago Faculty Development Program for High School Teachers
  • IT Security Specialist Internship Program serves of 20 student annually
  • CyberPatriot Coaches Camp
  • Speaker at National Cyber Security Month Events
  • Student events for our SFS Scholars Program
  • Program Sponsorships
  • Equipment and Software License Donations

Computer Integrated Technologies (CIT) Advisory Board Members

  • Roger Benda, Palos Health
  • Andrew Corbin, Argo Community High School
  • Russell Cygan, CyberSEC
  • Dr. Nate Evans, Argonne National labs
  • Frank Frydrych, Sales Engineer II, SecureWorks
  • John Hanson, Senior Systems/DevOps Engineer, SK Entertainment inc.
  • Alex Leader – Senior Associate, Luminary Labs
  • John Lohrentz, Intelligence Analyst
  • John Matthews, EMRS Technical Security Manager, Cook County Emergency Management
  • Joseph Mayer, Network Security Analyst
  • Carlos Marquez,  Sr. Network Security Engineer, Dell Secureworks
  • Tom Polak – John Hersey/Wheeling High School
  • Clydene Stangvik, Cisco Networking, Academy CSR Manager, Midwest Corporate Affairs, Cisco Systems
  • Lizabeth Stuck – MxD
  • Nick Sticker, Espo Systems

CAE Midwest Regional Hub

The faculty and staff at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) serves as a CAE Midwest Regional Hub.  The hub serves 72 institution across 10 states. The CAE Midwest Hub actively leads the efforts to build a community of excellence and continuous improvement and best practices in cyber education. This includes providing faculty development opportunities, promoting collaboration between institutions, and pursuing and disseminating grant opportunities. As a regional hub our team also promotes and operates several student-oriented activities and competitions.

The Midwest region hub supports and promotes the CAE program in highlighting the excellence and uniqueness of the programs in the Midwest Region. Members of our team are also very active in mentoring new institutions in the CAE application process and supporting schools preparing for re-designation.

CAE Midwest Regional Hub

  • Illinois: 13
  • Indiana: 5
  • Iowa: 1
  • Kansas: 6
  • Michigan: 13
  • Minnesota: 6
  • Missouri: 7
  • Nebraska: 5
  • Ohio: 12
  • Wisconsin: 4