On April 3-4, 2017, the National Security Agency (NSA) visited Texas A&M University as part of the second round of evaluations in the process to obtain the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) designation. This program holds a particular emphasis on technologies and techniques related to specialized cyber operations.
The NSA representatives were given several presentations by the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering outlining the courses that Texas A&M offers that include cybersecurity-related material. On Monday night, they attended a Cybersecurity Club meeting in which they interacted with students of the department.
“The NSA visit not only allowed us to highlight our achievements to date but also gave us an opportunity to seek feedback from our guests on our plans for the near term and middle term,” said Dr. Daniel Ragsdale, Director of Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center. “We feel very confident that we will receive this designation. As always, the credit goes to Texas A&M’s world class faculty and highly talented students.”
Texas A&M is already designated as CAE – Four Year Education (CAE-CDE) and CAE – Research (CAE-R). If granted the designation of CAE-CO, Texas A&M will become 1 of only 5 academic institutions in the United States to hold all three of these designations.