Rockwell Collins, a provider of communication and aviation electronic solutions, has awarded a $20,000 grant to the University of North Dakota to research cyber-security for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and to prepare students for careers in the industry.
Prakash Ranganathan, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, was given the grant through the Rockwell Collins University Grant Allocation Program and competed against 39 other universities.
The project is expected to start in the fall. Undergraduate and graduate students will work together to build a software-based simulator that will model cyber threats.
“We believe Ranganathan's proposal thoroughly addressed the criteria and that this project will further the educational excellence of students while preparing them for rewarding engineering careers at Rockwell Collins,” says Elise Loan, university relations liaison with Rockwell Collins.
Loan also says Rockwell Collins looks forward to receiving feedback on the progress and success of the project from Roger French, a UND electrical engineering alumnus and principal engineering manager in commercial systems at Rockwell Collins.