Louisiana Tech to host Google workshop for undergraduates

The Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science will host CREWE (Cyber Research for Empowering Women Experimenters), a Google-sponsored workshop from March 2-5 at the Louisiana Tech Academic Success Center in Bossier City.

The workshop, which will feature innovative topics in computing, including cyber security, internet of things and cloud computing, is open to undergraduate students enrolled in computer science, cyber engineering, computer information systems and related disciplines at any Louisiana university.

Louisiana Tech computing faculty, Dr. Benjamin Drozdenko, assistant professor of cyber engineering, and Dr. Pradeep Chowriappa, assistant professor of computer science, developed the workshop to encourage undergraduate women to participate in current, cutting-edge cyber research at Louisiana Tech University.

Mentors from Louisiana Tech, the University of Louisiana–Monroe, Grambling State University, Bossier Parish Community College, and Northwestern State University, will make presentations and lead hands-on experiments designed to raise the awareness of opportunities and open avenues for regular engagement between students and both graduate faculty and mentors from regional cyber companies.

Students who attend the workshop will have more knowledge about research opportunities, employment options and graduate degrees in computing-related fields at Louisiana Tech and will be stronger candidates for graduate programs.

“The workshop will address the most interesting and innovative topics in computing today, while providing attendees with the opportunity to learn about research in these areas,” Drozdenko said. “Research experiences at this workshop will make each student a stronger candidate for graduate programs, opening up opportunities in more challenging, rewarding careers. For example, an additional 1.8 million Cybersecurity professionals are needed by 2022.”

Accepted students will receive accommodations for the duration of the workshop, free daily lunches, bus transit between the hotel and workshop venue, and a certificate of completion.

Applications are due by Feb. 15.