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One of the main three objectives of the PC4A project is to increase interest in employment with the US Department of Defense and the Defense Industrial Base. To help us reach this objective, we're engaging in activities that will develop or strengthen relationships with local DoD and DIB agencies. Below are some of our recent efforts in this area.  

NAVSUP Fall 2023 Visit to IUP

November 16, 2023 - IUP Main Campus

Event Overview: On November 16, 2023, IUP will host senior personnel from the Department of Defense’s Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center. 

Kevin Davis, Hal Gobin, Kathleen Lancaster, Ryane Nave, and Gregory Wilson will meet with IUP administration, faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the DoD-funded PC4A Project and explore ways of collaboration between PC4A and NAVSUP. NAVSUP team will also meet with current DoD Cyber Scholarship recipients (CySP), and offer a presentation to potential candidates for the upcoming CySP application cycle.    

This meeting is the second time that NAVSUP representatives have visited IUP in an effort to identify additional collaboration opportunities. Expected guests include Kevin Davis, Retired Lt. Col. Hal Gobin, Kathleen Lancaster, Ryan Nave, and Gregory Wilson.  Download the visit agenda for more information.

16th Annual Cybersecurity Day at IUP

October 31, 2023 - IUP Main Campus

Event Overview:  Cybersecurity Day at IUP is a daylong event that features nationally recognized security experts as well as speakers from law enforcement, government, the security industry, and academia. Cybersecurity Day is open to the public, community colleges, and neighboring universities. This year, PC4A sponsored the event, in partnership with the IUP Institute of Cybersecurity and IT Support, and many representatives from the US Department of Defense participated in the event. Visit the Cybersecurity Day website for full details, including speaker bios, abstracts, and presentations.

DoD Representation at 2023 IUP Cybersecurity Day:

  • Louie LopezDirector, US Department of Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Wistar (Star) Hardison, Chief of Cyber Workforce Governance Branch, US Department of Defense
  • Chester Maciag, Director, Cybertechnologies and Academic Outreach, US Department of Defense
  • Raju NamburuChief Technology Officer, US Army Core of Engineering - Engineering Research and Development Center 
  • Gail Webster, Senior Program STEM Analyst, US Department of Defense

Bsides Flood City Cybersecurity Event

October 26, 2023 - Penn Highlands Community College

Event Overview: PC4A sponsored the Bsides Flood City Cybersecurity Event, a large community event for private organizations, DoD/DIB Contractors, and educational institutions and their students to join together to share ideas and insights and to develop relationships. PC4A staff attended the event and operated a booth to share information about the PC4A project in an attempt to develop or cultivate strong relationships with local DoD/DIB agencies and contractors.  For more information, please see the news release or visit the Bsides Flood City web page.  

bsides flood city logo

Tobyhanna Army Depot Internship Program

Launched in Fall 2023

As part of their efforts as partner in the PC4A Project, Northampton Community College staff have diligently worked with Tobyhanna Army Depot representatives to establish an internship program for STEM students. The program will officially begin in Fall 2023, and internships will be paid through the PC4A Project, funded by the US Department of Defense.  Almost 30 applications have been submitted for the internship program, and interviews are currently underway.  More details will be provided soon on the success of this program.

For more information, please contact pc4a-stem@iup.edu

photo from NCC visit to TYAD


April 11, 2023 - IUP Main Campus

Event Overview:  IUP President Michael Driscoll, CNSM Dean Steven Hovan, Math and Computer Science Chair Francisco Alarcon, and Director of the IUP Institute for Cybersecurity Waleed Farag hosted senior personnel from the DoD NAVSUP for an informational visit. IUP personnel provided a presentation to NAVSUP visitors covering programs, research, scholarships, and general information about the department. NAVSUP personnel presented a talk to our students and faculty about opportunities to work at NAVSUP and other DoD agencies. They also had an opportunity to meet with CySP recipients and current applicants. 


  • Retired Lt. Col. Hal Gobin
  • Kathleen Lancaster
  • Ryan Nave

More Information

Download the visit agenda and speaker bios, or read the press release for more information.

Guests from the DoD NAVSUP Visit to IUP.From Left to Right: Vincent Emery, Computer Science Student; Dr. Francisco Alarcon, Dept. of Math and Computer Sciences Chair; Retired Lt. Col. Hal Gobin, DoD NAVSUP; Dr. Michael Driscoll, IUP President; Ms. Kathleen Lancaster, DoD NAVSUP; Mr. Kevin Davis, DoD NAVSUP; Dr. Waleed Farag, IUP Institute for Cybersecurity Director (missing from photo: James Searer, Computer Science Student).

Bryant Wysocki Presentation at CS DayInformation Warfare - Bryant Wysocki CS Day Presentation

October 18, 2022 - IUP Main Campus

Event Overview:  Each year, the Institute for Cybersecurity, in collaboration with IT Support, hosts Cyber Security Day. This daylong event features nationally recognized security experts as well as speakers from law enforcement, government, the security industry, and academia. Cyber Security Day is open to the public, community colleges, and neighboring universities. Bryant Wysocki, associate director Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory,  presented a talk titled "Information Warfare" at the 2022 CS Day. This talk introduced operations concepts related to information assurance and the four pillars of information warfare. PC4A Partner WCCC faculty and students were in attendance at CS Day and had an opportunity to learn vital information from all presenters. Visit the Cyber Security Day. website for additional information on Wysocki's presentation, including other presentations that were provided during the event.


If you have any questions, please contact the grant principal investigator or project manager:

Waleed Farag

Director, IUP Institute for Cybersecurity and Professor of Computer Science

Lydia Taylor

PC4A Project Manager


The PC4A Project is proudly funded by DoD STEM.

Visit dodstem.us to learn more about the work they are doing to inspire, cultivate, and develop exceptional STEM talent through a continuum of opportunities to enrich our current and future DoD workforce. 

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