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Engineering & Computer Science Department

Engineering and technology are among the fastest-growing, highest-paid occupational fields in the United States. In addition, cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing careers across all industry sectors with a shortfall of 1.5 million job openings projected for 2019. Many already in the cyber field do not have the expertise required in this dynamic threat environment. Regent’s Engineering & Technology Department seeks to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to be effective in these fields. Regent was named as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for the B.S. in Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is among only four percent of universities in the nation to receive this merit, according to the latest data published by NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, 2018). Regent uniquely integrates leading-edge instruction with the exploration of ethical, spiritual, and social responsibility.

Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Cyber & Digital Forensics

Information Systems Technology

Computer Engineering

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Learn about academic activities, presentations and publications by faculty and students.

The Engineering and Computer Science Forum is designed to create an opportunity for students to meet individuals from the local community who are currently involved in cybersecurity and/or active in fields which rely extensively on the use of computers.


The purpose of our advisory committee is to:

  • Strengthen our technical programs and ensure the relevance of course offerings.
  • Advise educators on the design, development, implementation, evaluation, maintenance, and revision of technical education programs.
  • Recommend curriculum and performance standards that reflect the needs of industry and the community.
  • Provide a connection between our department programs, students, and the local community.

The committee is advisory only and does not set educational policy. Its recommendations play a role in program development and assessment; however, Regent University makes the final determination and decisions regarding our programs.


Committee member responsibilities include:

  • Meeting with department members two times per year to review the department programs and the impact of current events on the program.
  • Providing advice based upon current and anticipated requirements of the industry-specific areas.
  • Sharing recognized best practices that are critical to our students’ success as graduates of our programs.

Current Members

Our department has continuing efforts to invite other members to the team.

Sean Kirkpatrick

Mr. Kirkpatrick has been instrumental in advising our department in curriculum enhancements that provide students with hands-on opportunities for learning in cybersecurity and information systems technology. Mr. Kirkpatrick is an information technology expert with over 15 years of experience in IS security, management, and network projects. His academic background includes a Master’s degree in Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Technology. He holds several recognized certifications to include CISSP, Certified Ethical Hacker, and Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator. He serves professionally as a Senior Cybersecurity Analyst for the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Center.

Jeff Silver

Jeff has been involved in the network security industry for over 20 years, working with Intrusion Detection, Vulnerability Assessment, Data Loss Prevention and other network security tools. He currently works for Symantec as a Senior Security Engineer in the Mid-Atlantic Region helping enterprise organizations increase their security posture. Jeff was a founding member and officer of the Delaware ISC2 Chapter, and actively serves on several Academic Advisory Boards. He is passionate about building up a culture of mentoring young security professionals in our industry and has been published on this topic. A strong advocate of building better cyber collaboration with law enforcement, Jeff is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy and a member of Infragard and HTCIA. He currently lives in Newark, Delaware with his wife and two children and outside of the technology industry is active in his church and local community. Mr. Silver is a Senior Security Engineer with Symantec.

Darren Spencer

Mr. Spencer assisted us in identifying relevant learning outcomes of our Bachelor of Science in Cyber/Digital Forensics program. As a digital forensics examiner, he specializes in malware. His academic background includes a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA with a concentration in Computer and Information Security. Additionally, he has several industry recognized certifications. He is a member of the Computer Analysis Response Team with the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Learn more about Regent and external cyber defense news, as well as upcoming activities and events. Get all the details here.

Regent University’s Institute for Cybersecurity is positioned to aggressively address the threat of cyber attacks. Whether you are looking for an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree program, or seeking industry certification and training, we offer comprehensive options to better protect information vital to business or enterprise.