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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. There are over 700,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions across the nation. 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 (CAE-CD) for the B.S. in Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency (NSA). It is among only four percent of universities in the nation to receive this merit, according to the 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.

Cheryl Beauchamp Department Chair; Assistant Professor, Engineering & Computer Science
Director, Institute for Cybersecurity

Cheryl Beauchamp, Ph.D.*
Chair, Department of Engineering & Computer Science
Director, Institute for Cybersecurity
Point of Contact, Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

*Denotes Department Chair

Students who have taken the CompTIA exam and submit their test scores Regent University might be eligible to receive a voucher from the university to purchase textbooks prior to the start of the term. To be eligible for this bookstore voucher, a student must be enrolled in the B.S. in Cybersecurity, have successfully passed either ISYS 324 or ISYS 333 and have subsequently submitted their CompTIA exam scores to the Office of Advising.

Once test scores are on file, Student Financial Aid will add a $150 bookstore voucher to the student’s account for the next upcoming fall or spring semester and send an email to the student’s Regent email address with details on how to utilize the voucher.

If a student chooses not to purchase their books with this voucher, it cannot be refunded back to them or transferred to a new semester. See the financial aid calendar for more information about when the bookstore voucher will expire.

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Regent University’s Institute for Cybersecurity with its Cyber Range prepares Christian technology and cybersecurity leaders through a combination of exceptional real-world relevant training and instruction in ethical responsibilities.  Through its varied offerings on campus and virtually, the Institute for Cybersecurity has engaged not only engineering and computer science students, but Regent University students across multiple degree programs.

Overview 

The Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) Department Advisory Committee (DAC) meets in formal session once each year. The Board seeks to advise the ECS’s teaching, service, and research goals by strengthening the Department’s ties to industry and community.  The DAC offers advice to the department chair, the faculty and other administrative officers on strategies and means for accomplishing the mission and vision of the department. The DAC is guided by the department chair and its DAC coordinator. DAC members are appointed to three-year renewable terms. A member may be reappointed at the discretion of the ECS department chair. 

At the meetings of the DAC, members interact with the department chair and faculty on issues of department goals and objectives, educational trends, employment opportunities, research opportunities, degrees, student projects and engagement and other related topics such as recommendations for continuous improvement. Members of the DAC may also provide support throughout the year for the department’s specific initiatives and programs to foster closer ties between the department and its constituents. 

Statement of Responsibilities 

The objectives of the ECS DAC are: 

  • Work with the members of the department to create an effective environment for teaching, research and outreach for faculty and students. 
  • Assist the department in the evaluation of educational objectives and proactively recommend changes for improving the curriculum and student experiences as appropriate. 
  • Commit to attending one annual meeting a year in mid to late May. 
  • Attend an initial onboarding meeting of new members in the fall, no later than mid-October. 
  • Partner with the department as guest lecturers, seminar participants, career advisors and role models for the students and faculty in the ECS Department. 
  • Assist in creation of an annual DAC report providing an assessment of the current state of the ECS department and suggestions for future activities. 
  • Bring perspectives from their respective industry, company, or national laboratory to departmental strategic planning. 
  • Act as advocates for the department within companies, state and federal government agencies, and professional societies. 
  • Develop prioritized yearly goals and establish measurable metrics to document the Committee’s performance.

Scope 

The ECS DAC shall be external advisory to the department chair and faculty of the Engineering and Computer Science department. 

Constituents 

The ECS DAC will consist of no more than eight to ten members. Assembled DAC members will eventually include representation from the following external stakeholders:   

  • Alumni  
  • Adjunct Faculty professionals working in the discipline  
  • K-12 Education  
  • Professionals not associated with Regent :
    • Federal or state government  
    • Military  
    • Finance  
    • Medical
  1. Rende, J. (Mar 1, 2023). Why overcoming the cybersecurity labor shortage matters to company success. Forbes.