Headlines — 30 May 2014
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Student Team Takes Second in National Science Competition

Ed Anderson, president of the National Homeland Defense Foundation, left, joins Florida Tech students Troy Toggweiler and Evan Stoner, and Marc Dippold from event sponsor Leidos, at the National Security Innovation Competition in Colorado Springs, Colo.

A student team that designed a system involving large-scale emulated computer networks placed second and won $5,000 in the 8th Annual National Security Innovation Competition in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Florida Tech team was from the Harris Institute for Assured Information and was comprised of graduate student Evan Stoner and undergraduates Troy Toggweiler and Kevin Manzotti. It was guided by Department of Computer Sciences faculty advisor Marco Carvalho, who is also director of the Harris Institute, and research professor Thomas Eskridge.

Their entry was the Virtual Infrastructure for Network Emulation, or VINE. It is an environment that allows researchers and educators to build large-scale emulated computer networks and scenarios for cyber security experimentation and training.

Teams from Florida Tech, University of Rhode Island, Colorado Technical University, Indiana University, Saint Louis University, University of Wyoming, and the United States Air Force Academy were chosen to participate in the competition. The winning team, from URI, presented, “Safe Training Aids for Bomb-Sniffing Dogs.”

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