ASU will continue work to help protect nation’s information infrastructure

May 22, 2012

Arizona State University's designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education has been renewed by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

The redesignation for education programs in information assurance, which extends through 2017, enables the university to continue to support students through the National Science Foundation’s Scholarship for Service program and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship program. Information Systems Image Download Full Image

The competitive scholarships go to students in computer science and computer systems engineering programs with an information assurance concentration – a focus on areas of study that address a growing need for federal information assurance professionals to protect the government’s critical information infrastructure.

The university also holds a designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research, which was granted in 2009 and extends through 2014.

A number of the scholarships and grants for education and research have been awarded due to the work done through the Information Assurance Center in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

The Information Assurance Center, directed by engineering professor Stephen Yau, concentrates on research addressing the challenges of ensuring the security and quality of information being stored, processed and transmitted by information systems and networks.

Twenty-seven ASU faculty members are now participating in the center’s work. Twenty are from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering – including its School of Electrical, Computing and Energy Engineering – with others from the W. P. Carey School of Business and the College of Technology and Innovation at ASU Polytechnic campus.

The center also is involved in technology transfer and continuing education for industry. It assists with information assurance education activities for other schools, especially those serving underrepresented minority groups.  

For more information on research and educational activities of the center, visit

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Diver Eggers named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII Team

May 22, 2012

Senior diver Elina Eggers was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII team for the third-consecutive season. With her first-team all-district honor, Eggers moves into contention to be named a national Capital One Academic All-American, an award she won in her junior season. 

Eggers earned one of the highest academic distinctions for a collegiate athlete, as a junior, when she was named to the Capital One Academic All-American first team in 2011. With a 3.96 GPA in economics, Eggers was one of only 15 athletes in the nation to earn the award among a pool of athletes across 13 Olympic sports. The diver was also acknowledged for her academic excellence by the Pac-12 Conference, which named her its Scholar Athlete of the Year for women's swimming and diving. Download Full Image

"She doesn't say a whole lot, but she doesn't have to," said head coach Mark Bradshaw. "She communicates through her actions, which is the kind of person you want in your program. Someone who is just going to come in no fuss, do what they're supposed to do, and is happy to do it. She does it with integrity and grace."

Eggers, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, is one of the most accomplished divers both academically and athletically in the history of Arizona State. A two-time Pac-12 Champion ('10, '12) on the 10-meter Platform, Eggers was the National Runner-up in the event at the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships in 2011. 

While competing at Arizona State, Eggers set four new school records including two 1-meter springboard records, the 3-meter championship meet record and the record on platform during a championship meet. The senior also joins a long list of multiple NCAA All-American honorees under Bradshaw, with four career accolades including two this season.

"I think anyone who has watched her dive and watched her compete would have a tremendous amount of respect for what she's done," said Bradshaw. "She works as hard at her school as she does her diving.  It's not like I recruited her with all that in mind. She just happens to be an outstanding student, but that's part of her makeup too. Some people might go `Oh yeah, well she's just smart', but I know how hard she works at it."