UMUC Professor Responsible for Developing Information Assurance Program after 9/11 Receives Award

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By Kerry O'Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   April 15, 2008

ADELPHI, Md. (April 15, 2008) – University of Maryland University College (UMUC) today announced that Dr. Jim Q. Chen, collegiate professor and program director of Information Assurance at UMUC, received the 2008 University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

"As an experienced and innovative teacher, both face-to-face and online, Dr. Chen brings passion and unparalleled knowledge into the classroom; always inspiring his students to reach beyond what they know, to discover what they can only imagine,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “At UMUC, we are deeply committed to ensuring student success, by creating a relevant, creative, and inclusive learning environment of the highest scholastic and intellectual quality.”

Chen, who has taught at UMUC for more than a decade, received the award for his academic contributions and achievements at UMUC. Chen’s major contributions to the university include developing the Information Assurance specialization in response to post-September 11 workforce conditions and trends and designed an interactive Network System and Security Laboratory at UMUC’s main campus in Adelphi, Maryland.

During a time of heightened national security, the Information Assurance program provides managers and technology professionals with the tools needed to effectively protect an organization’s assets. Students in the program are trained in design, development, operation and management of secure information systems.

The Network System and Security Laboratory is used by more than 27,000 students and military members worldwide to create real-life scenarios, helping to reinforce the theories and concepts learned concerning information security. Both online and onsite, UMUC students who participate in the lab are taught basic and advanced information protection skills. Areas of focus include data communications and networks, internet security, intrusion detection, incident response and computer forensics. The lab was so successful that Chen was asked to duplicate the laboratory at UMUC campuses in Europe and Asia.

Chen has also been instrumental in designing and developing several other UMUC courses with a focus in systems security. Outside the classroom, he has co-authored a number of academic publications and continues pursuing research in the field of design and development of network systems and securities.
In 2006, Dr. Chen was chosen as one of only 20 participants in UMUC’s year-long Leadership and Management Development Program (LMDP), a course created to inspire positive change in leadership methods.