Posted by raherschbach on 2 Oct 2015

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)! With the goal of promoting vigilance and best practices among all users of computers and networks, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance have sponsored NCSAM every year since 2004.

As home to nationally recognized programs in cybersecurity and computer science, Capitol Technology University places great signifiance on this annual occasion. For October 2015, the university is marking it with a series of notable events, including talks and presentations, a visit to campus by an NSA education representative, and a day of cyber competitions and games held at the university's Cyber Battle Lab. For a complete calendar, scroll to the end of this post.

Tech talks held on October 15 at Puente Library will focus on reverse engineering and drones. The following week, on October 21, cybersecurity chair Wiliam Butler will deliver a webinar on security issues related to the Internet of Things (IoT), in conjuncution with the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE).  His presentation will be accessible online to IWCE members.

Meanwhile, on October 17, anyone with an interest in cybersecurity is invited to attend the university's Cyber Saturday held at the Cyber Battle Lab at the McGowan Center. Games and competitions have been designed for students at all levels.

Capitol faculty are starting off the month with participation in panel discussiions at the 13th Annual Cybernetics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity (C3®) conference and the inaugural National K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference. On October 1, cybersecurity program chair William Butler joined Shanice White and Marilyn Fitzpatrick of Charles Herbert Flowers High School in discussions on dual high school enrollments, stackable credentials, and transfer pathways.

“Every citizen has a part to play in protecting our critical infrastructure,” Butler says. “Although you may not think that phone in your hand or the computer at your desk is critical infrastructure, actually it is. It’s potentially another venue hackers can use to get into the system and wreak havoc.

"All of us can and should take steps to protect our phones, computers and data and thus help contribute to improved cybersecurity. That’s what this month is all about.”

The complete list of Capitol activities marking NCSAM follows below.


Oct 1-2

 13th Annual Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity (C3®) Conference. Capitol and Flowers HS faculty will participate in panel discussions focused on dual high school enrollments, stackable credentials, and transfer pathways.The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum, Maryland
Oct 8NSA education representative visit to campus. Our NSA education outreach representative and a young cyber engineer will discuss work life and career opportunities at the Agency.

Cyber Battle Lab

Oct 15

CAE Tech Talks. Capitol will host two cutting edge presentations of interest; all interested students are invited to attend: 

Introduction to Reverse Engineering x86 (1 – 2 pm EST) Presenter: Professor Matt Miller (University of Nebraska at Kearney)

The Age of Drones and Cybersecurity (2:15 – 3:15 EST)  Presenter: Professor Vincent Nestler (Capitol Technology University)

Puente Library, L102 or online via Adobe Connect:

Oct 17

Cyber Saturday. Action packed day of fun cyber competitions and games for all. This day targets beginners, intermediate and advanced students.  All are welcome to attend.

Cyber Battle Lab
Oct 21

Internet of Things Security Presentation. Professor Bill Butler will present to International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) members on Internet of Things (IoT) security. The presentation will be virtual to the IWCE membership.

International Wireless Communications Expo
Oct 28

Cyber Maryland. Professor Bill Butler will speak with a panel focused on NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (Promoting Education & Research).

Baltimore Convention Center
Oct 28

Maryland Cyber Challenge Final Round: Capitol advanced to round 2 with the final round being held in Baltimore on this day.

Oct 29Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

The admissions office will host 40 school students from MESA Howard County. Students will have the opportunity to hear about Capitol, tour the campus and be apart of a Cyber demonstration in the university’s Cyber Battle Lab.

Capitol Campus



Posted by raherschbach on 30 Sep 2015

The 8th annual Capitol Technology University Scholarship Golf Tournament, originally set for Friday (October 2) has been rescheduled due to rain.

The new date is October 23 at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD.

Each year, the tournament raises funds to support the growing needs of students and ensure they have the financial support they need to realize their academic goals.

The event also helps build rapport among different members of the college community, including sponsors, trustees and college administration, faculty and staff, as well as students and alumni.

Registration for a foursome is $500. For an individual, the cost is $150. Non-players may register for $50. For full details about the event, and a link to registration and sponsorship forms, visit our Golf page or contact Leah Caputo at

The tournament has three main purposes, says Capitol Technology University's president, Dr. Michael T. Wood.

“One, it raises money for our students. The major purpose is fundraising, to provide scholarship support and financial aid. Two, it’s a great opportunity to have some social camaraderie with our constituents and our supporters. It gets a lot of people who are members of the extended college community together for a good social time,” Wood said.

“Third, it brings us greater community visibility. Being out at a local golf course community enables us to generate contacts and relationships with people from various walks of life who are active in that community,” he said.

Registration costs cover not only the greens fees and equipment, but also a continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages on course. Each participant will receive a golf shirt marking the occasion, along with a sleeve of golf balls bearing the name of the college. An awards ceremony will be held after play is concluded.

The event will take place at one of the region’s premier getaways. Set among central Maryland’s rolling hills, Turf Valley boasts stunning autumnal scenery in addition to all the amenities of a top-class resort. Besides two 18-hole courses, it is home to a spa, a conference center, and a restaurant specializing in fusion cuisine.

NSSP offers road map to security careers

With its cutting-edge programs in cybersecurity and other technology-related fields, as well as its ongoing partnerships with government agencies and area employers, Capitol Technology University has long been an attractive choice for students who aspire to become security professionals.

Now, Capitol is able to offer further opportunities to students through the university’s participation in the National Security Scholars Program (NSSP), a unique opportunity to gain experience in the security field through paid internships, while also obtaining a security clearance.  

Alumni Profile: Ryan Schrenk ‘15

Alongside his academic work at Capitol, astronautical engineering graduate Ryan Schrenk founded what has become one of the most notable student-led projects in the school’s history. TRAPSat, now in its fifth semester, has been experimenting with innovative ways to trap space debris; it is now part of the university’s CACTUS-1 project, selected for launch by NASA in 2018 as part of the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). Schrenk, who returned this fall to begin his master’s degree, continues to be closely involved.

Career Day at Capitol Technology University

Capitol Technology University will host its annual Career Day on Tuesday, September 22. The event is a key part of the university’s career services programs, aimed at helping students successfully launch their professional careers at the time of graduation.


Posted by raherschbach on 14 Sep 2015

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to a new academic year. I hope you are all having a great start to your semester. This month, be vigilant of upcoming activities and deadlines, includiong Career Day on September 22.

Career Day is a day dedicated to providing career and professional development workshops for our students. This year we will feature workshops on professional attire, public service opportunities, job and internship search techniques, an Internship HR panel featuring a few 3 letter agencies and other organizations, Security Clearances, and things to know when starting your own business. We also have a special set of events for our seniors. Seniors were required to RSVP by September 8th at noon, but email me to see if there is still a spot left if you are a senior at Capitol.

This event is required for all students claiming the commitment. No one is exempt from attending this event, so yes, you are required to attend even if you are a transfer student or a commuter.

If you are interested in pursuing an internship that may have a security clearance component, applications are due soon. Internship applications at the NSA, CIA, DIA, NGA, and other government agencies are due in either mid or late October. NASA has a webinar for student internships on the evening of September 21st, click here to register. An Intelligence Community Virtual Information Fair will take place on September 24th.

Keep an eye on your student email accounts ( for emails from with more information about internship opportunities.

I will see you on September 22nd, 2015 between 9-10am in the Auditorium at Capitol Technology University.

Capitol Hosts FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff Event

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) 2015-16 season officially got under way on Saturday (September 12), with more than 400 students from Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region arriving at Capitol Technology University to pick up their kits and learn the details of the contest.

Capitol to offer cyber education opportunities to physical security pros at ASIS conference

Physical security professionals with an interest in building or developing cybersecurity credentials will be able to learn about the educational opportunities available at Capitol Technology University when they attend the 2015 ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Anaheim, California.


Posted by raherschbach on 28 Aug 2015

“Libraries, to a librarian, are always personal,” says Rick Sample, director of library services and information literacy. Capitol’s Puente Library is certainly an example; its development over the past two decades has been guided by Sample’s vision.

That vision includes an awareness of the multiple ways in which university students make use of library resources. For many, it is not simply a place to locate information and check out materials related to their coursework.  Many come to the library to take a break from academics – for instance, by checking out a movie or the latest best-selling thriller.  Under Sample’s leadership, Puente Library has endeavored to meet such needs.

“We’ve purchased a large fiction collection and bought DVDs,” Sample explains.  “And we’re always adding things, board games for instance. I’m impressed with the usage of the board games. In general, we try to do things that are student-driven.”

The most frequent use of the library, he says, is as a study space. This is true of college and university libraries in general, a fact that surprised him when he first took up the job.

Sample’s previous experience had included a stint at a research institute library, where most users were there to locate articles or papers.  He discovered the pattern of library use in a college environment is quite different.

“I spoke with other librarians from MICUA (Maryland Independent College and University Association) schools and they said I should expect studying to account for 50% to 70% for the library’s usage. It took me awhile to adapt to that.”

Indeed, on any given day, students can be seen poring over their homework or making use of the library’s ample computer facilities, with activity peaking during finals week.

Sample is a strong proponent of student-driven programming, saying Puente has become one of the focal points of campus life. “I don't think you could find a student on campus who couldn’t tell you where the library was,” he says. “You might be able to find students who don’t know where the McGowan Center is, but not the library.”

That’s partly because of the variety of activities and events developed by Sample, librarian Susanna Carey, and a dedicated team of student workers. The library calendar includes an edible book contest, a Halloween costume party, a chili cook-off, a Mobile Phone Olympics, gaming events, a Veterans’ Day essay contest, and a poetry contest. In recent months, Puente Library has boosted its presence further through social media and the launch of a new website.

A library director -- and professor

Being in charge of a university library is not for the faint-hearted; it’s a demanding job. Even so, Sample also finds time for his second vocation: teaching. He’s a longtime member of the adjunct faculty, specializing in literature courses. These have covered topics including sci-fi, mystery and horror fiction.

Sample says he took up teaching because he values interaction with students.  His first role at Capitol, before taking on the library post, was as basketball coach and athletic director. That’s right – Capitol once had a basketball team. It was active from the mid-1980s until the turn of the century.  The team participated in an area league, travelled to neighboring states for away games and even participated in a few tournaments.  And Sample was its coach.

The era of the bouncing ball at Capitol is long past, but Sample recalls “good times” and “funny stories.”

“Engineers probably shouldn’t be playing basketball,” he jokes affectionately.

 Although he once considered the sport his first love, he now finds more fulfilment in being a professor. He’s passionate about the capabilities of Capitol students and relishes hearing their ideas during classroom discussions.  “Our students have a lot to say and they are very articulate. They know how to defend their positions. They really keep me on my toes.”

Sample has been at Capitol now for close to thirty years – first as coach, and then as library director and professor. The close-knit, family-like ambience of a small campus appeals to him; though he expects changes as the university expands, he anticipates that Capitol will retain many of its unique qualities as an institution. He is proud of Puente Library, which boasts a collection far wider in scope than some might expect from an institution dedicated to technology, business and engineering. 

Above all he is committed to doing whatever he can to make Puente a valuable resource for those who walk through its doors. “Librarians don’t like to say no,” he acknowledges. “People come to the library wanting an answer to something, and we want to be able to provide it.”

“I guess my proudest accomplishment here would be that I have been sensitive and understanding and have listened to our students.”

Capitol Students and Faculty Launch Satellite Payload Into Space

“Two minutes,” says Carl Hansen, noting the time since the launch of a sounding rocket carrying Capitol Technology University’s Project Hermes payload from NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Almost overlapping, Ben Serano says, “Iridium signal,” chronicling launch events as they occur.