ACES students complete a variety of internships and research projects to fulfill their experiential learning requirement. Experiential learning helps prepare students for professional careers and graduate level study, expanding their knowledge base and allowing for independent analysis in the field of cybersecurity.
Many ACES students have internships throughout the year at companies like Northrop Grumman, AT&T, NSA and Google. Their duties vary, from working as software engineers to working on cloud security.
Students conduct research to gain a better understanding of specific areas in cybersecurity, working closely with topics they can only briefly cover in class. Listed below are examples of student research and initiatives, including startups and education outreach:
- Circuit Obfuscation, the practice of hiding certain parts of the circuit for certain privacy protection.
- Covert Computation, a method to disguise communication by encoding messages and hiding them in images.
- Education Outreach at the Maryland Cybersecurity Center
- Project Dataface, a program to raise awareness about digital privacy, identifying individuals through images used on social media.
- Project Delta, a non-profit social enterprise connecting the collegiate hacker community with Non-Governmental Organizations to deliver software solutions for emerging social issues.