COSE News and Events

SAFE Awards Dinner

On March 23rd at 6:00pm, the College of Science and Engineering will host its first SAFE (Securing America’s Future Through Engineering) Awards Dinner. At this event, Dr. Napper will recognize the founding members of the Engineering Advisory Board as well as the first class of “Cyber Students” at HBU.  Attendees will also enjoy a presentation from Craig Spohn, the Executive Director and President of the Cyber Innovation Center.

Dr. Stanley Napper Featured on “Think About It”

Houston Chronicle Highlights HBU Cyber Engineering Program

The Houston Chronicle recently highlighted HBU’s Cyber Engineering program in a special section on getting ready for college and careers.  The demand for cybersecurity professionals is very high, and HBU has outstanding project-based degree programs and a strong industry advisory board to meet that need.

The Houston Chronicle states, “HBU’s approach is project driven; even in their freshman year, students will be doing engineering and cyber projects. Freshmen students are required to build a smart factory with at least two input signals and at least two output or control signals and Bluetooth/wireless component. During their senior year, they will complete an advanced on-site industry-sponsored project with industry partners.”  For the full article, click this link.

Avantor Sciences Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant

Dr. Brenda Whaley, HBU professor of Biology, and Dr. Agnieszka Czopik, HBU assistant professor of Biology, have received a grant for $10,000 from the Avantor Sciences Foundation for study and student lab work with C. elegans, a microscopic worm organism. The title of their project is, “Enhancing undergraduate research and teaching at HBU through studies of C. elegans.” The funding will support Dr. Whaley’s research in the ecology of C. elegans and Dr. Czopik’s use of these organisms in her immunology lab.

“It is important for biologists-in-training to be familiar with these organisms and know how to work with them,” Whaley said.  “We are really excited that our students will have the opportunity to learn to work with these organisms.”

New $5,000 Scholarships for Science and Engineering Majors

Houston Baptist University is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for students, recognizing a pioneer of computer science and military service, Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper, PhD, by establishing the Grace Hopper Scholarships. This fund is established through a generous gift from Mr. Holly Frost and Ms. Kathaleen Wall. Mr. Frost is an entrepreneur who created one of the earliest and most successful computer-memory companies.
Through the gift of $500,000 per year for four years, HBU will be able to support up to 100 students annually in high-demand, STEM-related academic programs. Scholarship recipients will demonstrate Dr. Hopper’s persistence, technical knowledge and selfless service as students in Computer Science, Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at HBU. The goal of the scholarship is to support qualified students during the second and third years of their degree programs to enhance the probability of their graduation. The full press release acknowledges the donors (Holly Frost and Kathaleen Wall) and the distinguished career of Grace Hopper.

Approximately 100 scholarships, averaging $5,000 each, are available for the 2019-20 year. Qualifications for the scholarship, and the online application, are available from this link.

HBU Announces Largest Single Gift in History from Sherry and Jim Smith, Sr.

Sherry and Jim Smith, Sr. are providing a gift of $20 million to Houston Baptist University for the construction of classroom space and laboratory facilities to be used by the College of Science and Engineering and the School of Nursing and Allied Health.

It is the largest single gift in the history of the University, and will allow for innovative learning and laboratory space in each area. In appreciation of their gift, the University will name the building in the Smiths’ honor. The University announced the donation at a special reception in honor of Sherry and Jim Smith on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Morris House on HBU’s campus.

“This amazing gift by Jim and Sherry Smith is consistent with their family’s long history of generosity, beginning with Jim’s father, Orrien Smith,” said HBU president, Dr. Robert B. Sloan. “Jim and Sherry have, for decades, worked tirelessly on behalf of the University, and have used their gifts as well as their wisdom to further the Christian mission of HBU. This gift will produce spectacular results in the important STEM-related areas of engineering, science, and nursing, not only for HBU, but also for Houston and well beyond. We will forever be indebted to this great family.” Read more.

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