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The Last Word: Dr. Kangkook Jee on How UTD Students Are Making Their Mark in National Competitions

Part of the UTD Wind Competition team, with faculty advisor Dr. Todd Griffith at lower left. [Photo: UTD]

Via Dallas Innovates

“I want to encourage more students to get their hands dirty and try to solve these real-world problems.”

Dr. Kangkook Jee
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
UT Dallas
.…on a team from UTD placing fourth in the NSA’s Codebreaker Challenge.

Kangkook Jee 

A team of UT Dallas students placed fourth in the U.S. in the 2022 National Security Agency (NSA) Codebreaker Challenge, which tasked college students with solving a fictional ransomware attack. The semester-long competition saw 141 UT Dallas students take part, battling more than 5,000 students from 600 academic institutions across the nation. “We hope to have more students in the next challenge,” Dr. Jee said in a statement.

Now another UTD team is making its mark, by becoming one of 13 nationally and two in Texas to advance to the final round of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Collegiate Wind Competition. UTD’s 40-member team will present its designs for a turbine and hypothetical offshore wind farm—plus a community education and outreach plan—to a panel of judges next month in Boulder, Colorado.

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Source | Dallas Innovates

The UT Dallas Computer Science program is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United States with over 4,000 bachelors-degree students, more than 1,010 master’s students, 140 Ph.D. students,  52 tenure-track faculty members, and 42 full-time senior lecturers, as of Fall 2022. With the University of Texas at Dallas’ unique history of starting as a graduate institution first, the CS Department is built on a legacy of valuing innovative research and providing advanced training for software engineers and computer scientists.

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