Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Iowa State University
Doug Jacobson, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and currently holds the rank of University Professor. Jacobson joined the faculty in 1985. He has been teaching cybersecurity courses since 1995 and in 2000 he led the effort to create the master’s degree in information assurance. He created the ISU Information Assurance Center in 2000, where he still serves as its director. He led the effort to create a BS degree in cybersecurity engineering, which is housed in the electrical and computer engineering department. The degree will start in the fall of 2019.
Jacobson has given over 200 presentations in the area of computer security. He has published numerous papers on computer security education and the use of hands-on laboratories to teach computer security, as well as written a textbook on network security. He also created a computer security outreach program targeted at the general public, post-secondary students and faculty. He co-authored a book on security literacy for the non-technical audience and also lectures on this topic. His team has developed a cybersecurity literacy curriculum for grades k-12.
Jacobson serves as chair of the college of engineering curriculum committee and as chair of the university curriculum committee. He serves as the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s assessment committee. He was in charge of writing the departmental self-study for computer engineering program and for the electrical engineering program for the last ABET accreditation visit. Jacobson has served as an ABET PEV for 10 years and currently serves on the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities. He was involved in the development of the new ABET EAC program criteria for Cybersecurity Engineering.
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