https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Vulnerable-to-a-hack-The-daily-risk-we-take-to-be-connected-in-a-digital-world.aspx1090In the media: Vulnerable to a hack: The daily risk we take to be connected in a digital world<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/151013_joseph_scherrer_01.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<strong>ST. LOUIS (KMOX) —</strong><span style="caret-color: #000000; color: #000000; font-family: "open sans", helvetica, sans-serif;"> We're a long way from the days of dial-up internet connections. We have an almost endless choice of devices — devices that can connect us instantly to the world. However, the innovation enhancing our lives can also be an achilles heel ... vulnerable to a hack.</span></p><p>What can be hacked? The simple answer — anything and everything. </p><p>We've reached an age where business and government rely on technology and computer networks. And consumer access to internet connected devices is exploding. </p><p>First, it's important to understand the real level of threat. It's basically off the charts.</p><p>"The consequences for modern society are potentially catastrophic," said <a href="https://sever.wustl.edu/faculty/Pages/Joe-Scherrer.aspx">Joe Scherrer</a>, the Executive Director of Professional Education in the <a href="https://cse.wustl.edu/research/areas/Pages/Cybersecurity.aspx">McKelvey School of Engineering</a> and the Director of the Cybersecurity Strategic Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis. </p><p>Scherrer spent more than two decades in the U.S. Air Force. While serving at the Pentagon he was architect of the first national military strategy for cyberspace.</p><p>"We have cyber criminals all across the globe that it's a 9 to 5 job, and they're buying and selling access, and they're exploiting vulnerabilities that really boils down to our inability — the humans' inability — to do what needs to be done to make ourselves a harder target"</p><p>Experts say we let hackers get a foot in the door ... without much effort on their part.</p><p>At the recent <a href="https://www.g2iconference.com/">Gateway to Innovation Conference</a> in downtown St. Louis, I spoke with IT professionals between sessions. I asked about their biggest security worries. People falling prey to phishing emails topped the list.</p><p>These tactics are called "social engineering." Using simple psychological manipulation, cybercriminals get people to cough up confidential information or trick them into opening a file or clicking links containing malware.</p><p>Every year Verizon releases a <a href="https://enterprise.verizon.com/resources/reports/dbir/2019/introduction/">Data Breach Investigation Report</a>. Email is once again a top concern.</p><p>Verizon's investigation revealed attacks against company executives spiked in the past year. Top executives especially ... they're 12 times more likely to be the victim of an email attack.  <br/></p><p> <span style="caret-color: #555555; color: #555555; font-size: 21px;"></span> <span style="caret-color: #555555; color: #555555; font-size: 21px;"> <span style="caret-color: #555555; color: #555555; font-size: 18px;"> </span><a href="https://kmox.radio.com/articles/st-louis-cyber-experts-discuss-hacking-and-internet-security-amid-age-information" style="font-size: 21px;">>> Read the full article on KMOX</a></span><br/></p><p> <br/> </p>Megan Lynch, KMOX https://kmox.radio.com/articles/st-louis-cyber-experts-discuss-hacking-and-internet-security-amid-age-information2019-06-03T05:00:00Z"We are 100% vulnerable.""We are 100% vulnerable." <a href="https://kmox.radio.com/articles/st-louis-cyber-experts-discuss-hacking-and-internet-security-amid-age-information">>> Read the full article on KMOX</a><br/>
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/McKelvey-tells-Engineering-graduates-it-is-uncomfortable-to-create-change.aspx1084McKelvey tells Engineering graduates it is uncomfortable to create change<p>If you didn't get a chance to watch the McKelvey Engineering Recognition Ceremony in person, here is the full ceremony with Jim McKelvey Jr. and Chancellor Mark Wrighton's last speech.<br/></p> <br/> <div class="youtube-wrap"><div class="iframe-container"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/noBSLZaTuXA?start=2375"></iframe><br/><br/><br/><br/></div></div><img alt="Jim McKelvey Jr. " src="/news/PublishingImages/190516_mckelvey_graduation_169.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>At the 2019 McKelvey School of Engineering Recognition Ceremony, Jim McKelvey Jr. gave nearly 1,000 graduating McKelvey Engineering students the universal formula for success in any industry: Copy what everybody else does. <br/></p><p>McKelvey, a 1987 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, told surprised students that we learn to do everything in life by copying someone else: walking, talking and studying. <br/></p><p>"We copy copiously, we copy instinctively," said McKelvey, the first Recognition Ceremony speaker for the school newly named after him. "Copying is so wired into our brains and our institutions that as soon as we stop copying, we feel uncomfortable." <br/></p><p>But the problem with copying, he said, is that nothing changes. <br/></p><p>"Someday you may encounter a problem that nobody has solved," he said. "And if you dare to try to solve that problem, you're not going to be able to copy, and that's going to feel very strange. You will feel alone and uncertain. You will have no guarantee that your solution will work. Every cell in your body and decades of social conditioning are going to tell you to get back to the herd. And at that point, my hope is that your engineering education will serve you." <br/></p><p>McKelvey said when something is truly new, we are all novices. <br/></p><p>"And we are all alone and are probably scared," he said. "And some of us do it anyway. This is how the world advances. If we have prepared some of you to be unprepared, then we have done our job." <br/></p><p>A successful serial entrepreneur, McKelvey Jr. is co-founder of Square, a revolutionary financial services and mobile payment company credited with empowering businesses of all sizes around the globe. In addition, he is an independent director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve but is better known for his involvement in several St. Louis-based startups, including co-founder of Six Thirty, founder of LaunchCode, co-founder of Third Degree Glass Factory, founder of Mira Publishing (as a Washington University student). He also is the author of "The Art of Fire: Beginning Glassblowing," a textbook for novice glassblowers. He recently started Invisibly, which works with online publishers and advertisers to improve their advertising technology and thus create a revenue stream. <br/></p><p>McKelvey Jr. is the son of James M. McKelvey Sr., who was the seventh dean of the university's engineering school from 1964-1991.</p><p> </p><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><p> </p><p><br/></p>Jim McKelvey Jr. Beth Miller 2019-05-29T05:00:00ZJim McKelvey Jr. spoke to McKelvey Engineering graduates and their families at the May 16 Recognition Ceremony.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/You-have-to-have-a-plan.aspx1078‘You have to have a plan’<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Ryan-Wilson-feature-photo1.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>As a kid biking the streets of Kinloch and Ferguson, Mo., Ryan A. Wilson was drawn to construction sites. “I loved looking at buildings,” he recalled with a smile. “It was always fascinating to see things go up. It’s kind of in my blood.”</p><p>After earning his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, in 2013, Wilson joined HOK, the St. Louis-based firm co-founded by fellow alumnus Gyo Obata, who earned an architecture degree in 1945. He spent the next two years working on Parkview Tower, a new 12-story facility for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.</p><p>“I was part of the information modeling team and responsible for producing construction documents,” Wilson said. “It was a great opportunity, right out of undergrad.”</p><p>But professional experience is just one requirement toward Wilson’s ultimate objective: earning his architecture license. And so, in 2015, he returned to the Sam Fox School’s Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design as a Chancellor’s Fellow and master’s candidate in both architecture and construction management. “It was all part of the plan,” he quipped. “I’m very goal-oriented.”</p><p>Now, themes of youth and health are informing Wilson’s final degree project, which explores architecture’s capacity, both figurative and literal, for rebuilding community. Titled “A Broken Mind in a Glass Box,” the plan centers on a proposed mental health center for young adults in northwestern St. Louis.<br/></p><p> <img src="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Wilson-model-300x234.jpg" alt="A model of Wilson’s degree project, a mental health facility for youth in north St. Louis. " class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin: 5px;"/></p><p>“Childhood trauma, if it goes untreated, can cause issues throughout one’s life,” he said. “But mental health isn’t something that gets talked about in urban communities. If you’ve seen someone get killed, or if you don’t have a parent in the home, nobody says ‘Go get help.’ It’s kind of taboo.”</p><p>Situated at the intersection of Page and Taylor, near Ranken Technical College (where Wilson earned his associate’s degree in 2009), the two-story, steel-frame structure would encompass a variety of functions and healing opportunities.</p><p>“This isn’t the typical mental health center,” Wilson explained. “It’s surrounded by green space, it’s filled with natural light and natural materials. Kids can talk to a therapist and get assessed, but they also have opportunities for sports, for music and dance, for drama and art."<br/></p><p>“It’s a welcoming place for families and a beacon for the community.”</p><h3 class="embed-title" style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #2f3030; margin: 0.5em 1rem;"></h3> <section class="embed-body" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0.5em 1rem;"> <p> <a href="https://source.wustl.edu/2019/05/sharing-a-passion-for-learning-with-young-people/" style="box-sizing: inherit;"></a></p></section> <p>Meanwhile, Wilson has continued working with local firms, most recently KAI Design & Build. There, projects have ranged from the BJC West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo., to James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall, part of Washington University’s east end transformation, the largest capital project ever undertaken on the Danforth Campus. After graduation, Wilson will join KAI full time as a project engineer.</p><p>“In the studio, you have a lot of opportunity to follow your own ideals,” Wilson mused. But working with a client, on a large-scale project involving hundreds of people, “there are hard deadlines. If something is due that day, it’s due that day. It has to get done.</p><blockquote>“Once the clock starts moving, it doesn’t stop until the job is finished.”</blockquote><p>On May 2, Wilson presented his degree project for final review. Reviewers were receptive, and both his father and his own son, 10-year-old Bryan, were in attendance.</p><p>“He really enjoyed it,” Wilson said, cracking a smile. “He’s good at math, and likes aviation and robotics.</p><p>“I think he’s going to be an engineer, but he says he wants to be an architect.”</p> <figure class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px auto 1.5em; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; border: none; background-image: none; caret-color: #3c3d3d; color: #3c3d3d; font-family: "source sans pro", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19.200000762939453px;"> <a href="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Wilson-rendering.jpg" style="box-sizing: inherit;"> <img data-attachment-id="343017" data-permalink="https://source.wustl.edu/2019/05/you-have-to-have-a-plan/cusersthe-architectdesktopdp_sp2019plans_sec_1-model-1/" data-orig-file="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Wilson-rendering.jpg" data-orig-size="3600,1620" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"The Architect","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"C:UsersThe ArchitectDesktopDP_SP2019Plans_Sec_1 Model (1)","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="C:UsersThe ArchitectDesktopDP_SP2019Plans_Sec_1 Model (1)" data-medium-file="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Wilson-rendering-300x135.jpg" data-large-file="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Wilson-rendering-1024x461.jpg" class="size-large wp-image-343017" src="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Wilson-rendering-1024x461.jpg" alt="" style="box-sizing: inherit; border-width: 0px; width: 955px; margin: 5px; display: block;"/></a> <figcaption class="wp-caption-text" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 1rem; font-style: italic; line-height: 1.333; color: #626464; margin-top: 0.25em;">Situated at the intersection of Page and Taylor, the project would include facilities for youth counseling as well as sports, dance, theater and other activities. (Image: Ryan A. Wilson)</figcaption></figure> <h5 style="box-sizing: inherit; color: #2f3030; font-family: "source sans pro", "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">Read more about the Class Acts of 2019 <a href="https://source.wustl.edu/washu19/" style="box-sizing: inherit;">here</a>.<br/></h5><p> <br/> </p><img data-attachment-id="206623" data-permalink="https://source.wustl.edu/class-acts/class-acts-logo/" data-orig-file="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Class-Acts-Logo.jpeg" data-orig-size="3600,893" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Class Acts Logo" data-medium-file="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Class-Acts-Logo-300x74.jpeg" data-large-file="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Class-Acts-Logo-1024x254.jpeg" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-206623" src="https://source.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Class-Acts-Logo-300x74.jpeg" alt="Class Acts" style="box-sizing: inherit; border-width: 0px; display: inline; margin: 5px; width: 328px;"/><br/> <div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>More with Ryan A. Wilson<br/></h3><ul style="text-align: left;"><li><strong>Hometown: </strong>St. Louis</li><li><strong>On launching a career:</strong> “Right now, look outside, you can see that we’re building everywhere in St. Louis. For architects and designers, there’s a lot of opportunity here.”</li><li><strong style="font-size: 1em;">On time management:</strong><span style="font-size: 1em;"> “Construction sites are always moving; they never stop. One of the biggest challenges is time. There’s never enough time, but you never get more time, and new things pop up. So you have to be flexible, but you also have to have a plan.”</span></li></ul> </div></div>Ryan A. Wilson, a master’s candidate in architecture and construction management at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, sits at his desk in Givens Hall. (Photo: Carol Green/Washington University)Liam Ottenhttps://source.wustl.edu/2019/05/you-have-to-have-a-plan/2019-05-14T05:00:00Z​Class Acts-Community: Architect Ryan A. Wilson wants to improve youth mental health in St. Louis<p>​Class Acts-Community: Architect Ryan A. Wilson wants to improve youth mental health in St. Louis<br/></p>
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Alumna-Loop-credits-master’s-in-cybersecurity-with-opening-doors.aspx1067Alumna Loop credits master’s in cybersecurity with opening doors<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/2014-11-27%20loop%20thanksgiving%20(134%20of%20208).jpeg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>Despite working as an intelligence analyst for more than a decade for the U.S. Secret Service and the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Marie Loop realized there was a hole in her resume — cybersecurity. <br/></p><p>She filled that hole in December 2018 with a master's in cybersecurity management from the Henry Edwin Sever Institute in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, which led to her current role as global protective intelligence manager for Facebook, a job she says she wouldn't have gotten without the degree. Loop will be discussing her career and the impact of the degree at the Sever Toast at 6 p.m. May 13 in Holmes Lounge. Alumni, faculty, staff and guests are welcome. <br/></p><p>Prior to starting the cybersecurity master's program, Loop already had earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from George Washington University, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and a master of science in security studies from University College London (UCL). But searching for a job in St. Louis after leaving New York City, where she had been an intelligence research specialist with the NYPD, revealed that gap in cybersecurity. She took on the cybersecurity master's program full-time. <br/></p><p>"It is a really fantastic opportunity to be open-minded," she said. "The professors aren't just professors — they are leading professionals in the cybersecurity industry, and to be able to be taught by someone actually doing it is rare. Being able to learn from them, get to know them, develop relationships with them, ask them for advice, have them help form ideas and paths with you — the ability to be open-minded and cultivate relationships with fellow classmates and professors is one of the most valuable pieces of the program."<br/></p><p>At Facebook, Loop is responsible for managing a regional protective intelligence team that handles any threats toward company executives. <br/></p><p>"We look at all realms of threat, from travel and event support, geopolitical issues and how they will relate to those executives, and really focus on the mission of the overall security team — protecting people, assets and reputation," Loop said. <br/></p><p>Her work at Facebook is related to her previous roles in government intelligence, an area that has been her focus since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. Although she was a sophomore in high school at the time, Loop knew then she wanted a career in security. As a high school senior, she took an unpaid internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and while a student at George Washington University, she took an internship then a paid position with the Secret Service, where she worked for several years after she graduated. <br/></p><p>"I got a great foundation in everything from threat assessment to investigation to subject profiling," she said. <br/></p><p>Subject profiling is a particular area of interest for Loop. <br/></p><p>"One of the things that I've always looked at is how people operate, communicate and exist in a work environment and how similarly those personalities and situations happen," she said. "A lot of industrial organizational psychology practices can be applied to threat assessment and understanding why people do those things." <br/></p><p>While earning a master's at UCL, she got more of a global perspective on security and learned how the world looked at various events, including 9/11. She got very interested in networks of attackers and focused on the networks of the "lone wolf" attacker, the group network, and a joint network. Through her analysis, she found the gaps where the attackers slipped through law enforcement and intelligence awareness. <br/></p><p>For her thesis for the McKelvey Engineering cybersecurity program, she collected research on mass shooters in the U.S. between 1999-2018 and analyzed whether the shooter had vented about his or her attack online prior to carrying it out. While this work can be discouraging, Loop knows it is necessary for change. <br/></p><p>"Whether within government or corporations, it takes all of us working together and understanding ways to prevent this type of atrocity anywhere we can and the spread of it," she said. <br/></p><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><p><br/></p>Beth Miller 2019-04-26T05:00:00ZAlumna Marie Loop will share her work in cybersecurity and intelligence at the Sever Toast May 13 in Holmes Lounge.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/peggy-matson-offers-job-hunting-tips-for-grads.aspx1044Sever Institute’s Peggy Matson offers job-hunting tips for grads As we near commencement season, students at universities and colleges across the nation are preparing to enter the job market. That includes building up their resumes, completing dozens of job applications and participating in interviews. <br/><img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Matson,%20Peggy.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Peggy Kepuraitis Matson, program director of Graduate Studies in Engineering Management and of Project Management at the Sever Institute, has a few words of advice for those looking to stand out in a crowded field.  <h3>Research and Set Your Priorities</h3><div>Identify five or so companies of interest and learn all you can about them, including their values and company culture. Seek them out at career fairs, speaker events, University alumni networking opportunities and informational interviews. You don’t have to turn down opportunities that may arise, but it helps to focus your search. <br/></div><h3>Make a Good First Impression  </h3><div>When you meet a potential employer, lead with a warm and strong handshake. Then do what you can to show them your true character. Express your larger passions. Be polite, respectful and show intellectual humility.  <br/></div><h3>Lead with Your Strengths </h3><div>Start with your professional background, even if you don’t have industry experience as an engineer. For example, introduce yourself by saying “I’m a project manager who …" or “I am an electrical engineer who …”  Then finish the thought with a concise statement about you.<br/></div><h3>Be Direct and Concise </h3><div>Following your introduction, use one or two short, descriptive phrases that paint a picture of your skills and interests. For example, “I’m a project manager who gets things done,” “I am an electrical engineer who excels in the space between business and technology,” and “I'm finishing my master’s in cybersecurity, and I’m passionate about preventing cyberattacks.” Have a short story to tell that illustrates those attributes: a passion, a class project, an experience. Everyone tends to look the same on paper, so use every meeting as a chance to stand out. <br/><br/><br/></div>Peggy MatsonDanielle Lacey2019-04-09T05:00:00ZPeggy Kepuraitis Matson, program director of Graduate Studies in Engineering Management and of Project Management at the Sever Institute, has a few words of advice for students entering the job market.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/sever-student-wins-grand-prize-at-national-precast-design-competition.aspx1036Sever student wins grand prize at national precast design competition<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Pages/master’s-student-wins-grand-prize-at-national-precast-design-competition/precast-competition-edit.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />A master's student in the McKelvey School of Engineering was a member of the team that recently won the grand prize at the inaugural Project Precast Design Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. <div><br/></div><div>Kinga Iwona Pabjan, a student studying construction management in the McKelvey School of Engineering and architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design, worked with two other students from the University of Arizona and Clemson University to submit the winning proposal and win $3,000. <div><br/></div><div>"It was a shock to find out that my team won, simply because all the project proposals and presentations were very strong and worth winning," Pabjan said. "But ultimately, I was thrilled and happy that the judges saw the value in our proposal." </div><div><br/></div><div>The competition, which was hosted by the PCI Foundation, required teams to design a four-stall horse barn in less than two days. The PCI Foundation is an educational entity that supports the precast concrete industry. </div><div><br/></div><div>Only 15 students were selected from throughout the nation to compete.</div><div><br/></div><div>"The 15 students were stellar examples of highly intelligent, competitive, team-oriented and enjoyable leaders of tomorrow," Marty McIntyre, executive director of the PCI Foundation, wrote in a statement. </div><div><br/></div><div>Along with Pabjan, four other students from Washington University in St. Louis were selected: Jairo LaVerde, Rachel Madryga, Taili Zhuang and Alexis Raiford. LaVerde, Madryga <g class="gr_ gr_58 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="58" data-gr-id="58">and</g> Raiford also are students in the construction management program. Students who were selected to take part in the competition were also invited to attend the PCI Foundation's annual trade show. <br/></div><div><br/></div><div>"The greatest value of this design competition was the knowledge that I gained," Pabjan said. "All the students competing were exposed to the latest technological advances in the precast industry and had the chance to collaborate with experts, as well as peers who share similar interests."<br/></div></div>Pabjan, third from left, stands with her teammates after they've been presented with their prize at the Project Precast Design Competition.Danielle Lacey2019-03-18T05:00:00ZKinga Iwona Pabjan’s submitted the winning proposal at the inaugural Project Precast Design Competition, hosted by the PCI Foundation.

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