SJSU Assistant Professor receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. David Schuster

Dr. David Schuster

San Jose State University Assistant Professor Dr. David Schuster has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program Award (NSF CAREER Award). Schuster is a professor of psychology and teaches in the interdisciplinary Human Factors and Ergonomics program. He will be conducting research on “Understanding Human Cognition in Computer Network Defense.”

While a large part of cyber security involves automated processes, Schuster is interested in the human-decision making required of cyber security specialists and the need for professional development/training to prepare individuals for employment in the field. His goal is to develop training that will increase access to cyber security careers, especially for underrepresented groups.

Read the full abstract of his proposal.

The prestigious NSF CAREER award was given out to 159 researchers from 2010-2015 nationwide. SJSU received the only CSU award during that time period in 2012, when Dr. Craig Clements, meteorology and climate science, was awarded for his research entitled “Toward a Better Understanding of Wildfire-Atmosphere Interactions-Integrating Fire Weather Research and Education.”

Other SJSU faculty members to receive an NSF CAREER Award include:

  • 2006, Xiao Su, Computer Engineering, CAREER: Integrated Coding and Content Delivery for Secure Media Streaming on P2P Networks
  • 2005, Dr. Eugene Cordero, Meteorology & Climate Science, CAREER: Connections between Stratospheric Perturbations and Climate Change – Research and Teaching Integration
  • 2005, Dr. Ferdinand Rivera, Mathematics & Statistics,CAREER: Developing a Mathematical Knowledge Base for Teaching and Learning Generalization in Basic Algebra at the Middle-Grades in Urban Contexts

Grants: Green Ninja Project receives $1.1 million from NSF

A grant will fund the Green Ninja Film Academy.

A grant will fund the Green Ninja Film Academy.

An interdisciplinary research team from San Jose State has been awarded $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation to design and implement the “Green Ninja Film Academy (GENIE),” an intervention that leverages well-established research on motivation to encourage student interest and engagement in the STEM-related field of climate change.

The project is aimed at scientifically-underserved middle school students who will be guided through a structured storytelling and filmmaking experience that builds competencies in science, engineering design, media technology and communications. During the three-year project, 60 teachers and at least 2,000 students will directly participate in the GENIE project, with additional participation from parents, friends, and teachers who attend the Green Ninja Film Festival. GENIE is also designed around helping teachers prepare to implement the Common Core and Next Generation Science standards using climate change as a context.

The project builds on the established Green Ninja Project, an SJSU initiative that develops media to inspire student interest in science and the environment. The principal investigators of the NSF grant are SJSU professors Eugene Cordero (Meteorology and Climate Science), David Chai (Animation/Illustration), Ellen Metzger (Geology and Science Ed), Grinell Smith (Elementary Education) and Elizabeth Walsh (Meteorology and Climate Science and Science Education).  More information about the project can be found at