New: Information Security Club and Speaker Series

A handful of student have recently organized an information security club here at San Jose State. At present, the club is recognized by A.S. and has over 25 enlisted members with about a dozen active in the club.

Along with building an on-campus community of students – undergraduate and graduate – interested in information and cyber security, one of our goals is to get in touch and connect members with industry professionals to gain some perspective and insights into the field. We’ve been working closely with Professor Mark Stamp and he has helped attract two professionals so far, who have volunteered to come to campus to give talks to any students interested in attending.

Our concern right now is getting the word out about these talks, the first of which will be on Friday, October 25 at 1 PM in the Student Union in the Costanoan Ballroom.

entrepeneurs needed

Increasingly, I am hearing calls from investors for more interdisciplinary teams of students with ideas for products. The business school is trying to put investors together with students by sponsoring events like theĀ  Innovation Challenge ( that I encouraged everyone to participate in. I am co-sponsoring the Neurosky hack-a-thon next week, which could be a starting point for cool new products. But these contests work better with interdisciplinary teams– computer guy + business guy + domain expert.

A new student organization called Telos is forming with the goal of providing a platform for students from different disciplines to come together to work on product ideas. They are having an organizational meeting this Thursday morning at 11 next door in the AS house. I strongly encourage anyone with an entrepreneurial tendencies to attend.

Here’s a link to the event: