The Office of Naval Research (ONR), an executive branch agency within the U.S. Department of Defense, recently awarded Trevor Hale, Ph.D., an associate professor of management at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), with his third Summer Faculty Fellowship to research cybersecurity.
Hale, who has a doctoral degree in engineering, will relocate to Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, Calif. for 10 weeks beginning in late May, where he will work hand-in-hand with the Navy’s top scientists. He will be charged with determining the critical policies and associated infrastructure needed for various levels of cybersecurity for a U.S. Navy installation and the Department of Defense.
“This fellowship is a tremendous honor for me and an excellent opportunity to work with some of the nation’s finest researchers and engineers,” said Hale. “Not only will I have the chance to learn from their own work, this experience will greatly enhance my own research and provide me with concrete tools that I can take back and incorporate into my classroom at UHD.”
Each year, more than 1,000 faculty members from universities across the nation apply for approximately 100 Summer Faculty Fellowships offered by the ONR. To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens and legal, permanent residents who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges or universities.
In Hale’s two previous summer fellowships with the ONR, he researched renewable energy, energy storage and energy security. In 2009, Hale took a UHD accounting student with him to provide a high-impact learning experience and study ways in which the Navy can decrease its $1 billion-a-month energy expenses.
“While I always work to integrate my research into the classroom, this fellowship will have an immediate impact on my students,” said Hale. “I hold a faculty position in UHD’s College of Business, but I also teach in the Master of Security Management for Executives program in the College of Public Service. Through my work this summer in cybersecurity, I look forward to sharing cutting-edge research and security practices with these graduate students.”
In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Hale will serve as president of the UHD Faculty Senate for the 2013-2014 academic school year.
Trevor Hale (right), associate professor of management in UHD's College of Business, teaches MBA student Matt Beabout in the program's Managerial Decision-Making course.