Kat Riddler, Managing Editor

Doctor Maurice Dawson, assistant professor of information systems, of the University of Missouri-St. Louis was approved for a Fulbright project and left for the second part of his assignment in March. The project was split up into two parts from December 16 through 29 of 2017 and from March 24 through April 6 of this year.

The grant is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as well as the United States Department of State with  the cooperation of World Learning.

The U.S. Department of State provided funding for Dawson’s international airfare, a limited health benefits plan, a $100 transit allowance, and an honorarium of $200 per day. The host institution of Prince Sultan University in Saudi Arabia was responsible for any funding to cover the in-country travel, meals, and lodging. The total grant length of 28 days is valued at approximately $20,000.

During the visit, Dawson met with the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) to discuss cyber security education within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  In March, he returned to complete lab and curriculum design at Prince Sultan University. This is the third Fulbright grant secured, and the first award was to South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk, Russia to complete a project titled: Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.

Dawson is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at UMSL and Fulbright Scholar at Prince Sultan University.  He teaches in the areas of cyber security and secure software programming in a degree program accredited by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security for cyber defense education. Before joining academia, he was an engineering manager for Unmanned Air Systems and Rotary Wing Aircraft.  He has doctorate degrees from the U.S. and U.K. Additionally, he is the co-editor of “Developing Next-Generation Countermeasures for Homeland Security Threat Prevention,” and “New Threats and Countermeasures in Digital Crime and Cyber Terrorism,” published by IGI Global in 2017, and 2015 respectively.