By Levi Linn
There’s a new professor on campus with fresh ideas for computer information systems (CIS) courses and activities.
Mary Beth Moore and her students are interested in forming a Cyber Security Club. With Moore as the advisor, students would be placed into groups to defend against simulated hackers and cyber attacks in online competitions, with the potential to compete against other colleges around the country.
“The Cyber Security Club would be open to all majors. Anyone who finds the idea of cyber security interesting is encouraged to join,” Moore said.
Moore originally hails from Bethel, Maine. She earned her degree in art history at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then taught at several colleges including PSC.
Moore’s love of computers led her to earn her CIS degree at Frostburg State University in 2011.
“My interest in computer science can be traced to my interest in studying foreign languages,” Moore said.
She originally planned to study languages in college, later changing her major to art history. Her background with languages translated naturally to working with computers.
“When I started studying programming, I was fascinated by how we communicate in programming languages by translating our natural language into computer algorithms and use programming languages. My first love is programming.”
With her new degree under her belt, Moore returned to PSC this semester to lead the CIS program. She hopes to see the program grow and offer new computer science courses.
Moore praises her students and hopes to have an impact on their lives. “I really enjoy working with them,” Moore said, adding that she believes that a college experience like PSC is the perfect way to do that.
In the upcoming spring semester, Moore will be teaching a variety of classes for CIS majors; however, interested students of any major can sign up for Moore’s CIS 112 class, Intro to Networks & Security.
Students interested in the Cyber Security Club are encouraged to contact Moore at MMoore29@mail.wvu.edu.