The Week That Was and More…

  • RMCC has excellent showing in NSA cyber exercise

  • Other news from around the peninsula…

  • Spotlight on RMCC Faculty: Professor Richard J Bathurst – Civil Engineering Department

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RMCC has excellent showing   in NSA cyber exercise

From various sources

The NSA Sponsored Cyber Defence Exercise (CDX), took place in the ECE Department, and on military college campuses across North America, 13-16 April 2015. The CDX participants are five American military academies: USNA, USMA, USAFA, USCGA, USMMA and RMCC.

Each team is tasked with the design, building and delivery of a complex network and the conduct of defensive network operations in the face of attacks by the NSA. RMCC fielded both a graduate and undergraduate team. The team of undergraduates was participating for the first time, and competing for the Director NSA’s trophy.

The participants on the undergraduate team were the students in the French and English sections of the Computer Engineering EEE/GEF473 class. The undergraduate Team Leader was OCdt Jason Leverton.

The participants on the Graduate Team were students in the Computer Engineering graduate program. The graduate Team Leader was LCdr Tim O’Bien.

Both RMC teams had an excellent showing. The exercise has a main activity which is the building and defence of a significant exercise network. The network is under attack day and night for three days. There are also “Challenge Modules” for Network, Host, and Malware Forensics.

The undergrads were quite competitive in their first year in the EX. In the main network defence activity they were within 0.5% of Westpoint, the third place team (who often win).

In the Network Forensics Challenge they placed first. Annapolis won the overall competition.

Short fun video of the EXERCISE

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Other news from around the peninsula…

A memorial service was held for Professor Keith Neilson, who passed away recently, on Sunday 19 April at Currie Hall.

The Principal, Dr Harry Kowal has mixed a little pleasure with business this week. Prior to attending the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada membership and meeting, (20 – 24 Apr) in Halifax, NS, he and wife Cheryl motored down to Sydney on Cape Breton, Island to spend some family time with his parents.

Of course, year-end exams are well underway and are due to wrap-up 24 April.

Good news:  Spring has arrived! Time to head to the tennis courts!

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Spotlight on RMCC Faculty: Professor Richard J Bathurst – Civil Engineering Department

Summary of recent notable achievements

  • Delivered opening plenary Giroud Lecture at 10th International Geosynthetics Conference in Berlin (22 September 2014) (see attachment). Top international lecture award in his field.
  • Completed two year term as President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (2013-2014)
  • Elected president-elect of the Engineering Institute of Canada (two year term as President will be 2017-2018)
  • Received International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Service Award at 10th International Geosynthetics Conference in Berlin (24 September 2014)

The IGS Service Award is given only to Members of the IGS who have demonstrated outstanding Service to the IGS and its mission. Specifically the IGS would like to recognize your long-term commitment as Editor of the IGS Journal Geosynthetics International. Geosynthetics International is a significant undertaking and an extraordinary publication. This is not only an opinion but also quantitatively reflected in its continued excellent ranking. IGS Members enjoy the benefit of this journal and the industry at large is moved forward by the work published in Geosynthetics International.

  • Received Honourable Mention in 2014 as co-author of 2013 Best Paper in the Journal Geotexiles and Geomembranes

Behaviour of a geogrid reinforced wall built with recycled construction and demolition waste backfill on a collapsible foundation – by Eder C.G. Santos, Ennio M. Palmeira, Richard J. Bathurst, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 39: 9-19.

The first author of this paper (Eder Santos) spent one year at RMC with Dr. Bathurst as a visiting PhD student from the University of Brasilia, Brazil.

The journal Geotextiles and Geomembranes has the second highest impact factor of all 32 journals in the same category.

What Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal, BGen (Ret’d) RMCC Principal had to say:

“Dr Bathurst is a highly-respected member of the Faculty who has made exceptional contributions to the College and his profession throughout his stellar career. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Academic Wing, I congratulate him on these outstanding achievements.”

Dr Kowal, Principal RMCC