Industrial Engineering

IE Seminar Series: Col Paul Goethals, Ph.d.

An Exploration of Cyberspace: An Industrial Engineering Perspective

Every aspect of our lives and our future security is now dependent on information technology and “cyberspace.” The expanding Internet of Things, the evolution of digitization, and the speed of innovation, suggest that this dependence will continue to strengthen in the foreseeable future. The domain of cyberspace, which has tremendous influence on the global political, economic, and security environment, is plagued with problems that require solutions in the engineering and mathematical sciences. This talk will outline a number of the top problems we currently face in cyberspace and provide insights as to how the sub-fields of industrial engineering may be used to address these problems.

Colonel Paul Goethals, with more than 25 years of experience as an officer in the Army, is currently an Academy Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy. He holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. Colonel Goethals has dedicated much of his service over the last seven years toward performing research in cyber-security at the Army Cyber Institute, the United States Cyber Command, and the National Security Agency.