Cal Poly computer science professor receives Fulbright award

Zachary Peterson, a Cal Poly computer science professor, has received a Cyber Security Scholar Fulbright Award to conduct research at the prestigious University College London.

He will continue some of his research in the use of games for teaching computer security concepts to new, younger and nontechnical audiences.

Peterson said his project aims to teach beginner students — with little or no previous computing experience — about significant computer security topics.

The work is motivated by a goal to attract and retain more students into the computer science and computer security disciplines, as well as improving education and awareness about privacy and security.

“As a Fulbright scholar, I very much look forward to participating in an exchange of expertise, techniques and materials with fellow British researchers and educators interested in how best to incorporate cybersecurity topics into educational programs,” Peterson said.