Posted by raherschbach on 29 Aug 2016

Are you a high school student making plans for your summer? How would you like to spend part of that time learning how to detect cyberattacks and foil those who try to carry them out?

For the third summer in a row, Capitol is offering a unique, week-long camp experience for high schoolers in grades 9-12 with an interest in computer networks and how to defend them.

The Capitol Cyber Challenge will be offered from  June 19-23. The program will include scavenger hunts and other cyber games; training in computer forensics; coding and scripting with Python and other languages; creating software robots; working with 3D printers; and other fun and informative activities. The program will run from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.

The Capitol Cyber Challenge will be offered 

June 19-23, 2017

July 10-14, 2017

July 31-August 4, 2017

It's perfect both for students who are interested in cybersecurity but don't know much about it, and also for those who have had some cybersecurity experience during high school and want to increase their knowledge base.

There are only 24 spots available so this camp is first come first serve.

The Capitol Challenge will be hosted at the McGowan Academic Center on the University campus. To register click here.

Instructor: Rick Hansen

Contact Joy Exner at or (240) 965-2485, or Professor William Butler, Chair of Cyber and Information Security, at or 246-965-2458, for more information.


Posted by raherschbach on 29 Aug 2016

Are you a high school, community college, or Capitol student with an interest in cybersecurity? Would you like to test your skills in a fast-paced game environment? If so, one of Capitol’s upcoming Cyber Saturdays could be a great way to spend part of your weekend. The events reinforce the fundamentals of cybersecurity but are also designed to be fun.

Cyber Saturdays are from 10am to 4pm on the following dates: September 17, October 22, January 28, February 25 and April 15. To register, click here.

Cyber Saturdays are held in the McGowan Academic Center (M201) on Capitol’s campus; pizza and door prizes will be provided. Cyber Saturday activities exercise a number of skills that students must master in order to become effective network security professionals. Coordination, quick thinking, good time management, and the ability to work as part of a team are all needed in order to make it through the multiple rounds of each game. Most importantly, the games provide plenty of opportunities to test offensive cybersecurity skills.

Cyber Saturday events are part of a broad effort to help build the next generation of cyber-defenders and security professionals, a key need in today’s digital economy. Capitol students who attend will also receive an invitation to compete on the Cyber Battle Team for upcoming competitions such as MACCDC and other major competitions.

Instructor: Rick Hansen

Contact Joy Exner at or (240) 965-2485, or Professor William Butler, Chair of Cyber and Information Security, at or 246-965-2458, for more information.



Posted by raherschbach on 26 Aug 2016

Due to inclement weather in the area, the 9th annual Capitol Technology University Scholarship Golf Tournament has been rescheduled from its original date of Friday (September 30).

The event will now be held on October 24 at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD.

Each year, this exciting event raises funds to support the growing needs of students and ensure they have the financial support they need to realize their academic goals.

The tournament also helps build rapport among different members of the college community, including sponsors, trustees and college administration, faculty and staff, as well as students and alumni.

Registration for a foursome is $500. For an individual, the cost is $150. Non-players may register for $50. For full details about the event, and a link to registration and sponsorship forms, visit our Golf page or send an e-mail to

The tournament has three main purposes, says Capitol Technology University's president, Dr. Michael T. Wood.

“One, it raises money for our students. The major purpose is fundraising, to provide scholarship support and financial aid. Two, it’s a great opportunity to have some social camaraderie with our constituents and our supporters. It gets a lot of people who are members of the extended college community together for a good social time,” Wood said.

“Third, it brings us greater community visibility. Being out at a local golf course community enables us to generate contacts and relationships with people from various walks of life who are active in that community,” he said.

Registration costs cover not only the greens fees and equipment, but also a continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages on course. Each participant will receive a golf shirt marking the occasion, along with a sleeve of golf balls bearing the name of the college. An awards ceremony will be held after play is concluded.

The event will take place at one of the region’s premier getaways. Set among central Maryland’s rolling hills, Turf Valley boasts stunning autumnal scenery in addition to all the amenities of a top-class resort. Besides two 18-hole courses, it is home to a spa, a conference center, and a restaurant specializing in fusion cuisine.



Posted by raherschbach on 15 Aug 2016

By Dr. Michael T. Wood, President, Capitol Technology University

They don’t need GPS to figure yardage to the hole.

Their mastery of trajectory, slope and wind variation allows them to always choose the right club.

They know the number of dimples on golf balls for best aerodynamic performance….ditto for grooves on golf clubs.

They know how to put a small round ball into a slightly larger round hole.

They have plenty of time to think about the next technology solution as they walk or ride 100 – 200 yards to their golf ball 18 times.

Golf appeals to their spirit of perfection.

Still, they can shoot a “10” on a hole without swearing…much…I think.

They appreciate golf as an eco-friendly endeavor (so long as divots are replaced and ball marks repaired).

The game gets them away from their computers for a while (unless they’re carrying one of those automated scoring devices).

Golf awakens their individual potential for achievement and their social skills, playing with three others for four hours or so.

There is always a laugh or two, at the expense of somebody’s funky shot off a tree or in the water.

They understand why an 18-hole round of golf requires 19 holes.

And, because golf is a SCIENCE!...or an Art…or both.

So, Geek or other – Registration is open for Capitol's 8th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament for Scholarships. Get a foursome (or we’ll put you in one) and sign up. It’s an opportunity to have fun in the great outdoors and enjoy camaraderie, along with a bit of athletic pursuit that anyone can do. Weather at the end of September should be grand, and the course at Turf Valley will be in great shape. Enjoy continental breakfast, golf and lunch with fellow students, staff and friends of Capitol. All net proceeds go to scholarship support of our students. September 30, 2016, 9am tee. Contact Dr. Donna Thomas at or 301.369.2543.


Posted by raherschbach on 15 Aug 2016

NASA’s Orion program anticipates human travel to the “Red Planet” by around 2035. And when that happens, Carl Hansen hopes to be on the ground control team.

“That’s my life goal: to be on the flight operations team for the first manned mission to Mars,” says Hansen, a 2016 graduate in astronautical engineering.

An Avrum Gudelsky scholarship recipient, he has furthered his aspirations both at school and in his career by gaining a wealth of practical experience in systems engineering. While at Capitol, he was part of Project HERMES, which is developing a system that uses the internet protocol to control high-altitude payloads. He participated in the RockOn! and ROCKSAT-X programs, helping to build the Hermes payload for a rocket launch provided by NASA.

Currently, he works for Honeywell as a console engineer, assisting with the Aqua and Aura satellites on the Earth Observing System mission. “We have twelve hour shifts, either day or night. Typically I’ll come in and monitor the spacecraft passes, make sure that the spacecraft downlinks its science data properly. If there’s an issue, either with the ground stations or the spacecraft, you have to troubleshoot.”

Internships while completing his degree helped Hansen make a smooth transition from school to job. “I’ve been working in control centers for three years now, while also studying at Capitol,” he notes. “My career and my education have gone hand in hand. There have been times when I’ve learned things at school that I’ve been able to apply immediately at work, and times when I’ve learned things there that I could then take with me into my classes at Capitol. I’ve learned simultaneously both here and there.”

“I’d like to become a systems engineer on a manned mission. Towards the future I’m going to be looking at the International Space Station, and potentially the Orion program.  Systems engineering for human space flight is really, really cool,” Hansen said.

It’s an interest that first burgeoned during his teen years, when Hansen and his friends built Lego spaceships and imagined what it would like to be inside one, flying towards the stars. Later he had the experience of encountering a highly realistic space environment created by a Newtonian space flight simulator. By his junior year in high school he knew he wanted to become a space flight engineer; the only question was which school would provide the best opportunities.

He considered several options in the region, but a visit to the Capitol campus made the decision easy.

“After touring Capitol and seeing the Space Operations Institute when it was acting as a backup control center for the TRMM and TOMS-EP missions, I realized that Capitol really had it together,” he recalls. (While both TRMM and TOMS have ended, the SOI continues as the home of a newly launched Space Flight Operations Training Center).

While many schools offer broad programs that cover aerospace as well as astronautical engineering, Capitol’s program is focused specifically on astronautical – allowing students to delve deeper and acquire expertise more quickly.

“Many of my fellow team members say they had to take courses that aren’t really related to what they are planning to do. At Capitol, by contrast, we had more in-depth classes that get you ahead in terms of space flight operations and space systems engineering. Some of those highly specialized classes, such as spacecraft dynamics and control, spaceflight communications, or orbital mechanics, are considered by many to be graduate-level classes. Being able to take them as an undergraduate put me farther long in my education.” Hansen said.

“They really train you well to become a space systems engineer,” he said.