[Article courtesy of the BUZZ, Cris Hay-Merchant]
Doug Rausch, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education at Bellevue University, was named College Tech Educator of the Year at the 2019 Tech Celebration by the non-profit AIM Institute. The announcement was made Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, during AIM’s annual celebration celebrating outstanding tech talent in the community.
Rausch, who also serves as Program Director for Bellevue University’s undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity programs, has more than 30 years of experience providing communication systems and cybersecurity expertise in both the defense and commercial sectors. Rausch retired in 2013 as a Colonel and cyber operations officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he held key leadership positions with Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command.
“Doug Rausch brings cybersecurity education to life for students,” said Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University. “His ability to connect with students at every level and to seek out challenging and exciting opportunities for applied learning has helped hundreds of students find paths forward to successful careers.”
The AIM Institute College Educator Award recognizes a post-secondary educator who helps develop and build the future generation of tech talent and is an outstanding technology educator or administrator, a dynamic colleague and a caring mentor to students.
Rausch joined Bellevue University in 2014 and was named the Maenner Endowed Chair in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Science and Technology. Under his leadership, the University’s cybersecurity program has more than doubled in enrollment to 700+ students. Rausch played an instrumental role in the development and design of the C&A Industries Intelligence Systems Lab on the University’s main campus in Bellevue. The lab brings together cybersecurity, data sciences and Systems Network Administration (SNAP) education programs.