The City of Prescott and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), hosted a Cyber Symposium on Saturday, September 16, at the university’s new STEM Education Center.
Top speakers in the industry discussed cyber security awareness for education and industry, plus innovative new technologies and trends that will benefit state and local government, higher education, manufacturing, retail, aerospace, technology and finance.
Attendees had the opportunity to tour the new STEM Center in advance of its official grand opening. The building, which includes state-of-the-art lab space, lecture halls, and even a planetarium, is designed specifically for the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – a STEM-based education. Embry-Riddle has focused on STEM education throughout its nearly 90-years of existence.
“This is the first of what the City hopes to be many similar programs over the coming years,” said City Manager Michael Lamar. “The goal was to invite people to Prescott for meaningful programming, and to introduce them to what the city has to offer in lifestyle, education and business opportunities, and based on what I’ve seen today, I think we accomplished that.”
“Embry-Riddle, and our College of Security and Intelligence is proud to host this gathering of Cyber Security leaders from across the state and region in our new STEM Education Center,” said Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers. “Our focus on the high-tech and the related STEM fields is a great match for this outstanding group of practitioners, scholars, and leaders.”
Sponsoring organizations include: The City of Prescott, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Ron James, Chamberlain Development Company, Yavapai College, Hassayampa Inn, Terra Verde, Fortinet, and HOSTING.
Supporting organizations include Arizona State University, Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation, Arizona Cyber Awareness Consortium and Maricopa Community Colleges.