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August 4, 2014

South Korean Summer Institute students invite the K-State community to attend a poster session today

Submitted by Mary Pyle

The 24 students attending the South Korean Summer Institute, sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology, are completing their special five-week software technology and English technical writing classes this week. They are presenting their work in a poster session from 3:30-5 p.m. Aug. 4 in 247 Leadership Studies Building.

The K-State community is invited to attend this capstone project that brings together technical writing, presentation skills, manipulation of visual elements and oral communication proficiencies.

Christina Luster, technical writing instructor in the K-State English language program, said, "Audience for this session will enhance the experience for the students by allowing them to explain their computer science projects utilizing their newly acquired technical communications skills and answer questions about their topics."

All of the students attend the Software Maven School at Hanyang University in South Korea. During the five weeks, the students took an embedded systems course, a cybersecurity course and a technical writing course.

The embedded systems course was taught by Masaaki Misuno, professor of computing and information sciences, who has been involved in the program since its inception.

"These students are very enthusiastic, and are excited about preparing their demonstration and asking for advice," Misuno said. "The poster session will include impressive demonstrations and topics such as Android backdoor, DNS spooling attack, social engineering and more."

The cybersecurity course has been developed by Simon Ou and one of his doctoral students, Alexandru Bardas.

Daniel "Xiaolong" Wang, doctoral candidate in the K-State computing and information sciences department and a member of Argus cybersecurity research group, is the instructor of the course.

"The class is highly hands-on," Wang said. "Each lecture we discuss topics like penetration testing, password cracking, various network securities and etc. We learn from attackers' perspective, students play with different security-related tools in our isolated networking environment and discuss defense mechanisms."

"By taking English class at Kansas State University, it was a lot of help to me," said Jeanseong Baikone, one of the students in Luster's class. "As a foreign student it wasn't easy to get along, but because of Christina Luster's teaching I could learn about English technical writing — and not just the hard stuff — but what is really important. The resume and application letters made me think of a global job, not in Korea. Then I realized practically that this class made me confident to be a global employee. I'm still not good at English but I am not afraid of using English, because now I know how to do it and what to do."

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