Celebrating Innovare: Where Government, Academia, and Industry Unite!
In the realm of academia, industry, and government collaboration, the story of Hisham A. Kholidy, Ph.D. shines like a beacon, illustrating the remarkable outcomes that can emerge when brilliant minds unite their expertise to tackle real-world challenges. Dr. Kholidy’s journey from a dedicated academic to a recipient of the largest single-investigator grant in Poly’s history is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation — what we fondly call Innovare.
Hailing from the esteemed SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Kholidy’s achievements serve as a sterling example of the institution’s commitment to excellence in research and education. The remarkable feat of being awarded a nearly $1.1 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) showcases the remarkable fusion of academic prowess and practical application that the Griffiss Institute fosters.
At the heart of this remarkable story is the undeniable importance of collaboration between academia, industry, and government. Dr. Kholidy’s experience, gained through his service with the Griffiss Institute and AFRL Information Directorate, exemplifies the value of firsthand exposure to real-world defense challenges. These experiences not only equip researchers like Dr. Kholidy with practical insights but also fuel the creation of groundbreaking technologies and solutions that shape the landscape of cybersecurity and technological advancement.
The significance of Dr. Kholidy’s achievement reverberates through the realms of academia and research. His ambitious project aims to address a pressing need for advanced security systems in the dynamic realm of 5G open architecture. In a world increasingly reliant on 5G technology, safeguarding these networks becomes paramount, and it’s the collaborative effort between institutions like SUNY Poly, AFRL, and the Griffiss Institute that propels these critical advancements forward.
SUNY Poly’s Officer-in-Charge, Andrew Russell, aptly captures the essence of this achievement, describing it as a powerful reflection of the institution’s standing as a premier public polytechnic. This recognition is not just a testament to Dr. Kholidy’s brilliance but also to the collective dedication to excellence shared by all involved parties.
Beyond the grant itself, Dr. Kholidy’s project is set to leave an indelible impact on education and outreach. The project’s commitment to nurturing the STEM pipeline is inspiring, with its support for post-doctoral students, research assistants, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. The project’s focus on underrepresented minority students and the creation of a new cybersecurity course underline the dedication to inclusivity and empowerment.
The outreach activities that aim to engage local schools and expand SUNY Poly’s influence are a celebration of knowledge-sharing and community involvement. By fostering cybersecurity awareness among high-school students and developing a simulated 5G security testbed network, the project not only pioneers research but also amplifies the impact of its findings on a broader scale.
In the grand tapestry of academia, industry, and government collaboration, the story of Hisham A. Kholidy stands as a vibrant thread, weaving together the aspirations of researchers, the expertise of industry leaders, and the imperatives of government defense. It’s a narrative that speaks of resilience, innovation, and the boundless potential unlocked when brilliant minds come together. As we celebrate this milestone, we’re reminded that collaboration is the cornerstone of progress, and the future shines brighter thanks to stories like Dr. Kholidy’s. � �
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