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Eric Ficke
Top Scholar for UTSA’s cybersecurity

Eric Ficke is one of many talented students UTSA attracted with its exceptional opportunities. One of the university’s Top Scholars and a computer science major, Eric turned down Stanford and Johns Hopkins University to study at UTSA in the top-ranked cybersecurity program.

Eric is the first freshman to intern at the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), a non-academic center at UTSA that provides exercises, training and tools to state and community entities to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity preparedness. He previously participated in the nationwide CyberPatriot competition, an annual challenge for high school students supported by CIAS, while attending San Antonio Christian High School.

Only a month into the internship, Eric developed the curriculum for a course CIAS will offer in conjunction with St. Philip's College that will teach high school teachers the basics of cyber security, specifically how to attack and defend systems.

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"I'm proud of UTSA and I'm definitely glad that I chose to go here," he says.

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