Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar & Project


The Seminar brings the cohort of students together to explore topics of particular interest.  Special military and civilian leaders will be invited as guest presenters in the speaker's series.

Additionally, throughout the first fall and spring semesters, students are required to attend weekly seminars offered by various departments from across the university. Seminar participants are required to write and submit a summary of each seminar that they attend as supporting documentation of their learning and engagement.

Units:  6
Schedule:  first Fall and Spring semesters, with each semester counting as 3 earned units.



The Project, offered during the summer semester, provides students with the opportunity to engage in a mentored team project, to delve deeply into a problem, and to create a solution relevant to information technology strategy.  

Units: 30
Schedule:  Summer semester

Past Projects


“Law of Armed Conflict:  Implications for Navy Cyber Strategy” report investigated the level of understanding held by cyber operators and commanders about the implications of the Law of Armed Combat (LOAC) on cyber operation and strategy. Their report examined LOAC, US cyber operations policy, and Navy cyber readiness based upon information used to develop a cyber operations scenario involving the Islamic Republic of Iran and a US Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

2013 (two projects):

Team 1: “Breaking the Distributed Denial of Service Attack Chain” project addressed DDOS attacks by adapting the concept of breaking the “attacker kill chain,” which identifies the phases of intrusions into networks and the points at which they might be stopped.

Team 2: “Legal, Policy and Organizational Impediments to the Protection of Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats” project identified known cyber threats to infrastructure and discussed current US policy to address these and the organizations responsible for infrastructure protection. The team identified legal necessities and obstacles to address the weaknesses.


The “Weiss” Project was conducted in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon’s Language Technology Institute.  The focus was on the development of a computer dialogue system that specialized in subjective, opinion-related materials, moving beyond common fact-based systems where subjective-based dialogue systems are “uncharted territory.”