EC-Council University (ECCU) highly values the academic work performed by faculty and students of ECCU, and the contributions this work makes to our societies, both national and international.

In order to recognize these efforts, ECCU has developed both Faculty and Student Awards in several areas to include academic excellence, professional development, creative activity, scholarship, initiative, perseverance, service, and “cutting edge” contributions to the cyber security industry.

Awardees will receive a certificate, publicity across a variety of media, and a free pass to the current Hacker Halted Conference accompanied by discounted hotel rates, and an Awards and Gala Night attendance pass.

Faculty and students of ECCU may self-nominate or be nominated by others; to access the nomination form, please request a link from [email protected].

Various Faculty and Student Awards were given away at
Hacker Halted 2018 in Atlanta, GA!
September 12th, 2018

STUDENT AWARDS

2018 Valedictorian

BSCS: Frederick Ballard

MSCS: Brian McDaniel

For both the BSCS and MSCS programs


  • Ranks first in scholarship and is considered the top student of his/her class.
  • Criteria based on overall cumulative GPA
  • Criteria for multiple equivalent GPAs
  • Service to the University
  • Service to the community
  • Recommendation by faculty
  • Based upon completion of the entire program

Hacker Halted 2019: October 10 & 11 in Atlanta, Georgia

Timeframe: July 2, 2018-June 22, 2019

  • Every term will count to see who the next achievers are
  • 1 award will be presented per program (MSCS/BSCS)
  • Recipient will receive a certificate; full publicity on all social media platforms, magazines, media coverage, websites, etc.; a free pass to Hacker Halted 2018; discounted hotel rates; Awards and Gala night attendance pass.

2018 Salutatorian

BSCS: David Valdez

MSCS: Rory Ebanks


  • Ranks first in scholarship and is considered the top student of his/her class.
  • Criteria based on overall cumulative GPA
  • Criteria for multiple equivalent GPAs
  • Service to the University
  • Service to the community
  • Recommendation by faculty
  • Based upon completion of the entire program

Hacker Halted 2019: October 10 & 11 in Atlanta, Georgia

Timeframe: July 2, 2018-June 22, 2019

  • Every term will count to see who the next achievers are
  • 1 award will be presented per program (MSCS/BSCS)
  • Recipient will receive a certificate; full publicity on all social media platforms, magazines, media coverage, websites, etc.; a free pass to Hacker Halted 2018; discounted hotel rates; Awards and Gala night attendance pass.

2018 Top Achiever’s Award

Muhammed Shahmeer


  • Presented to a student who demonstrates a strong initiative, perseverance and the ability to overcome tremendous hardship(s) and obstacles to graduate
  • Student can nominate themselves and must submit a letter to a committee explaining their hardships/obstacles (see attached nomination form)
  • Student must have consistently improved/maintained his/her GPA as he/she progresses towards graduation
  • Student can be nominated by a faculty/staff member and that person will have to describe the student’s situation
  • Committee meets to determine who should receive award
  • Based upon completion of the entire program

Hacker Halted 2019: October 10 & 11 in Atlanta, Georgia

Timeframe: July 2, 2018-June 22, 2019

  • Every term will count to see who the next achievers are
  • Nomination must be received by July 30th of the current year
  • 1 award will be presented per program (MSCS/BSCS)
  • Recipient will receive a certificate; full publicity on all social media platforms, magazines, media coverage, websites, etc.; a free pass to Hacker Halted 2018; discounted hotel rates; Awards and Gala night attendance pass.

2018 Top Academic Award

Bilal Asif


  • Student can nominate themselves or student(s) can be nominated by a faculty/staff member (see attached nomination form)
  • Presented to student(s) who had brilliant assignments/capstone
  • Publishable
  • Referee cyber journal
  • Non-referee cyber journal
  • Innovative
  • Development of an app, software, hardware for best practices
  • Cutting edge/current
  • Contribution to the ethical hacking community and cyber security industry
  • Student can be at any point within their program

Hacker Halted 2019: October 10 & 11 in Atlanta, Georgia

Timeframe: July 2, 2018-June 22, 2019

  • Every term will count to see who the next achievers are
  • No limit to the number of recipients for consideration for this award
  • Recipient(s) will receive a certificate; full publicity on all social media platforms, magazines, media coverage, websites, etc.; a free pass to Hacker Halted 2018; discounted hotel rates; Awards and Gala night attendance pass
  • Recipient(s) will receive a $300 scholarship toward their tuition
  • Recipient(s) will be recommended to companies ECCU has partnered with for internship/placement opportunities

FACULTY AWARDS

Faculty of the Year 2018

Yuri Deogenes

Excellence in Teaching 2018

Lisa “Elle” Ligon and Kyle Conley

Excellence in Teaching Award Requirements

Excellence in teaching, professional development, and creative activity

Criteria to be considered:

  • Substantive participation/engagement analysis provided via Moodle

Analytics will be used to determine the rate of interaction

Qualitative evaluation of the interaction:

  • Student evaluations

Rating based on a scale of 1-10

  • Dean’s evaluation

Rating based on a scale of 1-10

  • Professional development

Belonging to a professional group(s)

Attendance at the professional conference(s)

  • National
  • Regional
  • State

Research

  • Funded by a grant?

Publications

  • Referee journal
  • Non-referee journal
  • Books

Hacker Halted 2019: October 10 & 11 in Atlanta, Georgia

Timeframe: July 2, 2018-June 22, 2019

  • Every term will count to see who the next achievers are
  • Faculty can nominate themselves (see attached nomination form)
  • Nomination must be received by July 30th of the current year
  • Up to 3 recipients can be considered
  • Recipient(s) will receive a certificate; full publicity on all social media platforms, magazines, media coverage, websites, etc.; a free pass to Hacker Halted 2018; discounted hotel rates; Awards and Gala night attendance pass.

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