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The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation

 

Supported by a $50 million gift from the estate of Robert and Kay McDevitt, the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation is intended to position Le Moyne as a leading regional and national sponsor of high-impact programs and initiatives that advance awareness of the latest research in computer science, management/information systems, physics, and religious philosophy. Each of the Center’s initiatives is developed in conjunction with, and led by, a nationally/internationally prominent individual who is working at the forefront of one of these disciplinary areas. Those invited to lead initiatives through the McDevitt Center will be appointed as McDevitt Chair in the relevant discipline. 

 

 
 

Endowed McDevitt Chairs

As a research center, the McDevitt Center is anchored in our endowed McDevitt Chairs in Computer Science, Management/Information Systems, Physics, and Religious Philosophy. These chairs represent the heart of all of the McDevitt Center’s faculty programming and initiatives.

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All other programs and initiatives directly supported by the McDevitt Center are oriented and informed by the questions, projects, and challenges engaged by the occupants of these chairs and are intended to bring distinction to these chairs and enhance their value to Le Moyne College.

Given the central and shaping role they play, the McDevitt Chairs will be occupied in short-term appointments by eminent thinkers and researchers who are at the forefront of their disciplines and whose work exemplifies the central goals and values of the McDevitt Center: their work will cut across disciplinary boundaries and transforms disciplinary self-understandings; engage emerging developments, perennial questions, or grand-challenges; enrich the research and teaching of Le Moyne’s regular faculty and enhance the education of our students; and demonstrate a mindful regard for values and a commitment to using research to positively impact our world.

Responsibilities of the McDevitt Chairs will (in most cases) include:

  • Working directly with both undergraduate and graduate students by, for example, addressing relevant courses, offering Core Lectures, working with students in the Integral Honors Program, mentoring individual students, etc.;
  • Offering a “master-class” to Le Moyne faculty that will also be open to faculty from other area colleges and universities and to selected members of the wider community;
  • Assisting relevant Le Moyne faculty to advance and develop their own research; Offering one (or more) public lectures related to their work;
  • Organizing a significant national or international conference to be held at Le Moyne during their tenure as McDevitt Chair;
  • Acting as ambassadors for Le Moyne College and the McDevitt Center.

 

 


Announcements

  • McDevitt Center Appoints Endowed Chair and Visiting Professor of Computer Science:     

        Carl Landwehr
    Marcus K. Rodgers     Carl Landwehr

    Following a national search, the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation has named Dr. Marcus K. Rogers as an endowed chair and Dr. Carl Landwehr as a visiting McDevitt Professor of Computer Science.  Dr. Roger’s appointment will begin in Fall 2014 and Dr. Landwehr’s in Spring 2015.

    “We are extremely pleased to have two individuals with such exemplary experience and expertise join the McDevitt Center,” said Le Moyne Provost Dr. Linda LeMura. “It’s a powerful statement about the growing reputation of the McDevitt Center that Le Moyne was able to attract individuals of such high caliber, who are both internationally recognized as leaders in the field of cybersecurity.”
     
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    In his role as endowed chair, Dr. Rogers will plan and implement six master lectures and three panel discussions during the 2014-15 academic year. He is the director of the Cyber Forensics & Security Program in the College of Technology at Purdue University and professor and fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Among his past achievements are international chair of the Law, Compliance and Investigation Domain of the Common Body of Knowledge committee, chair of the Planning Committee for the Digital and Multimedia Sciences section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, chair of the Certification and Test Committee of the Digital Forensics Certification Board, and former advisory board member of the Digital Forensics Certification Board. A former police officer, he also served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensic Practice. He has authored several books, book chapters and journal publications in the field of digital forensics and applied psychological analysis and his research interests include applied cyber forensics, psychological digital crime scene analysis, and cyber terrorism. Dr. Rogers received his Ph.D. in psychology-forensics, his M.A. in psychology-personality, and his B.A in psychology/criminology, all from the University of Manitoba MB.

    Among other academic responsibilities, Dr. Landwehr will teach “Cybersecurity for Future Presidents” in spring 2015.This course is designed as an inter-disciplinary course for undergraduate non-majors.  The course will examine how future presidents (of the U.S., but also of multi-national and domestic corporations) will need to understand the science and technology behind cybersecurity well enough to make informed decisions when provided advice and options for action.

    Dr. Landwehr received his B.S. from Yale University in engineering and applied science and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in computer and communication sciences. His graduate work included development work on the MERIT computer network, which eventually became the Internet. After teaching computer science at Purdue University, he joined the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where his interest in understanding how we can have confidence in what a computer program does led him to a 23-year career in what is now called cybersecurity research and development.  After leaving NRL in 1999, he spent 12 years developing, funding, managing, and guiding national cybersecurity research programs for the National Science Foundation, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In addition to his contributions to the research literature, Dr, Landwehr served four years as editor-in-chief of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine.  He is an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to cybersecurity and was in the first class of 11 individuals inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

History of the Center

The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation is supported by a $50 million gift to Le Moyne College by Robert and Catherine McDevitt of Binghamton, New York.

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Catherine McDevitt passed away in April 2008 and Robert McDevitt died in September 2008.

McDevitts

The McDevitts were of deep Catholic faith and were long-time friends of Le Moyne College and its Jesuit heritage. Robert McDevitt's cousin, the late Rev. Edward L. McDevitt, SJ, was one of five Jesuit professors who established Le Moyne's physics department after the College was founded in 1946. Robert McDevitt himself had been Regent Emeritus since 1972 and served as a member of the College's Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1980. In 1978, he was awarded an honorary degree - Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa - from Le Moyne.

Robert McDevitt was owner of McDevitt Brothers Funeral Home, a business his grandfather founded in Binghamton in 1880. Though the mortuary business is well-respected and successful, their financial fortune was not derived from it. Robert McDevitt's mother was the secretary to A. Ward Ford, founder of a company that ultimately became part of IBM. He inherited the shares of company stock his mother had acquired, and then spent 70 years accumulating more shares.

Despite their quite considerable fortune, the McDevitts lived simple and unassuming lives grounded in the same Jesuit values taught at Le Moyne College and exemplified by its faculty, staff, students and graduates. The McDevitt Endowment and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation that it funds will help transform Le Moyne College. By establishing Le Moyne College as a dynamic center for creative research that addresses vital issues and is informed by enduring values, the McDevitt Center will accelerate the college’s move to a higher academic tier and dramatically enhance its standing among colleges and universities.