CDHS Student Scholar Graduates as Salutatorian with Dual Degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science


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Mario Sutton, left, receives his Salutatorian plaque from Fayetteville State University Chancellor James A. Anderson.

The Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS) congratulates Mario S. Sutton, the 2012 salutatorian at Fayetteville State University (FSU).  Sutton, a native of Kinston, North Carolina and a 2005 Kinston High School graduate, received Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.

“Mario’s success is a reflection of the dedicated faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science,” said Dr. Curtis Charles, CDHS Executive Director.

During this past summer, Sutton was selected for an internship appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  He worked with a team on the Beholder project.

“His primary task was identifying root kits that targeted Linux (the platform for the SCADA devices we were interested in) and researching the root kits to determine how they hid their presence,” said Dr. Stacy Prowell, Chief Cyber Research Scientist & Cyber Warfare Team Leader in the Cyberspace Science and Information Intelligence Research Group at ORNL.  “Mario completed this work successfully and, I believe, learned a lot about malware.  Mario Sutton worked well with other students and the rest of the team.  We are pleased to have him work with us and would be very receptive to having him continue to work on this project, and to hosting additional students from FSU.”

“When Mario left at the end of his internship, we lost a scientist,” said Mr. Joseph P. Trien, Group Leader, Cyberspace Sciences and Information Intelligence Research (CSIIR) Group and Center for Quantum Information Sciences (CQIS.)

The national laboratories and industry partners provide valuable internship experiences for CDHS Student Scholars and contribute to FSU’s mission of preparing the next generation of national security STEM workforce, especially from severely underserved populations.

About the Center for Defense and Homeland Security

Fayetteville State University’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security is designed to develop a competitive national security and disaster preparedness workforce, by addressing issues of compelling interest to the security of the United States.  Through its diverse partnerships with national laboratories, industry partners, and K-20 institutions, the CDHS focus its research in Cyber Security; Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR); Chemical and Biological Countermeasures; and Critical Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Preparedness.

FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina.  A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Curtis B. Charles, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and CDHS Executive Director at (910) 672-2247 or at