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Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Sydney Petrehn

Sydney Petrehn

Computer Science Senior, Cybersecurity Focus

Sydney Petrehn

When most people think cybersecurity, they often envision a hacker in front of a computer screen with green text in a dark room. But that’s a stereotype, said Computer Science major Sydney Petrehn, who wants to change the way the field is viewed.

“Cybersecurity is a huge field, and it’s an ever-growing one,” said Petrehn, a senior studying cybersecurity at the University of Idaho. “Since it’s so large, I think many people get intimidated by not knowing what they are interested in or how to start.”

While daunting to some, it’s the vastness of opportunities in this fast-growing field that makes cybersecurity intriguing, said the Eagle native.

“It’s one of the best things about this field. You can specialize in whatever you want to,” Petrehn said. “If you want to do crazy hacking stuff like you see in the movies, you can be a penetration tester or a software analyst. Or, if you want to work with analyzing data, there are data analyst jobs out there.”

Last summer, Petrehn worked as a Premier College Intern for the Air Force Civilian Service. While the internship was primarily virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, Petrehn learned a lot about the missions and goals of the Air Force through daily briefings from senior leaders across the United States and Europe.

“It was awesome,” said Petrehn, who got hands-on experience with the project development lifecycle in the Air Force. “I spent a week in Colorado Springs working with my supervisor at Peterson Air Force Base on a project to advance their cyber capabilities.”

This fall, Petrehn continues her training through several cyber-related projects, competitions and certificate programs.

“When you’re talking about a field as vast as cybersecurity, it’s so important to make connections and get involved on campus,” said Petrehn. “The University of Idaho has so many opportunities for students to explore and really immerse themselves in the field. I guarantee you can find something that will help you feel confident and empowered in your ability and understanding of cybersecurity-related topics at U of I. The opportunities are endless.”

By Kassandra Tuten, University Communications and Marketing

Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach