University of Tulsa & Team8
Cyber Fellows

Today’s cybersecurity challenges require big ideas and bold solutions. Join us in exploring the opportunities that exist at the intersections of science and entrepreneurship.

The University of Tulsa & Team8 Cyber Fellows is a PhD opportunity for students seeking to accelerate research and development across cyber, data science, and machine learning.

This unique and highly competitive initiative will bring together TU’s College of Engineering & Natural Sciences and Team8’s company building experience and ecosystem to identify real-world industry challenges and transfer cutting-edge research into cutting-edge startups.

Selected students will receive full tuition remission, a competitive living stipend, opportunities for summer internships and the benefits provided to university graduate student employees while working with TU faculty on transformative projects. Students who remain in Tulsa for an additional 2+ years will be eligible for a retention bonus.

 

Learn more

Applications for Fall 2022 are currently open! Feel free to contact us at the above link. Read about the inside perspective at the link below.

About
Cyber Fellows

There is an imperative need for talent who can ideate, innovate, and implement. We have answered this need with a first-of-its-kind initiative brought to you by The University of Tulsa, a leader in cyber research, and Team8, a global company-building venture group — made possible with funding from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

Systems thinkers and solution seekers will immerse themselves within a dynamic environment that’s purpose-built to uncover opportunities that exist at the intersection between academia and entrepreneurship.

Start a company, develop new technology, or pursue a career in academia or the public sector—upon graduation, you will be equipped to enter into one of the fastest-growing sectors, with the skillset, network, and know-how to lead.

Graphic that illustrates the components of the Cyber Fellows Initiative

THE
UNIVERSITY
OF TULSA

Academic Excellence

Students will benefit from The University of Tulsa’s position as a leader in cyber education and research for more than 20 years. Our expertise in cybersecurity is drawn from an interdisciplinary pool of faculty across computer science, engineering, math, law, business, and psychology. This collaborative team is the basis for the federal government naming TU as one of the few universities with a National Center of Excellence in each of three categories.

Pioneering research has led to multiple awarded patents and cemented TU’s reputation as a leader in the field, while a student-oriented mentality has helped alumni earn jobs in public, private, and academic settings.

Team8

Entrepreneurial
Instincts & Energy

Students will experience an initiative like no other—one that blends the academic rigor of a leading research university with the business insight and entrepreneurial savvy of Team8, a global company-building venture group headquartered in New York City and Tel Aviv.

With access to Team8’s portfolio of companies and Village—a community of C-level experts representing many of the largest and most influential corporations in the world—students will gain the knowledge, know-how, and network to shape ideas into industry solutions, all with insight and input from the brightest minds around.

Learn more about Team8 via this short video and on the Team8 website below:

GEORGE
KAISER
FAMILY
FOUNDATION

Interactions & Impact

Students will plug right into the heart of a geographic region that has made significant investments in cultivating a dynamic tech ecosystem.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation and Tulsa Innovation Labs (TIL) have laid the groundwork for this ecosystem to thrive. Students will be part of a movement that will cement Tulsa’s position as an influential tech hub that will impact the future of work across the country and around the world.

Initiative Leadership

Meet your mentors. These experts in cyber research and entrepreneurship will be your steady hand at the wheel, sharing insights to accelerate the process of turning your cutting-edge research into cutting-edge companies.

UNIVERSITY OF TULSA

Headshot of Brenton

Brenton McLaury, PhD

Vice Provost of Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Headshot of Brenton

Brenton McLaury, PhD

Vice Provost of Research and Dean of the Graduate School

Professor of Mechanical
Engineering

College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Mechanical Engineering

Brenton McLaury’s research has focused on examining erosion resulting from the presence of sand during oil and gas production. Both experiments and computational fluid dynamics are used to develop models to predict the severity of erosion.

Headshot of Rosanne

Rose Gamble, D.Sc.

Senior Associate Dean

Headshot of Rosanne

Rose Gamble, D.Sc.

Senior Associate Dean

Tandy Professor of Computer
Science and Engineering

College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Computer Science

Dr. Rose Gamble (R. F. Gamble) is the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs and Director of the Software Design Laboratory, which supports a wide-range of software engineering research and development projects. Her current research projects focus on security and functional assurance for autonomous and self-adaptive systems, funded by two contracts with the Air Force Research Laboratory. In the most recent award, Dr. Gamble oversees the effort involving collaboration with faculty from Michigan State University. Dr. Gamble also directs the Applied Research Center for Cloud of Things, which engages with industry to create experimental testbeds for developing, securing, and analyzing the impact of internet enabled devices on the business. Big data analytics, network security assessment, and algorithm analyses are involved in a currently funded project from an industry partner headquartered in Tulsa, OK. In 2015, Dr. Gamble and Robert Baird, (PhD ’11) were awarded a patent on a Multi-claim Auditable Security Token (U.S. Patent 9,038,155) that gathers service identity and message transmission data to perform web service and cloud security forensics. Please visit www.seat.utulsa.edu for up-to-date project and publication information.

Headshot of Tyler

Tyler Moore, PhD

Chair, School of Cyber Studies

Headshot of Tyler

Tyler Moore, PhD

Chair, School of Cyber Studies

College of Engineering & Natural Sciences

Computer Science

Tyler Moore is the Tandy Professor of Cyber Security and Information Assurance in the Tandy School of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa (TU). His research focuses on security economics, cybercrime measurement, and cybersecurity policy. He is a founding Editor in Chief of the Journal of Cybersecurity, a new interdisciplinary journal published by Oxford University Press. He was a 2016-17 New America Cybersecurity Fellow.

Prior to joining TU, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) at Harvard University, the Hess Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Wellesley College, and an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University. A British Marshall Scholar, Prof. Moore completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, while he holds BS degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Tulsa.

Team8

Headshot of Assaf

Assaf Mischari

Managing Partner, CTO, Team8

Headshot of Assaf

Assaf Mischari

Managing Partner, CTO, Team8

Assaf Mischari is Managing Partner and Chief Technology Officer at Team8.

Under his leadership, the team of elite researchers, with expertise in cybersecurity, data-science, data analytics, cryptography and advanced math are providing technological leadership support across the company-building lifecycle. Prior to joining Team8, Assaf held numerous leadership roles in the Israel Defense Force’s Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200, where he was trained and served as the CTO of the Cyber Division. Assaf has over 15 years of cybersecurity experience researching and developing both software and hardware. Assaf holds a B.Sc in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University.

Headshot of Ben

Ben Borodach

VP Strategy & Operations , Team8

Headshot of Ben

Ben Borodach

VP Strategy & Operations , Team8

Ben is the Vice President of
Business Operations for the Team8 Group.

He focuses on driving the execution of the firm’s initiatives and expansion of its platform. Prior to Team8, Ben was with Deloitte Consulting. During his tenure, he developed the firm’s Fintech & Insurtech offerings to support financial institutions in building their businesses of the future through CIO strategies, M&A, venture capital and technology acquisitions. He received his B.A. in Economics from New York University.

Headshot of Bob

Bob
Blakley

Operating Partner, Team8

Headshot of Bob

Bob
Blakley

Operating Partner, Team8

Bob Blakley is an
Operating Partner at Team8.

He was previously Global Director of Information Security Innovation at Citi. He recently served as a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Technical Assessment of the Feasibility and Implications of Quantum Computing. He has also served as Plenary chair of the NSTIC Identity Ecosystem Steering Group and as Research and Development Co-Chair of FSSCC – the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security. He is currently a member of the Forum on Cyber Resilience – a National Academies Roundtable. Prior to joining Citi, Bob was Distinguished Analyst and Agenda Manager for Identity and Privacy at Gartner and Burton group. Before that, he was Chief Scientist for Security and Privacy at IBM. He is past general chair of the IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium and the ACSA New Security Paradigms workshop. He was awarded ACSAC’s Distinguished Security Practitioner award in 2002, and is a frequent speaker at information security and computer industry events. Bob received the A.B. in Classics from Princeton University, and the MS and PhD in Computer and Communications Science from the University of Michigan.

Headshot of Rene

René Bastón

Director of Scientific Ecosystems and Ideation, Team8

Headshot of Rene

René Bastón

Director of Scientific Ecosystems and Ideation, Team8

René is the Director of Scientific Ecosystems and Ideation at Team8.

He has over 20 years of experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer & commercialization, business development, public/private collaborations, consulting, and economic development. He is also an instructor of the Lean Startup methodology for the NYC Regional Innovation Node and the Co-Founder of three startups. Previously, he was the founding Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub; the Special Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the City University of New York; the Director of Industry Interactions and Entrepreneurship at the Columbia University Data Science Institute; the Chief Business Officer at the New York Academy of Sciences; Associate Director at Columbia’s Science & Technology Ventures; a consultant in Ernst & Young’s healthcare/HIT consulting group; and spent several years in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Eric Kandel, at the Columbia University Center for Neurobiology and Behavior. René earned both his Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics and his B.A. from Columbia University.

Headshot of Tom

Tom
Sela

Director of Research, Team8

Headshot of Tom

Tom
Sela

Director of Research, Team8

Tom is Team8’s Director
of Research.

Tom is an experienced research manager with a demonstrated history of establishing and leading research teams at both corporate and startup environments. Prior to joining Team8, Tom led the security research of Illusive Networks and the malware research of Trusteer (acquired by IBM). As an active contributor to the research community, Tom has presented his research at global security conferences including Black Hat, DEF CON, and IEEE events. Tom holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Ben-Gurion University and a B.A. from the Israeli Naval Academy at the University of Haifa.

Initiative
Components

Degree Program

Complete coursework and research requirements for a PhD in one of the departments within Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Use-Inspired Research

Focus your research on real-world problems across multiple industries. Learn to merge the academic and entrepreneurial mindsets. Create solutions and improve the world.

Team8’s Village Forum

Meet renowned leaders from startups, enterprise, and government in intimate settings where you can guide the conversation. Discuss the future of Cyber, AI, Data Science, and Entrepreneurship. Learn from experienced founders, C-level executives, and technologists from the Team8 innovation ecosystem, via the Tulsa Innovation Labs, and the regional business community throughout each year.

Partnerships & Entrepreneurship

Work with local and national leaders across sectors on experiential learning opportunities. Take advantage of the deep venture building expertise of Team8 and the many resources in the Tulsa region to help found a startup.

How to Apply

Begin the application process today to join a cohort of passionate and purpose-driven individuals who will shape a sector.

Letters, Transcripts & Test Results

  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential. Most programs require a minimum of two letters with a third being optional but strongly encouraged. The number of letters will be assigned following submission of the online application form
  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results (if required for degree program)

Statement of Purpose 

  • Standard Prompt (500-750 words):
  • 1) Describe your research interests and professional goals.
  • 2) How is TU’s graduate program best suited to help you accomplish these goals? Be specific about how your specialized interests align with TU’s available specialties and include why you want to be a Cyber Fellow in a separate paragraph.

 

A completed Graduate School application

 

 

Begin your application

Explore Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma is a city brimming with opportunity. With easy access to rich cultural experiences, a vibrant (and rapidly growing) restaurant and microbrewery scene, numerous green spaces, and affordable cost-of-living—it’s time to tap in.

Emerging Tech Ecosystem

All of the indicators are pointing toward Tulsa being the next prominent tech hub. Organizations like the George Kaiser Family Foundation have laid the groundwork and are activating initiatives for Tulsa to thrive in the 21st century.

New Energy

The city has welcomed more than 12,300 recent transplants over the past 5 years—ambitious and creative, they’ve injected new energy into the City, and you’ll find them working within and across every single sector. Learn more about life in Tulsa.

Established Industry

The region, with an MSA population of ~1MM people, has eight Fortune 1000 company headquarters operating out of the Tulsa area. Opportunities, only a short distance from campus, are many.

Arts & Culture

Tulsa is home to world-class arts and cultural institutions, from the Gilcrease and Philbrook art museums to the Woody Guthrie Center and the Bob Dylan Center, opening in 2021—art lovers won’t have trouble filling their itineraries.

Quality of Life

Spend four years, or spend a lifetime. New and lifelong Tulsans enjoy a low cost of living and high quality of life.

Ready to Apply

Ready to become a Cyber Fellow at TU?
Apply for the program today.

Need More Info

Not quite ready to apply?
Send us your contact information and we will be in touch.