NAVAL ACADEMY OPENS NEW CENTER FOR CYBER SECURITY STUDIES, HOPPER HALL
POSTED ON: Thursday, October 15, 2020 10:21 AM by firstname.lastname@example.org
The Naval Academy Center for Cyber Security Studies, Hopper Hall, will celebrate its official opening, Thursday, Oct. 15. Named for Rear Adm. Grace Hopper, a pioneer in computer programming, Hopper Hall is the Academy’s newest and most state-of-the-art academic building on the Yard.
The ribbon-cutting event will feature remarks from USNA Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck, Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment (EI&E) Charles Williams and other distinguished guests, and will honor the numerous donors who contributed to the funding for the construction and use of the building, as well as the team who led the design and construction effort.
Due to the COVID-19 environment, attendance at the event will be by invitation only; however, the ceremony will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/usnapao at 4 p.m.
The contract award included the construction of a new parking garage and the building groundbreaking was held in October 2016. The building was constructed by Turner Construction and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill at a total cost of approximately $143 million (this number includes the construction of the parking garage). Hopper Hall opened for business in mid-September and midshipmen are currently taking classes within the building. The philanthropic support provided via the Naval Academy Foundation has been essential for the outfitting of Hopper Hall and support of cyber and cyber-related disciplines at the Academy.
"Admiral Hopper was a fierce advocate of investing in our youth and training the next generation of leaders. I think she would be incredibly pleased with the expanded learning and research opportunities for our midshipmen provided through the construction of Hopper Hall. These facilities are critical to the success of our Cyber Studies curriculum and our ability to commission officers fluent in cyber operations for the Fleet," said the U.S. Naval Academy's 63rd Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck.
"The Brigade of Midshipmen will utilize the building's cutting-edge facilities for core courses in cyber science and electrical engineering, and for greater disciplinary study of majors in cyber operations, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and robotics and control engineering," said Buck.