Internship Program

CYBER PHYSICAL SYSTEMS

Engaging University of New Mexico ROTC Cadets in Cybersecurity Research

What Is Cyber Security?


In computer security, a threat is a possible danger that might exploit a vulnerability to breach security and therefore cause possible harm. A threat can be either “intentional” (i.e. hacking: an individual cracker or a criminal organization) or “accidental” (e.g. the possibility of a computer malfunctioning, or the possibility of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, a fire, or a tornado) or otherwise a circumstance, capability, action, or event.  Cyber and electronic warfare threats are increasingly becoming the “norm” in cyber physical systems.

What We Do


Our team of cadets and undergraduates are a capable and trained workforce with the skills to defend against emergent cyber and electronic warfare of today and of the future. Air Force, Army, and Navy undergraduate engineering cadets are involved in research with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and leaders in cyber physical systems and cyber security. This project is led by two multidisciplinary laboratories at the University of New Mexico: Smart Management of Infrastructure Laboratory and Chaos Lab, from the Departments of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, respectively. Our mission is to train interested cadets with excellent hardware and software capabilities and skills that prepare them to lead cybersecurity preparedness.

How To Join


Our team build and program their own sensors and algorithms, and put them into effect to ensure the program is hands on. We contribute with scholarly publications to fundamental research to expose cadets to excellence in research and increase their academic impact. Please contact us if you are interested to join our mission email fmoreu@unm.edu.

Meet Our Interns


2nd Lieutenant Joshua Murillo

PMS Global and National Security, UNM 2022 
BISI Global and National Security, UNM 2021 
Contact: Jmurillo2@unm.edu 
Research Interests: Cyber Security, Cyber Physical Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks, UUVs

Midshipman 2/C Connor Miller, NROTC

BA Economics, UNM 2023  
Contact: cmiller14@unm.edu 
Research Interests: Cyber Security, Manufacturing, Design, Field Testing

Midshipman 2/C Zane Stone-Dudney, NROTC

BA History, UNM 2023
Contact: zdudney@unm.edu 
Research Interests: Cyber Security, Augmented Reality, Field Testing, Smart Sensing

Midshipman 3/C Timothy Thiergart, NROTC

BA Global and National Security, UNM 2024  
Contact: tthiergart@unm.edu
Research Interests: Cyber Security, Robotics, Design, Smart Sensing

Midshipman 3/C Gabriel Zelaya, NROTC

BA Mechanical Engineering, UNM 2025  
Contact: gzelaya@unm.edu 
Research Interests: Cyber Security, Manufacturing, Design, Field Testing

Midshipman 4/C Hector Valenzuela, NROTC

BA Computer Engineering, UNM 2026  
Contact: hsvalenzuela1@unm.edu
Research Interests: Cyber Security, Robotics, Virtual Design, Augmented Reality

Cadet Porter Yang, AFROTC

BA Computer Science, UNM 2026  
Contact:  pyang19@unm.edu 
Research Interests: Cyber Security, Web Design, Augmented Reality, Robotics