Construction is set to start on Gannon University’s Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge.
Gannon University began construction on its Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge, or I-HACK, building during a Thursday ceremony.
Interior demolition has begun on Gannon’s Knight Tower, at 131 W. Ninth St., to make way for construction of I-HACK.
The university unveiled plans for a $13 million project to complete the first phase of construction on I-HACK, which will focus on the first-floor lobby area and entrance, and second-floor space dedicated to its academic learning environments.
The educational space, the Pierre McCormick Cyber Learning Center, will fuse academic learning and technology development across the fields of cybersecurity, cyber engineering, healthcare, computer-based applications, business management, and criminal justice focused on cyber defense.
The I-HACK’s Cyber Learning Center will house faculty offices and classrooms, open collaborative innovation spaces, and a security-controlled cyber hacking lab, a cyber defense lab and an internet of things lab.
In these labs, students will be involved in projects with faculty and businesses on a variety of cyber-related topics, including developing intelligent autonomous vehicles, intelligent health monitoring devices and smart sensors, and securing data storage and communications through advanced applications and intelligent systems design.
The initial phase for I-HACK is expected to be completed by fall 2020. Construction following phase one will further develop the I-HACK’s integration with businesses and resources for the community.