By Bob Fowler
Roane State staff writer
ThisÂ RoaneÂ StateÂ Community College graduate now works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, researching what he told an interviewer is â€œthe cat-and-mouse game that is modern cybersecurity.â€
Specifically, Samuel Hollifield Jr. is looking into ways to defend vehiclesâ€™ computer systems from being hacked. Heâ€™s a cybersecurity hardware engineer. â€œNever in my life would I think Iâ€™d have a job defending automotive networks,â€ he said.
His education at Roane State played a huge role in his career path, Hollifield said. â€œIt sounds like a clichÃ©, but Roane State, it changed my life,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m a huge cheerleader.â€
A Kentucky native, Hollifield initially attended a community college there but had to withdraw as his late fatherâ€™s health declined. Employed in the coal-mining industry and afflicted with black lung disease, his father died at age 56.[Read more…]