Fulbright Scholar Benjamin Gloger to visit Germany to strengthen supply chains

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After graduating this year, computer science major Benjamin Gloger will spend nearly a year living and working in Germany on a Fulbright Research Fellowship. He will work on a project to strengthen supply chains and their cybersecurity.

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Gloger will travel to Würzburg, Germany in September to team up with Professor Christian Bachmeir of the Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences (FHWS). When Gloger applied for the Fulbright, he came across Bachmeir’s project and was immediately hooked.

“It was the perfect crossover between my two main areas of interest: machine learning and cybersecurity,” said Gloger, a native of Queens, NY. “I am deeply grateful for this opportunity.”

The research focuses on just-in-time delivery, the supply chain management strategy that delivers materials as they are needed, reducing the need for manufacturers to store excessive amounts of materials in a warehouse. When working perfectly, this strategy can save time and money. However, if something goes wrong, the entire assembly line could be shut down. His research team will build a system that would allow manufacturers to use autonomous ground and air vehicles to make emergency deliveries, helping to minimize downtime.

Gloger’s work will focus on the cybersecurity aspects of using drones as part of these supply chain systems. He credits the cybersecurity principles course he took at RIT with changing his mindset on the subject.

“I learned that security should be present in every step of every IT process because a well-designed system is a secure system,” Gloger said. “Second, I appreciated how ethics are at the heart of cybersecurity – I want to do good in the world.”

Gloger is also excited that the Fulbright program emphasizes broadening cultural perspectives and promoting mutual understanding.

Throughout the program, he plans to travel around Europe and gain a better understanding of German culture. He also hopes to teach Latin dancing, specifically New York-style salsa. Salsa dancing has become a big part of Gloger’s life, ever since he took a Latin dance wellness class at RIT.

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