Faculty achievement: Gardner receives Creative Cone Award

Bill Gardner, associate professor of Integrated Science and Technology, has been named a 2014 Creative Cone Award winner by Create West Virginia. The Cone awards recognize the leadership and contributions made by West Virginians in five pillars of creative community development: entrepreneurship, diversity, technology, education and quality of place.

Create West Virginia is the statewide grass-roots community development initiative stimulating innovation and economy growth in the state.

Gardner is a founder of 304Geeks, a technology peer community, and Hack3rCon, a gathering of  “white hat” hackers and technologists who seek to improve technology security, Hack3rCon is celebrating its fifth anniversary (http://hack3rcon.org) during its fall event this week from Nov. 14-18 at the Charleston Civic Center.

Gardner also is president and principal security consultant of Blackrock Consulting.