Network Operations and Internet Security @ UChicago

GT Noise Wins Departmental Awards

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The lab was well represented at this year’s departmental awards: Russ Clark, Muhammad Shahbaz, and Sathya Gunasekaran all took home awards for their stellar work over the past year:

Russ Clark won the outstanding research scientist award.

Russ was nominated by people: Ron Hutchins, Beth Mynatt, and Nick Feamster.  Here is the text from the letters that was read at the ceremony:

Ron: “Russ is a person who gets things done. He is very much in demand as a partner for research in the new Software Defined Networking area.  He has successfully brought funding to GT that has shown GT as one of the top 5 universities in the country in this area.”

Beth: “Russ is a terrific research scientist in SCS and a highly valued colleague. His knowledge and ability to engage external industry partners is highly valued by me and others and has resulted in multiple sustained partnerships across a spectrum of topics.”

Nick: “Russ brings tremendous operational, practical experience to the research projects that he and I work on together—a practical viewpoint that has benefitted both my and my students’ research tremendously.  He provides the necessary gap between research and operations that today’s networking and system research desperately needs to be successful.”

Muhammad Shahbaz won the TA award for his work on the Coursera SDN MOOC.

Here is the text from Prof. Feamster’s letter that was read at the ceremony:

“I have found Shahbaz incredibly enthusiastic and diligent about teaching. I observed the incredibly long hours he dedicated to the Coursera MOOC—even though he received no official TA credit. His efforts were largely responsible for the success of the course’s assignments, which were successfully completed by nearly 4,000 students.  I also observed him enthusiastically and diligently answer questions from thousands of students. Everything he did as a TA, from designing assignments and quizzes to answering student’s questions and explaining concepts to smaller groups of students, was of the highest quality.”

Sathya Sunasekaran won the Donald V. Jackson fellowship for his work on Censorscope.

Here’s the text from Prof. Feamster’s letter that was read at the ceremony:

“Sathya is one of the most industrious and creative Masters students whom I have worked with at Georgia Tech.  He has a strong work ethic and, in a very short time, has gotten up to speed on a complex project on censorship and has even begun to take a leadership role on the project he is working on.”

Author: Nick Feamster

Nick Feamster is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, including the design, measurement, and analysis of network routing protocols, network operations and security, and anonymous communication systems. In December 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cybersecurity, notably spam filtering. His honors include the Technology Review 35 "Top Young Innovators Under 35" award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, and award papers at SIGCOMM 2006 (network-level behavior of spammers), the NSDI 2005 conference (fault detection in router configuration), Usenix Security 2002 (circumventing web censorship using Infranet), and Usenix Security 2001 (web cookie analysis).

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