Three ENG Faculty Promoted
Three College of Engineering faculty have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure
“Each year, these promotions and awards of tenure mark an especially proud moment for the BU community, as we’ve had the pleasure of watching these talented colleagues develop from promising junior faculty into teachers and scholars of national impact and recognition,” Jean Morrison, who is the provost and chief academic officer, wrote in a memo announcing 25 BU faculty promotions. “In diverse fields across the University, these faculty members are having demonstrable impact in their disciplines and excelling as teachers in our classrooms and laboratories. We continue to see great things ahead for them and are pleased they have chosen BU as the institution at which to advance their careers.”
ENG faculty promoted to associate professor with tenure:
Manuel Egele (ECE) specializes in systems security, with an emphasis on software security, web security, and security and privacy on mobile systems and online social networks. A recent recipient of ENG’s Early Career Research Excellence Award, he leads BU’s Secure Systems Lab. His research into malware and the protection of computing platforms is supported by multiple large grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research, and Sandia National Laboratories. He has published numerous articles in his field’s primary conferences and journals and is an editorial board member for the Association for Computing Machinery’s Transactions on Privacy and Security.
Francesco Orabona (ECE, SE, CS) bridges the mathematical foundations of learning theory and data science with applications to scientific, societal, and real-world engineering problems. His efforts have led to the development of autonomous online learning algorithms that require minimal human supervision—first-of-its-kind work that is now part of Microsoft’s machine learning tool kit. The past recipient of a Google Research Award, he is a Data Science Faculty Research Fellow at BU’s Hariri Institute and a founding faculty member of the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences. Last year, he served as senior area chair at the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference on Artificial Intelligence. He has published five book chapters and more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Sahar Sharifzadeh (ECE, MSE) uses first-principles electronic structure methods to understand and predict the electronic, magnetic, and structural properties of materials with the goal of designing resilient new materials for computational and semiconductor use. A recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Early Career Research Award, she is a member of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the American Chemical Society, and was named a “Rising Star of Science” by Scientific American. Her research is funded by several major grants from the DOE, National Institutes of Health, and NSF, including a CAREER award. She is a frequently invited presenter and has published over 30 articles in premier scientific and computing journals.
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