Eighth researcher receives NSF CAREER Award

September 09, 2008

Adam D. Smith, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty exemplifying the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research in the context of their organizations. As of Sept. 1, this new award brings Penn State's total to eight for this federal fiscal year, ending in October.

Smith studies cryptography and information privacy and their connection to such diverse fields as quantum mechanics, combinatorics, information theory and statistics. He looks at preserving privacy in the publication of statistical data, cryptography based on noisy secrets and quantum cryptography. His CAREER award will focus on the problems stemming from conflicts between data access and privacy in collections of personal and sensitive data such as census surveys, social networks and public health data. His work will address the need for formal privacy guarantees that remain meaningful even against an intruder with partial knowledge of the sensitive data.

The CAREER awards provide five years of funding from the National Science Foundation for each of the researchers and the awards are given across the NSF directorates at different times of the federal government's fiscal year starting in October. The NSF expects to award 425 CAREER awards this year.

Eligibility for the CAREER award is restricted to assistant professors, and awards are for a period of five years. Over the past five years, 19 other Penn State researchers have received this prestigious award, most of whom are still receiving this funding.
The overall story about the Penn State researchers with newest NSF CAREER awards is at http://live.psu.edu/story/34259 online.



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