Radha Poovendran has been named to chair the electrical engineering department at the University of Washington, Michael B. Bragg, dean of engineering at the university, announced recently. The appointment of the Indian American professor was effective Jan. 1.

In a statement, Bragg said Poovendran “has proven himself in teaching, research, student mentoring and placement, and in leading the recent faculty search processes in the department.”

Poovendran is the founding director of the Network Security Lab and a founding member and the associate director of research of the UW Center for Excellence in Information Assurance Research and Education.

His research interests are in the areas of wireless and sensor network security, adversarial modeling, privacy and anonymity in public wireless networks and cyber-physical systems security.

Poovendran is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and was recently named an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to security in cyber-physical systems (I-W, Dec. 26).

He is currently an editor of ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks and co-guest editor for special issues on security and privacy in IEEE Networks 2013.

Poovendran has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, a master’s in electrical engineering-systems from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from IIT-Bombay.

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