Three CS faculty win Department of Defense grant

August 30, 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a DOD capacity building grant to CS faculty members Drs. Arkady Yerukhimovich, Costis Toregas, and Shelly Heller for the project “Capacity Building: Secure Computation Education: Training secure computation developers for the DoD workforce.” Cryptographically secure computation is becoming a critical tool for developing applications handling private user data. However, most developers, in particular within the DoD, are not aware of this technology and cannot take advantage of it. This grant will investigate how to incorporate this breakthrough technology in earlier stages of education, in particular focusing on community colleges, to greatly expand the available talent pool of secure application developers. Dr. Yerukhimovich is the principal investigator on this one-year, $148,337 grant.