W.C. English Professor of Computer Science Wenjing Lou in the College of Engineering has received the university’s 2018 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research is presented annually to as many as two Virginia Tech faculty members who have made outstanding research contributions.

Lou’s work on information-centric security and privacy in cloud computing and wireless network security has earned her an international reputation for high-quality, high-impact, and highly innovative research. She has more than 180 journal and conference publications. She is among the top-cited scholars at Virginia Tech with 22,700 citations.

Lou and her team have studied the root causes of security vulnerabilities in wireless networks and have developed a number of effective and efficient security mechanisms that are lightweight, resilient, and scalable to protect wireless networks. This work has won a best paper award and has been supported by three National Science Foundation grants and one industry grant.

Lou was named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow in 2015 and received the Technical Recognition Award from the Security Technical Committee of IEEE Communications Society in 2016. She founded the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security and is currently serving as its Steering Committee chair. Additionally, she served on the editorial board of several premier IEEE and ACM journals and, from 2014 to 2017, served as a program director at the National Science Foundation.

Written by Lindsey Grooms, Class of 2019

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