David Brumley wins Carnegie Science Award

 

February 6, 2015

The Carnegie Science Center has announced that David Brumley, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Jeanne VanBriesen, professor of civil and environmental engineering, have been awarded Carnegie Science Awards. Brumley will receive the University/Post-Secondary Educator Award and VanBriesen will receive the Environmental Award at a banquet at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh on May 8. Brumley also received an honorable mention in the category of Leadership in STEM Education.

Brumley was recognized for his outstanding achievements in cybersecurity education. As Technical Director of CyLab, Brumley's vision is to develop systems that automatically check the world's software for exploitable bugs. Through his courses on computer and software security, Brumley's goal is to train the generation of white hat hackers to spot vulnerabilities in systems and prevent future cyberattacks. Brumley is the faculty mentor for the top internationally-ranked hacking team Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), and runs picoCTF, an annual computer security contest for high school students.

VanBriesen was recognized for her water quality research. For the past 15 years, VanBriesen has focused on combined sewer overflows, drinking water quality, and the impacts of resource extraction. Her research on the treatment and discharge of drilling wastewater was instrumental in developing state policy. VanBriesen currently serves on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board.

Four other Carnegie Mellon faculty members were named recipients of Carnegie Science Awards this year. Shirley Ho, assistant professor of physics, won the Emerging Female Scientist Award; and Danielle Chirdon, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, won the University/Post-Secondary Student Award. Two professors received awards through their spin-off companies: Luis von Ahn, associate professor of computer science, won the Information Technology Award for his work with Duolingo; and Jesse Schell, Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at the Entertainment Technology Center, won the Entrepreneur Award for his work with Schell Games.

The Carnegie Science Awards recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. Since 1997, they have honored the accomplishments of more than 400 individuals and organizations whose contributions in the fields of science, technology and education have impacted our region's industrial, academic and environmental vitality.

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