Parno Wins ACM 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award


June 27, 2011

ECE alumnus Bryan Parno (E'2010) has won the 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for "resolving the tension between adequate security protections and the features and performance that users expect in a digitized world." Parno's thesis, "Trust Extension as a Mechanism for Secure Code Execution on Commodity Computers," leverages the trust users have in one device, such as a cellphone or custom USB device, to enable secure use of another computer or service without sacrificing performance or features. For example, this would allow a user to safely enter tax information into his or her computer, even if it were infected with malware, or to verify the security of a website before entrusting it with personal data.

Presented annually, the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award honors the best doctoral dissertation(s) in computer science and engineering. The award carries a $20,000 prize, sponsored by Google, and the winning dissertation is published by Springer. Parno, who worked with ECE, Engineering and Public Policy and Computer Science Professor Adrian Perrig while at Carnegie Mellon, accepted the prize earlier this month at the ACM Awards Banquet in San Jose, Calif.

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Parno joined Microsoft Research, where he is pursuing research on a range of security topics, as well as operating system design, distributed systems and mobile computing.

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ECE alum Bryan Parno has won the ACM 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award.

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