June 30, 2011
ECE Ph.D. student Malcolm Taylor has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowship for "outstanding abilities and accomplishments as well as the potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise."
The GRFP provides three years of support for graduate education and cost-of-education allowance for individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. For Taylor, that involves understanding what means of isolation are necessary to maintain the safety and security of mixed software criticality cyber physical systems. His goal is to expand the current limited view of isolation to encompass a much broader swath of interaction types to prevent unintended failures due to software interactions. Under the NSF fellowship, he plans to propose a new taxonomy of software isolation and use that taxonomy to design a scalable and portable robustness testing framework for isolation solutions. He'll also receive opportunities for international research and professional development, and supercomputing access (should he require it).
According to the NSF, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients, and often helps them become lifelong leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. For more on the program, visit www.nsfgrfp.org/.