McDaniel Named Distinguished Professor


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Patrick McDaniel, professor of computer science and engineering, has been conferred the status of distinguished professor in Penn State’s College of Engineering, the highest professorial distinction in the college.

He was selected following a recommendation from the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, Amr Elnashai.

“Professor McDaniel has been at the pinnacle of research, teaching and service for a number of years and his research is both outstanding and transformative," said Elnashai."He epitomizes the values of leadership and collegiality, and I am confident that he will continue on this path of excellence.”

McDaniel has been a Penn State faculty member since 2004. His research interests are in the areas of security, systems, and networking.

Currently, McDaniel serves as program manager and lead scientist for the newly created Cyber Security (CS) Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA), a 10-year, $48 million project aimed at establishing a new science of computer and network security. The CRA is led by Penn State and includes faculty and researchers from the Army Research Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University, the University of California-Davis, the University of California-Riverside, and Applied Communication Services.

McDaniel’s awards and honors include the Google Security and Product Safety Acknowledgement for his efforts to improve the security of Google’s Android cellular phone operating system and a 2009 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Research Award.

In 2007, he received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant to support his investigations in bridging the theoretical and practical gaps between information security and computer programming languages.

McDaniel is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and serves as co-director of the Systems and Internet Infrastructure Security Laboratory, the principal investigator of the CRA, and chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee on Security and Privacy.

He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree in computer science from Ball State, and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Ohio University.


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