Stephan Zdancewic Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

February 17, 2009

PHILADELPHIA –- Stephan Zdancewic, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Dr. Stephan ZdancewicResearch Fellowship.  The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Zdancewic earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University.  His research focuses on the problem of building software that is reliable, robust, and secure by construction.  He draws on techniques from type theory, logic, and formal methods to develop programming languages that enforce strong information-flow and authorization policies in dynamic, distributed environments. His recent projects have developed techniques for incorporating robust declassification, dynamic principals, and cryptographic enforcement of authorization policies into a security-oriented language called AURA.  Steve is also interested in machine-checked theorem proving, concurrent programming, and functional languages. To read more about his research, visit

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