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Wu Named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

By Keith Pierce

Hongyi (Michael) Wu, Batten Chair of Cybersecurity and the director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCSER) at Old Dominion University has been named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The highest elected grade of membership within IEEE, the Fellow distinction is conferred by the board of directors to not more than one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership.

IEEE honors members who have an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. They must be nominated by a senior colleague in the research community.

"I am honored to receive this highly valued acknowledgment from the world's largest technical professional organization," Wu said. "It means my research work is recognized by the research community."

Wu joined ODU in 2016 as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science.

"I applaud IEEE for their recognition of Dr. Wu's contributions to the electrical engineering profession," said Oscar Gonzalez, professor and chair of ODU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "This recognition not only brings attention to his extraordinary research and leadership, but it helps shine a light on our department, our college and the university."

Wu's research focuses on networked and intelligent cyber-physical systems for security, safety and emergency management applications. He has chaired several conferences and served on the editorial board of several journals, including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and IEEE Internet of Things Journal. He received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2004, UL Lafayette Distinguished Professor Award in 2011 and IEEE Percom Mark Weiser Best Paper Award in 2018.

Since his arrival at ODU, he has participated in over $4.5 million in externally funded research.

"I would like to express my personal appreciation to Dr. Wu for his contribution as a researcher and a leader," said Ben Stuart, interim dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology. "He has helped us increase our Bachelor of Science programs in cybersecurity from five students in the fall of 2015 to over 450 students this semester and has helped us increase our master's program from 14 students last fall to 55 students this fall. We are very fortunate to have him."

Before joining ODU, Wu was an Alfred and Helen Lamson Endowed Professor at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He earned his B.S. degree in scientific instruments from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1996, and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree in computer science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 2000 and 2002, respectively.

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