CS Graduate Students in the News

Publish Date: 04/01/2011

Congratulations to Gregory Wilson, Ramu Anadakrishnan, and Tingting Jiang on your recent research accomplishments that have been recognized by the VT Alumni Association, the American Chemical Society Chemical Computing Group,Microsoft research and NSF, respectively. The department is extremely proud of our students' accomplishments and we wish to congratulate you all on the significant recognition of your research!

CS graduate student, Gregory Wilson, received an Honorable Mention in the competition for the 2011 Graduate Student Service Excellence Award sponsored by the VT Alumni Association. Gregory  received  a plaque and a check for this award at a presentation made during the March 24th Graduate Awards Banquet. Gregory worked with CS^2, a student-run, volunteer organization dedicated to teaching compuer skills to the community. The group travels to schools and community centers weekly and teaches concepts such as using Powerpoint, programming, and game design. The department is very proud to have one of its graduate students so recognized for voluntary service to our community. 

Congratulations to Ramu Andakrishnan and to his advisor Dr. Alexey Onufriev on being selected for an American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemical Computing Group (CCG) Excellence Award. The award will be used to help support Ramu’s research poster presentation at the ACS National meeting held March 27-31 in Anaheim, CA. The CCG Excellence Awards were created to stimulate graduate student participation in the ACS COMP Division activities during the ACS National Meeting. Ramu will be honored at a ceremony at the COMP Division Poster Session during this year’s meeting. As an award winner, Ramu will also receive a copy of the CCG’s MOE (Molecular Operating Environment) software with a one-year license and a cash prize of $1,150.

Tingting Jiang, a graduate student advised by Dr. Danfeng Yao, is the recent recipient of both a prestigious Microsoft Graduate Women’s Scholarship and an NSF GRFP fellowship. The Microsoft scholarship is awarded to “outstanding women graduate students” and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. Tingting was one of only 10 women selected for the award, other recipients include students from MIT, Stanford, Berkely, and Carnegie Mellon. The NSF Fellowship recognizes outstanding graduate students and provides three years of support as well as an annual stipend.

Tingting’s research interests include Cyber Security, Wireless network security, and Netowrk Anomaly Detection. The goal of her research is to develop a novel security framework for networked computers that provides robust defense against malware attacks and is difficult for malware to circumvent. Congratulations to Tingting on these significant recognitions of your promise as an upcoming researcher!