Georgia Tech College of Computing Adds Two New Female Faculty Members

Among the five new faculty members added to the College of Computing this fall were two female faculty, Alexandra (Sasha) Boldyreva and Rebecca (Beki) Grinter.

Sasha Boldyreva joined the College as an Assistant Professor on August 15th. Her office will be located in CCB 254. Sasha received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego in 2004. Her research interests include cryptography and information security.

Becki Grinter joined the College as an Associate Professor on September 27th. Her office will be in the Technology Square Research Building. Becki received her Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine in 1996. Becki is also joining us from PARC where she is a member of the research staff. Her research interests include computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), human computer interaction (HCI), and software engineering.

Sasha Boldyreva

The newest member of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center is Assistant Professor Alexandra (Sasha) Boldyreva. Sahsa received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Mathematics from St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia. She then moved to the US to begin her doctoral studies in Computer Science at the University of California at San Diego.

Sasha’s main area of research is cryptography. She views cryptography as a powerful theoretical tool, that can help decrease the gap between theory and practice by means of providing a framework for analyzing and comparing existing protocols, and designing more efficient and reliable ones. Accordingly, her work employs the practice-oriented provable security approach that includes having formal security definitions and proofs that a given scheme provably satisfies the definition. Sasha applies this principle to investigate various issues of private, anonymous and authentic communication and is aimed on design of efficient provably-secure cryptographic protocols.

Now that Sasha is Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing and a member of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center, she plans to use her expertise in provable security in collaborative work with her new colleagues on various practical security projects. In Spring 2005 semester Sasha is going to teach a graduate course on Applied Cryptography. She thinks it will be interesting and useful for students from different areas of Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering, and hopes it will encourage some students to do research in cryptography. Sasha also plans to introduce a new class aimed at introducing undergraduates to cryptography. Sasha feels this is important because many undergraduates go directly to the business world, where information security is an ever increasing concern. Students who have a basic theoretical background of cryptography will be better prepared to make the right decisions in choosing and implementing practical security measures.

You can read Sasha’s publications and the information about her course at her homepage and learn more about the Georgia Tech Information Security Center.

Beki Grinter

Rebecca E. Grinter is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a researcher at Xerox PARC (2000-2004) and Bell Laboratories (1996-2000). She received her PhD in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Her main area of research is in Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). She is particularly interested in the relationship between human interaction and technology design and evaluation. She conducts empirical studies, primarily qualitative in design, to understand the coordination requirements that people have and how and whether those can be addressed by technology. She has spent time in the field studying software production, teenage communications, and museum visitors. Away from the office, she enjoys two hobbies, photography and family history.