Asst. Professor Z. Morley Mao has been awarded a 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. The two-year fellowship was awarded in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to the field.
Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. The Sloan Foundation awards fellowships annually in seven fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. They support the work of exceptional researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work.
Prof. Mao is the Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her area of research is networking and network security with an emphasis on Internet routing, network and security management, enterprise and data-center networking. She is interested in improving the robustness and attack resilience of infrastructures such as routing, DNS, and cloud computing services. Her work involves both in-depth empirical evaluation of existing systems via measurement and analysis, as well as the design and implementation of new network systems.