Friday, May 10th, Suku Nair was honored at a dinner of the SMU Board of Trustees where he was named as one of SMU’s 2013 Ford Research Fellows. Established in 2002 through a $1 million pledge from SMU Trustee Gerald J. Ford, the fellowships help the University retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support during the year.
Professor Suku Nair, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is a leader in the field of cyber security, a field that has recently emerged and is rapidly expanding because of its importance to national, corporate, and personal security. He is a highly productive researcher in the field of cyber security who has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles in journals and highly selective proceedings volumes. He has supervised the completion of 14 PhDs and one Doctor of Engineering, and the excellence of his mentoring is seen in the successful emergence of these students as leaders in a broad cross section of academia, government and industry, including placements at SMU, Mississippi State, the National Security Agency, Lockheed Martin, Cisco, Fujitsu and Erickson. Professor Nair is the founding director of SMU’s HACNet Labs, the premier cyber security research lab in the southwest, and has established an NSA Center for Excellence in Information Assurance Education and part of an NSF center in collaboration with other north Texas universities.