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Dr. Anup K. Ghosh Receives Hobart Newell Award

It is with great pleasure the the WPI Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has selected Dr. Anup Ghosh for the 2005 Hobart Newell Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Profession.

Please note the image: Dr. Anup Ghosh with his parents. Dr. Kalyan Ghosh is the former President of Worcester State College.

Dr. Anup K. Ghosh is Senior Scientist and Program Manager in the Advanced Technology Office (ATO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he creates and manages programs in information assurance and information operations. Ghosh previously served in executive management as Vice President of Research at Cigital, Inc. He has previously served as principal investigator on contracts from DARPA, NSA, and NIST's Advanced Technology Program and has written more than 40 peer-reviewed technical publications. Ghosh is also author of three books on e-commerce security. Ghosh serves on the editorial boards of two IEEE magazines: Security and Privacy and IT Professional. Ghosh has served as a guest editor for IEEE Software special issue on "Building Software Securely from the Ground-Up" and is a guest editor in a forthcoming special issue from IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications on "Security in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks". Ghosh is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has been awarded the IEEE's Third Millennium Medal. Ghosh has served on technical advisory boards for high technology start-up firms. Ghosh completed his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

About the Hobart Newell Award

Each year one graduate of the WPI ECE department is honored for outstanding professional contributions. The namesake of the award, Prof. Hobart Newell, was a leader of a much earlier telecommunications revolution, beginning his career at Westinghouse Labs after his WPI graduation in 1918. While at Westinghouse, he was instrumental in establishing the pioneering broadcast station KDKA in Pittsburg. Prof. Newell joined the WPI faculty in 1921, and taught electrical engineering here for 44 years. He brought modern electronics into a profession and a department that had been dominated by electrical power engineering, and he received the first Trustees Award for Outstanding Teaching at WPI. Prof. Newell was a Fellow of the IEEE.

Department Head's Comments

This annual award to an alumnus of the WPI ECE Department was inaugurated in academic year 1990-91. The previous winners of this award represent a rich history of individuals involved in the breath and depth of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ranging from those involved in cutting-edge research and development, to heads of large corporation, educational innovators and Presidents of Universities. The career-long records of accomplishment of our previous alumni have established a high standard for this award.

Please note the image: WPI President Dennis Berkey, Newell Award winner Dr. Anup Ghosh and Professor Fred Looft, ECE Department Head.

Dr. Ghosh, your accomplishments are truly exemplary among our many successful ECE alumni and you honor us by accepting this award. Your success is a point of pride for all Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty, staff and students - and indeed for all members of the WPI community.

Throughout your career you have been devoted to understanding, preventing and mitigating computer risks for systems and applications where safety, security and survivability have been paramount. After several years of research and development in the general field of fault tolerant computing and software robustness which resulted in tools for the testing and analysis of software related to safety critical systems such as nuclear reactor controls and commuter trains you addressed the need for a thorough review of electronic commerce and wrote your first book "E-Commerce Security: Weak Links, Best Defenses" which challenged the conventional thoughts of the time. This book and your subsequent two books on E-business security resonated well with mainstream technical readers and is now considered conventional wisdom, leading to more books and invited talks.

Your interest in detecting software attacks led to your observation that the research community needed to be focused on detecting novel, unknown intrusions - not known attacks. This led to the development of systems that could detect attacks by observing the behavior of software systems through profiling and understanding the baseline behaving of known well behaving systems. In the late 1990's you and your colleagues were able to successfully demonstrate this approach during a DARPA Intrusion Detection Evaluation challenge

Subsequently, you left the private sector to join DARPA as an expert in information assurance and operations. At DARPA you initiated a program for addressing self-propagating or so called worm based threats to enterprise networks, the program becoming one of the largest focused programs in information assurance to counter nation-state worm threats. Recent interests have included the vulnerability of battle field networks resulting in your formation of the Defense Against Cyber Attacks on mobile ad hoc networks DARPA program.

Other accomplishments have included managing numerous programs representing over $100M in classified research, working with the National Science Foundation to develop and fund security research, organizing security workshops and conferences, and working with DoD personnel to move immature DoD technology to a point where it can be deployed on DoD networks. As you yourself summarized,

"[My] experience at DARPA involves taking a very broad view of the problem space, foreseeing solutions that are not currently known, being innovative and entrepreneurial, and summoning vast amounts of energy to marshal the forces necessary to tackle problems critical the defense of the nation. One of the great rewards of this job is the opportunity to bring together the best minds in academia and industry to work together to define and solve problems of direct consequence and impact to national security."

Dr. Anup Ghosh, your accomplishments in the past two decades would have made Hobart Newell a proud man. It is my sincere honor to make this award to you on behalf of ECE and WPI for your exceptional professional achievements.

Fred J. Looft, Professor and Head
Electrical and Computer Engineering

June 1, 2004