Professor Dongyan Xu has been named the next head of the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. He begins his position Sept. 1.
Xu earned a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and joined the Purdue faculty the same year, according to a news release. He is the Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science. From 2016-18, Xu served as interim director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security at Purdue. His research focuses on computer system security, cyberphysical security and cloud computing.
“Dongyan Xu is an outstanding systems security researcher, a wonderful colleague, and a great mentor to junior faculty," said Susanne Hambrusch, interim department head and professor. “I am delighted he has agreed to serve as the next head of our department. I am confident he will successfully lead the department through the challenges and opportunities of the next years.”
Xu said he is honored to take on his new role during a tremendous period of growth.
"I am humbled by the support of my colleagues and students and will work hard to live up to their expectations," he said. "I am committed to working with all to elevate our department's reputation as a leading computer science research and education powerhouse recognized for its excellence, innovation and impacts."
Xu has won many teaching and research awards. He was selected as a Purdue University faculty scholar in 2012 and has received the College of Science Undergraduate Advising (2008), Graduate Advising (2014), Leadership (2013, 2016), Research (2015), and Team (2015, 2017) awards.
He has served or is serving as the program co-chair of top security conferences, including ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2017), and Network and Distributed Systems Security Symposium (NDSS 2019 and 2020).