University of Vermont

Skalka receives Air Force Young Investigator Research Award

Dr. Christian SkalkaDr. Christian Skalka, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science within UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), joins world-class researchers from Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Brown and the University of Chicago who have received a 2008 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) Award. Dr. Skalka has received a three-year grant of $284,000 for his research proposal entitled, "A Language-Based Approach to Wireless Sensor Network Security," from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Air Force Office of Scientific Research's Young Investigator Program. "This is truly an honor," says Skalka. "This grant will allow me to advance my research in wireless sensor networks and make a solid contribution towards ongoing research efforts and graduate education at UVM." "This prestigious, highly competitive award is a major accomplishment for Dr. Skalka," said CEMS Dean Domenico Grasso. "The entire College is honored by this recognition given to Dr. Skalka for his valuable research work and potential." The objective of the YIP program is to reward scientists for their research work in the early stages of their careers, to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, to enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and to increase opportunities for young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering. YIP awards are open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States with PhDs or equivalent degrees within the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. This year's proposals included topics such as: aerospace, chemical and material sciences; physics and electronics; and mathematics, information and life sciences.