Zeldovich, a star in computer systems, is promoted

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 2:45pm

Prof. Nickolai ZeldovichDepartment Head Anantha Chandrakasan announced to members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department faculty the promotion of Nickolai Zeldovich to Associate Professor with Tenure effective July 1, 2014.

In making this announcement, Prof. Chandrakasan shared the following message:

Nickolai is a star in the field of computer systems. He has made outstanding research contributions related to computer security, developing applications that allow cloud computers to process encrypted data with an overhead cost that is only moderate. He co-developed “undo computing”, to roll back a computer system from the effects of an attack with a minimal amount of disruption and re-doing of work, research which led to the formation of a start-up. He recently contributed to prize-winning work on requirements for parallelism in computer systems, identifying conditions under which program steps may be parallelized: when operations “commute”, give the same result regardless of their ordering.

Prof. Zeldovich developed a new class, Computer Systems Security, which teaches students how to build secure computer systems, covering basic principles, as well as recent attacks and defenses. Students have enthusiastically taken to this class, and the lab exercises are being exported to other institutions.

Nickolai Zeldovich recently received the 2013–2014 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award. He contributed an article to the 2014 MIT EECS Connector titled "Processing Queries over Encrypted Databases." Read more (pages 22-23).