Goldwasser named 2008-09 ACM-W Athena Lecturer

April 4, 2008

Shafi Goldwasser, the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, has been named the 2008-2009 Athena Lecturer by the Association for Computing Machinery's Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W).

The committee ACM-W is the ACM committee devoted to women in computing. "It celebrates, informs and supports women in computing, and works with the ACM-W community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policy makers to improve working and learning environments for women."

Goldwasser is cited by the ACM-W for her "outstanding research contributions to cryptography, complexity theory, and number theory. Her research includes the development of zero-knowledge proofs, which enable proving the possession of a particular property or piece of information without revealing the information, fast primality tests, and fundamental results on the hardness of approximating certain NP-complete problems. Goldwasser is the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a professor of computer science and applied mathematics at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel."

The ACM-W has invited Goldwasser to speak at the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing in Washington, D.C. during May of 2009. The Association will present the award to Goldwasser at the ACM Annual Awards Banquet on June 21st in San Francisco, California.

Congratulations to Shafi!