Shafi Goldwasser, the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a principal investigator at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), has been named the 2011 winner of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Emanuel R. Piore Award. She is cited by the IEEE for "pioneering work in laying the foundations of modern cryptography and its relation to complexity theory.”
The IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award is presented to individuals or teams of two for outstanding contributions in the field of information processing in computer science. Past recipients of the award include CSAIL Professor Nancy Lynch.
Goldwasser is the co-leader of the cryptography and information security group and a member of the complexity theory group, which is part of the Theory of Computation Group.