Rady School Assistant Professor Terry August Receives Prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation

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Rady School Assistant Professor Terry August won a 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER award. The award, which will provide $530,000 in research funding, was granted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, under the Trustworthy Computing program.

Although the CAREER Award is more commonly given to science faculty, the Rady School is fortunate to have two other CAREER Award recipients on its faculty. Professor Craig McKenzie won a CAREER Award in 1996 and Professor Kevin Zhu received one in 2005. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards to support the early career-development activities of faculty who effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

“The Rady School has always focused on recruiting the best and brightest faculty and Professor August is a great example of our success in doing so,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. “As a management school, we are proud to have our faculty research recognized by the National Science Foundation.”

August joined the Rady School as assistant professor of innovation, technology and operations in 2007. He has a Ph.D. in operations, information and technology from Stanford University. August’s project will develop a research framework to analyze the relationship between government policy, economic incentives and software security. The goal is to gain new insight into how the efforts of firms, consumers and government can be coordinated to improve software security.

“I’m extremely grateful for the National Science Foundation’s support for this project,” said August. “I believe it underscores the importance of not just software security, but security in a much broader context to the overall well being of our society.”

August said that security risk associated with software continues to be an extremely costly problem for society, and furthermore, it is essentially a socio-technical one. By developing a better understanding of how to provide the right economic incentives for software users and providers, significant progress can be made toward reducing the severity of the problem. For more information on his work, visit /faculty/directory/august/.