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Bertino selected as Interim Director of Discovery Park's Cyber Center

July 20, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University computer science professor Elisa Bertino has been selected to serve as interim director of Discovery Park's Cyber Center, succeeding Ahmed Elmagarmid.

Elisa Bertino

Bertino, who joined the Purdue faculty in January 2004, is research director for the Purdue-based Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) and is a research leader in information security, database systems and computer applications covering a range of areas from medicine to the humanities. Her new appointment is effective immediately.

"Dr. Bertino's experience in information security and database systems includes a broad spectrum of disciplines across campus," said Alan H. Rebar, executive director of Discovery Park and Purdue's senior associate vice president for research. "Her expertise lends itself to the overall objectives of increasing interdisciplinary partnerships at Discovery Park and throughout the university's research community."

Bertino, an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) fellow, received the 2005 Tsutomu Kanai Award from the IEEE Computer Society for pioneering and innovative research contributions to secure distributed systems and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award in 2002 for outstanding contributions to database systems and database security and advanced data management systems.

She serves on the editorial boards of the ACM Transactions on the Web, the IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, and the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

The Cyber Center, which was launched in 2005, is focused on creating systems and tools to disseminate and preserve scientific and engineering knowledge. Its infrastructure is based on distributed computer, information and communication technologies.

The center is a part of the Purdue initiative called ACCESS - Advanced Computational Center for Engineering and Sciences - and works closely with the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and the Computing Research Institute on campus.

Cyberinfrastructure encompasses many elements, including an information-technology network made up of powerful computers, software, facilities and large repositories of information, as well as the people and services needed to make the system work.

Discovery Park is the heart of large-scale interdisciplinary research and innovation at Purdue, building on the university's strengths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,     

Sources:                Alan H. Rebar, 765-743-6469,


Elisa Bertino, 765-496-2399,              Ahmed Elmagarmid, 765 494-1998,

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