Welcome to the first edition of our newly re-engineered research electronic newsletter, Nexus!
Nexus will serve as the window into research in the School of Engineering and Science, for the campus community, our external partners, and our alumni. Each issue will focus on a topic or domain area that is of current national/global interest, or that highlights an emerging area of strength within the School. In this issue, we address an area that satisfies both of these criteria: privacy.
As the digital age has transformed our lives for the better, connecting us in ways unimaginable only 10 years ago, so too has it ushered in an era of widespread concern for the safety and security of these connections, and the privacy on which so much of our personal and professional lives depend. The leaking of information related to NSA data collection programs continues to dominate domestic and international political discourse. Revelations of the theft of personal data from several large U.S. retailers may force radical changes to the way that credit cards are designed and used in the U.S.
Stevens researchers are leading several different initiatives aimed at providing information assurance for both transmitted and stored data; ensuring the security of wireless networks, machines, and software; and enhancing the privacy protections of essential systems and processes, including our healthcare networks. In this issue of Nexus you will learn about many of these initiatives. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact me or any of the researchers mentioned.
Dean, Schaefer School of Engineering and Science