Eunice E. Santos, director of the Laboratory for Computation, Information, and Distributed Processing and associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been appointed to the Defense Science Study Group (DSSG), a program that introduces outstanding scientists and engineers to the challenges that face national security.

An initiative of the Institute for Defense Analyses and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the DSSG selects young professors nominated from top universities, as well as non-university affiliated men and women, for a two year program that focuses on defense policy, related research and development, and the systems, missions, and operations of the armed forces.

All participants have been nominated by senior academic officials; DSSG alumni, mentors, and advisors; and other officials from various government agencies to take part in DSSG. Top universities received invitations to nominate up to two professors. Approximately 120 individuals were nominated for the current two-year program, and 16 were selected.

Santos’ research includes modeling heterogeneous computing clusters for performance and resource management for use throughout science and engineering, using networking and intelligent systems for large-scale informational retrieval, and protein structure prediction. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation , Army Research Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and others. Her awards include the NSF CAREER award, the Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Robinson Faculty Award and others. She is subject area editor for the Journal of Supercomputing in the area of algorithms and modeling.

Santos received a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University. Santos joined Virginia Tech in 2000. From 1995-2000, she directed the Parallel and Distributed Processing Laboratory, and was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Lehigh University.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.


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