Wenjing Lou, a professor of computer science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech who is based at the university’s Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, Virginia, was named the W.C. English Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The W.C. English Professorship was established in 1992 through a gift from W. Curtis English and was established to recognize excellence in teaching and research. The professorship is held for five years. 

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2011, Lou’s research in information and network security is a major component of the university’s growing reputation and impact in the critically important area of cybersecurity. She has made innovative and widely cited research contributions in a diverse set of challenging security and privacy contexts, including problems arising in wireless networks, mobile ad hoc networks, sensor networks, network management and routing, and data security and privacy in the cloud. 

Her work has been recognized by her technical community with numerous honors, including receiving the Technical Recognition Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society Technical Committee on Security, and her recognition as an IEEE Fellow.

Lou has filled numerous leadership roles at the top international conferences and has been associate editor for several premier journals. She led the establishment of the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security and is currently the steering committee chair of this conference. 

Lou served from 2014 to 2017 as program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she managed the network security portfolio in NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program and the wireless networks portfolio in the Networking Technology and Systems program. The SaTC program is the largest computer science research program at NSF and the largest unclassified cybersecurity research program in the world. 

Six of her 10 Ph.D. graduates hold tenured or tenure-track positions at research universities, including three who have received the NSF CAREER award. 

Lou received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

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