Dr. Vir Phoha, Louisiana Tech professor of computer science, has been selected as a 2008 Distinguished Scientist by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

The award recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and five years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

“I am happy to receive this recognition by my fellow computer scientist,” says Phoha. “It confirms that, at Tech, we are doing world-class research, which has a significant impact on the direction of computer science as an evolving field.”

ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. The ACM provides the computing field’s premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.

“This is indeed a truly special honor and recognition by Dr. Phoha’s peers for the significant impact that he has had on the computing field,” says Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau.

Vir Phoha, Ph.D.

Phoha, holder of the W.W. Chew Endowed Professorship, focuses his research on web and Internet security, soft computing, World Wide Web and computer networks, fault mitigation in software systems, data mining and knowledge discovery.

In addition to his research and teaching work, Phoha is also a leading force behind the Center for Secure Cyberspace (CSC). Located on the campus of Louisiana Tech, the CSC was created to provide collaborative research support for the U.S. Air Force’s cyberspace security mission.

Written by Dave Guerin