May 15, 2009: Computer Science student Mike Ter Louw awarded AFCEA Ph.D. Fellowship
At the check presentation ceremony, from left to right: Dean Peter C.
Nelson (Engineering), Prof. V.N. Venkatakrishnan (Computer Science)
Mike Ter Louw, Fred. H. Rainbow (AFCEA), Prof. Jon A. Solworth
(Director, Center for RITES), Prof. Robert H. Sloan (Interim Head, CS).
Computer Science graduate student Mike Ter
has been awarded the Armed Forces
Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Ph.D. Fellowship in
support of his thesis, "Methods for Securing the World Wide Web Against
Attacks Born from User-Created Content." The annual fellowship is
conferred by the AFCEA Educational Foundation.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation promotes excellence in education by
presenting annual scholarships, awards, grants and prizes to students
and teachers. The Foundation's focus is on those studying and teaching
science, math and technology that support communications, intelligence
and information systems.
The AFCEA Ph.D. Fellowship
highest award bestowed by the AFCEA Educational Foundation and is
accompanied by a $15,000 grant. The fellowship seeks to reward
demonstrated excellence at the doctoral level of study. Letters of
recommendation play a significant role in the selection process.
Mike Ter Louw was the top winner selected from a field of 27 candidates
nation-wide to receive the fellowship. Fred H. Rainbow, Vice President
and Executive Director for the AFCEA Educational Foundation, presented
the award at the
College of Engineering. Additionally, Ter Louw has been
selected for a
summer research internship in conjunction with the award.
An undergraduate alumnus of the
Department of Computer Science, Ter Louw is pursuing his Ph.D. with a
specialization in information assurance. He performs web security
research at the
Systems and Internet Security Laboratory, part of the
Center for Research and
Instruction in Technologies for Electronic Security (RITES) at UIC. This May, he will present
contributions of his dissertation research at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in