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Newsmaker: David Brumley

| Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
David Brumley, 37, of Squirrel Hill, a cybersecurity expert, has been appointed the Gerard G. Elia Career Development professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

David Brumley

Noteworthy: The cybersecurity expert has been appointed the Gerard G. Elia Career Development professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Age: 37.

Residence: Squirrel Hill.

Background: Brumley, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, researches ways to find flaws in software that could be exploited by hackers. He also is looking into ways to fight next-generation malware, software that can infect computers without their owners' knowledge. His work won the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest award the federal government gives young scientists and engineers.

Education: Brumley earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1998 from the University of Northern Colorado, a master's in computer science in 2003 from Stanford University and a doctorate in computer science from CMU in 2008.

Quote: “This is a wonderful honor. I am very grateful to my students and colleagues for helping me push the boundaries to improve cybersecurity.”

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