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William H. Sanders named acting director of Coordinated Science Laboratory

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By Kim Gudeman, Coordinated Science Lab
August 15, 2008

  • Professor William H. Sanders is a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and director of the Information Trust Institute.
  • Sanders joined ECE Illinois in 1994 and became director of ITI in 2004.
  • His research areas include dependability and security evaluation, fault-tolerant computing, reliable and secure distributed systems, and computer networks and protocols.

William H. Sanders
William H. Sanders

ECE Professor William H. Sanders has been named acting director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at the University of Illinois. He replaces Ravi K. Iyer, who was recently appointed Illinois’s interim vice chancellor for research.

"Professor Sanders has demonstrated outstanding performance as Director of ITI," said Ilesanmi Adesida, dean of the College of Engineering. "His continued leadership at both the College and Campus levels will be invaluable at this critical time as we continue to advance the College of Engineering’s pre-eminent position in information science and technology."

Sanders is a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and the Director of the Information Trust Institute. He is also a faculty affiliate in Computer Science.

"Bill is a world-renowned researcher in computer science and engineering, specializing in modeling, evaluating, and designing trusted systems," Iyer said. "He understands the multidisciplinary nature of information technology and will ensure CSL’s research stays relevant in this rapidly changing era."

Sanders came to Illinois in 1994 as an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and resident researcher at CSL. He achieved the rank of professor in 1998. At Illinois, his research has focused on dependability and security evaluation, fault-tolerant computing, reliable and secure distributed systems, and computer networks and protocols.

Since 2004, he has been the inaugural director of the Information Trust Institute (ITI), which provides national leadership combining research and education with industrial outreach in trustworthy and secure information systems. In ITI, he is also the principal investigator of two research centers, the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIP) Center, and the Boeing Trusted Software Center. He will continue as Director of ITI and those two research centers while serving as Acting Director of CSL.

Sanders holds a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering, a M.S.E. in computer, information, and control engineering, and a B.S.E in computer engineering, all from the University of Michigan.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In addition, he serves on the editorial board of the journal Performance Evaluation and is the area editor for simulation and modeling of computer systems for the ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation. He is a past chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing and past vice-chair of IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing.

Sanders has published more than 200 technical papers and is co-developer of three tools for assessing the performance of systems represented as stochastic activity networks: METASAN, UltraSAN, and Möbius. He is also a co-developer of the Loki distributed system fault injector and the AQuA/ITUA middlewares for providing dependability/security to distributed and networked applications.

The Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois is one of the nation’s premier multidisciplinary research laboratories, focusing on information technology at the crossroads of computing, control, and communications. Created nearly 60 years ago, CSL continues to transform society by developing and deploying new technologies in areas such as defense, medicine, environmental sciences, robotics, life enhancement for the disabled, and aeronautics. For more information, visit www.csl.illinois.edu.

Editor's note: media inquiries should be directed to Brad Petersen, Director of Communications, at bradp@illinois.edu or (217) 244-6376.

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