Dan Boneh has been named the inaugural holder of the Cryptography Professorship.
Shan Wang has been appointed the fifth holder of the Leland T. Edwards Professorship.
Dan joined the Stanford faculty in 1997 and has become one of the world's leading authorities on cryptography, encryption, cybersecurity, and most recently, blockchain. He also co-directs Stanford's cross-disciplinary Cyber Initiative. Dan is known by his colleagues as an extraordinary scholar who brings deep mathematical insight to his practice, while at the same time doing work that is transforming the industry. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and a recipient of the ACM Prize in Computing.
Dan's students describe him as an educator who is not only inspiring, but encouraging, fun, and humble at the same time.
Shan's work is remarkable both for its impact on society and for the way it captures the imagination of students and other faculty across a variety of areas. His current research explores the use of nano-sensors to detect cancer and other diseases, and he is also a leader in the field of information storage technologies. A few years ago, a group of his graduate students came up with a lab motto — "Make magnetics work for humankind, not vice versa!" — which Shan said was in part the students' tongue-in-cheek rebellion against their workload, and in part a pledge to focus on practical applications of their research. There's no question that Shan's work is having an extraordinary impact across a range of fields.
Previous holders of the professorship include Jens Nørskov, James Swartz, and Calvin Quate.
Please join us in congratulating Dan and Shan on their well-deserved appointments!
Read the "Report of the president: Appointments and promotions", October 18, 2018