Shucheng Yu, an assistant professor of computer science, said he was quite surprised to be named one of the top faculty members at UALR. He received the Faculty Excellence in Research award and a $5,000 prize.
“I am a very lucky person among the excellent faculty members at UALR, and it is my great honor to win this award.”
Yu’s main research areas include data security, privacy in cloud computing, applied cryptography, and wireless network security.
Since arriving at UALR in 2010, Yu has also been awarded six grants, three from the National Science Foundation, that total more than $1 million.
In his project, “MRI: Acquisition of a Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Research and Education,” Yu successfully built the first private cloud in the state of Arkansas.
“Good research should have impact, help the community, and advance an area in technology,” Yu said. “It should also benefit the general public, and it should provide good opportunities for the next generation of young researchers.”
Yu has provided many opportunities for his graduate students. Together, he and his graduate students have published 37 research articles the past five years.
“I am grateful to have a good team of graduate students to work with. Without them, the research cannot happen,” he said.
Since 1988, the Faculty Excellence Awards have provided a way to recognize outstanding UALR faculty.
The awards program is made possible through the contributions of the Bailey Foundation, Pepsi Beverages Co., and the UALR Chancellor’s Circle.