Computer Science Adds Expertise to Faculty

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By Casey Moffitt

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New CS faculty Binghui Wang and Nik Sultana join in 2021

The Department of Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology is delighted to announce the arrival of two new faculty members who will expand research and educational opportunities to the growing department beginning in the 2021–22 academic year.

Nik Sultana and Binghui Wang have been hired as new assistant professors of computer science, with each bringing distinct experience and expertise in specific subfields of computer science to the department.

“I am excited to welcome these outstanding young scholars to the Illinois Tech Department of Computer Science, and am looking forward to their significant impact as members of our intellectual community,” says Shlomo Argamon, professor of computer science and chair of the Department of Computer Science.

Sultana has research experience in distributed systems, programmable networking, security, automated reasoning, and formal methods. He comes to Illinois Tech from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a postdoctoral researcher in the areas of denial-of-service (DoS) mitigation, programmable networking, and software security. His experience includes postdoctoral research at University of Cambridge; three internships with Microsoft Research in Cambridge, United Kingdom; and work as a research assistant at the Mathematical Institute at Ludwig Maximilian University.

Sultana earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Trinity College at the University of Cambridge.

Wang’s research interests include data-driven security and privacy, trustworthy machine learning, big data, and machine learning. He joins Illinois Tech after working as a postdoctoral associate at Duke University, where he published extensively on research on cybersecurity. He previously worked as a research intern at JD in San Francisco.

He earned his Ph.D. in computer engineering at Iowa State University.

“These new faculty members broaden our range of research, education, and innovation in cybersecurity, distributed computing, data privacy, machine learning, and software engineering and catalyze new collaborations with other disciplines across the university,” Argamon says. “These hires constitute an important step forward in our strategic growth.”