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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomes two new faculty

Thidapat (Tam) Chantem Thidapat (Tam) Chantem

Thidapat (Tam) Chantem and Ryan Gerdes have been appointed assistant professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region.

They are two of 18 new faculty members who were recently hired in the university's College of Engineering to bring new talent to focus on complex problems that transcend economic, geographic, social and spatial boundaries, and leverage technologies to educate students and lead innovative, global research.

Chantem will be working with embedded systems and cyber-physical systems, focusing on hardware-software co-design of real-time embedded systems, energy-aware and thermal-aware system-level design, cyber-physical systems, especially intelligent transportation systems, and sensor networks.

She will also serve as National Capital Region Research Development Team Research Leader for Cyber Physical Systems and Security and will work with the team to identify and develop opportunities for large research grants and contracts.

Ryan Gerdes Ryan Gerdes

Chantem comes to Virginia Tech from Utah State University where, as an assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, her research projects included system-level reliability modeling and optimization, security in cyber-physical systems, and semi-automation of emergency response systems, among others.

In the last decade, Chantem has been directly involved in more than 25 journal and conference publications and has delivered more than 20 invited presentations. Chantem earned a double bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and computer science from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in computer science and engineering and a doctoral degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Among multiple honors and awards, she recently received a U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship, Utah State University’s 2016 ECE Advisor of the Year, and the 2011 Outstanding Research Assistant Award from the University of Notre Dame.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Gerdes was an assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Utah State University, working in computer, network, and device security. His research interests include cyber-physical systems security, hardware and device security, signal and data authentication, transportation security, cybersecurity, computer and network security, engineering education, and applied electromagnetics.

Gerdes’ recent research projects have focused on securing automated transportation systems, finding ways to remotely trigger malicious logic implanted in integrated circuits and exploring ways to identify devices based upon their electrical signatures.

Gerdes earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and a doctoral degree in electrical engineering, all from Iowa State University.

As affiliated faculty with the Hume Center, both Chantem and Gerdes will also collaborate with the center in the field of Cyber-Physical System Security.

Posted September 26, 2016