The award recognizes and supports mid-career faculty who are seven to 20 years past their promotion to a tenured position, providing them with support and encouragement at this point in their careers. Awardees are nominated by their department.
“I am honored to receive this award,” says Jha. “It is a testament to the great department, division, and university I am part of.”
The Kellett Mid-Career awards are made possible by the impressive research efforts of UW–Madison faculty and staff. Technology arising from these research efforts is licensed by our patent management organization, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), to industry. Income from successful licenses is returned to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education to fund a variety of research activities throughout the divisions on campus, including these awards.
Somesh Jha is a Lubar Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jha studies security and formal methods, particularly adversarial machine learning and privacy. More specifically, his work focuses on analysis of security protocols, survivability analysis, intrusion detection, formal methods for security, and analyzing malicious code. Recently he has focused his interests on topics related to trustworthy ML. He is an ACM Fellow and Distinguished Scientist, an IEEE Fellow, an AAAS Fellow, and is the recipient of an NSF Career Award.