Mingyan Liu, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was awarded the Distinguished University Innovator Award for her work in helping develop a new approach to enhance cybersecurity. She and her colleagues achieved this by using technology that predicts with up to 90 percent accuracy the likelihood that a company will be exploited by cyber criminals within the next year.
To commercialize this technology, Liu also co-founded the company QuadMetrics in 2014 that assists companies in their understanding of security risk. “The technology developed by Professor Liu and her team has revolutionized the way in which organizations assess their cybersecurity risk,” said S. Jack Hu, vice president for research. She will receive the award for her work on October 17 at the university’s annual Celebrate Invention event.