Two new faculty members join CSL and ECE ILLINOIS
Two new faculty members, Michael Bailey and Lara Waldrop, joined the CSL and ECE ILLINOIS faculty this fall.
“I am very excited to be here,” Bailey said. “This move made sense on so many levels. Illinois clearly has an excellent reputation in engineering, but I also grew up in the Chicago suburbs and the opportunity to work at my alma mater (he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1992) feels like coming home”
His research at Michigan focused on the security and availability of complex distributed systems. He plans to continue that research here at Illinois, and is looking forward to collaborating with other Illinois Engineering faculty members.
“One of our jobs as security people is to think critically about the systems we create,” he said. “We need to step back and ask ourselves is this system secure? What are we protecting? From whom? At what cost?"
“I was motivated to pursue a tenure-track faculty position based on the positive feedback and recognition that I received during that time for my educational, scholarly, and service contributions,” Waldrop said.
In 2010 and 2011, she took a leave of absence from Illinois to work as a rotating advisor to the National Science Foundation, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, and a visiting scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. From 2012-14, she served as chairwoman of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Arecibo Observatory.