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Donald Porter (Center) celebrates his graduation from UTCS with Associate Professor Emmett Witchel (Left) and Professor Lorenzo Alvisi (Right) at the 2011 UTCS Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony.UTCS alumnus Dr. Donald Porter has been selected to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award, an award that recognizes promising young faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both education and research.

Porter completed his master's degree and doctorate at UTCS in 2011 and is now an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at SUNY Stony Brook. His research interests include operating systems, concurrent programming and security.

His project, "Beyond Virtual Hardware: VMM/OS Co-Design for Lightweight, Flexible Virtualization," will be funded by NSF through May 2017. The approximately $400,000 five-year grant, will go toward funding research into the development of efficient computer virtualization techniques, which allow computer users to run one computer system inside of another.

"This is a very nice honor, and has the practical benefit of contributing to the education of students at the university," said Porter. "This grant will fund a Ph.D. student through an entire dissertation and provide material support to involve additional students in this research."

The CAREER Award is designed "to give a little extra momentum to the careers of young faculty who have a promising research agenda and track record," he said.


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