The Board of Visitors at its meeting on April 15, 2011, approved the recommendation of Provost Michael Halleran that Haining Wang be designated the Wilson P. and Martha Claiborne Stephens Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Computer Science for a three-year term, effective with the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year.
Term distinguished professorships are designed to recognize and reward both excellence in research and a demonstrated commitment to teaching. The professorships are awarded for a single three-year term and are not renewable. For the duration of the term, the holder receives both a salary supplement and an annual research fund. Nominees are required to be tenured Associate Professors at the College of William & Mary on the effective date of the appointment.
Haining's research is in the area of networking in general and internet security in particular. He has a long and sustained line of significant research results in areas such as defenses against bot automation, covert timing channels, e-mail spam, distributed denial of service attacks, and Web and VoIP security. Over his short career, Haining has demonstrated considerable research prowess in developing a lengthy list of publications in well-respected venues in his chosen field. The regard in which he is held by his research community can be seen not only by the acceptance of his papers in top venues, but also by the number of citations his work receives, his success at obtaining extramural funding, and by the number of invitations he receives to serve on the program committees of major conferences in his research area.
In addition to his research, Haining teaches popular courses in computer networks and network security at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He also works successfully with a number of undergraduate and graduate research students. Steven Gianvecchio (PhD '10), whom Haining advised, won the William & Mary Arts and Sciences Distinguished Dissertation Award. Chuan Yue (PhD '10), whom Haining advised, won the William & Mary Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Natural and Computational Sciences. Heng Yin (PhD '09), also advised by Haining, recently won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award as a new faculty member at Syracuse University.