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SMU cyber leader Frederick Chang inducted into the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas

January 10, 2017

Fred ChangDALLAS (SMU) – SMU cyber defender Frederick R. Chang is being inducted Tuesday, Jan. 10, into The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST), a nonprofit organization that brings together the state’s top scientific, academic and corporate minds to support research in Texas.

Founded in 2004, TAMEST promotes broader recognition of the state’s top achievers in medicine, engineering, and science, and builds a stronger identity for Texas as an important destination and center of achievement in these fields. With more than 270 members, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the state’s nine Nobel Laureates.

Chang, director of SMU’s Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, and former director of research for the National Security Agency, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in February 2016 and was subsequently invited to become a TAMEST member.

Two other distinguished members of the SMU faculty are TAMEST members: Delores Etter, founding director of the Lyle School’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, electrical engineering professor and a member of the National Academy of Engineering; and David Meltzer, Henderson-Morris Professor of Pre-History (anthropology) in Dedman College and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. TAMEST has 18 member institutions across Texas, including SMU.

“I am humbled by the prestigious company I will be keeping as a TAMEST member,” Chang said.  “I am looking forward to the opportunities to support and promote research in Texas that TAMEST membership will provide. We are so much stronger when we approach problem-solving as a group, and TAMEST is well-positioned to bring us together for unique and important collaborations.”

“The induction of Fred Chang into TAMEST is emblematic of the ever-increasing excellence and visibility of SMU’s faculty members,” said SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven C. Currall. “Through TAMEST, Fred will catalyze additional collaborative relationships with other outstanding professors at other Texas universities, thereby advancing our state as a leading hub of scholarship and innovation.”

Chang joined SMU in September 2013 as the Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, computer science and engineering professor and Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in Dedman College. The Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security was launched in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering in January 2014, with Chang named as its director.   See Chang’s full bio here.

TAMEST convenes influential experts to promote cross-industry and cross-disciplinary knowledge sharing. Bringing together the state’s top scientific, academic, and corporate minds together to further position Texas as a national research leader, TAMEST fosters communication about research priorities for the future. Through events, discussions, and networking forums, academic experts gain the opportunity to build prestigious relationships and access cutting-edge information that can ultimately further the research and fund the projects that matter most.


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