Visiting Scholar in the Harvard Computer Science department
Susan Landau is an American mathematician and engineer,and ,as of 2011, a Visiting Scholar at the Computer Science Department, Harvard University. Between 2010-2011, she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, where she investigated issues involving security of government systems, and their privacy and policy implications. From 1999 until 2010, she specialized in internet security at Sun Microsystems. In 1989 she introduced the first algorithm for deciding which nested radicals can be denested. In 1972, her project on odd perfect numbers won a finalist position in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. She was awarded the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Social Impact. In 2011 she was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
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