Professor Anna Lysyanskaya of Brown University's Department of Computer Science has just been elected one of the nine directors of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), continuing her three years of service. IACR is a non-profit scientific organization whose purpose is to further research in cryptology and related fields, and its directors include some of the most prominent cryptographers and security in academia and industry.
"My priorities," Anna explains, "still are: (1) High quality research and its effective dissemination, (2) mentoring, (3) dialogue with related research communities, industry, standards and funding agencies." She's also the winner of an IBM Faculty Award, a Google Faculty Award, and was recently included in MIT Technology Review's "35 Innovators under 35" list. Her area is cryptography, especially privacy-preserving cryptographic protocols. In particular, she is well-known for her work on anonymous credentials, which are algorithms that allow users to prove that they are authorized without disclosing any additional information.