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Rachel Lin

Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering

Rachel Lin
  • Ph.D. Computer Science, Cornell University, 2011
  • B.S. Computer Science, Zhejiang University, China, 2004

Rachel Lin begins this winter at the Allen School as an associate professor. She was recently a faculty member at University of California, Santa Barbara teaching computer science. Rachel designs new protocols for distributing and computing data remotely without relying on external cloud servers that may compromise private information. She builds cryptographic systems that maintain software functionality while scrambling program data to ward against attacks. At the UW, she will continue her work in connecting cryptography with theoretical computer science and integrating new methods into large computer systems.

She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, Hellman Fellowship and Microsoft Ph.D. Research Fellowship. At the Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, she received an honorable mention in 2016 and Best Paper Award in 2018.