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The Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, where he has been on the faculty since 1988, he served as the Associate Head of EECS with responsibility for Computer Science from 2005 to 2011. He has worked in the areas of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), testing, formal verification, compilers for embedded processors, computer architecture, computer security, and computational biology and has co-authored numerous papers in these areas, resulting in being presented with several significant awards including: the 1990 IEEE Transactions on CAD best paper award for work on synthesis for testability and the 1996 IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems best paper award for work on power estimation. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he and his students invented silicon Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) in 2002 which are the technological basis of his co-founding of Verayo, a company focused on improving the security of computer hardware. Based on integrated-circuit manufacturing variation, Verayo has developed secure RFID chips that are used in anti-counterfeiting applications and secret-key generation technology. His papers on PUFs have received best paper awards at ACSAC 2002, IEEE HOST 2011 and HOST 2012. He received the 50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2013 as well as the Top 10 Cited Author Award, for being among the top ten most cited DAC authors in DAC's 50 year history. In addition, he received the DAC Best-Paper Hat-Trick Award, for winning DAC best paper awards three times. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1999 for contributions to design automation and received the IEEE 2014 Technical Achievement Award, "For pioneering work in secure hardware, including the invention of Physical Unclonable Functions and single-chip secure processor architectures." He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras (India). He received his M.S. degree in 1986 and earned his Ph.D. in 1988 – both from the University of California, Berkeley.
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    Co-inventor of silicon Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs), the technological basis of the founding of Verayo, a company focused on improving the security of computer hardware
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