A cybersecurity expert at UC San Diego was one of 24 recipients Wednesday of the 2017 McArthur Foundation “genius” grants.

Stefan Savage, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was chosen for his work in “identifying and addressing the technological, economic, and social vulnerabilities underlying Internet security challenges and cybercrime.”

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships are awarded annually to scientists, artists and other visionaries for having “shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

Each recipient will receive a $625,000 award from the foundation “as an investment in their potential,” paid out over five years with no strings attached.

“With deep insights into Internet security and a commitment to tackling problems of immediate, real-world importance, Savage is playing a key role in shaping cybersecurity debates among computer scientists while also informing efforts to fight ongoing security threats posed by a variety of actors,” the foundation said in granting the award.

Savage joined the faculty of UC San Diego in 2000. He is co-director of both the Center for Evidence-Based Security Research and Center for Networked Systems.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.