Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy)
Joined department: 1982
Professor Atallah's current research interests are primarily in applied information security. His past research interests have included algorithms, parallel computation, and computational geometry. In 2001 he co-founded Arxan Technologies Inc, to commercialize a software protection technology developed jointly with his doctoral student Hoi Chang (in October 2015, Arxan reported that applications secured by it were running on over 500 million devices). His work on key management received the 2015 CCS Test of Time Award. He was the 2016 recipient of the Purdue Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, and the 2013 recipient of the Purdue Outstanding Commercialization Award. He is Fellow of the both the ACM and IEEE, and was a speaker nine times in the Distinguished Lecture Series of top Computer Science Departments. He was keynote and invited speaker at many national and international meetings, and has served on the editorial boards of top journals and on the program committees of top conferences and workshops. He was selected in 1999 as one of the best teachers in the history of Purdue University and included in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers, a permanent wall display of Purdue's best teachers past and present.