William H. Sanders

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 


Contact

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2080 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
USA
Tel: +1 (217) 333-2301
E-mail: whs AT illinois.edu

Assistant (Mandy Wisehart): +1 (217) 333-2302

 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 1988.
  • M.S.E., Computer, Information and Control Engineering, University of Michigan, 1985.
  • B.S.E., Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, 1983.

Research Interests

Head of the Performability Engineering Research Group (PERFORM).

  • Dependability/security evaluation
  • Architecting reliable & secure systems
  • Computer systems modeling & analysis

 

Publications

Visit the publications page of the PERFORM group for a list of Prof. Sanders's publications.

 

 


Professional Background

  • Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, 2014-Present. (Interim Head, 2013-2014.)

    Executive officer for department with approximately 100 faculty members and 60 staff; responsible for administrative, budgetary, hiring, and tenure decisions, and for leading the faculty and staff in the development of research, teaching, and public service programs. Oversees administrative and research expenditures of about $70M per year. Oversees and participates in extensive advancement activities as head, including managing and increasing the Dept. endowment of approximately $72M. Leads aggressive faculty hiring campaign that has hired 14 new tenure-track and 5 teaching faculty since Jan. 2014.

  • Director, Coordinated Science Laboratory, UIUC, 2010-2014. (Acting Director, 2008-2010.)

    Head of laboratory; responsible for research program with over 100 faculty members and 350 technical staff members. During Sanders’s term as director, CSL’s annual research expenditures rose from $17M to over $40M. It is a premier, multidisciplinary research laboratory that focuses on information technology at the crossroads of computing, control, and communications. During Sanders’s tenure as director, it was composed of 3 institutes (the Advanced Digital Sciences Center, the Information Trust Institute, and the Parallel Computing Institute) and 7 national centers (Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-Coupled Combustion; Center for People and Infrastructures; CompGEN; the Health Care Engineering Systems Center; the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics; SONIC Systems on Nanoscale Information fabriCs; and TCIPG, the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid Center).

  • Associate Director, Advanced Digital Sciences Center, UIUC, 2009-Present.

    Co-founded Center in 2009; is Illinois-based lead of the center, responsible (together with director) for its overall operation. ADSC is a bricks-and-mortar research laboratory in Singapore, with 14 participating Illinois faculty, 57 full-time technical staff members, and about $70M U.S. in research funding (over 7 years) from the government of Singapore.

  • Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, 2005-Present.

    This named professorship was given to Sanders in 2005 for his contributions in dependability/security evaluation, reliable and secure systems, and computer systems modeling and analysis.

  • Director, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, 2004-2011.

    Was founding Director; established the Institute and grew it to include over 100 faculty from 28 departments, bringing in over $80M of external research funding and creating or helping create the TCIP and TCIPG (Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid) Centers, the Boeing Trusted Software Center, the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program, the Illinois Center for a Smarter Electric Grid, the Center for Assured Critical Application & Infrastructure Security (CACAIS), the Assured Cloud Computing University Center of Excellence, and an NSA Science of Security Lablet.

  • Professor, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, 2004-Present.
  • Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, 1998-Present.
  • Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, UIUC, 1998-Present.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, 1994-1998.
  • Research Associate Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, UIUC, 1994-1998.
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Computer Science, UIUC, 1994-Present.
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Comp. Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1994.
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Elect. and Comp. Engineering, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1988-1994.

 


Research Awards and Honors

  • IEEE Technical Field Award, Innovation in Societal Infrastructure, for “assessment-driven design of trustworthy cyber infrastructures for societal-scale systems,” 2016.
  • Named Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for the development of fundamental theory and practical techniques to ensure that societal-scale distributed computing systems are trustworthy, 2014.
  • NASA Tech Brief Award for NTR no 42352: “A Performability-Oriented Software Rejuvenation Framework for Distributed Applications,” 2006.
  • Named Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for “Outstanding contributions to the evaluation and design of dependable systems and networks,” January 2004.
  • Named Fellow of the IEEE, for “Contributions to tools and techniques for performance and dependability evaluation of computer systems and networks,” January 2000.
  • Made Director of University of Illinois Motorola Center for High-Availability System Validation, established by Motorola Inc. in December 1999 with funding of $1.1 million dollars for a 3-year period.
  • Elected member of IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing, July 1992 (youngest member ever elected).
  • Recipient of Faculty Award, Digital Equipment Corporation, Incentives for Excellence, 1989, 1990, 1991. Twelve faculty members are selected nationally each year to receive this award. An individual can receive this award for a maximum of three years. ($75,000 cash prize, $105,000 in equipment).
  • Recipient of 16 conference Best Paper awards dating from 1995 to 2015.
  • Member: Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu academic honor societies.

Teaching Awards and Honors

  • Named on the University of Illinois’s Fall 2014 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.
  • Named on the University of Illinois’s Fall 2003 Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.
  • Named on the University of Illinois’s Fall 2002 Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.
  • Recipient of one of the 2002 Engineering Council Awards for Excellence in Advising, awarded to the top 10% of engineering advisors. (Selection is based on nominations from engineering students.)
  • Recipient of one of the 2000 Engineering Council Awards for Excellence in Advising, awarded to the top 10% of engineering advisors. (Selection is based on nominations from engineering students.)
  • Recipient of one of the 1998 Engineering Council Awards for Excellence in Advising, awarded to the top 10% of engineering advisors. (Selection is based on nominations from engineering students.)

 


Short Biography

William H. Sanders is a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and the Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (www.ece.illinois.edu) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (illinois.edu). He is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the ACM, and the AAAS; a past Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing; and past Vice-Chair of the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing. He was the founding Director of the Information Trust Institute (www.iti.illinois.edu) at Illinois (2004-2011), and served as Director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory (www.csl.illinois.edu) at Illinois from 2010 to 2014.

Dr. Sanders's research interests include secure and dependable computing and security and dependability metrics and evaluation, with a focus on critical infrastructures. He has published more than 270 technical papers in those areas. He served as the Director and PI of the DOE/DHS Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center (tcipg.org), which did research at the forefront of national efforts to make the U.S. power grid smart and resilient.

He is also co-developer of three tools for assessing computer-based systems: METASAN, UltraSAN, and Möbius. Möbius and UltraSAN have been distributed widely to industry and academia; more than 1,700 licenses for the tools have been issued to universities, companies, and NASA for evaluating the performance, dependability, and security of a variety of systems. He is also a co-developer of the NetAPT (Network Access Policy Tool) for assessing the security of networked systems; it is available commercially under the name NP-View from the startup company Network Perception, which was co-founded by Dr. Sanders.