Apr 11, 2024

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to share that Wang Feng and Gene Tsudik have been awarded 2024 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. Professors Wang and Tsudik join 186 other American and Canadian scientists and scholars receiving the prestigious grants this year. UCI now has 60 Guggenheim Fellows from various backgrounds and fields of study.

For nearly four decades, Wang Feng, Professor, Department of Sociology, has studied global population shifts and policies and social inequalities in China. Professor Wang has penned more than 100 articles and 11 books exploring China’s history, society, increasing disparities, family trends and more. He has served as an expert for the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum. Most notably, his academic research and public advocacy played a role in overturning China’s decades-old one-child-per-couple policy. Professor Wang’s newest book, China’s Age of Abundance: Origins, Ascendance, and Aftermath, explores the country’s rise to material wealth, current predicaments and future challenges. He will use his fellowship to complete a new book on the politics of policymaking, using the case of China’s one-child policy.

For more than 30 years, Gene Tsudik, Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science, has studied a range of topics including computer security, privacy, and applied cryptography. Some of his recent work is focused on security (especially, malware-resistance) for the burgeoning global ecosystem of so-called Internet of Things devices (IoT). Professor Tsudik has co-authored more than 300 publications and advised nearly 30 Ph.D. students. He is a Fulbright scholar and a three-time Fulbright specialist. He received the 2017 Outstanding Contribution Award and the 2023 Outstanding Innovation Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control. He also received the 2020 Jean-Claude Laprie Award from the International Federation for Information Processing. Professor Tsudik is the author of the first crypto-poem published as a refereed paper. Professor Tsudik intends to use his fellowship funding to bootstrap a new line of research on building IoT devices resilient against devastating large-scale malware infestations that have become common in recent years. 

Please join me in congratulating Professors Wang and Tsudik on this accomplishment. 


Hal Stern
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics