CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D. Student Awarded Fellowship at CMU 

 SShintre 2014  Saurabh Shintre, a dual degree Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), was awarded a Bertucci Graduate Fellowship. According to the dean of CMU’s College of Engineering, James Garrett, this award is the “recognition of the student’s outstanding work in the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering.”

For Saurabh Shintre, currently at the Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto, “it is a great honor to be awarded the prestigious Bertucci Graduate Fellowship. I am really happy that the hard work we put in our research has been appreciated,” he confessed proudly. 

His research focuses on the quantitative analysis of the threat posed by side channel attacks on the security of computer systems. According to the student, “side channel attacks are essentially private information leaks in the system.” Although numerous side channel attacks have been demonstrated in the literature, “there has not been much focus on performing a thorough and systematic analysis of the amount of information leaked in these attacks. We want to develop a theoretical framework where this analysis can be performed,” he explained. 

Saurabh Shintre enrolled in the dual degree program in 2010-2011, is co-advised in Portugal by João Barros, faculty member at FEUP and former national director of the CMU Portugal Program, and at CMU by Virgil Gligor, co-director of Cylab. According to the student, this award has inspired him “to work even harder and to contribute more to scientific research at CMU”, and for that reason he thanks his advisors, “Prof. Virgil Gligor and Prof. João Barros, as this would certainly not have been possible without their guidance and support.” 

The Bertucci Graduate Fellowship, which provides $10,000 in tuition support, was created through the generosity of John and Claire Bertucci, and was established to provide merit fellowships to graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in Engineering. 

February 2014