Susan Landau

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Susan Landau (born June 3, 1954, New York City[1]) is an American mathematician and engineer, and Professor of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.[2] She previously worked as a Senior Staff Privacy Analyst at Google.[3] She was a Guggenheim Fellow[4] and a Visiting Scholar at the Computer Science Department, Harvard University in 2012.[5]

In 2010–2011, she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, where she investigated issues involving security of government systems, and their privacy and policy implications.[6]

From 1999 until 2010, she specialized in internet security at Sun Microsystems.[7]

In 1989, she introduced the first algorithm for deciding which nested radicals can be denested, which is known as Landau's algorithm.[8]

In 1972, her project on odd perfect numbers won a finalist position in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search.[9] Outside of her technical work, she is interested in the issues of women in science, maintaining the ResearcHers Email list, a "forum for women computer science researchers",[10] and an online bibliography of women's writing in computer science.[11] She was awarded the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Social Impact.[12] In 2011 she was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[13]


  1. ^ Contemporary authors: a bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television and other fields, Gale Research Co., 1998, p. 195.
  2. ^ "Susan Landau – Worcester Polytechnic Institute". Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Susan Landau Biography on". Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  4. ^ "List of Guggenheim Fellowships awarded in 2012". Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  5. ^ Susan Landau at LinkedIn
  6. ^ "Susan Landau – Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study – Harvard University". Harvard University. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  7. ^ "Susan Landau". Sun Microsystems. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  8. ^ S. Landau, "Simplification of Nested Radicals", SIAM Journal of Computation, volume 21 (1992), pages 85–110.[1]
  9. ^ "Susan Landau: Toward Perfect Internet Security". Scientific American. September 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  10. ^ "ResearcHers Email List". Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  11. ^ "The Book List: Computer Science Books by Women Computer Scientists". Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  12. ^ "Women of Vision awards presented at Anita Borg Institute banquet". Diversity/Careers. Diversity/Careers. August–September 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "ACM: Fellows Award / Susan Landau". Retrieved 2013-01-01. 


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