Virgil D. Gligor

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Virgil D. Gligor
BornJuly 30, 1949 (1949-07-30) (age 70)
Alma materUC at Berkeley
Awards2006 National Information Systems Security Award
2013 IEEE Technical Achievement Award
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsUniversity of Maryland
Carnegie Mellon University

Virgil Dorin Gligor (born July 30, 1949) is a Romanian-American professor of electrical and computer engineering who specializes in the research of applied cryptography and computer security.

Gligor was born in Zalău, Romania where he earned a national scholarship to study in the United States.[1] According to Gligor, his childhood in the "very controlled environment" of Romanian communism and the later authoritarian regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu informed his belief that "security cannot be an excuse for compromising individual and institutional freedom."[1] He earned his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland from 1976 until 2007. In 2008, he became a professor at Carnegie Mellon University where he is also co-Director of the University’s CyLab.[2]

On December 6, 2005, Gligor received the 2006 National Information Systems Security Award from the United States National Security Agency.[3] In 2013, he was given Technical Achievement Award by the IEEE Computer Society for his work in cryptography.[4]


  1. ^ a b McGraw, Gary (April 21, 2009). "Silver Bullet Talks with Virgil Gligor (transcript of podcast 037 )" (PDF). Silver Bullet. Cigital. p. 15. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Virgil Gligor Bio". Cylab. Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Gligor Wins National Security Award". James Clark School of Engineering. University of Maryland. November 14, 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  4. ^ "IEEE-CS Recognizes Five Technologists as Recipients of Technical Achievement Awards". Press Room. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.

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