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Dr. Deepak Puthal Honored with Early Career Award for Contributions in Smart Computing

April 8, 2022

Dr. Deepak Puthal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was honored by the IEEE Smart Computing Special Technical Community (SCSTC) with the Early Career Award, a recognition for young researchers and scientists who have made outstanding strides in their respective industries early on in their careers. 


Nominees for the Early Career Award should have significant and relevant research contributions and a strong academic record, achieving these within 10 years after obtaining their PhD degrees. 


Dr. Puthal is making a name for himself in the field of smart computing with his groundbreaking research in cybersecurity, blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT)/edge computing. A few of his notable works are Proof of Authentication (PoAh), the first-ever blockchain consensus for IoT; PUFChain, a hardware-assisted blockchain; and CryptoClinqIn, a graph-theoretic cryptography using clique injection. He is also a co-developer of two open-source simulators, the IoTSim-Edge and the IoTSim-SDWAN. 


He is also active in the scientific community, serving in different capacities namely as a technical board member of the IEEE Hyper-Intelligence Technical Committee and as an associate editor for several publications such as IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, IEEE Transactions on Big Data, and IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. 


“I am both humbled and excited to receive this award. It is an honor that the potential of my research is recognized by my colleagues in the industry,” Dr. Puthal said. Prior to his IEEE SCSTC Early Career Award, Dr. Puthal has also received the 2019 Best IEEE ComSoc Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle East, and Africa and the 2018 IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing Early Career Researcher. 


“I believe that we should put ourselves forward and join competitive international awards. Recognitions like these bring honor not only to me as an individual, but to Khalifa University as well and I would like to thank the university for its continuous support.”


Ara Maj Cruz
Creative Writer
8 April 2022