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MARK OF EXCELLENCE Professor Justin Cappos is Named to Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10”

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Justin Cappos joins an elite group of ten young researchers named by Popular Science magazine as this year’s “Brilliant 10.” For the past 12 years, Popular Science has been searching out the nation’s most promising researchers under age 40 and profiling them in the magazine’s annual “Brilliant 10” issue, on newsstands and at Cappos, an assistant pro-

fessor of computer science and engineering, was recognized primarily for his work on Seattle, a free, open-source cloud

computing system that allows anyone to experience the Internet from the perspective of any location around the globe. Although some users employ Seattle for content distribution or to circumvent censorship, it also provides a safe platform for students to experiment with cybersecurity, mobile devices,

and the web. A dozen universities around the world have already used Seattle in 45 classes, mainly to study networking and cybersecurity. Seattle permits access to resources that exist in any network, anywhere—it presents the Internet not as a specific ISP or government would have users experience it, but as it exists in any location in the world. For example, a student in China whose access is restricted may use Seattle to circumvent censorship and see the same Internet that a student in Brooklyn would see, in real time. “This isn’t a method of hacking into someone’s computer and controlling it,” explained Cappos, whose computer security background was essential in

Cappos, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, was chosen at one of Popular Science’s 2013 “Brilliant 10”


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