UMBC’s Anupam Joshi, cybersecurity innovator, to expand leadership impact as 2022–23 ACE Fellow

Published: Sep 2, 2022

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Anupam Joshi. (Marlayna Demond '11/UMBC)

Anupam Joshi, a professor focused on both high-impact computing research and expanding access to computer science and cybersecurity education, has been named a 2022–23 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Joshi is the Oros Family Professor and chair of computer science and electrical engineering at UMBC and director of UMBC’s Center for Cybersecurity. He will spend the coming academic year with University System of Maryland (USM) leaders, shadowing both USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman and Bruce Jarrell, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). 

UMBC has a strong history of leaders participating in the ACE Fellows program, an intensive mentorship program that has prepared faculty, staff, and administrators for senior positions in college and university leadership since it began in 1965. More than 80 percent of the program’s 2,500 past Fellows have gone on to serve as chief executive officers, chief academic officers, other cabinet-level positions, or deans following their fellowship.

“The ACE Fellows program embodies ACE’s goal of enriching the capacity of agile leaders to problem-solve and innovate, and it fuels the expansion of a talented and diverse higher education leadership pipeline,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Fellows continue to excel in prominent leadership roles, and the potential of this new cohort to bring strong leadership to institutions across America greatly excites me.”

Focus on innovating institutions

Following a rigorous application process, ACE selected 46 Fellows this year from colleges and universities across the United States. Throughout the year, these Fellows will observe and work with senior leaders at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings, and focus on issues of interest. They will also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institutions, with the goal of returning after their fellowship year prepared to guide positive change.

“I am thrilled and honored to be mentored by two stalwarts of higher education in Chancellor Perman and President Jarrell,” Joshi says. “I look forward to learning from these leaders and working together to make a difference for the students in USM universities. I thank President Emeritus Hrabowski, President Sheares Ashby, and Provost Rous at UMBC for nominating me for this opportunity and their support.”

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Anupam Joshi presents UMBC’s economic impact metrics and workforce data to Maryland state leaders. (Marlayna Demond ’11/UMBC)

Leadership trajectory

Joshi obtained a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 1989, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1991 and 1993, respectively. He has published more than 275 technical papers, has been granted nine patents and obtained research support from a variety of federal and industrial sources. In 2014 he was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE.

As chair, Joshi leads one of UMBC’s largest departments. There he has overseen a near doubling of student enrollment at the graduate level and a 50% growth rate at the undergraduate level, accompanied by an increase in student body diversity. 

He has worked with partners in the UMBC Office of Institutional Advancement to raise funds supporting research from such industry partners as Northrop Grumman, GE, and Cisco. As a result of these efforts and collaboration with Jack Suess, UMBC’s chief information officer and vice president of information technology, the state recently announced the creation of a Maryland Institute for Innovative Computing at UMBC

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Anupam Joshi celebrates with colleagues at an event for UMBC faculty named fellows of professional societies. (Marlayna Demond ’11/UMBC)

Joshi directs the Center for Cybersecurity, which brings together scholarship and research in cybersecurity from computer science, information systems, social sciences, humanities, public policy, and natural sciences. In this role, he serves on the Maryland Cybersecurity Council

Additionally, Joshi directs UMBC’s Cyber Scholars Program, a joint effort between the Center for Cybersecurity and UMBC’s Center for Women in Technology. This program is focused on supporting a diverse next generation of leaders in cybersecurity and computing.

At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Joshi will return to these leadership roles with new knowledge and skills to expand UMBC’s work in innovative ways, supported by a network of emerging and longstanding university leaders across the nation.

This UMBC News story draws from an USM press release (8/31/2022). Learn more about ACE through stories on UMBC’s prior fellows, such as Tim Nohe, visual arts; Kate Tracy M.A. ‘01, Ph.D. ‘03, psychology; Sarah Shin, education; and Anne Brodsky, psychology, among others. UMBC President Emeritus Freeman Hrabowski currently serves as the inaugural ACE Centennial Fellow.

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