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CS Student Wins Silver Medal in Research Competition

Walter Squires '16, BS in Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security, won second place and the silver medal at the international Student Research Competition (SRC) presenting his Honors thesis work mentored by Paolina Centonze, Ph.D. 

This student competition was sponsored by Microsoft Research and was part of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (MOBILESoft 2016), which took place on May 16-17, 2016, in Austin, Texas.
 
At the same conference, Walter also presented the research paper titled "Cross-platform Access-rights Analysis of Mobile Applications,” co-authored by Dr. Centonze.

"My experience at MOBILESoft 2016 is what I consider the pinnacle of my academic career thus far, as I was able to take the research I had been doing here at Iona under the guidance of my mentor Dr. Paolina Centonze and with her support, present it at one of the top conferences. In addition to the privilege of being able to present, I was also able to attend other presentations which were both exciting and innovative, and truly expanded upon what I thought was the state of the art. Finally, in conversing with both my fellow presenters as well as others attending the conference I was able to expand my professional network as well as to help inform my decisions now that I am graduating."
 
This is a great honor for Walter Squires and the Computer Science Department is very proud of him. Congratulations, Walter!