Harvard President Drew Faust has approved Stephen Chong for promotion to the role of full professor with tenure at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

Chong, Professor of Computer Science at SEAS, seeks to develop techniques that ensure applications handle sensitive information securely. The aim of his research is to provide software tools that help programmers write trustworthy programs.

He leads the development of several information security projects, including Shill, which is a secure shell scripting language, and Accrue, which provides language-based security guarantees that are proportional to programmer effort.

Chong, a member of the Center for Research on Computation and Society, has taught a number of computer science courses at SEAS, including “Programming Languages” (CS 152) and “Advanced Topics in Programming Languages” (CS 252r).

He earned a B.A. in math and science and a B.Sc. in computer science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University. Prior to his appointment at SEAS, he was a visiting scholar at Pomona College and a Research Associate at the University of New South Wales. He has also worked as an information technology consultant and contractor.

Chong is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, an AFOSR Young Investigators Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He has served on a number of panels and committees, most recently as co-chair of the NSF Workshop on Formal Methods for Security.