Dr. Huirong Fu has earned Distinguished Professorship at Oakland University, in recognition of her long-standing dedication to the mission and vision of the university, reinforcing a culture that is devoted to excellence in teaching, research, creative endeavor, and service. The CSE Department is proud of Dr. Fu’s accomplishments and are honored to work with such an exemplary colleague.

A leading expert in networks, information security for cellular and vehicular network systems and data centers, Dr. Fu’s contributions include two books, 45 peer-reviewed journal publications, and close to 100 conference papers. She has mentored nine Ph.D. students, served on the committees of four more, and mentored three Master’s students.

Dr. Fu’s publications have been cited over 2500 times and have been published in prestigious outlets such as IEEE Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and Computer Communication. Dr. Fu is the founding Director of the Center for Cybersecurity, which promotes cybersecurity knowledge through interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach activities. Identified by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, the school has developed an MS degree in Cybersecurity that builds on the national needs for cybersecurity professionals. Dr. Fu has built two state-of-the-art teaching labs that are fully equipped with cutting-edge technology to offer cybersecurity training to students.

Dr. Fu has secured more than $6 million in federal funding to support her research and outreach efforts. She has received three NSF REU grants for over $1 million to support over 150 undergraduate students from 100 universities as part of a 10-week summer research program. More than half of these participants are women or students from underrepresented communities. The students from this program have secured internships or permanent positions from agencies such as the Los Alamos National Lab, NASA, and the US Army.

Dr. Fu also is the Program Director of the NSA/NSF GenCyber program for K-12 students. This program has worked with a diverse pool of more than 600 elementary, middle, and high school students and trained 69 K-12 teachers, the majority of whom are from underrepresented groups in computing.

Oakland University honors Dr. Fu with the title of Distinguished Professor for her extraordinary contributions to advance and support cybersecurity knowledge, not only as a researcher and teacher of OU students, but also for her extraordinary outreach efforts that impact the lives and careers of K-12 students and teachers, and undergraduate students nationally.