Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Danella Zhao is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Arizona. Between 2016-2022, she was a graduate program director and associate professor of computer science at Old Dominion University. Before joining ODU, she was a Lockheed Martin Corporation/BORSF Endowed Associate Professor at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Dr. Zhao's research focuses on the broad theme of high-performance secure and intelligent computing, spanning such topics as multicore/many-core computing and on-chip networking, Internet-of-Things (IoT) intelligence & security, hardware security, autonomous computing, and machine learning. She is one of the pioneers in the research of wireless Network-on-Chip, a new communication paradigm for building energy-efficient many-core chips. Based on this research, she received the prestigious NSF CAREER award. Her research was recognized by various awards such as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Research Excellence Award, Louisiana Board of Regents Commendation for Teacher-Scholar, and Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship Award.
- BS: Biomedical Engineering, Zhejiang University, 1996
- MS: Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2001
- PhD: Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2004
Computer architecture, cybersecurity, embedded system design
Domain-specific computing, hardware security and privacy-preserving edge computing, autonomic computing, and quantum computing