Syracuse University

Shiu-Kai Chin '75, G'78, PhD'86


Shiu-Kai Chin is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. He is Co-Director (with Scott Bernard) of the Center for Information and Systems Assurance and Trust (CISAT). Professor Chin’s research applies mathematical logic to the engineering of trustworthy systems.

Shiu-Kai supports the research program of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Cyber Operations Branch in the Information Grid Division (RIG) in trustworthy systems and hardware-based computer security. His focus is on access control and policy-based design and verification. He and his students have created engineering design and verification procedures using higher-order logic to make trustworthy hardware and software.

He is a member of the National Institute of Justice’s Electronic Crime Technical Working Group. With JP Morgan Chase, he applies his research to reasoning about credentials and entitlements in large-value commercial transactions. He is co-author, with Dr. Susan Older, of the textbook Access Control, Security, and Trust: A Logical Approach, CRC Press, 2011.

 Shiu-Kai is one of the instructors in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Assurance Internship Program. This is a successor to the Advanced Course in Engineering Cyber Security Boot Camp. ACE, from 2003 to 2010, wasa 10-week summer program for Air Force ROTC cadets whose mission was developing the next generation of cyber leaders through education, hands-on training, officer development, and weekly 8-mile runs. ACE was based upon the highly successful 3.5-year General Electric Advanced Course in Engineering, of which Shiu-Kai is a graduate. Shiu-Kai is one of two instructors who taught the full 8-year span of ACE. His work on the IA Internship Program and ACE is done through Serco-NA and Syracuse University.

Shiu-Kai served as the Interim Dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science from 2006 to 2008. From 1998 until 2006 he was Director of the Center for Advanced Systems Engineering (CASE) at Syracuse University—a New York State Center of Advanced Technology funded by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR). He served as Program Director for Computer Engineering until2006.

Professor Chin received the Crouse Hinds Award for Excellence in Education from the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science in 1994. In 1997, he was appointed Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence - Syracuse University's highest teaching award. In 2002, he received the 2001-2002 Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to the University's Academic Programs. In 2004, he was appointed as

Associate University Marshal. In 2005, he was selected as one of two Outstanding Teachers by the SyracuseUniversity Alumni Association. Prior to joining SU in 1986, Professor Chin was a senior engineer and program manager at General Electric. During his eleven years at GE, he designed several products including a nuclear fuel-rod monitor, a memory manager for a heart imaging system similar to a CAT scanner, and a custom radiation-hard CMOS processor combined with a GaAs C-band transceiver for controlling phased-array radars. He is a graduate of GE's Advanced Course in Engineering.

Shiu-Kai was a Commissioner on the Onondaga County/City of Syracuse Human Rights Commission. He is a trainer in the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) at Auburn Prison - a maximum security prison. AVP is an international, non-denominational program that teaches conflict resolution and communications skills.

He is on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of WCNY Public Radio and Television and is co-chair of the Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism of InterFaith Works of Central New York. In 2010, he served as President of the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS), a diverse coalition of faith communities and community organizations throughout the greater Syracuse area that organizes with the mission to address social, economic, educational, and political concerns in Syracuse and Central New York.

Shiu-Kai is a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack 46ers (#1064).

Updated: 15 April 2011