CLEMSON — Haiying (Helen) Shen, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clemson University, has won a $200,000 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship grant for her work in distributed computing.

Microsoft Corp. provides the grants to young faculty members who are exploring innovative, high-impact research that has the potential to help solve challenging societal problems.

“Dr. Shen embodies the qualities of a great academic. She is industrious, creative, enthusiastic and committed to becoming a leader in her field,” said Darren Dawson, chairman of Clemson's electrical and computer engineering department. “In addition to the value of her collaboration with researchers at Clemson, at national labs and at other universities, her research is well aligned with the university's information technology emphasis area.”

Shen's research spans peer-to-peer and content-delivery networks, grid computing, mobile computing and wireless sensor networks. Her distributed computing research focuses on two goals: access to information and services anytime and anywhere around the world, and pooling of globally distributed resources for cooperative use to achieve greater supercomputing capability.

“Helen's research is at the forefront of distributed computing design, and an award of this magnitude from an industry giant such as Microsoft is a clear indication of that,” said Esin Gulari, dean of the College of Engineering and Science. “We're very proud of her work and pleased to have this support for her continued research.”

In addition to Shen, six other awards were made to Raanan Fattal of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Cyrill Stachniss of the University of Freiburg; Evimaria Terziof of Boston University; Doug Downey of Northwestern University; Abhi Shelat of the University of Virginia; and Sinan Aral of New York University.

The awards were presented at the 11th annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond, Wash., where more than 400 academic leaders gathered to discuss collaboration among universities, industry and government to “advance research, inspire technological innovation, enhance the educational experience and cultivate the next generation of thought leaders.”