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NSERC Discovery Grant awarded to CUE professor and early career researcher, Dr. Ha Tran

Posted on: Jun 3, 2019

We are thrilled with the news that Dr. Ha Tran, assistant professor in our Faculty of Science, has been awarded Concordia University of Edmonton’s first NSERC Discovery Grant.

Dr. Tran’s research, “Efficient algorithms for ideal lattices, with applications,” was granted support through the funding announced by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) earlier this week.

Tackling a concern for everyone, and Canadians in particular, Dr. Tran’s research will help to build security in the transfer of information in the era of quantum computers.

“Our research is important as its future achievements will have a great impact in post-quantum cryptography,” explains Dr. Tran. “Indeed, it will help to build cryptosystems that are believed to be secure even under attacks of quantum computers. Thus, it will provide data confidentiality, data integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation.”

The Discovery Grant is an individual, five-year award of operating funds. Along with this, Dr. Tran also receives a one-time Discovery Launch Supplement. This recent NSERC initiative is awarded to Early Career Researchers within the first year of their Discovery Grants. They are expected to bring a diversity of new voices and new insights to their fields.

“CUE could not be more pleased with this award, or more proud of its recipient. Having joined our faculty just one year ago, Dr. Tran is already demonstrating her impressive skills and building a global reputation in her field, while helping foster a burgeoning research culture in the Sciences here at CUE. The opportunity to learn from and work alongside this brilliant mathematician also contributes to enhancing the unparalleled student experience at our boutique university,” Dr. Valerie Henitiuk, Vice-President Academic and Provost comments.

Research at Concordia University of Edmonton is also supported by the Research Support Fund, a tri-agency initiative that assists Canadian post-secondary institutions with costs associated with managing research funded by the federal research granting agencies. Concordia University of Edmonton acknowledges the value of this support and appreciates this ongoing research investment.