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From Watching Apollo to Keeping the Lights On
William Sanders directs the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid Center.
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William Sanders’s attraction to science began with his excitement as a child watching the Apollo missions. Today, Sanders is director and principal investigator of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid Center, a facility that emerged from the NSF-funded Cyber Trust Center. The center seeks to ensure the continuous functioning of the nation's electric power infrastructure by keeping the underlying computing and communication network infrastructure safe from cyber attacks and accidental failures. In his previous work, the University of Illinois professor co-developed systems, including UltraSan and Möbius, widely used by industry, academia and also NASA for evaluating the performance and dependability of cyber system. Below Sanders answers 10 questions related to his life as a scientist.

Name: William Sanders
Institution:  University of Illinois
Field of Study: Engineering

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