Stanford scholar Herb Lin elected AAAS Fellow

Stanford cybersecurity expert Herb Lin has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Herb Lin, a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security, Hoover Institution, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Herbert Lin

Herbert Lin is a senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. (Image credit: Rod Searcey/CISAC)

Lin is among the 443 new AAAS fellows chosen this year by their peers for their invaluable contributions to science and technology.

Lin’s research interests relate broadly to policy-related dimensions of cybersecurity and cyberspace. He is particularly interested in the use of offensive operations in cyberspace as instruments of national policy and in the security dimensions of information warfare and influence operations on national security.

In addition to his positions at Stanford University, Lin is chief scientist, emeritus, for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies, where he served from 1990 through 2014 as study director of major projects on public policy and information technology. Lin is also a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, an independent nonprofit organization that informs the public about risks from nuclear weapons.

In 2016, Lin served on President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

Lin recently authored “An Evolving Research Agenda in Cyber Policy and Security,” a roadmap for interdisciplinary research on cyber policy and security issues. According to Lin, problems in cyber policy and security require a combination of efforts from experts in economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, organizational theory, engineering, political science and government, among others.

AAAS is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to “advance science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” The organization promotes science and technology research and applications, and works to enhance communication among and between scientists, engineers and the public. AAAS publishes six peer-reviewed journals, including Science.

Fellows are elected each year by their peers serving on the Council of AAAS, the organization’s member-run governing body.

Dan Jurafsky, the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor in Humanities and a professor of computer science, was also elected as a AAAS fellow this year. The new fellows will be honored Feb. 15 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.