Gupta spoke of the strides she made in during her time at UC.
"I went from entering the lab as a freshman who didn't know what traceability meant to winning the TraceLab challenge four years later," she said. "I'm so grateful to join Dr. Niu's lab who has taught me so much."
Niu spoke highly of Gupta’s work and future.
"It's such a pleasure to work with Rue and be part of her many superb accomplishments, including winning the TraceLab challenge. She's a star that will always shine and make transformative impacts," he said.
Gupta's story and work continue at Google, where she will combine her experience and passion for sustainability on the company’s Nest product, which connects and synchronizes home thermostats and security with the occupants’ activity. Simply put, she wants to prevent someone’s air conditioning from running at full blast when no one is home to enjoy it.
Tracebility is essential for such a product. A thermostat setting might be tied to user preferences, third-party data such as the GPS in a smartphone, and weekly behavior patterns. Knowing where each piece of that data came from, where it is going, and how it is protected, is a requirement for security.
Gupta’s proven expertise, experience and passion for sustainability will soon be at work to make sure that requirement is met.
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