Amit Sahai, professor of computer science in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, was elected as a fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. The assocation is an international organization that aims to enhance the security of computation and communications. Sahai was cited for “fundamental contributions, including to secure computation, zero knowledge, and functional encryption” and for service to the association. 

Sahai is also the director of the Center for Encrypted Functionalities, a research center funded by the National Science Foundation. His research interests are in security and cryptography, and theoretical computer science more broadly. He is the co-inventor of attribute-based encryption, functional encryption and indistinguishability obfuscation. He was named an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow in 2002.