Nate Foster won one of the seven inaugural Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Awards for leadership in innovative research, and was one of only two assistant professors to receive it.  Foster works on problems in programming languages, networks, and security, and has been recently working on domain-specific languages for networks.

The other awardees were Christopher Batten (ECE), Lawrence Bonassar (BME), Matthew DeLisa (CBE),  Brian Kirby (MAE), Richard Robinson (MSE), and Uli Wiesner (MSE).