Laurie Williams, an assistant professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, has received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for her software research.

Williams, a PhD, was selected for a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the NSF.

As a result, NSF will provide the funding to assist in her project “Test-Driven Development of Secure and Reliable Software Applications.”

“The objective of this research is to extend, validate and disseminate a software development practice to aid in the prevention of computer-related disasters,” NCSU said in a statement. “The proposal includes plans for an inter-university student competition to build excitement about developing secure and reliable software applications and a revised undergraduate software engineering textbook that will integrate security and reliability topics.”