The Biometrics Council is pleased to honor Dr. Akshay Agarwal with the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2021. Dr. Agarwal defended his dissertation, “Panoptic Defenses for Secure Computer Vision,” in December 2020 at IIIT-Delhi, India and was advised by Dr. Richa Singh and Dr. Mayank Vatsa. He received the Dean’s Award for Innovation, Research, and Development for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019 at IIIT-Delhi. He has authored over thirty publications including journals and peer-reviewed conferences. Since graduating, Dr. Agarwal has worked as a research assistant professor at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, USA and is now a postdoctoral scientist at the University at Buffalo, NY, USA. Congrats Dr. Agarwal!