Cybersecurity Faculty Member Joins Gannon University

“(Bharat) brings more than 20 years of academic and industry experience. His research focus on network security, cloud security, blockchain, and health informatics will help us in developing next-generation cyber defense and operation technologies.

“(Bharat) brings more than 20 years of academic and industry experience. His research focus on network security, cloud security, blockchain, and health informatics will help us in developing next-generation cyber defense and operation technologies."

Gannon University’s cybersecurity program has another professor. Bharat Rawal, Ph.D., has been hired as an associate professor. He started Jan. 2. 

Susantha Herath, Ph.D., associate dean and director of the School of Engineering and Computing, said the university is excited to have Rawal on board.  

“(Bharat) brings more than 20 years of academic and industry experience. His research focus on network security, cloud security, blockchain, and health informatics will help us in developing next-generation cyber defense and operation technologies,” Herath said. 

Rawal will teach courses in Gannon’s emerging undergraduate cybersecurity program as well as help to develop and teach courses in the new cyber engineering undergraduate and online graduate certificate in cybersecurity essentials programs.  

Rawal graduated from South Gujarat University in his native country of India with his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1986 and master’s in physics in 1990. He graduated from the University of Baltimore with his MBA in 2008 and from Townson University with his Doctor of Science in Information Technology in 2011.  

Rawal began a career in India as a field manager for Biochem Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., from 1990 to 1995 and then was chairman of Bashundhara Drug Distributors from 2000 to 2016. He worked as director of Information Technology at CrossOver – a software, website and mobile application development company with locations in the United Sates and Nepal – from 2014 to 2015, and CEO of Coracias Advanced Technologies, Bashundhara Groups from 2016 to 2019. 

Rawal has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level across a variety of disciplines, including computer and information science, physics and information management. He worked at Shaw University as an assistant and associate professor from 2012 to 2015. Rawal also taught as a visiting professor at Duke University, Loyola University and Towson University. 

Rawal comes to Gannon from the Pennsylvania State University, Abington campus where he worked as an assistant professor of information science and technology in both the undergraduate and graduate departments since 2015. 

Rawal has authored 20 research publications centering on information technology and bioinformatics and medical sciences in collaboration with leading institutions like Harvard Medical College and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He has also published 27 peer-reviewed conference proceedings with one patent pending. Recently, Rawal has focused his work as a post-doctorate researcher in the area of Smart Grid, Cloud Computing, and Big Data and Analytical modeling with Kishor Trivedi, Ph.D., at Duke University. 

“I am very dedicated to academia and passionate about teaching and research,” Rawal said. “I firmly believe that I can bring my skills and teaching experience of graduate and undergraduate programs as an asset to the program. My teaching experience with information security… will further enhance the hands-on classroom and online environment that I believe will be beneficial for the students.” 

In addition to teaching, Rawal intends to continue his research as well as engage in developing next-generation cyber defense technologies.

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