Bharat Rawal named head of computer science department at Grambling State 

Dr. Bharat Rawal has taken over as head of Grambling State University’s Department of Computer Science and Digital Technologies, bringing experience in teaching, administration, and the corporate world to his new role. 

Previously, Dr. Rawal served as cybersecurity professor at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, and previously as head of the Computer Science Department at Capitol Technology University in Laurel, Maryland, where he received an outstanding research award from the university and submitted two National Science Foundation grants for $800,000.  

“I am thrilled to join Grambling State University as the new Department Head for the Computer Science and Digital Technologies Department,” Dr. Rawal said. “My goal is to build on the department’s existing strengths and foster a culture of collaboration and innovation.”

“Together with our talented team, we will work toward developing innovative programs in quantum computing post-quantum cryptography,” Rawal continued. “We will work on fostering groundbreaking research and toolsets for our students to excel in their personal and professional careers. And we will work toward a state of art curriculum that will attract talented national and international students in programs at Grambling State University.” 

At Benedict College, Dr. Rawal’s research focused on network security, cloud computing and security, blockchain, artificial intelligence/machine learning, quantum computing, and the development of next-generation cyber defense and operation technologies. 

Dr. Rawal has also served as Associate Professor and Program Director for the School of Science and Engineering at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania; an Assistant Professor at Penn State University; and as an Assistant Professor at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as holding visiting assistant professorships at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and Loyola University in Baltimore. 

In addition to hundreds of peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journal publications, Dr. Ruwal has co-authored four books — “Artificial Intelligence in IoT and cyborgization” (Springer, 2023); “Intelligent Multimedia Technologies for Financial Risk Management: Trends, Tools” (IET, 2023); “Implementing and Leveraging Blockchain Programming” (2022); and “Cybersecurity and Identity Access Management” (2022) — and has also been granted two patents. His recent publications and projects have been focused on cybersecurity, blockchain, quantum Computing, AI, and 5G and beyond. 

Dr. Ruwal also spent years in the corporate world, serving as CEO of Coracias Advanced Technology LLC from 2017-2021 and Chairman of Bashundhara Pharmaceuticals PVT.LTD from 2000-2010.