Vahab Pournaghshband
Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
University of San Francisco
Harney Science Center 404 - (415) 422-3713
vahab.p [at] usfca [dot] edu PGP Public Key


I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of San Francisco. My research interests include Computer Security, Computer Networks, Computer Science Education. I received my Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at UCLA, where I was a member of Laboratory for Advanced Systems Research. I received my MSc in Computer Science and BSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Prior to USF, I was an Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge, and an Adjunct Lecturer at UCLA. In the past, I worked at Symantec, Inc. (on reputation-based security, which was later acquired by Broadcom Inc.), PostPath Inc., (which was later acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.), and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

I am the Director of Networks and Security Laboratory (Nets Lab) at University of San Francisco. I am the recipient of the Fulbright US Scholar Award and will be a Visiting Professor at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in Austria in Spring 2021.

Recent News


Our paper “Entailing Security Mindset in Foundational CS Courses: An Interactive Approach” was accepted to CCSC MW 2020.


Our paper “Promoting Diversity-Inclusive Computer Science Pedagogies: A Multidimensional Perspective” was accepted to ITICSE 2020.


I received the Fulbright US Scholar Award for 2020/21.

You can also find me on Github, Google Scholar, and LinkedIn.


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