Vahab Pournaghshband
Associate 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 Associate 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 I am a Visiting Professor of Computer Science and Security at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in Austria in Spring 2022.

Recent News

02.27.2022 As the recipient of Fulbright US Scholar Award, I started my Visiting Professor of Computer Science and Security position at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in Austria.
12.10.2021 Our paper “Teaching Security Notions in Entry-Level Programming Courses” was accepted to IEEE TALE 2021.
12.05.2021 Our paper “Simulating Network Link Compression in Loss-less Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) Environment” was accepted to IEEE IUCC 2021.
11.23.2021 Our paper “Appending Security Theories to Projects in Upper-Division CS Courses” was accepted to CSTY 2021.

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


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