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 will be a Visiting Professor at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in Austria in Spring 2022.

Recent News

06.15.2020 Our paper was among the Best Paper Award Finalists at ITICSE 2020.
06.07.2020 Our paper “Entailing Security Mindset in Foundational CS Courses: An Interactive Approach” was accepted to CCSC MW 2020.
03.11.2020 Our paper “Promoting Diversity-Inclusive Computer Science Pedagogies: A Multidimensional Perspective” was accepted to ITICSE 2020.
03.11.2020 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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