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BIOGRAPHY

sanjay-with-students-optBefore joining the university, Dr. Goel worked at the General Electric Global Research Center, and received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1999 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His current research interests include security & privacy with a particular focus on behavioral aspects of information security. Innovative education in the fields of cybersecurity and digital forensics is an ongoing, productive research stream.

Dr. Goel’s research in forensics and cybercrime spans multiple fields: copyright and media piracy, insider threats and behavioral aspects of security, biological models of security, and cyberwarfare. His work on critical infrastructure focuses on Smart Grid, including privacy in Smart Grid data analytics; impact of security and terrorism on financial markets; and resilient transportation.

Dr. Goel’s research in forensics and cybercrime spans multiple fields: copyright and media piracy; insider threats and behavioral aspects of security, biological models of security, and cyberwarfare.

The core areas of Dr. Goel’s research continue to blend in different ways, such as cybersecurity education, optimization of self-organized systems, cyber-physical system forensics, and behavioral security. As our society becomes more intricately linked through computer networks, security issues have grown more common and serious, as evidenced by the wide spectrum of public and private-sector data breaches in the news.

In the near term, his work is strongly focused on behavioral security, with several publications in various stages of review. His initial research on security involved developing security models inspired by natural self-organizing and self-regulating systems. Professor Goel’s training in engineering and security serves him well given that innovations in cyberphysical systems, including Smart Grid and connected vehicles, rely heavily on information technology and are subject to security challenges.

Professor Goel’s research is organized into the following areas: Security and Privacy, with a particular focus on Information Security/Privacy Behavior; Innovative Education and Pedagogy in Cybersecurity; Forensics and Cybercrime; Critical Infrastructure, or CyberPhysical Systems; and Cyberwarfare.