Meet the Dean

Rainer Steinwandt, Ph.D.

Dean Steinwandt

Before joining The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Dr. Rainer Steinwandt served as Department Chair of Florida Atlantic University's Department of Mathematical Sciences. During his time at FAU, he also served as Director of the university's Center for Cryptology and Information Security. Earlier, he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, exploring computer algebra topics.

Today, Dr. Steinwandt's primary research interest is cryptology and its interplay with quantum computing. For a multi-year project on the secure implementation of post-quantum cryptography involving partners from France, Israel, and Slovakia, he was awarded the 2018 NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Partnership Prize. Dr. Steinwandt is a co-founder of an interdisciplinary Dagstuhl Seminar series on quantum cryptanalysis and received funding through the Air Force Research Laboratory, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Security Agency, and the NATO SPS program.

Initiatives

Teaching Excellence for Student Success

The College of Science faculty teaches more credit hours than reported for any other UAH College. Accordingly, the success of UAH students critically relies on the quality of our teaching. 

To support teaching excellence in the College of Science, we are piloting an opportunity for comprehensive professional development on evidence-based teaching practices, leading up to a certificate endorsed by the American Council on Education. 

For faculty members admitted into the initial cohort of this professional development, the College commits to pay the tuition for up to four ACUE micro-credentials, which stack to the ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction. The areas covered are:

  • Promoting active learning
  • Inspiring inquiry and preparing lifelong learners
  • Creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment
  • Designing student-centered courses

The courses are delivered entirely online and are suitable to support online or classroom teaching. More than 8,000 faculty members across more than 300 institutions have completed an ACUE certification. Information about the individual micro-credentials is available on the ACUE website

This initiative is open to all full-time faculty in the College of Science, including tenure-earning, tenured, and non-tenure earning colleagues.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you can see more detailed information, including how to apply, on my.UAH under the Academics tab on the lefthand side.