Dr. Rainer Steinwandt

Dean, College of Science,
Mathematical Sciences



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.

Dr. Rainer Steinwandt Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.), computer science, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 2000
  • M.S. (Dipl.-Inform.), computer science, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 1998


  • 2018 NATO Science for Peace and Security Partnership Prize


  • Steering Committee member of the International Conference on Post-Quantum Cryptography
  • General Chair 9th International Conference on Post-Quantum Cryptography PQCrypto 2018
  • Co-chair 2015 Korea-US Joint Workshop on Quantum Information


  • M.I. González Vasco, A. L. Pérez del Pozo, and R. Steinwandt: Group Key Establishment in a Quantum-Future Scenario, Informatica, pp. 1-18, 2020.
  • B. Langenberg, H. Pham, and R. Steinwandt: Reducing the cost of implementing AES as a quantum circuit, IEEE Transactions on Quantum Engineering, vol. 1, 2500112, 2020. 76.
  • M.I. González Vasco and R. Steinwandt: Group Theoretic Cryptography, Chapman and Hall/CRC Cryptography and Network Security Series, 2015