Dr. Prakash Ranganathan is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, and also the Director for Cyber Physical Systems and Data Sciences Laboratory at the UND, Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is also a faculty lead on the newly established Research Institute for Autonomous Systems (RIAS) facilitating the Data and Cyber Security research at the UND campus. He has over 12 years of higher education experience as an engineering educator, and 6 years as a Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Optimization researcher. He has been PI or Co-PI on over $1 million of externally funded awards. His research involves identifying solution to challenges on topics such as smart grid, cyber security, uncertainty quantification, optimization techniques. Dr. Ranganathan also plays leadership role on cyber educational and research initiatives for North Dakota University System (NDUS). Dr. Ranganathan received the North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award in 2013 from UND Alumni Foundation recognizing his significant contribution in teaching, research, and service. He is also a recipient of Public Scholar Award in 2014 from center for Community Engagement.