Kanwalinderjit Gagneja

Assistant Professor

Office Location
Innovation Science, and Technology Building, Room 2077, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531


Ph.D. in Computer Science, North Dakota State University, 2013
MTech in Computer Science and Engineering, Punjabi University, 1997
MCA in Computer Applications, Punjabi University, 1995


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Dr. Kanwal Gagneja is an assistant professor in the department of computer science, innovation, and technology at Florida Polytechnic University. She brings 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, digital forensics, and computer networks to her position.

Currently, Gagneja being PI, is directing the development of digital forensics and cybersecurity coursework through a grant received from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity. She has two patents pending and one copyright approved.

As a graduate student at North Dakota State University (NDSU) she was a university medalist based on merit. She served as global outreach ambassador for NDSU, and won many grant awards over the years. She has published more than 32 research papers and is collaborating with researchers all over the world.

Gagneja is inspired to research in cybersecurity in parts because of the growing importance of protecting computer, networks, and data. She is active in community service, including as a panelist for WICT-Women in Cable Telecommunications in 2016. She also served as a panelist in 2014 at the Lady Ada Lovelace convention, an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

She is also involved in the research and development of autonomous vehicles at SunTrax, a joint venture between the Florida Department of Transportation and the university to test new technology of autonomous vehicles.



  • Cybersecurity
  • Distributed computer networks
  • Digital forensics
  • Sensor networks
  • Cloud computing


Professional Activities

  • Senior member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Senior member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Life member, Upsilon Pi Epsilon
  • Conference chair, SSIC


Awards and Honors

  • President’s Choice Award Winner 2017
  • Academic Achievement Award winner, North Dakota State University, 2013
  • Global Outreach Ambassador, North Dakota State University, 2013-2014


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