Rainer Steinwandt serves as Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Before joining FAU in 2005, he was researching topics in computer algebra with the University of Karlsruhe, in Germany, where he completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science in 1998 and 2000, respectively. Today, his research focus is in cryptology, including quantum cryptanalysis and quantum-safe cryptography. He currently serves as Director of FAU's Center for Cryptology and Information Security and is a managing editor of De Gruyter's Journal of Mathematical Cryptology. Dr. Steinwandt’ s research has been funded through the Air Force Research Laboratory, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the National Science Foundation, and the NATO Science for Peace and Security program.