Dr. Kuldeep Rawat is Thorpe Endowed Professor and Dean of School of Science, Aviation, Health and Technology at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Dr. Rawat holds an MS in Computer Science, MS in Computer Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL). At ULL he conducted research into video compression techniques for applications in aerial surveillance platforms used for monitoring wetlands. He has more than eighteen years of combined Industrial and Academic Research and Teaching experience. Dr. Rawat is an International Air Transportation Association (IATA) certified Aviation Management Professional.
Dr. Rawat provides leadership and manages the School’s administrative operations. The School of Science, Aviation, Health, and Technology (SAHT) is home to four academic departments and fifteen academic programs: Natural Sciences (Biology BS/MS, Chemistry, and Sustainability Studies); Health & Human Studies (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kinesiology, Psychology, and Social Work); Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering Technology (Mathematics BS/MS, Computer Science, Engineering Technology); and Aviation & Emergency Management (Aviation Science, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Emergency Management), which includes over sixty full-time and temporary employees. In addition, the SAHT houses Aviation Science, the institution’s signature program. The SAHT also houses Center for Excellence in Remote Sensing Research and Education, NC Math/Science Enrichment Network (NC-MSEN), and ECSU’s Khan Planetarium.
Dr. Rawat has served as the Principal Investigator/Project Director on multiple grants, including National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Hewlett-Packard, the US Department of Transportation, NC Division of Aviation, NASA, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and the Golden LEAF Foundation. He has secured over $5 Million in external funding to support research, teaching, program development/enhancement, and outreach projects at ECSU.
He also serves as the Director of ECSU’s signature/flagship program in Aviation Science. As the director of state’s only 4-year collegiate aviation program, he is responsible for conducting aviation program needs assessment, purchasing aircraft, flight simulators and ATC lab equipment, avionics trainers, laboratory upgrades and developing a strategic plan to grow and sustain state’s only four-year aviation education program. Recently, Dr. Rawat led the efforts to establish BS degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems program at ECSU.
Other administrative responsibilities that he holds on campus are the Chief Research Officer, Campus Director for NC Space Grant Consortium, Activity Director for Department of Education/SAFRA project, Director of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Lab, and Director of Summer Transportation Institute and Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship program at ECSU.
His areas of interest are in designing embedded systems, PC-based instrumentation, mobile and aerial robotics, civilian applications of unmanned aerial systems, and innovative uses of educational technologies. He is one of the 10 recipients of 2009 HP Innovations in Education award to transform teaching and learning through innovative uses of technology.
MS, CACS-University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2000-2001)
MS, CACS-University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2002-2003)
Ph.D., CACS-University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2003-2005)
Aviation Safety Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
Aviation Management, Stanford University, CA
AvMP: International Air Transportation Association (IATA) certified Aviation Management Professional (AvMP)
Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL