Teaching Professor of Information Systems
Divakaran Liginlal (Lal) is a Teaching Professor of Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.
Lal holds a B.S. in Telecommunication Engineering from CET, an M.S. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. Before joining CMU, Lal taught at three U.S. universities, including nine years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a recipient of the Mabel Chipman Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and the Lawrence J. Larson Grant Award for Innovation in Curriculum Design. In 2013, he received the best teacher award at CMU's Qatar campus. As a graduate student, he received the University of Arizona Foundation Award for Meritorious Teaching. Lal's research in information security, human-
computer interaction, and decision support systems has been published in such journals as the Journal of MIS (JMIS), Communications of the ACM, IEEE-TKDE, IEEE-SMC, the European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & Security, Decision Support Systems, Fuzzy Sets & Systems, IEEE Technology & Society, IJIM, and IRMJ. His teaching and research have been supported by organizations such as Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, Cargill, the Qatar Foundation, and the ICAIR at the University of Florida. Prior to joining academics, Lal worked as a scientist developing test computers for the Indian Space Research Organization and as a software developer in Saudi Arabia.