Prof. Rajat Moona received his BTech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1985 and a PhD degree in Computer Science and Automation from IISc Bangalore in 1990. He worked for about one year as Scientific Officer in IISc Bangalore and joined as a faculty member of IIT Kanpur in 1991 where he is a full professor in the department of CSE. In recognition of his research, Prof. Rajat Moona was offered the prestigious Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professorship by IIT Kanpur in 2008.
During his stay at IIT Kanpur, he had been a recipient of Indo-US Science and Technology Fellowship, a scheme jointly supported by the Governments of India and USA, and had been a visiting scientist to MIT USA in 1994-95 on this fellowship. He had also been a senior Engineering Manager in Mentor Graphics India during 2002-04 where he led a team to develop a tool for embedded system design that is now a product from Mentor Graphics.
He has taught a large number of courses at IIT Kanpur, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has also supervised about 80 postgraduate theses. He along with his students and other colleagues, has authored 7 patents, about 30 research papers and 2 books.
The research area of Rajat Moona spans over embedded computing, computer security, VLSI design and Operating Systems. He has been involved in defining standards for the Operating Systems for Smart Cards for Indian Government which are in use in applications such as Driving License, Vehicle Registration Systems, Indian National ID, Electronic Passports and several other ID related applications.
He along with his students and National Informatics Centre has defined the Key Management System and Layout of the data on the Driving License, National Id Card and Electronic Passports. He has also been instrumental in defining the strategy for smart card certification mechanisms for the Government of India. He along with other faculty members and students have also defined and developed a secure encrypting file system with extremely powerful trust model for use in the enterprise storage technologies. He is involved in defining the RFID applications in areas such as electronic toll collection.