Information Technology & Web Science Rensselaer

ITWS Faculty Leaders

Dr. Peter Fox

Peter Fox

Director of Information Technology and Web Science

Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Monash University, Australia; Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, Monash University, Australia

Areas of Instruction: Dr. Fox teaches Data Science, X-informatics, is a Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Computer Science.

Research Interests: Dr. Fox's research specializes in the fields of solar and solar-terrestrial physics, computational and computer science, information technology, and grid-enabled, distributed semantic data frameworks. This research utilizes state-of-the-art modeling techniques, internet-based technologies, including the semantic web, and applies them to large-scale distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of data and information within specific science and engineering disciplines as well as among disciplines.

Phone: (518) 276-2660
Fax: (518) 276-6687
Office: 207A Lally Hall

Professor Richard M. Plotka


Professor for the BS and MS degrees in Information Technology

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic University

Areas of Instruction: Professor Plotka teaches IT capstone, Web Systems Development and Web Science Systems Development in the Information Technology and Web Science program. In addition to his commitment to Information Technology and Web Science students, Professor Plotka has played an active role in the ITWS community by serving as a member of the IT Advisory Board from 1999-2012.

Research Interests: Professor Plotka is pursuing the latest trends in information technology, executive management, systems architecture, applications architecture, operations research management, and project management. As he contributes to the field of business and technology management, Professor Plotka calls upon his 20 years of experience in industry. He is currently the Chief Executive Office at Data Communiqué, a SaaS Component Content Management and Automated Publishing solutions provider.

Phone: (518) 276-2590
Fax: (518) 276-6687
Office: 304 Lally Hall

Faculty with Joint Appointments in Information Technology and Web Science

Bailey, Ronald A. - Ph.D. (McGill University); coordination chemistry and chemistry of molten salts (Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department).

Bennet, Kristin - Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin); mathematical programming, machine learning, support vector machines, neural networks, artificial intelligence, parallel optimization, tabu search, automated drug discovery, data mining, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, molecular epidemiology, population biology, complementarity (Mathematical Science and Computer Science Departments).

Borca-Tasciuc, Theo - Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles); thermal and thermoelectric transport in nanostructures, nanostructured materials, and devices, thermoelectric energy conversion, heat transfer, microelectromechanical systems (Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Department).

Breneman, Curtis M. - Ph.D. (University of California, Santa Barbara); physical organic chemistry (Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department).

Bringsjord, Selmer - Ph.D. (Brown University); logic, philosophical logic, philosophy of artificial intelligence (Cognitice Science Department).

Carothers, Christopher - Ph.D. (Georgia Institute of Technology); computer simulation, parallel simulation, parallel systems (Director, Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations) (Computer Science Department).

Century, Michael - M.A. (University of California, Berkeley); musicology, music composition, improvisation and performace (Arts Department).

Connor, Kenneth - Ph.D. (Polytechnic Institute of New York); electromagnetic theory, wave propagation, plasmas for fusion research and industrial applications, finite element methods (Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department).

De, Suvranu - Sc.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); numerical methods in engineering, multimodal virtual environments, fast computational techniques of MEMS (Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering).

Duchin, Faye - Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley); achieving economic development while avoiding environmental disasters, input-output economics with industrial ecology (Economics).

Fox, Peter - Ph.D. (Monash University); semantic web, semantic e-science, data intensive science, virtual observatories, virtual organizations, data grids, high performance computing, collaborative science, sensor web, solar-terrestrial physics, solar variability (Director, ITWS) (Tetherless World Constellation Chair) (Joint in Earth and Environmental Sciences/Computer Science Departments).

Gerhardt, Lester A. - Ph.D. (State University of New York, Buffalo); communication systems, digital voice and image processing, adaptive systems and pattern recognition, integrated manufacturing (Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department).

Goldberg, Mark K. - Ph.D. (Institute of Mathematics, Novosibirsk, Russia); algorithms for combinatorial optimization, experimental algorithm design and analysis, computational learning theory, graph theory (Computer Science Department).

Gowdy, John M. - Ph.D. (West Virginia University); ecological economics, industrial organization and public regulation, regional economics (Economics Department).

Hendler, Jim - Ph.D. (Brown University); artificial intelligence, semantic web, agent based computing, high performance processing (Senior Constellation Professor, Tetherless World) (Joint in Computer Science/Cognitive Science Departments).

Herron, Isom - Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University); applied mathematics, fluid mechanics, hydrodynamics, stability (Mathematical Sciences Department).

Hsu, Cheng - Ph.D. (Ohio State University); metadatabase and information systems, Internet enterprises planning, database and knowledge-based systems, computerized manufacturing, enterprise integration and modeling, information visualization, economic evaluation of cyberspace-augmented enterprises (Industrial and Systems Engineering Department).

Isaacson, David - Ph.D. (New York University); mathematical physics, biomedical applications (Mathematical Sciences Department).

Jackson, Shirley Ann - Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); (President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, Astronomy; Professor of Engineering).

Kapila, Ashwani Kumar - Ph.D. (Cornell University); applied mathematics, combustion, fluid mechanics (Mathematical Sciences Department).

Magdon-Ismail, Malik - Ph.D. (California Institute of Technology); machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics (Computer Science Department).

McGuinness, Deb - Ph.D. (Rutgers University); knowledge representation and reasoning, explanation, proof, trust, ontologies, semantic web (Constellation Professor, Tetherless World) (Computer Science Department).

Miller, Brenda - M.F.A. (New York University Graduate Film and Television Program); video art, media art (Arts Department)

Nierzwicki-Bauer, Sandra A. - Ph.D. (University of New Hampshire); plant molecular biology; subsurface microbiology (Biology Department).

Ravichandran, Thiagarajan - Ph.D. (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale); management information systems (Lally School of Management and Technology).

Saulnier, Gary J. - Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); circuits and electronics, communication systems, digital signal processing (Engineering).

Search, Pat - M.A. (Goddard College); visual design theory and practice, interaction design and multimedia art, computer animation and hypermedia interface design, multi-literacy models for intercultural communication (Communication and Media Department).

Siegmann, William L. - Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); applied mathematics, wave propagation (Mathematical Sciences Department).

Spooner, David L. - Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University); database systems, database security, and database browsing and visualization (Computer Science Department).

Wallace, William - Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); decision support systems, environmental management modeling process, disaster management (Industrial and Systems Engineering Department/joint in Civil Engineering and Cognitive Science Departments).

Associate Professors

Adali, Sibel - Ph.D. (University of Maryland); heterogeneous distributed information systems, database systems (Computer Science Department).

Akera, Atsushi - Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania); history of scientific and technical computing, innovation studies (Science and Technology Studies Department).

Bystroff, Chris - Ph.D. (University of California, San Diego); bioinformatics, protein folding, computational biology (Biology Department).

Durgee, Jeffrey - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh); marketing research and advertising (Lally School of Management and Technology).

Gupta, Aparna - Ph.D. (Stanford University); finance, accounting, analytical methods and management (Lally School of Management and Technology).

Hahn, Tomie - Ph.D. (Wesleyan University); ethnomusicology, Japanese and contemporary music and dance, choreography (Arts Department).

Hanna, Michael H. - Ph.D. (University of Illinois); slime mold development and genetics (Biology Department).

Kalsher, Michael J. - Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University); human factors, industrial/organizational psychology, applied experimental psychology (Humanities and Social Sciences).

Kar, Koushik - Ph.D. (University of Maryland); routing and traffic engineering, congestion control and resource allocation, ad-hoc and sensor networks, multicasting (Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department).

Krishnamoorthy, Mukkai S. - Ph.D. (Indian Institute of Technology); programming languages, analysis of algorithms (Computer Science Department).

Krueger, Ted - M.Arch. (Columbia University); human-environment interaction, design (School of Architecture).

Kuruzovish, Jason - Ph.D. (University of Maryland); entrepreneurship, information systems, electronic commerce, database management, organizational research methodologies (Lally School of Management and Technology).

Mistur, Mark - B.Arch (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); architectural design (School of Architecture).

Piper, Bruce R. - Ph.D. (University of Utah); computer-aided geometric design, numerical analysis, computer graphics (Mathematical Sciences Department).

Xiang, Ning - Ph.D. (Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany); architectural acoustics, acoustic signal processing (School of Architecture).

Assistant Professors

Gutberlet, Theresa - Ph.D. (University of Arizona); economics of technological change, regional industrial development, resource and transportation economics (Economics Department).

Wang, Cara - Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); traffic safety analysis, spatial econometrics, statistical modeling of transportation and urban systems (Civil and Environmental Engineering Department).

Professor of Practice

Eberbach, Eugene - Ph.D. (Warsaw University of Technology); computer science, artificial intelligence, distributed and concurrent computing (Engineering and Science - Hartford).

Grice, Roger - Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); information usability, human-computer interfaces, applications of computers to technical communication, information development in industry (Communication and Media).


Liu, Ingrid - Ph.D. (SUNY Buffalo); web application, software engineering and image processing (Information Technology and Web Science/Computer Science).

McDermott, Margaret - Ph.D. (University at Albany, SUNY); strategic management (Director of Undergraduate Programs) (Lally School of Management and Technology).

Plotka, Richard - B.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) executive management, systems architecture, applications architecture, operations research management, and project management. (Information Technology and Web Science).

van Heuveln, Bram - Ph.D. (State University of New York and Binghamton); philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, logic, computation, reasoning, and cognition (Cognitive Science).

VerWys, Christopher - Ph.D. (University at Albany); (Cognitive Science)

Wright, Frank - M.S.E.E. (Naval Postgraduate School); general management, manufacturing operations, international business (Lally School of Management and Technology).

Adjunct Faculty

Kolb, John - P.E., M.Eng. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); Management of Information Systems (Chief Information Officer, DotCIO) (Information Technology and Web Science).

Miner, Jeff - M.S. (Stevens Institute of Technology); information technology management, enterprise computing architectures (Assistant Vice President, Information Services, DotCIO) (Information Technology and Web Science).

Pavarini, Carl - Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); business (Information Technology and Web Science).

Professor Emeritus

Willemain, Thomas - Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); probabilistic modeling, data analysis, forecasting (Industrial and Systems Engineering Department).




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