MS in ITWS Faculty Leaders
Dr. Gregory N. Hughes
Founding Professor for the BS and MS degrees in Information Technology
Education: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Princeton University; Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic University
Areas of Instruction: Dr. Hughes teaches IT capstone and managing IT Resources in the Information Technology department. His specialties span a number of business and functional areas including R&D, manufacturing, marketing, professional services and program management. In addition to his commitment to Information Technology students, Dr. Hughes has played an active role in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute community by serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and first Vice Provost for Information Technology.
Research Interests: Dr. Hughes is pursuing the latest trends in information technology, e-Business and entrepreneurship. As he contributes to the field of business and technology management, Professor Hughes calls upon his 26 years of experience at AT&T and its successor Lucent Technologies. During AT&T's globalization, Dr. Hughes led Network Systems businesses in optical networking, fiber optics, and communications services in over 25 countries. Dr. Hughes received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from President Bush in 1992 as President of AT&T's Transmission Systems Business.
Phone: (518) 276-2590
Fax: (518) 276-6687
Office: 304 Lally Hall
Dr. David Spooner
Faculty leader for the Database Design Concentration and the Information Security Concentration
Education: Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, M.S. Cornell University, B.S. Pennsylvania State University.
Areas of Instruction: Database, security, software design methodologies
Research Interests: Dr. Spooner's research interests include database security and Computer Science and Information Technology education. His current work focuses on access control for semi-structured and unstructured data. He was recently involved in a project with the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department to develop interactive web-based tools for modeling deformation at subduction zones along faults in the earth's surface. Another recent research project in collaboration with colleagues in the Computer Science Department developed a rule-based cache manager for distributed information systems. As head of the Database Design concentration, Dr. Spooner calls upon his years of research experience in database design that focused on developing database tools to support design, manufacturing and concurrent engineering.
For more on his publications, please visit: http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~spoonerd
Phone: (518) 276-6890
Fax: (518) 276-6687
Office: 206 Lally Hall
Dr. Carl Pavarini
Professor for the Management Core
Education: Ph.D., systems engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1973. MIT Sloan Program for Senior Executives, 1986. INSEAD International Management Program, 1989.
Areas of Instruction: Business Issues for Engineers & Scientists
Interests: Dr. Pavarini is an active investor in, and advisor to, many technology based companies. He serves on the boards of several start-ups and one public company. Dr. Pavarini brings with him, 26 years of experience in Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Labs. He spent 10 years in Bell Labs in applied research and product development. Subsequently, he held numerous business management positions, most often with P&L responsibility for global products and services, ranging from $1B+ existing businesses to internal start-ups in new market areas. He held vice president and general manager positions in, and was a corporate officer of, both AT&T and Lucent Technologies.
Dr. Pavarini is currently a visiting professor at Stevens Institute of Technology as well as an adjunct professor of core engineering and information technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In the past he has taught entrepreneurship in telecommunications and electronic media in the MBA program of the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.
Phone: (973) 543-9496
Fax: (973) 543-8164
Office: 3018 JEC
Dr. Christopher D. Carothers
Faculty leader of the Networking Concentration
Education: Ph.D. and M.S in Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S, Information and Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Areas of Instruction: Dr. Carothers teaches Parallel Distributed Simulation Systems and Computer Organization.
Research Interests: Dr. Carothers brings with him his years of experience as a researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, Bellcore and MITRE Corporation. Dr. Carothers is an associate professor at RPI and he is also a consultant to the General Electric Research Center.
Currently, he is working on many research projects like CAVES, SONMS, and RETINA to name a few. CAVES is a fully configurable storage system that allows a client application to register for caching services. While in CAVES different storage management protocols are tested using a simulation model. SONMS' objective is to advance network modeling, simulation and network experiment design to enable automated network management and control.
For more information about Dr. Carothers, kindly visit: http://www.cs.rpi.edu
Phone: (518) 276-2930
Fax: (518) 276-4033
Office: 306 Lally Hall
Professor Patricia Search
Faculty leader for the Human Computer Interaction Concentration
Education: M.A., Goddard College
Areas of Instruction: Interface Design, Hypermedia Design & Development, Visual Design, Interactive Narrative.
Research Interests: In her current art work and multimedia research, Professor Search is designing multimedia installations that explore the aesthetics of space, time, and action in computer interface design. She has worked with computer graphics and electronic media for over twenty years. She has had 23 solo exhibitions of her art and participated in over 150 invitational or juried group exhibitions in the United States , Canada , Australia , Italy , Portugal , the Netherlands , the Czech Republic , Greece , China , and Japan . Professor Search's artwork has been published in twenty international journals and three documentaries. She received the best paper awards for her research in computer interface design from the International Visual Literacy Association and the World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia. In 2003 she received a Fellowship in Computer Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts. That same year she received a Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant to work on interface design projects with the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia and the University of Western Sydney. In 2005 Professor Search was awarded the “Creative Achievement Award” from the Visual Literacy Association. She has served on the boards of the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts and the International Visual Literacy Association.
A sample of her work can be seen at the following URL:
Phone: (518) 276-6470
Fax: (518) 276-4090
Office: Sage 4707
Dr. William "Al" Wallace
Faculty leader for the Information System Engineering Concentration
Education: Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Areas of Instruction: Decision Support & Expert System.
Research Interests: William (Al) Wallace is a Professor in the Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems Department, with joint appointments in the Civil and Environmental engineering, and Cognitive Science Departments at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is presently Acting Director of Rensselaer's Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Studies. As a researcher and a consultant in Management Science and Information Systems, he has over 30 years experience in and research on the development of decision technologies for industry and government. He is presently engaged in research on the application of artificial intelligence to problems in incident management and emergency response, issues in trust and ethical decision making, and in studying emergent and improvisational organizational behavior in disaster management. He received the International Emergency Management and Engineering Conference Award for Outstanding Long-Term Dedication to the Field of Emergency Management, is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and received their Third Millennium Medal. He also received the 2004 INFORMS President's Award for work that advances the welfare of society.
For more information kindly visit his website http://www.dses.rpi.edu/people/faculty.cfm?facultyID=wallaw .
Phone: (518) 276-6854
Fax: (518) 276-8227
Office: 5117 CII
Faculty leader for the Financial Engineering Concentration
Dr. Moorthy Krishnamoorthy
Faculty leader for the Software Design Concentration
Education: Ph.D. Indian Institute of Technology
Areas of Instruction: Dr. Krishnamoorthy's areas of instruction include Models of Computation, Data-Structures and Algorithms, Open Source Software.
Research Interests: Dr. Krishnamoorthy has a number of research projects. An area of his research is computations and embedding of graphs and digraphs. He has developed a software system called GraphPack to do this. GraphPack is a software system that supports a programming language, a kernel, a library and a User Interface. The User Interface consists of two windows, the textual window and a graphics window. The user can manipulate graphs using the interpreter or a mouse and pull-down menus. Various drawings (embeddings) of graphs as well as other graphical operations on graphs have been implemented. The Kernel supports primitive data structures and operations on Graphs, Sets, Lists, Stacks and Queues and provides a data-abstraction facility. The Library contains a collection of routines that could be run directly on any given graph. Krishnamoorthy also develops fast algorithms to accomplish contractions of graphs.
Another application area, which uses syntactic and combinatorial ideas is the identification of document sub-blocks by extracting the lay-out information from a scanned document page.
Finally, he is interested in general problem solving with special interests in Summation, Matrix Problems, cycles in graphs and design of combinatorial puzzles and games.
For more information about him, kindly visit his webpage: http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~moorthy/
Office: 305 Lally Hall
Faculty leader for the MIS concentration
Education: Ph.D., University of Maryland, Information Systems; B.S., Lafayette College, Chemical Engineering
Areas of Instruction: Professor Kuruzovich is currently teaching an undergraduate course in data mining, a class which integrates the technical challenges of managing data with the business challenges of deriving insights through statistical analysis, visualization, and data mining. In addition, Professor Kuruzovich is currently co-teaching a PhD seminar on advanced topics in information systems research.
Professor Kuruzovich’s research broadly examines the means through which both individuals and organizations derive value from information systems. His research is currently under review at leading publications including the Journal of Marketing, Information Systems Research, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
Professor Kuruzovich’s previous work experience includes consulting experience with numerous Fortune 500 companies and several high-technology startups.
Phone: (518) 276-2332
Fax: (518) 276-8661
Office: 1120 Pittsburgh Building (PITTS)
Dr. Sibel Adali
Professor for the Database Core Course
Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Maryland at College Park; Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering and Information Science from Bilkent University, Turkey.
Areas of Instruction: Database Systems, Advanced Database Management Topics, Multimedia Database Systems.
Research Interests: Dr. Adali's current research focuses on caching and reuse of application specific data. Dr. Adali is a member of the CAVES (A Configurable Application View Storage System) project. ‘CAVES' allows a client application to register for caching services. Applications can register methods to re-use stored applications views and also register rules that govern how the storage of these views should be managed.
Dr. Adali is also a member of the “Connected Kids” project. This project is producing technical innovations in database design for distributed data entry by youth-services organizations and is modeling the processes of social organization required to support and sustain a complex, multipurpose information system.
For more information on her research kindly visit:
Phone: (518) 276-8047
Fax: (518) 276-4033
Office: Amos Eaton 125
Dr. Koushik Kar
Professor for Networking Core
Education: Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland College Park; B.Tech in electrical engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, India.
Areas of Instruction: Dr. Kar has been involved in teaching courses like Computer Communication Networks, Broadband and Optical Networks, Computer Architecture, Networks and Operating Systems.
Research Interests: Dr. Kar's interests lie in modeling, analysis and optimization of communication networks. The central focus of his recent research has been on distributed optimization of critical resources (like bandwidth and energy) in communication networks. More specifically, Dr. Kar's interests lie in design and analysis of algorithms that can be implemented using local coordination/information, and can optimize the overall usage or allocation of critical resources in a communication network, either exactly or approximately. The analytical tools that he uses in his research include linear and nonlinear programming, convex optimization, stochastic programming, queuing theory, network flows, integer programming, and distributed and approximation algorithms. His research is currently supported by three NSF grants including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
Phone: (518) 276-2653
Fax: (518) 276-4403
Office: JEC 6048
Dr. Ana Milanova
Professor for the Software Core
Education: Ph.D. Rutgers University, M.S. Rutgers University, B.A. American University in Bulgaria
Areas of Instruction: Software Design and Documentation/Software Engineering I, Program Analysis for Software Engineering.
Research Interests: Dr.Milanova's broad interests include areas of software engineering, programming languages and compilers. Dr. Milanova is actively involved in building tools for object oriented software that improve software productivity and software quality. Her research focuses on static and dynamic program analysis for the purpose of testing, understanding, verification and maintenance of complex software systems.
For more information on her research kindly visit: http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~milanova
Phone: (518) 276-6887
Fax: (518) 276-4033
Office: Lally Hall 314
Dr. Roger Grice
Clinical Associate Professor of Technical Communication and HCI
Professor for Core courses in Human Computer Interaction
Education: Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.S. in Computer Science, Union College, Schenectady; B.S. (Electrical Engineering), Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Areas of Instruction: Foundations of HCI Usability, Communication Design for the World Wide Web, and Writing for the World Wide Web.
Research Interests: Dr. Grice is pursuing latest trends in Human Computer Interactions.
His research focus includes information usability, human-computer interaction, communicating on the WWW, usability testing and evaluation, analysis of computer games interfaces, effective teaching and learning in virtual classroom and designing the total user experience.
He brings with him his experience at IBM where he was actively involved in planning, designing and developing information for large scale programming systems. Presently, he is a clinical associate professor of technical communication and interface design at RPI. Further, he the founding principal of Roger Grice Associates with clients such as IBM corporation, Skill Dynamics and Austin Community College to name a few. Dr. Grice is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and Assistant to the STC President for Membership. He is a senior member of IEEE and past president of IEEE's Professional Communication Society; he currently serves on IEEE's Publication Services and Products Board. He has received STC's Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication and IEEE Professional Communication Society's Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Contributions to Engineering Communication.
For more information about his research and work kindly visit his website - www.rpi.edu/~gricer
Phone: (518) 276-2828
Fax: (518) 276-4092
Office: 4402 Russell Sage Laboratory (SAGE)