I am a graduate of Robert Morris University, obtained a BSBA in Management Information Systems, BSBA in Finance (double major) and a Master’s of Science in Internet Information Systems. I then obtained an MBA with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Point Park University and finally a Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications at Robert Morris University. My research experience has earned 25 peer reviewed publications, along with several awards and distinctions.
Throughout my industry career, I have worked at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Level 3/CenturyLink Telecommunications, Celerity Innovation Center, Fidelity National Financial, Dick’s Sporting Goods Headquarters, PNC Bank Headquarters, and Management Science Associates – Life Science division/Mayo Clinic. I have held the titles of: Sr. Software Engineer, Director of Software Quality Assurance, Sr. Manager of Software Development and Project Management, VP & Officer of Software Development, and Chief Information Officer, in addition to the academic titles of Professor and Academic Chair.
I joined Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) in 2015 (then known as Pittsburgh Technical Institute) as Academic Chair of the School of Information Systems and Technology. I've used this role to advance the institution and help shift operations to that of a traditional college, including the creation of PTC's first bachelors’ degree. The B.S. Information Systems and Technology has three concentrations: Information Technology, Information Systems Security, and Information Systems Development. In 2021 I became the Dean of Technology at Pittsburgh Technical College.
Other accomplishments at PTC include establishing the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program in partnership with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and implementing PTC’s first Internal Review Board (IRB) at the Health and Human Services (HHS) department. I have assisted the college to earn grants for the Cybersecurity-Employment Readiness Program (CERP) ($598,158 funded in 2021), and National Science Foundation S-STEM ($649,941 funded in 2021). I also supported a Perkins Grant in 2020, which earned $130,000 for a VMware HPE Nimble system upgrade to 210 TB and three years of support. I am also pleased to be involved with many Pittsburgh-based professional and educational boards and committees focused on advanced information technologies, cybersecurity and computer programming.
Current Research& Conferences
Conference Theme: Crowds, Memes, Security and more: Evolving Targets
Knowledge Management Conference 2021,
June 30 - July 2 2021
at HfTL University,
Conference Theme: Knowledge Management, Cybersecurity, Learning and Information Technology
Awarded Best Paper (Pedagogy) Award
Issues in Information Systems Volume 21, Issue 2, pp.93-101, 2020