Dr. Graig Sauer "As an undergraduate enrolled in Towson University's computer science program,
I was introduced to a charismatic professor with a passion for his field I had never seen
before. Dr. Lazar's enthusiasm for the field of Human Computer Interactions, and especially
users with disabilities was infectious. While pursuing my Masters at Towson University I took
an additional class with Dr. Lazar, at the end of which he stated if I ever wanted to pursue my Doctorate,
to reach out to him. With that offer, I knew I would be pursuing my Doctor of Science in Information
Technology at Towson University. During my time in the program, I was awarded the "Innovator of the Year"
award from the Daily Record (2009), received a U.S. Patent (filled 2009, approved 2012), and published my
research in three major journals. I was the departments second graduate from the program, graduating in
2009. My dissertation was titled A Universally Usable Human Interaction Proof: Evaluation of Alternative
I am currently working for the Department of Defense researching data visualization
techniques to support analysis of big data. Through my work in the federal government,
I have emphasized compliance standards set by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
that requires federal agencies to provide software and website accessibility to people with
disabilities are being met.
Nicholas Rosasco "I was happy to find Dr. Josh Dehlinger when I was about to start research,
and the work I did under him was fascinating.
Towson University's faculty and community were fantastic, and my experiences there are
still a benchmark for me when talking about concerns for students.
Before graduating in 2014, I had the chance to teach at Loyola University Maryland and
the Naval Academy. I am currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Computing and
Information Sciences at Valparaiso University. As an Assistant Professor, I regularly
use both the background and skills I acquired at the Towson University in the classroom
and the lab - particularly when mentoring students for their next challenges."
Brian Wentz "It was the reputation
of the faculty and their research interests that initially attracted
me to the Doctor of Science in Information Technology program at
Towson. When I entered the program in 2007, I was immediately able
to connect my research interests with those of the faculty in the
Computer and Information Sciences department. I began discussing
topics related to web accessibility with Dr. Jonathan Lazar, who
became the chair of my dissertation committee. During my time in
the program, I learned the most from the mentorship of the faculty
and opportunities for applied research and scholarship. My dissertation
was titled A Study of Email Usability as a Workplace Barrier
for Blind Users.”
My current research focuses on human computer interaction, web accessibility
and usability, mobile and social computing, expanding employment
opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and usable security.
I am currently an Associate Professor of Management Information
Systems at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and I try to
apply what I learned at Towson to my teaching in the classroom as
well as research and service learning opportunities that I work
on in collaboration with students.
Bharat K. Rawal "I graduated from the doctoral program of
Information Technology at Towson University in 2011, conducting
research in split protocols on bare PC using Bare Machine Computing
(BMC) paradigm, with Dr. Ramesh K. Karne and Dr. Alexander L. Wijesinha.
I was published in reputed conferences such as HPCC and COMSNETS
in addition to many other publications. Currently, I am a tenure-track
assistant professor at Penn State At Abington, Pennsylvania, recently
receiving permanent residence in the USA based on EB2-NIW (National
Interest Waiver) category without going through H-visa and other
Patrick Appiah-Kubi"I graduated from the doctoral program
of Information Technology at Towson University in 2011, conducting
research in Webmail servers and TLS protocols that run on a bare
PC, using Bare Machine Computing (BMC) paradigm, with Dr. Ramesh
K. Karne and Dr. Alexander L. Wijesinha. I was published in reputed
conferences and journals during my doctoral work. I worked as
a lecturer in the Department. I am a tenure-track assistant professor
at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN."
Ruimin Hu "I graduated from the doctoral program of Information
Technology at Towson University in 2011, conducting research
in Human-Computer Interaction and Accessible computing. My dissertation
work helps people with cognitive disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome)
live a more independent life through information technology. I am
currently a tenure-track faculty member at the Computer Technologies
Department at Anne Arundel County Community College. My dissertation
advisor is Dr. Jinjuan Heidi Feng."
Blair Taylor "I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at Towson University. While a lecturer at Towson, I completed my doctorate under Dr. Shiva Azadegan in 2008, the title of my dissertation was An Integrated Security Curriculum Model for Undergraduate Computer Science and Information Systems. Dr. Taylor’s work integrating security and secure coding led to the Security Injections @ Towson project which received funding in 2008 ($399,511) and in 2012 ($451,879) from the National Science Foundation. This project has reached thousands of students and over 100 educators across the country. Currently, I am the Principal Investigator for the Secure Programming Logic Aimed at Seniors in High School (SPLASH@Towson) project which allows high school girls to earn college credit and prepares them for pursuing degrees in computer science or cybersecurity. The SPLASH project has been funded by the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. I am also Co-PI for the Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service NSF-funded grant ($2,100,000).
I work on the forefront of cybersecurity and secure coding education. I have published and presented extensively at peer-reviewed conference papers at conferences including the ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE), the ACM Innovation and technology in computer science education (ITiCSE), and the World Conference on Information Security Education (WISE). Additionally, I have been an been an invited member of the Secure Software Development Workshop (Orlando, FL); the Summit on Secure Software Education (Washington, DC); the ITICSE Working Group on Information Assurance Education for Two and Four Year Schools (Darmstadt, Germany); the National Initiative for Cyber security Education (Gaithersburg, MD); the Cyber Operation Scenario Development Workshop (Monterey, CA); and the Georgia Tech/ Intel Security Curriculum workshop (Portland, OR).
In 2012, I was awarded the Maryland Regents award for Outstanding Teaching."
Vincenti "I joined the University of Baltimore in 2013 as
Assistant Professor and am part of the Division of Information Arts
and Technologies. My main area of expertise includes programming,
and I teach for the Applied Information Technology program.
I graduated with a Doctorate of Science in Applied Information
Technology from Towson University in 2007. Before coming to UB I
spent many years at Towson University as Lecturer. I was the Associate
Director of the Master's Program in Applied Information Technology
during the 2012-13 academic year. During my time at Towson University
I created several courses that became part of the University Core
Curriculum for all students (Information Visualization, Metropolitan
IT Infrastructures) as well as the IT Program’s Core and Elective
Curricula for students in the IT program (Intro to Operating Systems,
Advanced Data Management and Analysis).
The primary focus of my research revolves around e-learning solutions
for programming language education, creating material that students
can utilize to learn and review key concepts in Java, Visual Basic,
C++ and Python. I also conducts research on practical data-centric
applications of fuzzy sets in the field of data mining. In particular,
I am interested in exploring imprecise temporal associations
in data. Away from work I spends too much money on photography,
too little time traveling, and just enough cooking."