Nushwan Al-Nakash, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
717-901-5100 ext 1611
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Education

Ph.D. in Computer Science, “Realization of Vector Quantization Algorithm Using FPGA Devices”, Iraqi Commission for Computers and Informatics, Institute for Postgraduate Studies. Baghdad, Iraq.

M.Sc. in Remote Sensing, Image Processing, and Applications, “A Comparison of the Watershed Method of Classification with Traditional Maximum Likelihood Method”, Dundee University, Scotland, U.K.

Dip. in Eng. Electronic Engineering, Dundee University, Scotland, U.K.
B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, Bolton Institute of Higher Education, England, U.K.

Biography

In September 1991, Dr. Nushwan Al-Nakash joined Al-Mansour University College, Baghdad-Iraq and worked as a lecturer in the departments of Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Communications, and Technology Engineering. In June 2008, Dr. Al-Nakash joined the Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor at the College of Science for Women, University of Baghdad-Iraq. In August 2015, he joined the CISC program as an assistant professor at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Al-Nakash's teaching philosophy had evolved over his 27-year career in education. His reflection on values regarding teaching and learning is to encouraging constructive learning, promote enthusiasm for learning, and to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Dr. Al-Nakash believes that this can be achieved by pertaining wide diverse strategies based on necessary educational principles that depend on existing knowledge by generating new knowledge, learning theory, blending issues, instructional planning, and evaluation.

Helping students generate new knowledge skills is essential to implement and apply strategies that are appropriate for either actual operational and/or formal operational students. This is done through scheduling and planning activities, such as short essays, where the student’s level may be judged correctly and consequently instructions may be given. This will help in accurately giving the appropriate leverage to students on the right path. Planning and implementing lessons that clearly categorize their purpose, strategies for successful student engagement, and assessment options to determine student mastery will be essential This will help in tutoring with both clarities and focus in mind.

For assessments, Dr. Al-Nakash believes that several options can be employed to accurately judge course understanding among diverse groups of students. A solid foundation in assessment basics, from alternative types of assessment such as projects, individual performance/diagnostic checks, presentations, etc. as compared to traditional exams and quizzes. Finally, using these principles with eagerness and understanding connects with students. As a result, teaching with clarity, enthusiasm, and sincere keenness effectively impacts students and in due course connecting them to their lifelong education.

Courses Taught at HU:

Chad Chu, MSc
Lecturer in Computer Science
717-901-5100 ext 1646
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Saeed Esmaili-Sardari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, ISEM program & Computer and Information Systems
717-901-5138
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Education:

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.
M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.
B.Sc. in Computer & Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.
B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, National University of Iran, Tehran, Iran.

Biography:

As an assistant professor at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Dr. Saeed Esmaili-Sardari hopes to instill a lifelong love of learning in his students in the computer science and Information System Engineering Courses. Dr. Esmaili-Sardari earned a bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from the National University of Tehran, Iran in 2001 before continuing his education in the United States. He received a master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Microelectronics and Device Physics from A James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Prior to joining Harrisburg University, Dr. Esmaili-Sardari taught several Mathematics courses, Physics, Computer Science and Engineering courses at both Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. But his expertise didn't stop there, Dr. Esmaili-Sardari has a research interest in semiconductor device fabrication, device physics, nanotechnology, circuit design and digital logic. “Saeed is a terrific addition to the computer science faculty, bringing a depth of technical expertise coupled with a proven student-centered approach to education,” said Eric Darr, President of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. “Additionally, he brings industry experience as well as a research agenda to the University.”

Dr. Esmaili-Sardari mentioned that he was most drawn to the “unorthodox system of education” at Harrisburg University. “Faculty and students communicate and learn from each other, as well as some of the influential leaders at the school,” he said. Dr. Esmaili-Sardari noticed that Harrisburg University of Science and Technology had a great environment which made him feel welcomed from day one. “It’s a place where everybody tries to learn something and help each other grow without the office politics,” Dr. Esmaili-Sardari said.

Dr. Esmaili believes his past teaching experience has prepared him for his new endeavor at Harrisburg University and makes him feel comfortable while working with students of all levels. As a prior international student, Dr. Esmaili-Sardari thinks he can bring a different level of understanding to the university as it welcomes students from around the world. He hopes to give his students a deep understanding of the class material so they understand what’s being taught to them.

Dr. Esmaili-Sardari hopes to give students a notion of knowledge in general and to create an environment that encourages them to strive beyond the basic requirements. He doesn’t believe in limiting students to textbooks or lecture notes but hopes to give Harrisburg University of Science and Technology students a hunger for knowledge so they leave having developed a lifestyle of learning.

Courses Taught at HU:

ISEM (Graduate)
GRAD 695
GRAD 699
ISEM 699
ISEM 501
ISEM 543
CISC (Graduate)
CISC 600
CISC 601
CISC 530
CISC (Undergraduate)
CISC 211
CISC 301
CISC 298
CISC 433
CISC 444
IMED 390
MATH 120

Mina Gabriel, MSc
Lecturer in Computer Science
717-901-5164
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Lecturer Earned a Bachelor of information system engineering from Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt 2008. In 2014 he earned a Master degree of Information System Engineering and Management from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Mina teaches Programming and Mobile computing courses.

Ron Jones
Lecturer in Cybersecurity
717-901-5100 ext1650
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Education:

M.Sc. In Digital Forensics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA.
B.Sc. In Electrical Engineering, Digital Design, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.

Biography:

Ron Jones has 40 plus years in Information Technology and Data Security Professional with extensive experience in building, managing and securing information environments. He has focused on converting business requirements into value-add Cybersecurity Solutions and has effectively delivered cybersecurity and information assurance solutions to Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, and federal and state government organizations. His specialties are in the areas of Information Security, Cybersecurity, Data Security Standards, Information Assurance, Data Privacy, Data Networks, and Computer Forensics.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Ron Jones' research area focuses on the development of “Cyber AI Surrogates (CAS)” that are autonomous agents or embedded agents within a security asset, such as an IPS. The CAS architecture focuses on developing a CAS agent that expands its resources by coupling with a Cloud environment – and expand further by utilizing cloud bursting.

Courses Taught at HU:

CISC Cybersecurity Concentration

Majid Shaalan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science & Director of Computer and Information Sciences Program
717-901-5116
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Education:

Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Baghdad, Informatics Institute for Graduate Studies, Baghdad, Iraq.
M.Sc. in Computer Science, University of Baghdad, College of Sciences, Department of Computer Science, Baghdad, Iraq.
B.Sc. Mathematics, University of Al-Mustansryah, College of Sciences, Department of Mathematics, Baghdad, Iraq.

Biography

Majid A. Shaalan PhD. is the director of Computer and Information Sciences Program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Sciences. Majid previously taught at Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Denver.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Mustansryah, Baghdad, Iraq, 1987, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Baghdad, Iraq, 2000. In 2006, Dr. Shaalan earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from Informatics Institute for Postgraduate Studies, Baghdad University. His research interests include Programming Languages, Algorithms, Computational Sciences, and Artificial Intelligence.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Shaalan believes that teaching is one of the most exceptional careers. It needs to be dynamic, resourceful, and able to make complex subjects understandable which is a great challenge. “Our field changes rapidly and getting increasingly competitive, then creating, designing, and teaching new courses are subtle.” For Dr. Shaalan, these tasks are such enjoyable and he considers them as the most appropriate investment of time and energy. He prefers the interactive approach to teaching. He believes it facilitates sharing knowledge with the students, keeps them tuned, and motivates them to strive for excellence.

As a researcher, Dr. Shaalan believes that the field of Computer Science has developed a tradition of interdisciplinary. Numerous examples exist of such mutual interaction of computer science and mathematics or computer science and other Sciences. In the same manner when Newton’s scientific pursuit forced him to invent the mathematical tools that enabled him to solve the problem presented by physics; the biological investigation was the main motivation behind the creation of a new field of programming paradigms such as Artificial Neural Networks, Genetic Programming, and more advanced computer graphics.
On the other hand, it is so clear that all areas of science have urgent needs for computer scientist and mathematician’s efforts. With the greatly increased amount of data being generated by modern lab techniques and the pressure to move to more automated analysis, it is becoming even more important to involve computational methods of analysis, sophisticated algorithms that can handle the large amount of information and able to capture the short distances encrypted in the raw data, and appropriate computer graphics in response to the need to display and interpret the problem anatomy.

Courses Taught at HU:

Daqing Yun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
717-901-5100 ext 1627
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Education

Ph.D. in Computer Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA.
M.Sc. in Computer Software and Theory, Xidian University, China.
B.S. in Software Engineering, Xidian University, China.

Biography

Dr. Yun is currently an assistant professor at the Harrisburg University (HU) of Science and Technology in the Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) program. He is interested in high-performance networking, parallel and distributed computing, green networking, and big data. He has worked on several projects that include ProbData, FastProf, TSWS, TPG, ClusterWE, TREMEL, BirdCap, and NADMA.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Yun is currently teaching software development process and quality at Harrisburg University. He also enjoys teaching courses such as computer networks, special topics in big data, etc.

Dr. Yun's research interests include computer networks, high-performance networking, parallel and distributed computing, and big data. You can find his papers at http://daqingyun.github.io/papers.html.

Courses Taught at HU:

CISC 491
CISC 520
CISC 611
GRAD 695/699