Dr. Amjad Umar is a Professor and Director of the Management and eBusiness degree program and the Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) programs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Additionally, he is Senior Advisor to the United Nations and a Fulbright Senior Specialist with the US Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
He has written six books and more than 50 research papers in his areas of specialization that span ebusiness,IT planning, enterprise architectures and integration, mobile computing, and information security.
His 20+ years of experience in his areas of expertise includes academic assignments, senior research management positions in the industry, and consulting/advisory work around the globe. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (since 2000), was a Professor at the Fordham Graduate School of Business, and has held visiting/adjunct faculty positions at the University of Michigan, Rutgers University, and Peking University. As a Director of eBusiness and Distributed Systems Research at Bellcore (part of the Bell Labs system, now known as Telcordia Technologies), he supervised large scale projects in enterprise architectures and integration, mobile computing, information security, and distributed systems.
As a Fulbright Senior Specialist on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) with the US Council of International Exchange of Scholars, a Senior Advisor to the United Nations initiative on ‘ICT for the Developing Countries’, and an entrepreneur, he has consulted with global telecom organizations, US Department of Navy, US Army Research Labs, Frost and Sullivan (England), Toyota Corp., Society of Manufacturing Engineers, manufacturing organizations, professional services organizations, and academic institutions in England, Singapore, China, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Canada. As an entrepreneur, he has formed a startup that is concentrating on the business and technical aspects of next generation enterprises. He has received numerous awards (Faculty Award from IBM, Fulbright Senior Specialist Award from the US Council of International Exchange of Scholars, Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Michigan, Best Adjunct Faculty Award from Fordham, and Outstanding Performance Awards from Bellcore).
He received an M.S. in Computer and Communication Engineering and a Ph,D. in Information Systems (Industrial and Operations Engineering Department), both from the University of Michigan.
Research Interests: Computer Aided Planning, Engineering and Management; Next Generation Enterprises (NGEs); Computer Aided Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architectures and Integration; AI Applications in Business; Strategic Intelligence; Smart Enterprises, Cities and Communities; Mobile Computing and Wireless Communications; Information Security Management;