Iheb Abdellatif, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Information Technology & Management
717-901-5100 ext 1652

Research Interests: Enterprise Architectures and Integration using SOA, Operations management, IoT Applications, web-based systems

Farooq Anjum
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Mobile computing and wireless communications, Big Data applications, Artificial intelligence, Information security, wireless sensor networks, IoTs, Digital agriculture

Barry L. Boyer, MS-ISEM
Lecturer in ISEM


M.Sc. in Information Systems Engineering Management, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Harrisburg, PA, USA.
B.Sc. in Education, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA.


Barry Boyer has many years of experience in Information Systems and Technology, serving in various management roles for over the last forty years in various market sectors, including several types of Manufacturing, Consulting, and Healthcare. He served as IT Operations Manager for two separate companies and as Interim CIO for another.

Most recently, Barry Boyer served as a Program Director in IT for a large healthcare organization. Also, he is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) and holds two ITIL certifications, certification as a Service Desk Director and a certification in IT Knowledge Management. He presented a lecture on IT Governance at the national HDI (www.thinkhdi.com) conference. His research interests are in ITIL Processes and IT Quality and Delivery of Healthcare Information Services.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Barry Boyer enjoys Mathematics – his first passion in life. Also, he loves learning and has that constant desire to know more. Teaching is also a passion of his as he enjoys passing on his knowledge and learning. Barry Boyer loves researching the ITIL framework (IT Information Library).

Courses Taught at HU:

Digital Health
Health Informatics and Information Systems
IT Quality (emphasis on ITIL processes)
System Analysis & Design

Saeed Esmaili-Sardari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, ISEM program & Computer and Information Systems


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.


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

Jay Liebowitz, D.Sc.
Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance


D.Sc. in Systems Analysis & Management/Operations Research, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
M.B.A. in Finance and Investments, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
B.B.A. in Accounting, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.


Dr. Jay Liebowitz is the Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He previously was the Orkand Endowed Chair of Management and Technology in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He served as a Professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide and was ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management. At Johns Hopkins University, he was the founding Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence and the Capstone Director of the MS-Information and Telecommunications Systems for Business Program, where he engaged over 30 organizations in industry, government, and not-for-profits in capstone projects.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Liebowitz was the first Knowledge Management Officer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before NASA, Dr. Liebowitz was the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Professor of Management Science at George Washington University, and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College.

Dr. Liebowitz is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal (published by Elsevier), which is ranked #1 worldwide for AI journals according to the h5 index of Google Scholar journal rankings (as of November 26, 2014). ESWA was ranked fifth worldwide for OR/MS journals (out of 77 journals), according to the 2011 Thomson impact factors. He is a Fulbright Scholar, IEEE-USA Federal Communications Commission Executive Fellow, and Computer Educator of the Year (International Association for Computer Information Systems).

Dr. Liebowitz has published over 40 books and a myriad of journal articles on knowledge management, analytics, intelligent systems, and IT management. His most recent books are Knowledge Retention: Strategies and Solutions (Taylor & Francis, 2009), Knowledge Management in Public Health (Taylor & Francis, 2010), Knowledge Management and E-Learning (Taylor & Francis, 2011), Beyond Knowledge Management: What Every Leader Should Know (Taylor & Francis, 2012), Knowledge Management Handbook: Collaboration and Social Networking, 2nd ed. (Taylor & Francis, 2012), Big Data and Business Analytics (Taylor & Francis, 2013), Business Analytics: An Introduction (Taylor & Francis, January 2014), Bursting the Big Data Bubble: The Case for Intuition-Based Decision Making (Taylor & Francis, August 2014), A Guide to Publishing for Academics: Inside the Publish or Perish Phenomenon (Taylor & Francis, 2015), and Successes and Failures of Knowledge Management (Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier, 2016).

Dr. Liebowitz served as the Editor-in-Chief of Procedia-CS (Elsevier). He is also the Series Book Editor of the new Data Analytics Applications book series (Taylor & Francis). In October 2011, the International Association for Computer Information Systems named the “Jay Liebowitz Outstanding Student Research Award” for the best student research paper at the IACIS Annual Conference. Dr. Liebowitz has been selected as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Business at Queen’s University in Canada for Summer 2017. He has lectured and consulted worldwide.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Knowledge management, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Applications, Expert systems applications, Operations research, Financial engineering, Research methodologies. Intuition-based decision making, data analytics in healthcare, applied AI, and knowledge management.

Courses Taught at HU:

Applied Artificial Intelligence
Capstone/Thesis course
Graduate Projects
Knowledge Management
Organizational Mind
Research Methods
Strategic Intelligence

Mehdi Noorbaksh, Ph.D.
Professor of International Affairs

Dr. Noorbaksh specializes in several areas, such as international politics, global energy and health, and democratic movements and processes in Middle East politics. Dr. Noorbaksh has published extensively on the Middle East politics, including the Foreign Policy Association, Middle East Policy Journal, and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Noorbaksh’s most recent academic achievements include receiving his master of business administration and master of health administration (MHA) in 2006 from the University of Houston. Previous to these degrees, Dr. Noorbaksh earned his B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Texas in 1979 and M.A. in political science from the University of Houston in 1986. In 1996, Dr. Noorbaksh earned both his Ph.D. in government studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a position at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies as a Post-Doctoral Fellow before joining Harrisburg University in 2006. He is currently working on a number of articles on the Middle East and Iran, and a book on the interaction of Islam, nationalism and democratic change in Iran.

Research Interests: International management and business, Strategic management, Global organizations,  Healthcare systems and Global health, Energy and alternative sources, Risk management, International relationship issues

Stanley Nwoji
Assistant Professor of E-Business & Entrepreneurship

Teaching Applied Statistics and Graduate Research and Writing at the Graduate Level.

Research Interests: Business intelligence, Artificial neural networks,  Data warehousing, Strategic management, Entrepreneurship, Data mining, International business, Medical infomatics, Digital marketing

Leena V. Pattarkine, Ph.D.
Program Director, Professor of Biotechnology, Professor of International Affairs

Dr Mrunalini Pattarkine has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology and has extensive experience in biochemistry, biotechnology, and nanobiotechnology. She has worked on membranes, proteins, lipids, DNA diagnostics (gene therapy, DNA chips), and protein immobilization for developing them as nanobiotechnological material. She has experience with bioanalytical techniques for establishing structure-function relationships for macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids). She has also worked with liposomes and reverse micelles as membrane–mimetic systems. She has conducted research in environmental biotechnology project related to uranium bioremediation. She has been a recipient of Pennsylvania’s Keystone Innovative Zone Grant for research on development of a hand-held biosensor for the detection of Methicillin-resistant /Staphylococcus aureus/ (MRSA).

Research Interests: Biotechnology systems, Biotechnology applications, pharmaceutical information systems, healthcare infomatics

Robert Pittman Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering
Ph.D Industrial Systems Engineering,
717-901-5100 ext.1626


Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA.
Executive M.B.A., Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA.
M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA.
B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.


Dr. Robert Pittman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an Executive MBA degree from Binghamton University and a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Binghamton University.

He comes to his full-time academic position at Harrisburg University with extensive industrial experience with organizations that include General Electric Co., IBM and Lockheed Martin Corp. Dr. Pittman is quite experienced in new business development, complex Systems Engineering, System Architecture development and Program Management as well as large systems implementation, integration, verification, validation and deployment.

Research Interests:

Dr. Pittman comes to Harrisburg University from an extensive background of hands-on engineering and management experience with organizations that include General Electric Co., IBM and Lockheed Martin Corp. Dr. Pittman brings experience in new business development, complex Systems Engineering, System Architecture development, Program Management and technical personnel management as well as large systems implementation, integration, verification and validation and deployment. Based on this experience, Dr. Pittman’s primary teaching and research interests are in the evolution of Large Scale Systems Engineering as well as its application and tailoring to small commercial enterprises. Dr. Pittman is a long-time member of the IEEE, INCOSE and Beta Gamma Sigma professional organizations.

Dr. Pittman’s primary research interests are in the evolution of Large Scale Systems Engineering as well as its application and tailoring to small commercial enterprises. He is a long-time member of the IEEE, INCOSE and Beta Gamma Sigma professional organizations.

Courses Taught at HU:

GRAD 695
GRAD 699
ISEM 530
ISEM 580 Special Topics
ITPM 515

Wouter Popelier
Lecturer in ISEM

Research Interests: Digital Infrastructure, Next Generation Databases and Networks, Enterprise Architecture Frameworks, Software development quality assurance, Data flow and modeling

Shane Tomblin
Associate Professor of Enterprise Engineering and Healthcare Informatics
717-901-5100 ext 1628

Research Interests: Enterprise Engineering and Architectures, healthcare infomatics, information systems foundations, organizational learning, business process modeling and workflows, structuration, semiotics

Amjad Umar, Ph.D.
Director ISEM Program

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;