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

Education:

Ph.D. in Information Technologies and Management, École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
M.Sc. in Information Technologies, École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
B.Eng. in Software engineering, National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, Tunis, Tunisia.

Biography:

Dr. Iheb Abdellatif is an assistant professor at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) in the ISEM (Information Systems Engineering and Management) program. He holds a Ph.D. and Master Degrees in Information Technologies and Operations Management. Dr. Abdellatif has more than 10 years of industry experience in information systems development, software engineering, data warehouses, business intelligence, business process analysis and operations management.
At HU, he teaches graduate level courses in Information and Communication Technologies, Enterprise Architecture and Aligning Business and IT strategies. His research interests include Internet of Things technologies, Enterprise Architecture, Information systems, supply chain management and operations management. Dr. Abdellatif has 10+ years of experience that includes senior management and consulting/advisory positions with industries around the globe.
As an IT Director at Bluesail Solutions, he supervised large scale projects in IT planning, enterprise architectures and integration, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), geographic information, and supply chain management systems. He is Co-Founder of a startup that specializes in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and IoT technologies. He is an active participant on the standardization committees of the IEEE Computer Society and has published several papers on Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), business process controls and auditing, IoT and RFID technologies.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Abdellatif's research interests include the interface between the field of Operations Management (OM) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). His research is motivated by the importance of ICT in the OM and logistics. The OM is increasingly linked to Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT), which have evolved considerably in recent decades. In the current environment where operations are increasingly complex, ICT facilitate the exchange of information between the various actors in the business value chain and enable them to better manage their operations. His future research focuses on the following research question: How ICT can be applied to improve business operations and value chain?
To answer this question, Dr. Abdellatif intend to explore the following tracks; The use of IoT technologies in data collection and traceability of operations. More broadly, he interested in RFID technologies in the portfolio of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, the use of ICT in improving operations and logistics. His primarily interest focuses on the use of GPS technologies and APIs (Application Programming Interface) as GOOGLE MAPS API that can be used to ensure traceability, monitoring and improvement of the supply chain.

Courses Taught at HU:

ISEM 501: Information & Communication Technologies
ISEM 540: Architecture and Integration of Modern Enterprises
ISEM 760: Advanced Topics in Operations Management
MGMT 510: Business Strategy & Management Principles

Farooq Anjum, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Email

Education:

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, MD, USA.

Biography:

Dr. Farooq Anjum is an expert with over 20 years of experience in building complex systems with a focus on wireless, machine learning and cyber-security. An architect of a wireless network for IoT devices that have been deployed in 30+ countries. He successfully launched several consumer-facing products including mobile TV at Qualcomm. Systems engineering experience on the first app store in the world launched by Qualcomm.

Dr. Anjum published more than 60 research papers and an author of two books and awarded 10 patents. He has a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Univ of Maryland College Park. He has been an Adjunct Professor at UPenn, Stevens, and Rutgers.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Anjum's research interests are in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain currently. Also, he is very interested in entrepreneurship. He has published several research papers and has been awarded several patents.

Regarding teaching, Dr. Anjum has been an Adjunct Professor at several prestigious universities such as UPenn, Philadelphia, Stevens, Hoboken and Rutgers Piscataway.

Courses Taught at HU:

ISEM 503
ISEM 574

Barry L. Boyer, MS-ISEM
Lecturer in ISEM
Email

Functional Area:

Information Systems Engineering Management

Office Location:

326 Market Street, Room #1323

Biography:

Holds a MS from Harrisburg University and a BS from Penn State University. A Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS), two ITIL certifications, Knowledge Management certification, and a Service Desk Director certification.

Saeed Esmaili-Sardari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, ISEM program & Computer and Information Systems
717-901-5138
Email

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

Jay Liebowitz, D.Sc.
Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance
717-901-5163
Email

Functional Area:

ISEM Faculty

Office Location:

1500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA

Biography:

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 Hopkins, 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 (March 2017). ESWA was ranked third worldwide for OR/MS journals (out of 83 journals), according to the 2016 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).

He 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), and 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), Successes and Failures of Knowledge Management (Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier, 2016), and Actionable Intelligence in Healthcare (Taylor & Francis, 2017). 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 was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Business at Queen’s University for the Summer 2017. He has lectured and consulted worldwide.

Mehdi Noorbaksh, Ph.D.
Professor of International Affairs
717-901-5118
Email

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, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of E-Business & Entrepreneurship
717-901-5152
Email

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.
Professor of Biotechnology
717-901-5168
Email

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
LinkedInEmail

Education:

Ph.D. in 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.

Biography:

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
Assistant Professor in System Engineering
717-901-5162
Email

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

Shane Tomblin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Enterprise Engineering and Healthcare Informatics
717-901-5100 ext 1628
Email

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
717-901-5141
Email

Education

Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
M.S. in Computer and Communication Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Biography:

Dr. Amjad Umar is the Director and Professor of ISEM (Information Systems Engineering and Management) program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and an Adjunct Professor of Systems & Telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Chief Architect of the United Nations Partnership on Small Islands and a Fulbright Senior Specialist on ICT. At HU, Dr. Umar teaches graduate level courses in strategic planning of digital enterprises, enterprise architecture and integration of smart enterprises, information security, and strategic intelligence. He also supervises graduate research and practical projects in ICT4D – his main area of interest.
As Chief Architect of the United Nations ICT4SIDS (ICT for Small Island & Developing States) Partnership, he is currently focusing on smart hubs and smart towns for the Small Island & Developing States. Due to his assignments with three UN initiatives as Chief Architect and Initiative Director since 2007, he has worked with more than 30 developing countries. Dr. Umar has 20+ years of experience that includes senior management and consulting/advisory positions with governments and industries around the globe. As a Director of Research at Bellcore (part of the Bell Labs system) for 10 years, he supervised large-scale projects in IT planning, enterprise architectures and integration, mobile computing, information security, and collaborative systems.
Dr. Umar is also the Founder/CEO of a startup that specializes in Computer Aided Planning of ICT-based Systems for the underserved populations. 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, healthcare organizations, professional services organizations, and academic institutions in England, Singapore, China, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Canada and more than 30 developing countries. He has written eight books and more than 60 research papers in his areas of specialization.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Amjad Umar's Teaching and research interest include Computer-aided planning, engineering, and management of digital enterprises. Next generation of digital enterprises. AI (Artificial Intelligence) for Business. ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development). Blockchain applications in B2B collaborations. Computer-aided decision support and advisory systems for complex situations. Smart collaborating hubs and smart global villages for underserved populations.

Courses Taught at HU:

ANLY 500 (ANALYTICS1: Principles and Applications)
GRAD 695 (Research Methods and Writing) GRAD/ISEM 699 (Research Thesis or Applied Project)
ISEM 500 (Strategic IS Planning)
ISEM 503 (Artificial Intelligence Principles and Applications)
ISEM 530 (Systems Analysis & Design)
ISEM 540 (Enterprise Architectures and Integration)
ISEM 550 (Information Security Management)
ISEM 555 (Mobile Computing and Wireless Communications)
ISEM 565 (Business Intelligence and Decision Support Systems)
PMGT 510 (Project Management Principles)