Data Sciences

Rand Ford, Ph.D.
Professor of Analytics

Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, the Johns Hopkins University.
M.A. in Experimental Psychology, the Johns Hopkins University.
B.A., the Johns Hopkins University.

Rand Ford comes to us from the University of Maryland University College where he worked as Director and Professor for the Data Analytics Program. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Computer Science Department at Hood College and as President of their faculty.

Additionally, throughout his career, he has held C-level positions at 6 different companies. Dr. Ford earned his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, along with a master’s and bachelor’s, from the Johns Hopkins University. He holds two patents and is active in both academic and applied research. Rand’s areas of expertise are in the analysis of unstructured data, natural language processing, and machine learning.

Kevin Huggins, Ph.D., CISSP
Professor of Computer Science and Analytics
717-901-5100 ext 1619

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Mines ParisTech, Paris, France.
M.Sc. inComputer Science, Naval Postgraduate Schoolo, Monterey, CA.
B.Sc. in Computer Sciece, US Military Academy, West Point, NY.

Kevin Huggins, Ph.D., is Professor of Computer Science and Analytics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He is also a retired military officer who spent the early part of his career in military intelligence, with extensive experience in Latin America. The remainder of his career was dedicated to academia, primarily as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy. While there, Kevin served as the Director of Research in Network Science as well as the Director of the Information Technology Program.

Additionally, Dr. Huggins was a visiting scientist at the École de Techniques Avancées in Paris, France, where he studied parallel algorithms for multiprocessor system-on-chip (MPSoC) architectures. His current research interest lies at the intersection of data analytics and information security, exploring novel ways to leverage the enormous amounts of data available to make computing systems more secure.

Dr. Huggins has served as a consultant for computing curriculum development and for fostering international collaborative research efforts in technology and engineering. Over the past decade Kevin has also served as a program evaluator, team chair and commissioner for ABET, an internationally recognized accrediting agency for university programs in the engineering, science and technology domains.

Kevin holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the École des Mines de Paris.

Doaa M. Taha Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Analytics
717-901-5100 ext 1647

D.Sc. In Engineering Management, the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA.
M.Sc. in Operations Research and Management Science, the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA.
B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, Zagazig University, Egypt.

Dr. Doaa Taha teaches Analytics & Data Science at Harrisburg University. Dr. Taha is an entrepreneur who led a number of diversified global business development portfolios, successively, as Senior VP, Managing Director and Board Co-Chair of global boutique Strategic Advisory Services firm Grey Matter International (GMI), and its sister company, Grey Matter LLC, based in Washington D.C. Doaa is also a respected Civil Society Leader and is the Founding Chair of the American Arab Women’s Empowerment Forum, the leading Non-Profit Women’s Organization within that Community; she is also the National Board Secretary General of the ADC, the oldest, largest and foremost civil rights organization of the American Arab Community, promoting and defending the values embodied in the United States Constitution, where she is a Board Director, a Member of its Executive Committee and the Chair of its Nominations Committee. Doaa was previously Senior Advisor, for its Middle East & North Africa Program, to the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), leading its assignments in Turkey, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, raising full funding of the translation in all 4 Middle Eastern languages of the development of its Journalism Smartphone Security App, including its Testing and Training Workshops, and leading the IWMF delegation to the Arab Media Forum in Dubai. A George Washington University Doctoral Alumnus in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (School of Engineering & Applied Sciences), with a background in Operations Research (Major in Management Science) and Electrical Engineering (with specializations in Telecommunications & Electronics / Chip Design & Testing / VLSI), Doaa was the Senior Research Coordinator at the GWU Center for Risk, Crisis, Disaster & Emergency Management, for the Research Grant Program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Post-9/11 Corporate and Institutional Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, Response and Management, after having led, as a Software Engineer, the Hardware Engineering Electronic Chips Testing Lab & Automated Bench for Axcelis, within the Eaton Corporation, her remediation of the testing protocols there having improved quality to the point that Axcelis went from securing 15% to 50% of the world market share in Chip Wafer Matrix Production. Before that, Doaa taught at The George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and was previously a Teaching Assistant while she was also a Customer Engineer at Giza Systems for Computers, then Egypt’s leading private IT Company, reporting directly to its CEO on Customer Needs Analysis and Network Solutions. Doaa is a published researcher, author and co-editor, on a number of Academic and Professional areas of endeavor, including Corporate Disaster Preparedness, E-Government, Public-Private Partnerships, Bringing Technology to the Market and Women’s Leadership in Engineering, Science & Technology, an area for which she advised the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Global Affairs, during an USG-cosponsored Arabian Gulf Conference focusing on these issues in the Middle East & North Africa, and for which she led a research program promoted by the European Union and The World Bank, where her work on Soft Skills and Early Childhood Learning & Cultural Awareness were retained as best practices. Doaa is married and has two daughters.