MASTER OF SCIENCE

Project Management

Barbara Geisler, Ed.D, PMP
Assistant Professor of Project Management
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717-901-5100 x1622

Education:

Ed.D., Widener University, Chester, PA, USA.
M.Ed. In Adult Education, Widener University, Chester, PA, USA.
B.Sc. in Hotel Management, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA, USA.

Biography:

Dr. Barbara Geisler serves as an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Project Management program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. She has over fifteen years of experience in higher education and project management. She earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and a Doctorate in Higher Education from Widener University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).

She previously worked as a project manager in the government sector overseeing contracts with the US Navy, Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other agencies of the Department of Defense. Dr. Geisler also has a background in instructional design and has presented at several national conferences on best practices in e-learning. Her teaching focus includes project management leadership, communication, and research methodology.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Geisler has a passion for classroom teaching in the areas of Education, Communication, Leadership and Corporate Training. Dr. Geisler also has a background in instructional design and has presented at several national conferences on best practices in e-learning. Her teaching focus includes project management leadership, communication, and research methodology.

Her research interests include Teaching and Training, Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Gamification, Active Learning, Blended Learning, Leadership, and Project Management.”

Courses Taught at HU:

Applied Project in Project Management
Business Communications
Research Methodology and Writing

Joe Malak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Project Management
DBA in Management of Information Systems
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Education:

DBA in Management of Information Systems, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, 2016.
MBA in Project Management, American InterContinental University, Hoffman Estates, IL, 2007.
M.Sc. In Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1995.
B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Cairo University, Cairo, ARE, 1990.

Biography:

Joe Malak has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. He started as an Applications Engineer for a Computer Aided Design (CAD) / Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) / Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software company called Autodesk in 1995, then moved on to work for Hewlett Packard (H-P) also as an Applications Engineer / Deployment Manager for an online collaboration application for Engineers. He also worked for Pitney Bowes as a Sr. Support Engineer and with Dassault Systems as a Sr. Product Support Manager. Joe Malak worked as a Program Manager for Tech Mahindra, an India based consulting company, and as a Project Manager for FedEx.

Joe Malak has about 7 years of experience as a Program and Project manager. As a Program Manager at Tech Mahindra, he managed a multi-year, multi-million dollar program that included the development, configuration, and support of a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) environment with about 12 different downstream applications. There were about 55 developers offshore and 5 developers/team leads onsite. Each quarter, the team delivered 12 different releases, one for each application using a combination of Waterfall and Agile with Scrum methodologies. As a Project manager for FedEx, he managed several projects for software development, production support and systematic reports for the Target.com E-Commerce Program.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Joe Malak's philosophy of teaching is to provide a classroom environment where students are encouraged to express their own ideas and participate in their educational experiences. Although he stresses individual responsibility for learning in the class, he also provides explanation and guidance regarding the course materials and subject matter. He encourages his students to enjoy the interaction in the classroom and to be challenged by the intellectual discussion of course material.

At the end of each class, Joe Malak wants his students to remember the following about him as an instructor:

“He cared about me as a person and valued my contributions to class discussions.”

“He created an environment in the classroom which inspired learning and encouraged individual responsibility for education.”

These statements are used as a guide for his performance in the classroom and to define his teaching philosophy. He provides examples of how he applies these guides in his teaching.

As an instructor, Joe Malak has the responsibility to help his students learn how to learn. His hope is to inspire students with a desire to learn more on their own. He encourages students to take advantage of resources other than standard course materials and lectures. He assigns projects which require interaction with the World Wide Web, Electronic Mail, and other Internet-related resources. This shows his students the tremendous availability of resources to use in learning about almost any subject matter they are studying.

Joe Malak motivates his students to take individual responsibility for their education by being prepared to participate in class. He encourages student participation by using active learning techniques to draw individuals into class discussions. During class meetings, he poses questions to students and their responses are used as a foundation for the concepts to be covered during the class period. In addition, he attempts to redirect questions posed by students in the class to other students. By using active learning techniques, he hopes to help his students understand that they are responsible for their own education experience.

Courses Taught at HU:

Agile Lean Product Development
Agile Lean Transformational Leadership
Agile Project Management with Scrum
Agile Scrum Applied Projects

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Stephen Onu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Project Management
717-901-5100 ext 1624
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717-901-5100 x1624

Education:

D.B.A. in Business Administration, University of Phoenix
M.B.A. in Global Management, University of Phoenix
B.B.A., in Business Administration, Howard University

Biography:

Dr. Stephen Onu is a professor of Project Management and Business Strategy and a frequent speaker on global project management concepts across the globe. Dr.Onu has published several articles in prestigious journals – namely, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Management International Review, Journal of World Business, IEEE, and Journal of international Project Management.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Onu has presented numerous papers at the Academy of global Project management, Academy of International Management and Business War Games & Strategy conferences. For many years, Dr. Onu worked as a senior consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and for Deloitte Inc. managing complex projects across the globe. Dr. Onu is a certified with Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a doctorate in Business administration with a research focus on project perceptions and applications in global marketplace and an author of four books in project management.

Courses Taught at HU:

Project Management Concentration courses and Capstone.

Robert Pittman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering
Ph.D Industrial Systems Engineering,
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Phone Number:

717-901-5100 x1626

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

Scott Rainey, MA, MPA
Lecturer in Strategic Leadership & Management
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Phone Number:

717-448-8040

Education:

BS, International Relations, United States Military Academy, West Point NY (1987)
MA, Public Administration, Webster University, St Louis, MO (1999)
MA, Strategic Leadership Studies, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA (2009)

Biography:

Scott A. Rainey is a veteran of the U.S. Army having retired on July 31, 2013 as Lieutenant Colonel with over 26 years of service. His terminal Army assignment was serving as Director, Human Resources at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks. Mr. Rainey's military service included a variety of command and staff assignments at military installations across the United States and around the world, including tours in Germany, Korea and Iraq.
Upon retirement, Mr. Rainey was nominated to the State Civil Service Commission by Governor Tom Corbett and confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate on June 30, 2013. Governor Corbett appointed Commissioner Rainey to serve as Chairman of the Commission effective this date and he remained in this capacity until July 12, 2015.
Following his term with the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission, Mr. Rainey served nearly three years as Director, Total Force for Naval Supply Systems Command at NSA Mechanicsburg. Mr. Rainey served as a Corporate Faculty member at Harrisburg University for over three years, teaching graduate level courses in Organizational Leadership and Business Communications. In January 2019, Mr. Rainey became a full time Lecturer in Leadership and Communications at Harrisburg University.
Mr. Rainey is a native of Troy, Alabama. He is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations. His education also includes a Master's degree in Public Administration from Webster University (1999) and a Master's degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College (2009).

Teaching & Research Interests:

Leadership and Communications

Courses taught at HU:

MGMT 560 – Organizational Leadership
MGMT 520 – Professional Business Communications
PMGT 510 – Fundamentals of Project Management
MEBA 310 – Organizational Behavior and Leadership
SEMR 100 – Cornerstone
GEND 102 – Creative Mind I

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Thomas Sheives, PhD, PMP
Associate Professor of Project Management
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Phone Number:

717-901-5100 x5158

Education

Ph.D. in Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA.
M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA.
B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA.
B.A. in Engineering, Baylor University, Waco Texas, USA.

Biography

Dr. Tom Sheives has nearly 10 years of experience teaching project management at the graduate level and has over 30 years of experience in project management. Dr. Sheives received his Ph.D. from The University of New Mexico and BS and MS from Texas A&M University in Electrical Engineering. In addition, he received a 2nd Bachelor degree in Engineering from Baylor University.

Dr. Sheives has developed and taught core graduate level project management courses including the key core Project Management Body of Knowledge topics. He has also developed and taught graduate level courses in agile project management, requirements development, team development, and leadership. His interests are, particularly in Agile Scrum Methodology and Project Management Offices. He has also been an international speaker at project management conferences on topics in project management and on his book published in 2009 Opportunity Unstuck.

In the corporate world, Dr. Sheives has managed information technology projects using waterfall and Scrum. He has recently been working in the DC area in the IT industry providing to clients Microsoft implementations of CRM and SharePoint 2013. Previous to that while relocating to the DC area, he worked at the Department of Veterans affairs in DC in a project management contractor. He has helped establish PMOs at Texas Instruments and USAA and has helped other organizations improve their project management and business requirements processes.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Sheives has a passion for engaging students in learning and advancing their careers. His research interests span the agile and lean technology areas.

Courses Taught at HU:

GRAD 699- Research Thesis
PMGT 540 Planning and Executing Projects
PMGT 570 – Agile Project Management
PMGT 572 – Applied Projects Agile Scrum
PMGT 699 Applied Project in Project Management

Thomas Wise
Assistant Professor of Project Management

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy in Organization Management with spec. in IT Management, Capella University, Minneapolis MN, USA
Master of Business Administration, University of St. Francis, Joliet IL, USA
Bachelor of Science dual major in Human Resource Management and Organization Management. University of St. Francis, Summa Cum Laude, Joliet IL, USA
Associate in Arts, Joliet Junior College, Joliet IL, USA

Biography:

Dr. Thomas Wise is an Assistant Professor of Project Management and speaker on virtual working and problem-solving concepts, and published several articles and books on agile, project management, and virtual concepts. Dr. Wise is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional, by the American Society for Quality as a Manager of Quality and Operational Excellence, and has certification in Lean Six Sigma, and change, with expertise in problem-solving, continuous process improvement, agile and lean methodologies. Dr. Wise’s experience includes leadership and consulting across industries, including nuclear power, financial, entertainment, and pharmaceuticals.

Teaching & Research Interests:

Dr. Wise presented papers at the Virtual Working Summit and TM Forum. Dr. Wise published books in agile and lean readiness and virtual teamwork and has a research focus in virtual project teams and quality.