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Message from the Chair

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Thank you for your interest in the Information Systems department. We currently have 30 full-time faculty members and nearly 1500 students spread across eight academic programs. In 2017, we will be adding three new tenure track faculty members.

Our academic programs are currently experiencing tremendous growth in terms of student enrollment. In order to provide the best academic experience and education to our students, we are continuously working on improving the curricula and course contents in all of our programs. Along with growing student enrollments we continue to graduate among the largest number of students. For example, in the past academic year alone we graduated 268 undergraduate students, 154 Masters Students, and 10 PhD students many of whom are pursuing careers in the industry, government, and academia or pursuing graduate studies.

Our undergraduate and graduate students, with the help of our faculty members, study, design, develop, and evaluate information technologies to address the needs of a broad range of individuals and organizations. This makes our students true problem solvers and ideal employees for public and private sector organizations with significant IT requirements. IT graduates continue to be among the most sought after professionals throughout government and industry sectors. Many of our PhD graduates find tenure track faculty positions at prestigious universities.

Our faculty members are engaged in state-of-the-art research in their respective fields resulting in peer-reviewed publications in some of the most respected outlets. Our graduate and undergraduate students regularly assist in this research under the guidance of our faculty members. Many of the research in the department are funded by federal and state agencies as well the corporate world. This includes the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Office of Naval Research, US Army, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Many of our collaborative research cross state and national boundaries.

We look forward to an exciting academic year where we continue this tradition of excellence.           


Aryya Gangopadhyay, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Information Systems, UMBC