Full-Time Faculty

IS faculty standing on a staircase posing for a group photo


Michael Brown, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, michaelb@umbc.edu

Professor of Practice, Liaison for External Partnerships – Online M.S. in IS

Michael Brown headshotDr. Brown is a Professor of Practice and Liaison for External Partnerships for the Online M.S. program. He has experience in industry, entrepreneurship, academics, and research. He worked for more than 20 years in the technology field eventually holding many leadership positions including Technical Manager of Business Process Robotics and Automation. At Sun Microsystems he was a pre-sales Java Engineer. He founded the consulting company, Valhalla Data Systems, which had contracts with many large government agencies and system integrators. Dr. Brown was also a minority shareholder in a small biometric authentication company. He has taught college classes at 14 universities over 20 years. He has a long track record of conducting and publishing research with nontraditional students. He is a Fulbright recipient, Senior Member in both IEEE and ACM and twice won the Online Learning Consortium’s Effective Practice Award. He holds a PhD from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters and Bachelors from Shippensburg University.

Jennifer Carter, D.M., University of Maryland, jcarter@umbc.edu

Professor of Practice, Associate Undergraduate Program Director – IS and BTA

Jennifer Carter headshotDr. Jennifer Carter received her Doctor of Management degree and Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining UMBC, Dr. Carter retired from a government career as an engineer and senior executive. Her experience includes designing information collection and analysis systems, managing the modernization of Navy business systems, and leading the development of major defense information technology portfolios. Dr. Carter’s experience includes adjunct faculty positions for Information Systems Management at UMUC and Computer Science at Howard Community College. Her government awards include both Meritorious and Exceptional Civilian Service awards.

C. Augusto Casas, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, acasas@umbc.edu

Senior Lecturer 

Augusto Casas headshotDr. Casas has over a decade of higher education teaching experience in the fields of information systems and computer science. His teaching philosophy focuses on applying active learning techniques to help students accomplish their learning goals and the development of effective online teaching methods. Dr. Casas is a student-centered instructor that brings field experience to the online classroom. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Casas worked in industry designing and developing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for major oil and power utility companies in the Americas, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He has conducted research in financial technology (FinTech) and received his Ph.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Lujie Karen Chen, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, lujiec@umbc.edu

Assistant Professor

Karen Chen headshotMy research is guided by an overarching framework in promoting human flourishing by leveraging the power of data and human-centered computing under the umbrella of  “Informatics for Human Flourishing” (lab website: flourish.umbc.edu).  This vision is to be realized through two parallel themes: (1) use-inspired research in application domains with clear pathways toward human flourishing (e.g. healthcare, education, work, and family); (2) building a unifying multimodal data-driven human-centered methodological framework to understand and characterize the dynamic and fine-grained human physiological and psychological processes in order improve the flourishing outcomes. I received Ph.D. and master’s degree in Information Systems and M.S. in Statistics, all from Carnegie Mellon. Before I moved to UMBC in 2020, I was a research staff member at Auton Lab at Carnegie Mellon.

Zhiyuan Chen, Ph.D., Cornell University, zhchen@umbc.edu

Professor and Chair

Zhiyuan Chen headshotMy research covers following areas: Privacy preserving data mining and data management. I am interested in algorithms for preserving privacy of data and at the same time allows accurate analysis of the data. Data Exploration and Navigation. Database users often find it difficult to find useful information from databases. Their queries often return too many irrelevant answers. I am interested in using data mining, navigation, and information retrieval techniques to help user narrow down their scope of search and quickly locate relevant answers.  Semantic-based Search and Data Integration Using Semantic Networks. My research develops a technique that uses semantic network to capture relationships between data objects and helps users find related information. The semantic network can also be used in data integration to find relevant data sets to integrate.

James Foulds, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, jfoulds@umbc.edu

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director – Online M.S. in IS

James Foulds headshotJames (a.k.a. Jimmy) Foulds is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director, Online M.S. in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. His research interests are in both applied and foundational machine learning, focusing on probabilistic latent variable models and the inference algorithms to learn them from data. His work aims to promote the practice of latent variable modeling for multidisciplinary research in areas including computational social science and the digital humanities. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of California, Irvine, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, followed by the University of California, San Diego. His master’s and bachelor’s degrees were earned with first class honors at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where he also contributed to the Weka data mining system.

Aryya Gangopadhyay, Ph.D., Rutgers University, gangopad@umbc.edu


Aryya Gangopadhyay headshotAryya Gangopadhyay is a Professor in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. He has been a faculty member at UMBC since 1997. His recent courses include Computational Methods in Information Systems Research, Introduction to Data Mining, and Database Management Systems.

Dr. Gangopadhyay’s research interests are in the areas of databases and data mining. Currently, he is focused on privacy preserving data mining, spatio-temporal data mining, and data mining for health informatics. His research has been funded by grants from NSF, NIST, US Department of Education, Maryland Department of Transportation, and other agencies.  Dr. Gangopadhyay has published five books and nearly 100 research articles. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Rutgers University.

Md Osman Gani, Ph.D., Marquette University, mogani@umbc.edu

Assistant Professor

Osman Gani headshotMd Osman Gani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. He is also a faculty research associate in the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University. His research centers in artificial intelligence, causal inference, and machine learning with an interest in contributing to a deeper understanding of cause and context. His research interests include explainable artificial intelligence, ubiquitous computing, indoor localization, healthcare, and human activity recognition. The foundation of his research has applied the knowledge from computer science, applied mathematics, and statistics Before joining UMBC, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of computer science and software engineering at Miami University. He received BS in Computer Science and Engineering from Military Institute of Science & Technology, Bangladesh, MS and Ph.D. in Computational Sciences from Marquette University.

Dina Glazer, M.S., UMBC, dgorin1@umbc.edu

Senior Lecturer, Associate Undergraduate Program Director – Advising

Dina Glazer headshotDina Glazer has a B.S. in Information Systems and M.S. in Operations Analysis. She has been teaching networking and data communications courses at UMBC since 2000. Dina has multiple years of industry experience as a Network Administrator/Engineer.



Foad Hamidi, Ph.D., York University, foadhamidi@umbc.edu

Assistant Professor

Foad Hamidi headshotMy research is focused on the participatory design and evaluation of emerging systems, including digital living media systems and adaptive systems, for different users including children and adults with and without disabilities. I am also interested in designing inclusive and sustainable maker processes, tools and programs for diverse communities.



Vandana Janeja, Ph.D., Rutgers University, vjaneja@umbc.edu

Professor, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development

Vandana Janeja headshotMy area of interest is Data mining specifically anomaly detection and spatio-temporal data mining. Overall, my work has focused on advancing theoretical research motivated by practical applications.  As a result, I have had the opportunity to participate in the various aspects of high impact and national interest projects with various government agencies and private organizations. My research has always resulted in strong proof of concepts in real world applications with underlying strong theoretical foundations. Most of this work has been possible due to the diligent work of my students. Some of my current students and their ongoing research projects are highlighted in the following. View the publications list for more details.

Karuna P Joshi, Ph.D., UMBC, karuna.joshi@umbc.edu

Professor, Undergraduate Program Director – BTA

Karuna Joshi headshotKaruna Pande Joshi is a Professor of Information Systems at UMBC. She is also affiliated with the Computer Science department. Her research areas are Data Science, Cloud Computing, Services Science and Healthcare IT systems. Her research is supported by ONR, NSF, DoD, IBM, GE and Cisco. She teaches courses in Big Data, Software Engineering and Systems Design. She received her MS and PhD in Computer Science from UMBC, where she was twice awarded the IBM PhD Fellowship, and her Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India.

Dr. Joshi also has extensive experience of working in the industry primarily as an IT manager. She worked at the International Monetary Fund for nearly a decade. She has also worked for MORENet, Missouri and Silverline Industries Ltd. in India. Her managerial experience includes IT Portfolio management, Program/Project management and Change Management.

Margaret Kahl, kahl@umbc.edu


Margaret Kahl headshotMargaret Kahl has a B.S. in Information Systems and a M.S. in Operations Analysis. She has taught at UMBC since 1990 (as well as other universities during that time). Margaret Kahl’s courses include:  Systems Analysis and Design, Integrating Technology into Business Operations; Database Design, Management Information Systems, Project Management, Decision Support Systems, and Management at undergraduate and graduate levels.  In addition to her academic background, she has extensive industry experience as a Systems Analyst.

George Karabatis, Ph.D., University of Houston, georgek@umbc.edu

Professor, Liaison for Programmatic Innovations

George Karabatis headshotGeorge Karabatis is a Professor of Information Systems at UMBC. He holds degrees in Computer Science (Ph.D. and M.S.) and Mathematics (B.S.). His research interests are on various aspects of database systems, including semantic information integration,  and applications for mobile handheld devices. Before joining UMBC he was a Research Scientist at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) working on database related research for the telecom industry. His research work has been published in journals (such as Journal of Database Management, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Frontier, Distributed and Parallel Databases, IEEE Computer), conference proceedings and book chapters.

Andrea Kleinsmith, Ph.D., University College London, UK, andreak@umbc.edu

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director – HCC

Andrea Kleinsmith headshotAndrea Kleinsmith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems. Andrea’s primary research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction and Affective Computing and focus on measuring and modeling body expressions in real world training situations. In one area, she examines human behaviors such as empathy that may be understood from medical students’ interactions with virtual patient training systems. In another area, she models users’ body expressions in order to endow systems with the ability to automatically recognize affect from the body. Andrea’s current aim is to build affect recognition training systems for complex real world situations in the wild with populations such as first responders and other emergency services. Dr. Kleinsmith has held postdoctoral researcher positions in the Virtual Experiences Research Group in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida and in the Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group at Goldsmiths, University of London in the UK. She received a PhD in Computer Science from University College London, UK, an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Aizu in Japan, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Oregon.

Anita Komlodi, Ph.D., University of Maryland, komlodi@umbc.edu

Associate Professor

Anita Komlodi headshotAnita Komlodi is an Associate Professor. Dr. Komlodi’s research interests fall in the area of Human-Centered Computing. The first area of concentration is at the intersection of Human-Centered Computing and Information Retrieval/Information Behavior and focuses on the study of Human Information Behavior and the design of user interfaces for information systems. Dr. Komlodi is also interested in the needs of diverse user groups go technology: age, gender, and cultural differences in technology interactions. Dr. Komlodi’s teaching reflects these interests in courses on Human-Centered Computing, Web Design, and User Interfaces for Information Retrieval and Visualization.

Ravi Kuber, Ph.D., Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, rkuber@umbc.edu

Associate Professor

Ravi Kuber headshotRavi Kuber is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at UMBC. His research examines the ways that the sense of touch can be used within an interface, when the user’s visual channel is blocked, restricted or overloaded. He has designed haptic and multimodal interfaces to support individuals who are blind and older adults to overcome the barriers faced when accessing graphical user interfaces. He has also examined ways to develop tactile feedback to augment the process of mobile interaction. Other areas of interest include applying non-visual technologies to address the trade-offs associated with authentication. He received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from University College London, UK.

Helena Mentis, Ph.D., Penn State University, mentis@umbc.edu


Helena Mentis headshotMy research interests span the areas of human-computer interaction, computer supported cooperative work, and biomedical informatics.  I specifically focus on engaging in a translational research approach to align coordinated clinical practices with information technology such as gestural interaction in the OR, informal data sharing in the emergency room, and health information sharing between chronically ill patients and their caregivers.  My current work is on the design and coordinated use of interactive surgical systems, specifically in minimally invasive surgical practices.  I’ve held postdoctoral and research fellow positions at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance, at University of Cambridge and Microsoft Research Cambridge, and at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science.  I received a PhD in Information Sciences and Technology from The Pennsylvania State University, MS in Communication from Cornell, and BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech.

Ida Ngambeki, Ph.D., Purdue University, idan1@umbc.edu

Assistant Professor

Ida Ngambeki headshotDr. Ida Ngambeki is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Previously she was an Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University. Dr. Ngambeki graduated from Smith College with a B.S. in Engineering and from Purdue University with a PhD in Engineering Education. Dr. Ngambeki’s key areas of research interest include: Cybersecure behavior, social engineering, cybersecurity Education, cybersecurity Policy, and cybersecurity workforce development. Dr. Ngambeki’s research investigates human factors in cybersecurity, how the affordances of information technologies affect individuals’ learning and decision-making and the wider policy implications of those choices, how social and personality factors can be manipulated to compromise cybersecurity, the social and psychological factors influencing individuals’ cybersecurity choices, how students learn secure programming, how individuals develop an interest in and make-decisions about their careers in computing and how individuals use information technology to engage in political participation.

Patti Ordóñez, Ph.D., UMBC, patti.ordonez@umbc.edu

Associate Professor

Patti Ordóñez headshotDr. Patricia Ordóñez-Franco joins the Department of Information Systems of the University of Maryland Baltimore County as an Associate Professor. Her research interests are in applying machine learning, data mining, and visualization to multivariate time series analysis, specifically to large repositories of clinical and biological data (now known as Clinical Informatics and Biomedical Data Science), creating a voice programming language (assistive technology), and advocating and working towards high-quality computer and data science education for all. She was the first Latina to graduate with a Ph.D. from the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the first female Associate Professor to earn tenure in the Computer Science Department at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras (UPRRP). She is a former National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is serving as General Chair at the 2022 Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference and is a former co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). She is the recipient of a Great Minds in STEM 2021 HENAAC Award in Education and the 2021 AccessComputing Building Capacity Award. She is passionate about creating a more inclusive culture in computing and STEM and about bridging the digital and data divide in global healthcare and education.

Ant Ozok, Ph.D., Purdue University, ozok@umbc.edu

Associate Professor

Ant Ozok headshotMy areas of research interest include usability testing, user preferences and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) applications in the domains of World-Wide-Web, mobile computing, electronic and mobile commerce, online communities, and health care. My recent publications appeared in Behaviour and Information TechnologyInternational Journal of Human Computer InteractionJournal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, and the Human Computer Interaction Handbook Second Edition. I am currently on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Human Computer Interaction, and Associate Editor of International Journal of Electronic Financeand Electronic Government: An International Journal. My recently funded research is focused on the topics including technology perceptions among middle school students with a gender emphasis supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and investigation of technology-supported medication adherence among the elderly population supported by Erickson Retirement Communities, among others.

Shimei Pan, Ph.D., Columbia University, shimei@umbc.edu

Associate Professor

Shimei Pan headshotDr. Shimei Pan received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in New York City. Before joining UMBC, Dr. Pan was a research scientist at IBM T. J Watson research center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Her primary research interests are natural language processing, intelligent user interfaces and user modeling. Currently, she is working on interactive machine learning and data mining (e.g., combining text analytics with data visualization to facilitate large-scale interactive text exploration) and social media-based user modeling (e.g., social media-based personal trait, emotion, behavior and expertise modeling). Previously, she has worked on applying natural language processing to insider threat detection, email analytics and intelligent multimedia multimodal conversation systems.

Sanjay Purushotham, Ph.D, University of Southern California, psanjay@umbc.edu

Associate Professor

Sanjay Purushotham headshotSanjay Purushotham received his M.S and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) and held Postdoctoral Scholar positions in the Department of Computer Science and Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) at USC. His research interests are in machine learning, data science, computer vision and its applications to healthcare & bio-informatics, social network analysis, and multimedia data mining. His current work involves developing novel deep learning models for data-driven analysis of healthcare time series data and building machine learning models for mathematical oncology.

Tera Reynolds, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, reynoter@umbc.edu

Assistant Professor 

Tera Reynolds headshotMy research interests lie at the intersection of health informatics, human-computer interaction, and computer-supported cooperative work. I take a socio-technical lens to understand how we can improve the design and implementation of technologies that connect, facilitate interaction, and support the independent and collaborative health information work of individuals (e.g., patients, general public) and health professionals (e.g., doctors, public health practitioners). Examples of such technologies include patient portals, Apple Health Records, and COVID-19 Contact Tracing applications. I am particularly interested in examining how we can mitigate the risk of these technologies exacerbating health disparities by providing another advantage to already advantaged groups.

Prior to joining UMBC, I earned a Ph.D. in Informatics from UCI, a M.A. in Information from University of Michigan, a M.P.H. in Epidemiology and International Health from Boston University, and a B.A. in Biology from Lawrence University. I also worked as a program manager in the public health sector for several years and was a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa.

Nirmalya Roy, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, nroy@umbc.edu

Professor, Associate Chair

Nirmalya Roy headshotNirmalya Roy is a Professor in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. His current research interests include pervasive healthcare, sensor-driven health and green technologies, design and modeling of smart environments, and mobile and pervasive systems. He directs the Mobile, Pervasive and Sensor Computing (MPSC) group at UMBC. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008 and 2004 respectively.

William Ryan, M.S., Central Michigan University, billryan@umbc.edu


Bill Ryan headshotLecturer, Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Local Government CIO. Senior Technology Executive with both private sector and public service. Highly experienced, with a proven record of implementing successful and complex projects and solutions that incorporate a variety of applications and technologies. A solutions provider that consistently improves organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Exceptional frontline technical expertise that aligns the business processes and IT infrastructure to realize organizational performance improvements and cost savings.

Mohammad Samarah, Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology, msamarah@umbc.edu

Professor of Practice, Graduate Program Director – MPS in Software Engineering

Mohammad Samarah headshotDr. Samarah is a computer scientist and engineering executive with experiences in teaching, administration, industry, and research. His area of interest is in the intersection of big data, intelligent applications, and real-time systems. Dr. Samarah received a bachelor’s in engineering from Northern Arizona University in Computer Science and Engineering and holds a master’s and doctorate degrees in Computer Science from Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Samarah’s industry and academic experiences include senior leadership positions at Harris Corporation (now L3Harris) in Melbourne, Florida, senior engineering positions with Emulex Corporation in Seattle, and a founding member of Florida Polytechnic University college of engineering and college of innovation and technology in Lakeland, Florida.

Sreedevi Sampath, Ph.D., University of Delaware, sampath@umbc.edu

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director – IS

Sreedevi Sampath headshotDr. Sreedevi Sampath is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the UMBC. Her research is in the broad area of software engineering, with specific emphases on software testing, web applications, security, program analysis, and empirical studies. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Delaware, USA, and a B.E. from Osmania University, India. Her research is supported by external grants from federal funding agencies, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Sidas Saulynas, Ph.D., UMBC, saulyn1@umbc.edu


Sidas Saulynas headshotDr. Sidas (Sy) Saulynas has nearly three decades of higher education teaching experience, most recently as an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Stevenson University. Energized by the need for effective communication, his interests include the study of Human-Computer Interaction and Presentation Theory. His research has focused on designing technology to help overcome situational impairments encountered by users of mobile devices. Sy is also involved in Assistive Technology research, most recently examining how technology may be used to assist blind and visually impaired runners. Sy received a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from UMBC. He has also earned master’s degrees in Finance (University of Baltimore) and Human-Centered Computing (UMBC). Sy also has bachelor’s degrees in Computer Information Systems (Stevenson University) and Psychology (Dickinson College). In addition to his domestic pedagogical and research roles, Sy is actively involved in developing and deploying study abroad courses so that the next generation of leaders can prepare for the diverse world of international practices and cultures.

Carolyn Seaman, Ph.D., University of Maryland, cseaman@umbc.edu


Carolyn Seaman headshotDr. Seaman is a Professor of Information Systems at UMBC. Her research generally falls under the umbrella of empirical studies of software engineering, with particular emphases on maintenance, organizational structure, communication, measurement, COTS-based development, and qualitative research methods. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, a MS in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from the College of Wooster (Ohio). She has worked in the software industry as a software engineer and consultant, and has conducted most of her research in industrial and governmental settings (e.g. IBM Canada Ltd., NASA, Xerox).

Houbing Herbert Song, Ph.D., University of Virginia, songh@umbc.edu

Associate Professor

Houbing Song headshotHoubing Herbert Song received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, in August 2012.

In addition to be a tenured Associate Professor, Song is the Director of NSF Center for Aviation Big Data Analytics (Planning), the Associate Director for Leadership of the DOT Transportation Cybersecurity Center for Advanced Research and Education (Tier 1 Center) and the Director of the Security and Optimization for Networked Globe Laboratory (SONG Lab, www.SONGLab.us) at UMBC. He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (TAI) (2023-present), IEEE Internet of Things Journal (2020-present), IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (2021-present), and IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS) (2020-present). He was an Associate Technical Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine (2017-2020). He is the editor of eight books, the author of more than 100 articles and the inventor of 2 patents. His research interests include cyber-physical systems/internet of things, cybersecurity and privacy, and AI/machine learning/big data analytics. His research has been sponsored by federal agencies (including National Science Foundation, US Department of Transportation, and Federal Aviation Administration, among others) and industry. His research has been featured by popular news media outlets, including IEEE GlobalSpec’s Engineering360Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)Security MagazineCXOTech MagazineFox NewsU.S. News & World ReportThe Washington Times, and New Atlas.

Dr. Song is an IEEE Fellow, an IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Distinguished Lecturer (DL), an ACM Distinguished Member, and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. He is a Highly Cited Researcher identified by Clarivate™/Web of Science (2021 & 2022). He received Research.com Rising Star of Science Award in 2022 (World Ranking: 82; US Ranking: 16). He is ranked 29th most published author in Information Systems (Lifetime) by exaly.

Dana Smith, M.S., UMBC, dasmith@umbc.edu

Senior Lecturer

Dana Smith has a B.S. in Business Administration- Information Systems concentration, a M. Ed in Education Administration and a M.S. in Information Systems. She has taught at UMBC since 1999, and prior to that, Salisbury University. Dana Smith’s courses include: Information Systems Logic and Structured Design, Intermediate Business Applications and Advanced Business Applications. She teaches computer programming on occasion. Ms. Smith worked in the Banking and Marketing industries for many years in a variety of positions, including computer programming. She is actively involved in community service focusing on individuals in addiction treatment.

Richard Sponaugle, M.S., UMBC, rspona1@umbc.edu

Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Program Director – IS

Richard Sponaugle headshotRichard Sponaugle has A.A. degrees in Hospitality Management and Computer Science from Montgomery College and a B.S. and M.S.  in Information Systems from UMBC. He has been associated with UMBC for almost twenty years, working as a staff member, and then later as part time and full time faculty.   In addition to his academic background, he has industry experience in systems development and management.  His main teaching interests are in the areas of business management and ethics, programming, and systems analysis and development.

Ian Stockwell, Ph.D., UMBC, istock1@umbc.edu

Associate Professor

Ian Stockwell headshotIan Stockwell is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at UMBC, focusing on the use of data to improve healthcare systems. He joined academia after twenty years in healthcare operations where he lead the quantitative analysis of diverse healthcare data and oversaw methodological approaches to public health interventions, social drivers of health, and healthcare financing. Dr. Stockwell’s focus area is creating predictive models to assess the probability of adverse events among at-risk populations, including older adults and individuals with disabilities, and led development of models touching the lives of over two million people every day. Dr. Stockwell also serves as the Associate Director for Healthcare Research and COEIT Liaison to The Hilltop Institute, as well as adjunct faculty with the Erickson School of Aging Studies. He has served as principal investigator or project director for projects funded by many partners including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes for Health, and multiple state agencies. He is a proud UMBC alum many times over, with bachelor’s degrees in Information Systems and Financial Economics, a masters in Economic Policy Analysis, and a PhD in Public Policy.

Mohan Sundaram, M.S., Case Western Reserve University, mks@umbc.edu


Mohan Sundaram headshotMohan Sundaram is a Lecturer in the IS department at UMBC. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering, an MS in Industrial Engineering, and an MS in Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OHIO. He has over 32+ years’ experience at GE Lighting in various capacities in the Supply Chain Organization. His strength lies in bringing practical business applications and experiential learning to the classroom. He teaches classes in the areas of applied Business Statistics, Management Science, Data Analytics, Operations Management, Logistics, Lean Six Sigma and Global Supply Chain at both Undergraduate and Graduate levels. He is passionate about teaching statistics and quantitative methods for business decision-making. He is also APICS and Six Sigma certified. His teaching experience includes Johns Hopkins, UMD, Towson, UMBC, UBALT, Kent, CASE, John Carroll, and Cleveland State Universities.

Erin Van Dyke, Ph.D., UMBC, evandyk1@umbc.edu

Professor of Practice, Graduate Program Director – Health IT

Erin Van Dyke headshotWith ten years of experience in the healthcare industry overseeing and evaluating programs, teaching, designing curricula, engaging clinical stakeholders, and conducting health information technology research.



Jianwu Wang, Ph.D., Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, jianwu@umbc.edu

Professor, Liaison for Research Innovation

Jianwu Wang headshot

Dr. Jianwu Wang is a Professor of Data Science in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. He is also an Affiliated Faculty at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), UMBC. He leads the Big Data Analytics Lab (BDAL) at UMBC. His research interests include Big Data Analytics, Scientific Workflow, Distributed Computing, Service-Oriented Computing and End-User Programming, with current application focuses on climate and manufacturing. He has published more than 110 papers with over 2100 citations (h-index: 22). He is Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of four international journals, Co-Chair of five international workshops. He has been serving as Program Committee member for over 40 conferences/workshops. Before joining the UMBC, he worked as a scientist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a main researcher for the Kepler open source scientific workflow system, one of the most cited and well-adopted scientific workflow products. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and B.S. in Computer Science from Tianjin University. Since joining UMBC in 2015, he has received multiple grants as PI funded by NSF, NASA, DOE, State of Maryland, and Industry.

Zehra Zaidi, M.S., UMUC, zzaidi1@umbc.edu


Zehra Zaidi headshotZehra Zaidi completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Information Systems Management and Computer Science from UMBC and Masters of Science degree in Information Security from UMUC. Zehra has been teaching a variety of courses at UMBC for over 10 years ranging from Systems Analysis and Design, Markup and Scripting Languages, Intermediate Business Applications, Introduction to Computer Based Systems, and Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction. In her professional career, Zehra has worked in various industries to assist in standardizing IT processes, while maintaining a technical foundation throughout. She has played a vital role in helping organizations successfully transform to an Agile culture and establishing CMMI Level 3 software development practices. She has extensive experience in developing IT products using an Agile methodology from ideation to implementation. In addition, she has worked in a multitude of industries, and has experience in implementing large scale IT projects in various industries ranging from defense, healthcare, and education. Some of the organizations she has worked for include General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Mosaic Learning, Qlarant, and Johns Hopkins University. She has had a full range of job experiences in her career, from technical to managerial, to include being an Application Developer, Business Analyst, Project Manager, Program Manager, and Director – all of which allow her to bring a well-rounded vision to the table.

Lei Zhang, Ph.D., McMaster University, leizhang@umbc.edu

Assistant Professor

Lei Zhang headshotLei Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. His primary research interest is software engineering. He is particularly interested in understanding the interactions between software engineering and emerging technologies, such as quantum computing and machine learning. Lei also has over five years’ software development experience as a software engineer and project coordinator outside academia. Before joining UMBC, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). Zhang received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from McMaster University. His master’s and bachelor’s degrees were received from The University of Hong Kong and Zhejiang University, respectively.


Faculty Emeriti

Henry Emurian, emurian@umbc.edu, Associate Professor Emeritus

Gunes Koru, gkoru@umbc.edu, Professor Emeritus

Jeff Martens, jmartens@umbc.edu, Lecturer Emeritus

Anthony F. Norcio, norcio@umbc.edu, Professor Emeritus

Roy Rada, rada@umbc.edu, Professor Emeritus

Tate Redding, redding@umbc.edu, Senior Lecturer Emeritus

Valeri P. Scott, vscott@umbc.edu, Lecturer Emeritus