Change in Leadership

3 Jul

As many of you probably already know, I will be moving on to become Regional Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg. Dr Becky Rutherfoord will be taking over as interim dean, and Dr Svetlana Peltsverger will be taking over from Dr Rutherfoord as chair of the Department of Information Technology.

At the same time, Dr Hassan Pournaghshsband will, at his own request, return to faculty and step down as chair of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Dr Jon Preston will take over.

On a personal note, I wanted to thank all of you for the last seven years. I have learned a lot and I am proud of the achievements of the CSE students, faculty and staff. It has been a good seven years.


Another Baby

28 May

Dr Chao Peng of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and his wife welcomed a baby girl, Yodee.

Congratulations to Chao and his wife!

Health Game Jam

27 May

The Games for Health Game Jam 2014 has been selected as a 2014 HHS Ventures project.  Organized by staff from the CDC, HRSA, and NIH (and in partnership with SPSU), this is a major accomplishment and shows the growth and maturation of the initial games for health jam in September 2013.  

I wanted to thank and congratulate to Dan Baden from the CDC and the entire project team and Jon Preston for making this happen. 

Brown Serves on Panel for Doctoral Candidates

24 May

Dr Bob Brown from the Department of Information Technology was one of three recent recipients of the Ph.D. to participate in a panel discussion for doctoral candidates at Nova Southeastern University’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences in May.  The Dissertation Workshop was a two-day event where students develop their dissertation ideas in response to student and faculty feedback. The aim is to give dissertation students an opportunity to reconnect with peers, develop their dissertation research, and work with their advisers.

Congratulations to Dr Brown for having been invited to serve on this panel.


Yet Another Recognition for the MSIT program

24 May

We recently received news that the MSIT is highly ranked in yet another survey, this time of students enrolled in graduate programs in Information Science.  The MSIT was ranked 11th nation-wide.  Details of the rankings are available at

Congratulations to all involved in the program.

Happy News

24 May

Dr Jack Zheng and his wife welcomed their second baby, a girl named Rachel, on May 20.


Another Recognition for the MSIT Program

20 May

The MSIT program has been ranked as the third best online program in Computer Information Technology in the country for veterans (  The ranking reflects both the academic quality of the program as well as the benefits that SPSU has available specifically to people with military experience.

This recognition is yet another feather in the cap of the MSIT program and all involved deserve our congratulations.