Ralph Badinelli is the Ralph Medinger Lenz Professor in Business in the Department of Business Information Technology of the Pamplin College of Business of Virginia Tech. He received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Management from the Krannert Graduate School of Business of Purdue University, an M.S. degree in Physics from Purdue University, and a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Physics from Hofstra University. His teaching responsibilities are in the areas of operations management and quantitative methods for business at the undergraduate, MBA and doctoral levels. He has taught many executive-development seminars on the subjects of project management, quality improvement, production and inventory control, and business strategy.
Dr. Badinelli has published refereed articles across a wide range of topics including service science, inventory control policies, revenue management, probability estimation and decision analysis. His publications have appeared in Operations Research, Management Science, Decision Sciences, Naval Research Logistics, Computers and Operations Research, Service Science, International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, the Journal of the International Academy of Hospitality Research and other international journals.
Dr. Badinelli is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Project Management Institute (PMI) and a certified member of the Association for Operations Management (APICS), the 2010 Chairperson of the INFORMS Service Science Section and Secretary of the Service Research & Innovation Institute (SRII).×
France Bélanger is the R. B. Pamplin Professor and the Tom & Daisy Byrd Senior Faculty Fellow in the department of Accounting & Information Systems in the Pamplin College of Business, an Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Gerontology, and a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment at Virginia Tech. Prior to her academic career, she worked fro IBM Canada and various telecommunication companies.
Dr. Bélanger’s research focuses on digital interactions between individuals, businesses, and governments and the related information security and privacy issues. Her award winning work has been published in leading IS journals, including Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, European Journal for Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, various IEEE Transactions, and many others. She has published well over 100 articles and four books. She received the 2008 IEEE Education Society Research Award, the 2008 Hoeber Research Excellence Award, the 2013 INFORMS Design Science Award for Outstanding Research Stream, and the 2014 Best Paper of the Year Award for the Database for Advances in Information Systems.
Dr. Bélanger is or has been Senior Editor, Special Senior Editor, or Associate Editor for the Journal of the Association for information Systems, MIS Quarterly, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Research, and a number of other journals, as well as Guest Editor for Information Systems Journal and Database for Advances in Information Systems. Her work has been funded by several agencies, institutes, corporations and research centers, including the National Science Foundation. She was named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in 2006 (Portugal) and Erskine Visiting Fellow in 2009 (New Zealand). She is a visiting professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
Dr. Bélanger has been teaching information systems for more 20 years in the United States, as well as in Canada, Portugal, New Zealand, and Ethiopia. Two of her boos are on IS education-related topics, including a highly cited book on distance learning and a leaner-centered approach boo on teaching information systems. She has taught undergraduates, regular and professional Masters students, Executive MBA students, and Ph.D. students.×
Ing-Ray Chen received the BS degree from the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Houston. He is Program Director of the Computer Science Program at Virginia Tech's National Capital Region campus and a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he was a professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at the National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, during 1995-96, and an associate professor of the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, USA, during 1989-1994. His research interests include mobile computing, wireless networking, security, trust management, data management, real-time intelligent systems, and reliability and performance analysis. He has published over 180 technical papers in these areas with over 25 appearing in prestigious IEEE Transactions journals. Dr. Chen currently serves as an editor for IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Wireless Personal Communications, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, The Computer Journal, Security and Network Communications, and International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.×
Matthew Dunlop is an active duty lieutenant colonel in the United States Army with over 22 years of service. He currently works for the United States Army Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland. Prior to that, Matthew was an assistant professor of computer science at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Matthew also served as a computer science faculty mentor and curriculum developer at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan. Matthew has served in a number of other positions in the Army to include network engineer, combat engineer company commander, platoon leader, and assistant brigade engineer. Matthew belongs to the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon. He is also a member of IEEE. Matthew has completed internships at the National Security Agency and Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center. Matthew holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Gonzaga University. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Matthew's research interests include computer networks and network security with a particular interest in IPv6.×
Parviz Ghandforoush is Professor of Business Information Technology, Associate Dean, and Managing Director of the Master of Information Technology Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He received the Ph.D. in Management Science at Texas Tech University, MBA at the University of Texas in Austin, and B.S. Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Ghandforoush has over 30 years of research, teaching, administrative, and professional experience in information technology and management science and is the co-author of the textbook Management Science for Decision Makers. He has published widely in refereed academic and professional publications in the areas of information technology, decision and optimization models, decision support systems in complex environments, technology management and innovation, staffing models, and simulation of organizational operations. His research has appeared in such journals as Computers & Operations Research, Journal on Computing, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Systems Management, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Industrial Engineering Transactions, European Journal of Operations Research, The International Journal of Management Science, Naval Research Logistics, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Computers & Information Sciences, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Technology Management & Innovation, and others. He has extensive involvement in consulting, professional development, and research activities in areas of strategic implications of information technology, electronic commerce, executive decision models, efficiency models and optimization, and decision support systems.×
Kendall Giles is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Dr. Giles has over 25 years of work experience in industry and academia, including as a Systems Engineer at Raytheon, a Research Scientist at the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, an Instructor of cybersecurity courses for the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and a Software Engineer at GE Medical Systems. With over a dozen journal and conference publications, his research interests include cybersecurity, statistical pattern recognition, and computational statistics.×
Devi R. Gnyawali got his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Department of Management, Virginia Tech.
Research: Dr. Gnyawali's research interests include effects of inter-firm networks on firm innovation, competitive actions and response, knowledge acquisition and development, and international strategy. His research also examines how organizations create and use knowledge, and how managers' cognition affects outcomes such as innovation and new product development. Dr. Gnyawali's research has been published in various prestigious journals: Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Management Learning, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Strategy & Leadership, among others. His research has won awards from the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Society, and National Meetings of the Academy of Management. He has presented papers at various national and international conferences.
Teaching: Dr. Gnyawali's primary areas of teaching are strategic management, technology management, and international management. Before joining Virginia Tech in 1997, Dr. Gnyawali taught at the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University. At Virginia Tech, he has taught classes to undergraduate, MBA, EMBA, and Ph.D. students and has received award for Teaching Excellence. He has also taught in a distant learning environment (on-line and televised programs) in the Masters of Information Technology program and part-time MBA program. He also teaches in management and professional development programs. He takes students to Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea in summer. The study abroad program includes visits to several world-class companies such as Toyota, Sony, Canon, Omron, GE, Disney, Boeing, Coca-Cola, ALCOA, Samsung, Hyundai, and POSCO and many cultural and historical sites.
Business and Consulting Experience: Dr. Gnyawali has many years of international experience and has traveled extensively. He has managed business consulting service organizations, and served as a consultant for government and non-government organizations in several countries including Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malawi, and Nepal. He has helped several organizations to plan and implement entrepreneurship development programs and trained trainers and entrepreneurs worldwide. He has also trained and consulted on various aspects of strategic management.
Professional Service: Dr. Gnyawali served on the Membership Committee of the Academy of Management for five years. He reviews papers for various journals including Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of Management Studies. He also reviews papers for national meetings of the Academy of Management and has received Outstanding Reviewer Award. At Virginia Tech, Dr. Gnyawali serves on several committees such as the International Programs Committee, East Asia Group, and Commission on Outreach and International Affairs.×
(Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles) is an Associate Professor. He has spent the past 20 years as an associate professor at Virginia Tech, has been a Visiting Professor at CEIBS (China), Jilin University (China), and an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore. He has an appointment as a Research Analysis for the Office of Research, Information, and Planning out of Washington, D.C., and was instrumental in helping develop the management of technology management and supporting the foundation of the Apex Systems Center for and Entrepreneurship Center at the Pamplin College of Business.
His research has been published in the Journal of Industrial Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Journal of Product and Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and others. Dr. Hatfield has presented papers internationally for the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Institute for Operations Research & the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Southern Economic Association, and various universities' seminar series. He was co-chair of the “Track B - Place: How Location, Geography and Institutions Shape Innovatory Capabilities” of the Strategic Management Society’s (SMS) Singapore Conference. He has also served as a Representative at Large for the Competitive Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society, and the “General Track” for SMS’s 31st Annual International Conference. He has served as the Newsletter Editor for the Technology and Innovation Division of the Academy of Management and was the Regional Representative for South Region of the Academy of Management’s Business Policy & Strategy Division. Hatfield has served as a reviewer for the Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Science, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management and the Annual Academy of Management--where he has been recognized as one of the top reviewers. Dr. Hatfield is currently on the Editorial Boards of Organization Science, Journal of Management, and Academy of Management Discoveries (where he won one of the eight earning the award) and recently served on the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Management Editorial Boards.
His current interests deal with the interaction between the fields of economics, finance, organizational theory, and strategic management. Dr. Hatfield's current research is focused upon how managers can deal with the uncertainty associated with technology, and the underlying factors driving geographic industrial clustering. His work examines how firms position for entrance into an emerging industry, how geographic factors influence technology competition, how diversity influences creativity, and how firms use research laboratories to develop competitive advantage. Dr. Hatfield’s interests in the management of technology and corporate strategy trace back to his experiences as a chemical engineer for Gulf Oil. He has also spent time working as a computer consultant and consultant to small businesses.×
Barbara J. Hoopes, PhD, is Associate Professor of Business Information Technology and is currently teaching in the Evening MBA, Executive MBA and MIT programs in Virginia Tech's National Capital Region. She received the Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the B.S. in Mathematics from Davidson College. Dr. Hoopes teaches Operations Management, Global Supply Chain Management, IT Project Management, Introduction to Business Intelligence and Analytics, and Study Abroad courses. Her research interests are in the area of performance measurement and evaluation using mathematical modeling approaches. She has published papers in Management Science, the Journal of Productivity Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Annals of OR, and the International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management. Dr. Hoopes is a member of INFORMS.×
Lara Khansa is an associate professor of Business Information Technology in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in information systems, M.S. in computer engineering, and MBA in finance and investment banking from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Khansa’s research has focused on investigating the role of people in driving social innovations, and on the socioeconomic repercussions and manifestations of such innovations. In particular, she has studied disaster operations management and recovery planning within the realm of the healthcare industry, and online health community behavior. Dr. Khansa has published over thirty articles in leading journals and major information systems conferences. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Khansa worked as a software design engineer at GE Medical Systems (GEMS), where she designed medical applications and developed GEMS' connectivity software. She is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Association for Information Systems (AIS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society.×
Dr. Gregory Kulczycki has extensive experience in research and development both in academia and industry. He received his doctorate from Clemson University in 2004 and began working as a professor at Virginia Tech shortly thereafter, focusing his teaching efforts on the MIT program and distance learning. In 2011 he went to work for Battelle Memorial Institute as a cyber research scientist, while continuing to be involved in the MIT program. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate software engineering courses at several universities in the DC area including Virginia Tech, GWU, and George Mason. Dr. Kulczycki has various publications on topics including formal specification and verification, web services, and software reuse. The MIT courses he has taught include Object-Oriented Programming in Java (CS5044), Software Engineering (CS5704), and Software Quality and Design (CS5744). His interests include object-oriented programming, software specification and reasoning, design patterns, and functional programming.×
John Lewis is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science. After receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 1992, he spent 14 years at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. As an Associate Professor at Villanova, Dr. Lewis conducted research in the areas of Software Engineering and Computer Science Education. He founded and served as the initial Director of their Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology (CEET). He is the author of several computer science textbooks, including Java Software Solutions, a leading text on object-oriented programming using Java. Dr. Lewis returned to Blacksburg in 2006 to focus on textbook projects and teach at his alma mater. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society, the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE).×
Raymond L. Major is Associate Professor of Business Information Technology. He received the Ph.D. in Decision and Information Sciences, M.B.A., and B.S.E.E. from the University of Florida. Dr. Major has been an engineer providing certain services for companies engaged in the exploration and production of oil and gas. His primary research interests include the modeling and analysis of local area using object-oriented programming, knowledge representation and knowledge acquisition techniques of artificial intelligence, and on examining survey data using artificial intelligence techniques. He has served as Track Chair for both Southeast DSI and Southeast INFORMS. He is a of DSI and INFORMS×
Randy Marchany is the University Information Security Officer for Virginia Tech. He is also the director of the VA Tech IT Security Lab, a component of the university's Information Technology Security Office.
He is the author of VA Tech's Acceptable Use Statement and a co-author of the original FBI/SANS Institute's "Top 10/20 Internet Security Vulnerabilities" document. He is the co-author of the SANS Institute's "Responding to Distributed Denial of Service Attacks" document that was prepared at the request of the White House in response to the DDOS attacks of 2000. He was part of the SANS Institute's Secure Code project that developed a set of exams to test programmers' knowledge of secure coding techniques. He has been a member of the SANS Institute's faculty since 1992.
He is a co-author of the EDUCAUSE "Computer and Network Security in Higher Education" booklet. He is a member of the EDUCAUSE security task force focusing on risk assessment and security metrics. He was a coauthor of the original Center for Internet Security's series of Security Benchmark documents for Solaris, AIX and Windows2000. Randy has been a SANS Institute instructor instructor since 1992.
He is one of the original members of the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) Project. The USCC mission is to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. He designed the curriculum for the USCC summer camps.
He is one of the founders of the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking (www.vascan.org), a consortium of security practitioners and researchers from VA Tech, U of Virginia, James Madison Univ., George Mason University
He has been a frequent speaker at national and international conferences such as Educause, SANS, IIA, ISACA, ACUA, International CISO symposium, IEEE, NIST, NY State OIT Security conference, FBI-Infraguard chapters, US Forest & Wildlife Service, Computer Security Conference, Air Force Material Command. He's been the subject of articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education on security issues at university campuses.
He was a recipient of the SANS Institute's Security Technology Leadership Award for 2000. He was a recipient of the VA Governor's Technology Silver Award in 2003. He was part of the team that won the EDUCAUSE Excellence in Information Technology Solutions Award in 2005. He is a co-holder of two cybersecurity patents.
He is acknowledged as one of the North American masters of the hammer dulcimer. He is the author of the original theme song of National Public Radio's nationally syndicated radio program, "World Cafe". His band, "No Strings Attached" was nominated for or won "Indie" awards (independent record label's version of the Grammy) for Best Album (String Music) category in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990.
Dr. Matheson received the Ph.D. in Management Science, MBA, and BS in Chemistry from the University of Washington. He has also been an engineer and production manager for several electronics and metal finishing companies. His primary research interests are in electronic data interchange, the application of new technologies to education and the use of artificial intelligence to solve manufacturing problems. His most recent research focuses on the economics of Electronic Data Interchange and alternative methods of conducting business to business electronic commerce. He is a Past-President for the Southeastern Chapter of the Decision Sciences Institute and has held many board positions for the organization. He was the Information Systems Specialist for the 1992 National Decision Sciences Institute meeting. He has been a consultant to the National Institute of Justice in the area of drug testing methodology. Dr. Matheson is the author of the book Statistical Quality Control in High Reliability Systems. He has published in IIE Transactions, Operations Research, Decision Sciences, Naval Research Logistics, International Journal of Production Research, and others. Dr. Matheson has received the R. B. Pamplin College of Business Certificate of Teaching Excellence and the Virginia Tech University Certificate of Teaching Excellence. He is a member of DSI.×
Ph.D., 1985, Duke University, M.S.E.E., 1980, Stanford University, B.S.E., 1979, Duke University. Dr. Midkiff's research interests include protocols for mobile and wireless networks, network security in mobile and wireless environments, performance evaluation and stimulation, network services for pervasive computing, rapidly-deployed and interoperable communications for public safety, and network support for teaching and learning. Sponsors of his research have included the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. Customs Service, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, Catalyst Communications Technologies, IBM, Intel, Microsoft Research, and Newport News Shipbuilding, among others. He is a past recipient of an IBM University Partnership Program grant and a Digital Equipment Corporation Faculty Program/Incentives for Excellence grant.×
Rob Pettit has over 25 years of experience in the software engineering industry with expertise in large-scale, mission-critical software systems. Dr. Pettit is internationally recognized in the fields of model-based software engineering; real-time software systems; and in the Ada programming language. Currently, Dr. Pettit co-leads the Flight Software and Embedded Systems (FSES) Office of The Aerospace Corporation, which is tasked with continuous improvement for FSES mission support. Dr. Pettit also leads corporate research efforts to advance the state of FSES related technologies. Dr. Pettit has taught numerous industrial and academic courses on software design, development, and analysis. Dr. Pettit is very active in the professional community, serving as program and general chair for multiple international conferences, and delivering presentations at international forums. In addition to his full-time position at Aerospace, Dr. Pettit has served as an Adjunct Professor at both George Mason University and Virginia Tech, teaching graduate courses in software engineering, software design, and real-time embedded systems. Dr. Pettit received his B.S., Computer Science degree in 1991 from the University of Evansville, his M.S., Software Systems Engineering degree in 1995 from the George Mason University, and his Ph.D. in Information Technology / Software Engineering from George Mason University in 2003. Dr. Pettit is a Senior Member of the IEEE.×
Ph.D., 1989, Management Science and Information Technology, University of Georgia, M.B.A., 1983, B.A., Psychology, 1980, University of Central Florida. Dr. Ragsdale's primary research interests involve applications of artificial intelligence and quantitative modeling techniques to managerial decision making problems using computers. He is author of the textbook Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis, and has published widely in various academic journals. He is a member of DSI, INFORMS and AMCIS.×
is the Thomas L. Phillips Professor of Engineering at Virginia Tech. At Virginia Tech, he directs the Discovery Analytics Center, a university-wide effort that brings together researchers from computer science, statistics, mathematics, and electrical and computer engineering to tackle knowledge discovery problems in important areas of national interest, including intelligence analysis, sustainability, and electronic medical records. His research has been supported by NSF, DHS, NIH, NEH, IARPA, DARPA, DTRA, ONR, US Army, General Motors, HP Labs, NEC Labs, and Advance Auto Parts. His work has been featured in the NIH outreach publication Biomedical Computation Review, the National Science Foundation's Discoveries series, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Smithsonian Magazine,Popular Science, Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate magazine, and ACM Technews. Naren serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Computer, ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and many other journals. He was included in two "40 under 40" lists: Computerworld's innovative IT people to watch (2007) and Purdue University's list of distinguished alumni (2010). Naren is an ACM Distinguished Scientist (2009). Naren received his Ph.D. in computer sciences from Purdue University.
The Big Data module is designed and taught by Naren Ramakrishnan, Thomas L. Phillips Professor of Engineering at Virginia Tech and a recognized leader in Big Data. His EMBERS Big Data system won the OSI forecasting tournament organized by IARPA (the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity). EMBERS is a system for forecasting population-level events from open source data such as tweets, news, blogs, economic and financial data, satellite imagery, atmospheric variables, and other indicators. The project has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, PBS NoVA/Next, Chronicle of Higher Education, and in the book “The Naked Future” (by Patrick Tucker).
Prior to coming to Virginia Tech Tom was a member of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service. From 1985 to 1995 he served as Inspector General for Investigations at the U.S. Department of Interior. In 1993 he was awarded the prestigious Senior Executive Service Research Sabbatical which funded a year of study and doctoral research in the design and implementation of complex systems. Following retirement from federal service he worked as the principal Software Architect on a variety of major government software contracts. In 1998 he received the Lockheed Martin President’s award for "For excellence in design and outstanding technical leadership" for his design of the Army’s Global Command and Control System. In 2001 he received the Sybase Excellence Award for database design on a series of classified projects.
Tom joined Virginia Tech in February 2002 as Director of the Master’s Degree Program in Information Technology. However he continues to serve as a consultant to Lockheed Martin, the Titan Corporation, and the U.S. Navy on the re-engineering of aging software systems. In addition to the domestic VT-MIT program where he teaches ECE 4500 and BIT 5594; Tom served as director of VT-MIT India, a joint degree program conducted both online and on-site at the S. P. Jain Institute in Mumbai. In that program he taught BIT 5464, Object Oriented Analysis & Design. He currently teaches BIT 5594, Web Applications and E-commerce.
Over the past decade his research interest has focused on computational neuroscience where he is currently developing molecular level computational models of populations of neural cells to test theories of human language acquisition.×
Steven D. Sheetz is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D., 1996, in Information Systems from the University of Colorado. His research interests include the complexity of developing information systems including the design and use of software metrics and the effects of work pressure on IT project teams, use of social media and web archiving related to crises, and affective decision-making. He has published articles in Decision Support Systems, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Systems and Software, Decision Support Systems, Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting, and International Journal of Accounting Information Systems. He also holds a MBA, 1987, from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.S., 1984, in Computer Science from Texas Tech University. He has substantial industry experience in database design and OO systems development. He is a member of the ACM and the Association for Information Systems (AIS).×
Ph.D., 1992, University of Colorado at Boulder, M.B.A., Indiana State University, B.A., Michigan State University. Dr. Tegarden's research interests include the impact of technological change on firm behavior and performance, the role of networks in technology-driven environments, strategy process and strategic planning effectiveness in high velocity environments, the characteristics that enhance or increase survival and performance of new business start-ups in emerging and technology-driven environments, the effectiveness of cognitive mapping in strategic planning processes, and contingency theory as it applies to strategy/environment/technology fit. She has published in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Applied Business Research, Journal of High Technology Management Research, and Journal of Managerial Issues. She also regularly presents papers at the National Academy of Management Meetings and Strategic Management Society Meetings.×
Dr. Tront began teaching engineering distance learning courses over 20 years. Currently, he serves as a program advisor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department for prospective and current CGEP students.
Dr. Tront earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978 and has been a faculty member at Virginia Tech since that time. Dr. Tront's research and teaching interests include various aspects of computer design, embedded system design, and Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) circuit design. One of his research projects involves collaboration with the Veterinary School at Virginia Tech to create a chip to perform as a biomicroelectronic sensor.
He is very active in developing course modules for classes such as Intro to Computer Engineering that provide various mechanisms to help students better understand difficult material. Dr. Tront has collaborated with five universities to establish a virtual community of contributors to create these modules and has taught workshops all over the world including workshops as far away as Taiwan , as well as three workshops recently in Australia. He is the co-editor of the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware, which evaluates and acknowledges the creation of "high-quality, non-commercial courseware designed to enhance engineering education." The Premier Award is in its tenth year of existence. Dr. Tront is also co-editor of a collection of over 3,000 individual teaching/learning objects called the National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS), which continues to grow. Additionally, he is the co-editor for the engineering collection of Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT), a collection of over 900 individual learning resources for engineering education.
In fall 2005, Dr. Tront earned the XCaliber award for his exceptional use of wireless Tablet PCs by his students to create an impressive active learning environment. Dr. James Thorp, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head said that Dr. Tront's work can be visualized by "the actual engagement in the classroom of the students and their eagerness to have their solutions shown on the screen for class discussion. Dr. Tront has taken the extra time to develop slides that adapt to this technology, allowing him the opportunity to add information on the fly and adjust his lecture with the flow of the class for that particular day." The XCaliber award recognizes "exceptional, high-caliber contributions to courseware development."
On Saturdays in the Fall, Dr. Tront officiates college football. He enjoys traveling, volleyball and the beach.×
Yaling Yang is currently an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of Virginia Tech. She received her doctorate in computer science in the summer of 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has concentrated her research on design, modeling and analysis of networking systems and security systems. She is the faculty fellow of Virginia Tech's college of engineering and an NSF Faculty Early Career Award winner. She has been the principle investigator of eight NSF funded projects. Her research website can be found at http://www.ece.vt.edu/yyang8×