Dr. Abdur Rahman Bin Shahid Joins the CIS Faculty

Dr. Abdur Rahman Bin Shahid joins RMU this fall as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Systems. Dr. Shahid received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Florida International University in December 2019. He has been working as a faculty member and prior to that, he worked as a software engineer. His research interests are centered around the Internet of Things, Location Based Services, Blockchain, and Machine Learning.

Welcome, Dr. Shahid!

CIS Faculty Accomplishments

Two CIS faculty members received promotions this year. Dr. Ping Wang was promoted to the rank of University Professor. Dr. Karen Paullet was promoted to the rank of Professor.

In addition, Dr. Ping Wang has been recognized as an ABET Expert by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. This recognition is given after a highly selective process of performance appraisals.

Congratulations on these accomplishments!

CCAC Seeking Adjunct Faculty to teach in Information Technology

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is seeking adjunct faculty to teach in their Information Technology programs.  CCAC plays a critical role in the area’s IT workforce development, academic studies, and entry-level careers. Having a knowledgeable and experienced adjunct teaching staff to facilitate this subject matter is essential.

Courses and programs of study include specialized courses involved with:

  • Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Networking
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Multimedia and Game Design

A complete list of course and program descriptions can be found in the CCAC Catalog. Courses are offered in various formats:

  • Day and evening on-ground (synchronous) with some classes requiring students to participate asynchronously through online work (hybrid class)
  • Day and evening (synchronous, online using Zoom) with some classes requiring students to participate asynchronously through online work (hybrid class)
  • Online classes (asynchronous) using Blackboard

CIT and Data Analytics adjunct faculty must hold a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information/Data Science, or Cybersecurity OR a master’s degree in any field with at least 18 graduate hours in a related technology field. Multimedia adjunct faculty must hold a bachelor’s degree in multimedia or related field with knowledge and experience in multimedia and computer graphics software. In addition, required background clearances be current and on-file.

If you are interested in teaching a course during the spring 2022 semester or beyond, please consider this opportunity by applying online at http://www.ccac.edu. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Walt Pauli at wpauli@ccac.edu.

TSC Donates $1,000 to the Craig Paullet Making a Difference Scholarship Fund

Members of the Top Secret Colonials (TSC) collectively donated $1,000 to a scholarship fund at RMU. Pictured below are members of TSC presenting a check to Dr. Karen Paullet. The donation was given to the Craig Paullet Making a Difference Scholarship Fund which helps students in Computer Information Systems (CIS) majors who are academically talented and economically challenged. The scholarship fund honors Dr. Paullet’s late brother, Craig Paullet, by making a difference in the lives of students who might not otherwise be able to pursue their educational goals. This generous donation from this group of students will help a future CIS student pursue their academic career. 

U.S. Steel Seeking IT Security Administrators

U.S. Steel is seeking candidates for the following positions:

IT Security Administrator I/II/III
https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25307&siteid=5238#jobDetails=2744167_5238

The following is for an experienced Manager.
Manager – Plant Servers and Storage
https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25307&siteid=5238#jobDetails=2747236_5238

Katrina Haberberger (’21) to Present Honors Research Thesis at 2021 John Hopkins University Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

We would like to congratulate Katrina Haberberger, MS Data Analytics student, whose Honors thesis, The Impact of a Virtual Garden Experience on Caregiver Anxiety, was accepted to the Johns Hopkins University 2021 Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium. Katrina’s research was supervised by her faculty advisor, Dr. Jamie Pinchot. Katrina will present her research at the symposium on April 24-25, 2021.

She will also be presenting her Honors thesis at the RMU Intersections Undergraduate Research Conference on April 23, 2021. The Intersections Conference will be held virtually this year and can be viewed from the conference website.

Katrina’s research focused on studying the impact of experiencing nature virtually on self-reported anxiety. For her study, she collaborated with the local non-profit Hope Grows, featuring their various restorative and healing gardens. Hope Grows is a nature therapy organization in Moon Township, Pennsylvania that seeks to provide respite and recovery from stress to caregivers. COVID-19 has inhibited many caregivers from accessing their gardens, and some may never be able to visit the gardens in person due to the extent of their care receiver’s needs. There is some evidence that virtual experiences of nature can provide stress-relief similar to that experienced in-person, however this has not been well documented for restorative garden environments. The purpose of this research was to understand the way anxiety is impacted for caregivers who experience a virtual representation of the Hope Grows restorative gardens. The results of her study conclude that watching a short, 2-3-minute video of the Hope Grows restorative gardens produces a statistically significant decrease in self-reported state anxiety. As caregivers may experience high levels of anxiety and stress due to the nature of their responsibilities, watching a short video of restorative gardens could be a quick and easily accessible therapy to ensure that those caring for others are also cared for.

Katrina will be graduating in May 2021 with a BS in Statistics and Predictive Analytics, a minor in Alternative Energy and Sustainability, and an MS in Data Analytics. Her research has made an impact on our local community and has been recognized at a national, well-known research conference. Congratulations, Katrina, on this prestigious accomplishment!

Dr. Karen Paullet Receives 2020-2021 RMU SGA Engagement with Students Award

Dr. Karen Paullet was selected as the recipient of the 2020-2021 RMU Student Government (SGA) Association Engagement with Students Award.  To be considered for this award, a faculty member must be nominated by an RMU student.  Dr. Paullet was nominated by 11 students. Awards are then determined by a vote of all members of SGA.

This award clearly demonstrates Dr. Paullet’s positive impact on students at RMU. Congratulations, Dr. Paullet!  

Cyber Attack and Digital Forensics Response – a TSC-sponsored Virtual Presentation

The Top Secret Colonials are holding another virtual presentation on Thursday, March 11th at 4:30 pm. Tyler Hatch, founder and CEO of DFI Forensics, will present on Cyber Attack and Digital Forensics response. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit for professional development. You will need to click the link below to join. Names will be collected for those earning SET credit.

Tyler Hatch is the founder and CEO of DFI Forensics, a Vancouver-based digital forensics and cyber-attack response firm.

Tyler is a former litigation lawyer and current certified digital forensics examiner who, along with his team at DFI Forensics, investigates digital evidence related to criminal acts, civil litigation proceedings, and cyber-attacks.

He and his team routinely assist businesses during and after a data breach, ransomware attack, business email compromise, or DDoS attack.

The link for the presentation is:
https://meet.google.com/kpd-jfpi-eyo