Category Archives: awards and recognition

Dr. Charles Woratschek honored as an AITP-EDSIG Fellow

woratschekThis week, the CIS Department congratulates Dr. Charles Woratschek who was inducted as an AITP-EDSIG Fellow at the annual EDSIG Conference for Information Systems and Computing. AITP-EDSIG Fellows are inducted in honor of their long-term, meaningful, and effective support of AITP-EDSIG in its mission to improve information systems (IS) education and foster the careers of IS faculty.

Dr. Woratschek is Professor Emeritus of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University. His career in teaching began in middle school science where he taught for four years. He took a leave of absence in his fifth year to pursue a Master’s Degree in Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh and never looked back. Point Park University hired him as an adjunct faculty in 1982 to teach courses in FORTRAN, data communications, and database. He remained in that position for six years. Robert Morris University hired him full time in 1983 to teach COBOL and Introduction to Computing. During his 33 years at Robert Morris University he went on to teach a variety of courses in programming languages, human computer interaction, database management systems, operating systems, and data warehouse. His first EDSIG conference was in San Antonio, Texas in 1998. Since then he has served as program co-chair, papers co-chair, new member orientation co-chair, and on the editorial board for the Journal of Information Systems Education. Dr. Woratschek has a B.S., M.S.I.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.S.Ed. from Duquesne University.

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Pictured above is the induction ceremony with past AITP-EDSIG Fellows, from left to right: Paul Leidig, William Tastle, Charles Woratschek, Alan Peslak, and Bruce White.

Congratulations, Dr. Woratschek, on receiving this prestigious honor recognizing your career-long dedication and service to the field of information systems, and your students.

RMU Online Information Security Degrees receive Top Rankings by CollegeChoice 2017

Robert Morris University made College Choice’s rankings of the Best Online Bachelor’s and Online Master’s in Information Systems Security.

Best-Online-Bachelors-in-Information-Systems-Security-1-300x265RMU’s Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics and Information Security ranked in the top 15 Best Information Systems Security Bachelor’s Online. The BS in Cyber Forensics and Information Security combines the disciplines of technology, business, organizational behavior, and law.

Best-Online-Masters-in-Information-Systems-SecurityRMU’s Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance degree program prepares information systems and technology professionals to recognize and combat information systems threats and vulnerabilities. The MS in Cyber Security and Information Asssurance ranked in the top 30 Best I.T. Systems Security Master’s Online.

CollegeChoice also noted, “Even though Robert Morris University’s enrollment is just around 5,000 students, its online capabilities have made a big impression in the world of rankings. In US News & World Report’s ‘Best Online Universities of 2017,’ RMU ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation. Within the state of Pennsylvania, Educemic named it the 3rd Top Pennsylvania Online School.”

RMU Named “Cyber School of the Future 2017”

Cyber security consulting firm Paraben has named Robert Morris University the “Cyber School of the Future 2017“. Paraben CEO Amber Schroader honored RMU with the award at the Paraben Forensic Innovations Conference. The conference was a private industry and law enforcement symposium held at the Moon Township campus in August.

Schroader singled out Dr. Karen Paullet, associate professor of computer and information systems, for her work in mobile forensics in the classroom and National Science Foundation-funded workshops.

Also announced at the conference was the newly launched RMU Center for Cyber Research and Training. The center offers customized training workshops on maintaining network security and deterring and detecting unauthorized access. It also shares techniques for gathering evidence from mobile devices for law enforcement investigations, and will conduct research in cyber security, cyber forensics, and other cyber-related topics.

For more information about the award and the new center, click here. A photograph of the award is shown below.

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Top Secret Colonials wins Revolution Portal of the Year

On Tuesday, April 18th at the Student Excellence Awards, the Top Secret Colonials was awarded the Revolution Portal of the Year. The organization received a check for $200. TSC received the award because it was the most active organization on OrgSync.

OrgSync is a Campus Engagement Network that connects students to organizations, programs, and departments on campus in a private online community. This is the first year that Robert Morris University has used OrgSync for its student organizations and activities.

The Top Secret Colonials’ OrgSync page lists various events that the organization has hosted. This allows TSC members to RSVP to these events. The page also lists other news and information about the organization. You can visit the TSC OrgSync page here.

Congratulations to Top Secret Colonials on winning this award!

Posted below are pictures of the check that the Top Secret Colonials received and the organization’s OrgSync profile.

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TSC OrgSync

Dr. Wenli Wang receives Best Research Paper Award, Honorable Mention, at IACIS 2016

wenli-research-awardDr. Wenli Wang of the Computer and Information Systems Department received the Best Paper Award for Research, Honorable Mention, for her research paper A Learning Module for Advanced Cryptology at the 56th Annual International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) conference, held October 5 – October 8, 2016 in Nashville, TN.

Academic research papers accepted and presented at the IACIS conference are published in Issues in Information Systems (IIS)This academic journal publication is a double-blind refereed, serial publication of IACIS that is registered with the U.S. Library of Congress (ISSN 1529-7314).

This is the second Best Paper award that Dr. Wang has received from IACIS (also in 2013). Congratulations to Dr. Wenli Wang on her continued dedication to excellence in scholarship.

RMU’s Online Cyber Forensics & Information Security Degree Ranks #6 on TheBestSchools.org

Best-schools-seal-e1429029986386Robert Morris University’s online Bachelor in Cyber Forensics & Information Security Degree ranked #6 of  “The 12 Best Online Bachelor in Information Assurance & Security Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org.

TheBestSchools.org selected RMU’s program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strength, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

Comparable programs that were compared to RMU cover similar subjects such as data protection, software security, hackers, Internet security, network security, network and computer forensics, security infrastructure design, e-commerce, and telecommunication systems. The programs also cover ethical and legal responsibilities.

Read the article here:
http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/best-online-bachelors-information-assurance-security-degree-programs/

Professor Robert Skovira Named IACIS Computer Educator of the Year

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 12.11.39 AMRobert Skovira, Ph.D., University Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the IACIS Computer Educator of the Year award.

Professor Skovira has taught at Robert Morris University at both the undergraduate and graduate level for more than 30 years. His recent teaching focus has been Java programming, Ethical issues in computing, Web development and programming, and Knowledge management. Doctoral courses taught include Ethnography of Information Systems and Knowledge Management. Service to his university includes participating in the CIS Lecture Series and serving on the Graduate Curriculum Committee, the RMU Institutional Review Board, and the ABET task force. He also serves on several academic journal Editorial Review Boards, and supports students as faculty sponsor of Alpha Chi Honor Society and advisor for the student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Over the years Professor Skovira has served as Visiting Professor at Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia on three different occasions, and as Visiting Professor at the Academy of Advertising, Bratislava, Slovakia. He currently serves as Co-host of The Doctor is In: A Medical Variety Show shown on local TV.

During his teaching career Professor Skovira has been awarded numerous Faculty Research Fellowships and grants, and his scholarly publications include more than 90 published Journal articles, numerous presentations at academic meetings, and more than 35 published Proceedings. Over the years he served many times as Track Chair for DSI and IRMA, as Chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Chair of the SIG Foundations of Information Science. In 2010 he was honored by being awarded University Professor status.

For over three decades Professor Skovira has brought his knowledge and insight into the Robert Morris classroom, challenging students, advancing knowledge through research and publication, and sharing his knowledge while serving as Visiting Professor at two European Universities. During his long and distinguished career, Professor Skovira has made a significant impact on Information Systems scholarship and education, and we congratulate Professor Robert Skovira on being selected 2015 IACIS Computer Educator of the Year.