Category Archives: awards and recognition

RMU Professors Win Best Paper Award at CONISAR 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Slonka (RMU D.Sc. Graduate, Class of 2014) from Saint Francis University and Dr. Sushma Mishra, Dr. Peter Draus, and Dr. Natalya Bromall from the Computer Information Systems department at RMU for winning the Best Paper Award at the Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR) 2022! CONISAR 2022 was held in Clearwater, FL on November 2-5, 2022.

Their winning research paper was focused on organizational security governance and was titled “Measurement, reporting, and monitoring organizational security governance: A qualitative analysis of security professionals’ experiences.”

Dr. Ping Wang Receives Grant from the U.S. Department of Defense

Congratulations to Dr. Ping Wang!

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department has received a new grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP). This grant is to recruit and develop cyber talent for the DoD cyber workforce and to enhance the national pipeline for qualified cyber professionals. The grant will support one selected CySP student scholar and faculty research on cybersecurity education and mentoring. The selected CySP student scholar will receive support to cover full tuition and fees, a living stipend, a laptop computer, and textbook allowance. Students graduating from the CySP program will be placed and serve in professional positions of cybersecurity within DoD agencies.

This is the second time RMU has received the DoD CySP grant. This award was possible as RMU is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by NSA/DHS. This designation must be in good standing to apply for this competitive grant.

Dr. Ping Wang is the Principal Investigator (PI) of this grant project.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wang!

Fortune Magazine Ranked RMU in Best Online Master’s Programs in Cybersecurity

Fortune magazine ranks RMU 8th out of 20 universities in its inaugural Best Online Master’s Programs in Cybersecurity. The ranking is based on the average undergraduate GPA of its enrolled students; acceptance, retention, and graduation rates; and the size of the most recent graduating class.

SIHSS Student Recognition Awards Ceremony

On April 20, 2022, SIHSS held the annual Student Recognition Awards Ceremony in the Wheatley Center Atrium. A number of students from the CIS Department were honored at this ceremony.

Dean Ali presented the Dean’s Scholar Awards. Dean’s Scholar Award recipients included:

  • Riley Carroll, Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics major
  • Hannah Clark, Criminal Justice major and Cyber Forensics minor

Dr. Peter Wu presented the CIS Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Recipients included:

  • Andrew Salley, Data Analytics MS program
  • Taylor Scalise, Data Analytics MS program

Dr. Donna Cellante, Dr. Fred Kohun, and Dr. Paul Kovacs presented the CIS Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards. Recipients included:

  • Sylvia Dawson, Data Analytics major, Computer Information Systems minor, and Business minor
  • Benjamin Gaudlip, Information Sciences major
  • Gavin Hartman, Cybersecurity major
  • Brandon Schuh, Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics major
  • Glenn Wallace, Cyber Forensics and Information Security major

Congratulations to all of the recipients! Your hard work and dedication shows.

Top Secret Colonials Win 2nd Place in 2022 SGA Shark Tank Competition

The Top Secret Colonials (TSC) student organization won 2nd Place in the 2022 Student Government Association (SGA) Shark Tank Competition! TSC won $1,500 that will be used to raise funds and promote a community event for the Batch Foundation in the fall semester.

The Batch Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch. The foundation works to provide choices, motivation, and education to create communities where all kids and families are equipped with the tools they need to build their own best futures.

Congratulations, TSC!

Dr. Sushma Mishra Presents at ISACA Conference

Dr. Sushma Mishra, Professor of Computer and Information Systems, gave a presentation titled “Organizational Security Governance Practices: A Convergence of Frameworks” at the ISACA Pittsburgh Information Security Awareness Day Conference.

This is the premier educational event for information systems audit and information security professionals in the Pittsburgh region. With a chapter membership of more than 600 professionals, the ISACA Pittsburgh Chapter is represented by employees of more than 150 companies, academic institutions, and government entities throughout the region.

Dr. Peter Wu Named ISCAP-EDSIG Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Wu, Professor and the Chair of the Computer and Information Systems Department, who was inducted as a ISCAP-EDSIG Fellow of the Information Systems Computing Academic Professional’s (ISCAP) organization at the EDSIG Conference on Computing Education held November 3-6, 2021 in Washington D.C. Each year Fellows are inducted in honor of their sustained, long-term, meaningful and effective support of EDSIG in its ongoing mission to improve Information Systems, mentor IS students, and foster the careers of IS faculty.

Dr. Wu served on the ISCAP-EDSIG board as an at-large director from 2013 to 2018 and as treasurer from 2015 to 2018. Dr. Wu also served in the roles of Assistant Papers Chair, Papers Co-chair and eventually Paper Chair for the Conference in Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR). Dr. Wu continues to serve on the editorial board for both the Information Systems Education Journal (ISEDJ) and the Journal of Information Systems Applied Research (JISAR).

More information can be found here:
http://iscap-edsig.org/fellows.html

Dr. Ping Wang Wins Best Paper Award – Research at IACIS 2021 Conference

Dr. Ping Wang, University Professor of Computer and Information Systems, and co-author Dr. Hubert D’Cruze (University of Maryland) were the recipients of the Best Paper Award – Research at the 61st Annual Conference for the International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS). The IACIS conference was held virtually this year on October 6-8, 2021.

Dr. Wang’s winning research paper was titled “Honeypots and Knowledge for Network Defense.”

Congratulations, Dr. Wang!

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!

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!