Category Archives: awards and recognition

RMU Named in Best Masters’ in Internet Security Programs for 2020

masters_internet_securityIntelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, announced their Top 30 Master’s in Internet Security Degree Programs for 2020.  Robert Morris University made the list for our Master’s in Cyber Security and Information Assurance.  This ranking was based on an assessment of 191 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program was evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

RMU Students win TRISS Scholarships

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Congratulations to Brandon Nelson, Christopher Cullen, and Kaden Mahsoob, who each won a $1,000 scholarship, awarded by the Three Rivers Information Security Symposium (TRISS) planning committee. Thanks to Professor Karen Paullet for her recommendation. Professor Paullet and the Top Secret Colonials have been active supporters of the TRISS the symposium and the TRISS Scholarship Program.

Dr. Laverty honored as AITP-EDSIG Fellow

lavertyThe CIS Department congratulates Dr. J. Packy Laverty who was inducted as an AITP-EDSIG Fellow at the 2019 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. Laverty is a Professor of Computer Information Systems and Coordinator of Enterprise Systems at Robert Morris University.  Prior to his time at RMU, he held faculty positions at University of Pittsburgh, St. Vincent’s College, Community College of Allegheny County, and Carlow College. He has 35 years of professional consulting experience which includes working closely with IBM on its z-System academic initiative and curriculum. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting and a MBA from Duquesne University. He received his Ph.D. in Academic Computing from University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has obtained numerous IT-related certifications. During his 44 years as an information systems and business administration educator, he has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes including Linux, Java, IBM DB2, Unix, COBOL, Oracle, HTML, JavaScript, and MySQL-PHP, just to name a few.

During his time in academics, Dr. Laverty has established a consistent research record including publications and innovative outcomes assessment initiatives. He has consistently published in the Information Systems Education Journal and Issues in Information Systems journal, as well as presented his research at numerous international and national conferences. Dr. Laverty has been actively involved with EDSIG throughout the years serving as the workshop chair, publishing papers, making presentations, and always willing to help out wherever needed.

Congratulations, Dr. Laverty, on receiving this prestigious honor.

NSF Research and Scholarship Grant – CIS Cyber Scholars

The Department of Computer and Information Systems has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) research & scholarship grant for a 5 year project titled CIS Cyber Scholars Program. Dr. Diane Igoche is the Principal Investigator (PI) for this grant. Co-PI’s are Dr. Karen Paullet, Dr. Natalya Bromall, Dr. David Wood, and Professor John Turchek.

The total grant amount is $998,060 with $600,000 going towards student scholarships and $398,060 towards faculty research. The grant will provide a $10,000 scholarship per year for 2 years for low-income, academically talented community college transfer students in cyber forensics, computer information systems, data analytics, or information science. A total of 38 students are expected to benefit from this scholarship money.

Congratulations to Dr. Igoche, Dr. Paullet, Dr. Bromall, Dr. Wood, and Prof. Turchek!

Dr. Davis, Dr. Sullivan, and Dr. Stewart Receive Best Paper Award at IACIS 2018

best-paper-iacis2018Dr. G. Alan Davis, Professor of Computer and Information Systems, Dr. Adam Sullivan, Manager, Instructional Design and Faculty Support Services, and Dr. John Stewart, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems (not pictured), were honored for excellence in research at the 58th Annual International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) conference in Clearwater, FL.

On October 5, 2018, Dr. Davis, Dr. Sullivan, and Dr. Stewart received the Best Paper Award in the Pedagogy category, for their paper titled EdTech Effectiveness: Using Screencasts to Increase Learning Outcomes in Information Systems Curricula.

Academic research papers accepted and presented at the IACIS conference are published in the Issues in Information Systems (IIS) journal, a double-blind refereed, serial publication (ISSN 1529-7314).  IIS publishes research in both practice and pedagogical topics focused on the field of information systems.

Congratulations to the authors on their dedication to excellence in scholarship.

RMU Ranked in 2018 Top Schools for Cyber Security by CyberDegrees.org

Robert Morris University was named one of the nation’s top schools in multiple categories by CyberDegrees.org. CyberDegrees.org was launched in 2013 and has become a trusted online resource for students interested in cyber security education and careers. CyberDegrees.org is recognized as a resource by various colleges including Harvard University, University of California – Los Angeles, and Georgia Tech, and organizations like the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Internet Security Alliance.

RMU was ranked #25 in Top Schools with Online Master’s in Cyber Security Programs. RMU was also ranked as one of the Best Schools with Online Computer Forensics Programs (undergraduate).

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Top Schools with Online Master’s in Cyber Security Programs

https://www.cyberdegrees.org/listings/top-online-masters-in-cyber-security-programs/

 

 

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Best Schools with Online Computer Forensics Programs

https://www.cyberdegrees.org/listings/best-online-computer-forensics-programs/

Dr. Ping Wang receives NSF grant for Cyber Defense Education

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Congratulations to Dr. Ping Wang!

Dr. Ping Wang has received a grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through a partnership with CyberWatch West and Whatcom Community College for participation in the Application Assistance Program (AAP) for National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). The NSF funding, which covers mentoring, stipends, and travel support, is to assist Dr. Wang in the application for RMU to become a national CAE-CDE designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grant is valued at $10,000.

Dr. Robert Skovira receives a Greater Pittsburgh Community Media Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Robert Skovira, who was honored with a Greater Pittsburgh Community Media Award.  Dr. Skovira received an award for MCA-TV Best Informative Program on October 19, 2017.  Moon Community Access Television (MCA-TV) is a center for the production and distribution of public access, educational, and governmental programming over the cable system serving Moon Township.

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.