Category Archives: faculty research

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.

Dr. Ping Wang and Dr. Sun-A Park Receive Best Research Paper Awards at IACIS 2017

SAP2PWDr. Ping Wang and Dr. Sun-A Park have been recognized for research that was presented at the 2017 International

Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) conference.  The conference took place Oct. 4-7 in Philadelphia.


IMG_0405Dr. Wang, a professor in SCIS’ Department of Computer and Information Systems, earned the Best Paper Award – Pedagogy, Honorable Mention for “A Constructive Team Project Model for Online Cybersecurity Education,” a paper he authored with Dr. Raed Sbeit, a senior manager at Verizon.

“The study suggests that an effective online team project model can enable students to succeed both individually and as a team,” Dr. Wang said.

Dr. Wang and Dr. Park co-authored “Communication in Cybersecurity: A Public Communication Model for Business Data Breach Incident Handling.” That paper received Best Paper Award – Research, Honorable Mention.  Dr. Park is an associate professor in SCIS’ Department of Communication.

“Our research has valuable implications on corporate communication with various publics, such as stakeholders, customers, media, and industry regulation authorities, as part of cybersecurity incident response and handling,” Dr. Wang said.

Dr. Park added, “Our case study of the massive Yahoo data breaches indicates that the timing of incident response may be more important than the communication strategies in shaping public perception on the company’s incident handling responsibility and subsequently the company’s reputation.”

“I am immensely proud of the SCIS faculty for their commitment to teaching, research and service,” AnnMarie LeBlanc, the SCIS dean said. “The honors bestowed by this international organization of their peers is testimony to the quality of Dr. Wang and Dr. Park’s scholarly endeavors. Together with their colleagues, I congratulate them.”

Dating to 2012, faculty in RMU’s Department of Computer and Information Systems have been honored with paper awards at four of the six IACIS conferences.

Dr. Karen Paullet presents NSF-funded research on Mobile Forensics & Security at the RMU Research & Grants Expo

paullet-nsf-grant-expoOn April 24, 2017, RMU held a Research & Grants Expo highlighting a variety of faculty research and grant projects.  All of the RMU campus was invited to attend this event.  Dr. Karen Paullet presented the Mobile Forensics and Security Project, an NSF-funded grant.  Dr. Paullet is the PI on the grant, along with Dr. Jamie Pinchot (Co-PI), Dr. Sushma Mishra (Co-PI), and Dr. Fred Kohun.  Mobile security and forensics is an underrepresented area of study that is increasingly important in our current society.  This research will advance knowledge in the field of mobile cybersecurity and mobile forensics through a train-the-trainer program for 50 faculty members from universities across the United States.  Twenty-five faculty were trained in July 2016 and the remaining half will be trained this year.  Dr. Paullet also highlighted a new online certificate offered by RMU in Mobile Forensics and Security (MFS).  This certificate is now available and you can learn more about it here: Mobile Forensics and Security Certificate Program.

Dr. Peter Wu – Using Information Intelligently

Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 12.38.31 PMDr. Peter Wu was featured in RMU’s Achieve magazine this month for his research into the design and creation of computing tools. Dr. Wu has been working on a National Science Foundation (NSF) project to create new learning tools, case studies, videos, and class exercises that will be used at 33 universities. This project is making an impact by building a community of people with skills in software verification and validation. Congratulations, Dr. Wu!

See the full article here.

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.

CIS Faculty Participate in the RMU Research & Grants Expo

On March 15, 2016, RMU held a Research & Grants Expo in Sewall Center highlighting a variety of faculty research and grant projects.  All of the RMU campus was invited to attend to learn more about the research going on here at RMU.  The CIS Department’s own Dr. Fred Kohun was a speaker/panelist, along with other faculty members from RMU, CMU, and Pitt for a Panel Discussion titled Research First or Grant First:  The Dilemma.

Dr. Peter Wu

Dr. Peter Wu

Several other CIS faculty members showcased their research during the Poster Exhibition at the event, which highlighted 39 research posters and 13 grant-funded research posters.  Dr. Peter Wu presented his research titled Making a Difference in Software Quality – The Journey, a grant-funded research project that he co-authored with Sushil Acharya (SEMS, Engineering), Priyadarsdhan Manohar (SEMS, Engineering), Connie Ruzich (SCIS, Communication), and Mary Hansen (SESS, Education).  Software quality is a crucial issue in software development.  Industry’s general lack of appreciation of verification and validation (V&V) benefits, and more importantly the shortage of V&V practitioners poses a multitude of problems in the software industry.  This project will improve software education at the undergraduate level and enhance on-the-job professional training, thereby increasing the pool of professionals with V&V knowledge and skills.

Dr. Jamie Pinchot and Dr. Sushma Mishra

Dr. Jamie Pinchot and Dr. Sushma Mishra

Dr. Jamie Pinchot presented her research titled Mobile Forensics and Security Project, an NSF grant-funded project.  Dr. Pinchot is a Co-PI on the grant, along with Dr. Karen Paullet (PI), Dr. Sushma Mishra, (Co-PI), and Dr. Fred Kohun.  Mobile security and forensics is an underrepresented area of study and research.  This research will advance both knowledge and education in the field of mobile cybersecurity and mobile forensics by creating an online Mobile Forensics and Security certificate program and developing a train-the-trainer program for Computer Information Systems faculty.  The researchers will be involved in training an additional 50 faculty members from universities across the country in mobile security and forensics.

Dr. Wenli Wang

Dr. Wenli Wang

Dr. Wenli Wang presented her grant-funded research titled Contemplative Information Systems Use – Find the Balance from the Inside Out.  Technology addiction, technology-induced stress, and information overload have become both individual and societal problems.  With a combination of economic analysis  of opportunity cost, experiential learning, and cognitive reflections, this research aims to demonstrate that recognizing and developing one’s own inner “technology of the mind” through contemplative practices would reduce a technology user’s attachment to the outer technology.  Dr. Wang’s research will examine the roles of spiritual intelligence, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness in mediating the relationship between contemplative practices and technology use.