Our CIS faculty are active in research, and several of our faculty are part of ongoing grants. Several faculty members presented at the Research and Grants Expo on March 15, 2023.
Among those presented was the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service grant. Dr. Ping Wang is the PI for this grant, and Dr. Sushma Mishra (pictured below) and Dr. Frank Hartle are Co-PIs.
The CIS Cyber Scholars grant “Developing a Faculty-Student Mentor Model” was also presented. Pictured below (left to right) are Dr. Abdur Shahid, Dr. Natalya Bromall, and Dr. Karen Paullet. Dr. Paullet is the PI on this grant and Dr. Shahid and Dr. Bromall are Co-PIs.
Dr. Abdur Shahid (pictured below) presented “Data Poisioning Attack Against Wearable Artificial Intelligence Systems.” His co-researchers include Dr. Peter Wu and Dr. Diane Igoche from RMU, as well as two colleagues from other institutions.
Congratulations to the faculty for this outstanding work!
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.
Dr. Natalya Bromall has been recertified as an AWS Solutions Architect – Associate (AWS-SAA). Dr. Bromall was previously certified in this area, but this prestigious exam has undergone intensive change since its last iteration and become even more difficult to achieve. Dr. Bromall is also certified as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy Educator and an AWS Cloud Practitioner. Congratulations, Dr. Bromall, on this excellent achievement!
For any students interested in learning more about Amazon Web Services (AWS) and cloud computing, consider taking INFS/ENGR 4460 and INFS/ENGR 6460 Cloud Computing and Amazon Web Services. This course covers content that is included in the AWS-SAA exam, and can get you onto the right path for your own certification. The AWS-SAA exam was recently listed as the second highest paying IT certification in 2021. Dr. Bromall is teaching this course on Tuesday evenings in Spring 2023.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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.
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.