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Our faculty bring extensive professional expertise in our competitive fields of study. They may be scientists, CEOs, project leaders, or clinicians. Their experience and wisdom enables our students to see how our science and technology majors apply to the career world as they guide students through their courses. Browse the profiles below to learn more about our faculty.


Donald O’Hara
Caleb Smith
Jackie Allen
Christine Altieri
Douglas Argall, OCA, GIS
Samuel Barnes
James Beeghley, Ed.D.
Samuel Benigni, Ph.D.
Shawn Canady
Joseph E. Cannon, Ph.D.
Daniel Clark, Ph.D.
Diana Cole
Michael Darrin
JB Davis
Chuck Davis, MSIA, CISSP
Calvin Deiterich
Christina L. Dryden, Ph.D.
Charles Ducker
Steve Else, Ph.D
S. Walter “Scott” Foulkrod IV, Esquire
Robert Furey, Ph.D.
Edward Garrity
Jim Gates
Gordon Goodrow
Edgar C. Harrell, Ph.D.
Carl Heininger
Graham S. Hetrick, MS, FD. B.C.F.E.
Pam Higgins
Johnathan Jackson, CAPM
Daniel Jensen, Ed.D.
Lawrence Knorr, MBA, PMP, CCP
Richard Kordel, D.Ed.
Michelle Krill
Jay Liebowitz, D.Sc.
Karen Lubrecht
Jacquelyn Maddox
Christopher Markley
Ronald McNamara, Ph.D.
Joshua Miller
Michelle Mont, D.Ed.
Stephanie Morrow, Ph.D.
Derek Newcomber
Benjamin Newton
Mehdi Noorbaksh, Ph.D.
Charles Palmer
Luis Paris, Ph.D.
Mrunalini V. Pattarkine, Ph.D.
Luke Peterschmidt
Andy Petroski
Erin Pittman
Wouter Popelier
Louis Quackenbush
Charlie Reisinger
David Ritter
Albert Sarvis, PMP, GISP
Jessica See
Majid Shaalan, Ph.D.
Jack Sipe, Jr.
Lisa Marie Smith, MBA, MPM,
W. Mark Stuckey, Ph.D.
Linda Taylor
A. Michael Theilacker
Mary Tobin
Lynn Tonini
Amjad Umar, Ph.D.
Albert Unrath
Edward Uravic
Vicki Villone, Ph.D.
Michele Washko
Glenn Williams
Kimberly Witzig, Ed.D.
Michael R. Wright

  Donald O’Hara  


   Corporate Faculty
   DoHara@harrisburgU.edu
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  Caleb Smith  


   Corporate Faculty
   CSmith@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Jackie Allen  


   Corporate Faculty
   jallen@harrisburgu.edu
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  Christine Altieri  


   Student Services Associate/Asst Prof of English
   Caltieri@harrisburgu.edu

Christine Altieri currently teaches Creative Mind, Composition, and Communication at Harrisburg University.  For the past twenty years she has taught writing and literature courses at colleges in the area including Penn State Harrisburg and Gettysburg College.  She has an MA degree in English from the University of Virginia, and an MA in Creative Writing—Poetry from the University of East Anglia in Great Britain.  Her BA is from Brown University.

 

 


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  Douglas Argall, OCA, GIS  


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  Samuel Barnes  


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  James Beeghley, Ed.D.  


   Corporate Faculty, Commonwealth of PA Department of Education
   jbeeghley@HarrisburgU.edu

James Beeghley teaches research methodologies at Harrisburg University and is an educational technologist, a blogger and expert in using technology to teach history with a particular interest in the American Civil War.

He spent eleven years as a technology coordinator, spent five years supporting educational technology for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and have been an adjunct professor in the Graduate Education departments for Waynesburg University and Wilkes University since 2005.

He is the author of the Teaching the Civil War with Technology Blog.  James has presented on numerous topics including technology planning, copyright, network security, technology audits, and most recently uses of technology to teach the Civil War.

His bachelor’s degree is in Computer Science from California University of Pennsylvania, along with a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Waynesburg University and in 2008, he completed his doctoral degree in Instructional Technology at Duquesne University where he examined how Pennsylvania teachers are using technology to teach the American Civil War.


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  Samuel Benigni, Ph.D.  


   Assistant Professor of Physics
   717.901.5159
   sbenigni@HarrisburgU.edu

Introductory Physics and Mathematics

Dr. Benigni received his B.A. in Physics from Mansfield University in 1976 and Ph.D. in Physics from Kent State University in 1983. At Kent State, Dr. Benigni developed an X-Ray Diffraction facility in conjunction with the Kent State University’s Liquid Crystal Institute. His X-Ray research led to the development of a novel Liquid Crystalline Phase. During this time, Dr. Benigni was also engaged in a federally funded research project where he developed modifications to Introductory Physics laboratory equipment for the physically handicapped. After receiving his doctorate degree, Dr. Benigni taught Introductory Physics, Astronomy, Conceptual Physics, Digital Electronics, and Microprocessor programming at Kent State’s Trumbull branch campus. In 1985, he joined the RCA Advanced Display Research and Development Labs in Lancaster, PA. His duties there included industrial process engineering, supporting RCA’s CRT and Electron Gun production facilities in the US, Italy, France, Brazil, China and Mexico. In 1989, Dr. Benigni became Manager and Senior Scientist of the Physics Group at RCA, leading several of RCA’s key research projects in advanced CRT design, and Flat Panel Field Emission Display devices. He holds several patents in vacuum CRT design and processing and advanced Field Emission Display technology. In January of 2008, Dr. Benigni joined the Corporate Faculty at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and is currently teaching Introductory Physics and Mathematics. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society.


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  Shawn Canady  


   Corporate Faculty
   SCanady@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Joseph E. Cannon, Ph.D.  


   Professor of Computer and Information Sciences
   717.901.5119
   jcannon@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr. Cannon received his Ph.D. in computer information systems from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He also holds a master’s degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics, Physics minor from LaSalle University. Dr. Cannon began his teaching career at DeSales University where he was an adjunct professor of computer science before accepting the position of associate professor of computer information systems at Prince George’s Community College. In 2001, Dr. Cannon transferred to Kutztown University where he taught graduate and undergraduate computer science courses. Dr. Cannon’s ongoing areas of research at Harrisburg University include developing efficient algorithms to update beliefs in Bayesian Belief Networks by utilizing parallel processing methods and cluster computing technology.

Dr. Cannon's faculty web page (for office hours and class schedule).


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  Daniel Clark, Ph.D.  


   Corporate Faculty
   DClark@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Michael Darrin  


   Corporate Faculty
   MDarrin@HarrisburgU.edu
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  JB Davis  


   Corporate Faculty
   jbdavis@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Chuck Davis, MSIA, CISSP  


   Corporate Faculty
   cdavis@harrisburgu.edu

 

Chuck Davis, MSIA, CISSP-ISSAP teaches Ethical Hacking and Computer Forensics classes for Harrisburg University. Chuck is a Senior Security Architect at a Fortune 500 Company and previously worked as a Security Operations Manager for IBM.

Mr. Davis holds the CISSP and ISSAP certifications from (ISC)2. He co-authored two books on the subject of security, holds three patents and has four published invention disclosures. He has been a speaker at numerous security conferences and was a featured guest speaker a Hacker Halted Conference in Mexico City. 

Chuck was interviewed by national and regional media on the subject of information security. 

He holds a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

 


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  Calvin Deiterich  


   Corporate Faculty
   cdeiterich@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Christina L. Dryden, Ph.D.  


   Associate Professor of Integrative Sciences & Assistant Provost for Budget
   717.901.5130
   cdryden@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr. Christina L. Dryden is a marine environmental chemist /analytical chemist/chemical oceanographer and a Charter Faculty member at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Salisbury University and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Old Dominion University.  Dr. Dryden began her academic career as a summer student employee at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and prior to joining the faculty at HU was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University.  Dr. Dryden works on various aspects of trace metals (copper, cadmium, zinc) cycling in aquatic systems. The biogeochemical cycling of these elements affects the ecology of microorganisms in marine and estuarine systems.  The majority of her research has focused on investigating the interactive response of microbial communities to copper stress.  Dr. Dryden has published in peer-reviewed journals on this topic and given presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.  As a faculty member at HU, she has become involved in incorporating technology in the classroom and the HU learning experience.


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  Charles Ducker  


   Corporate Faculty
   CDucker@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Steve Else, Ph.D  


   Corporate Faculty
   SElse@harrisburgu.edu

A leading enterprise architect in the public and private sector for about a decade, Dr. Steve Else brings a wealth of practical and educational experience in enterprise architecture. He is certified in TOGAF™ 9, is a FEAC Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA), an ISEB Certified Enterprise and Solutions Architect, certified in SOA by Zap Think, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP)®. Steve has served in key EA roles in both the private and public sectors, including BAE Systems, CSC, Dynamics Research Corporation, and Synectics for Management Decisions in the private sector; and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services in the public sector.

A member of the corporate faculty at Harrisburg University, Steve teaches topics such as enterprise architecture and systems analysis and design. He has also taught courses on Technology Forecasting and Assessments, Knowledge Management, and Project and Change Management. Steve wrote his doctoral thesis on "Organization Theory and the Transformation of Large, Complex Organizations" (published as a book in 2010) and is the founding editor of The EA Zone Journal.  He is the CEO and Founder of EA Principals, Inc., and is highly sought after globally for his EA expertise in both a consulting and training capacities.  


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  S. Walter “Scott” Foulkrod IV, Esquire  


   Corporate Faculty
   sfoulkrod@HarrisburgU.edu

Scott Foulkrod practices law in the Harrisburg region. As part of HU's corporate faculty he teaches courses in law, philosophy and literature. He is a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School near Harrisburg, the University of Richmond with a BA in both English and French, and Widener University School of Law's Harrisburg campus. He has served on the board of and as president of the Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) and remains involved in that non-profit organization's efforts to continue to improve Harrisburg's quality of life for younger adults. In 2004 he helped to develop and served as the first leader of the Pennsylvania Young Professionals, our nation's first statewide young professionals organization, which serves to reverse the state's brain drain of young talent which has left it with the second oldest population in the nation.


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  Robert Furey, Ph.D.  


   Professor of Integrative Sciences
   717.901.5132
   rfurey@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr Rob Furey earned his doctorate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Life Sciences program with a specialization in ethology. His work was centered around social aspects of spider behavior, but his interests have broadened to include areas of astronomy, physics, geology and forensics. Before coming to Harrisburg University Dr Furey has been associate professor of behavioral science at the Université Henri Poincaré, Vandouvre les Nancy, France, visiting European researcher at the Free University of Brussels, and assistant professor in New Century College at George Mason University. Dr Furey won numerous awards for innovative teaching from both academic and business groups, and was invited to present a broad integrated science course to a pedagogy group at NASA Ames. He has been working closely with the Dauphin County Coroner’s office as a sworn deputy since January 1, 2006. His current position in Integrative Sciences at Harrisburg University is well suited to his interests and teaching style. Complimentary activities include director of the environmental education center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, guide and science advisor to a Partridge Films film crew in Equatorial West Africa and a regular science column in Aeon Magazine.


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  Edward Garrity  


   Corporate Faculty
   egarrity@Harrisburgu.edu
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  Jim Gates  


   Corporate Faculty
   jgates@HarrisburgU.edu

James Gates is an independent consultant specializing in assisting teachers and administration to develop 21st Century skills and integrate technology throughout their curriculum, and he is a corporate faculty member in the Learning Technologies Master of Science (LTMS) program where he teaches the “Implementing Web 2.0 in the Classroom” course.

He held the position of Instructional Technology Trainer for eight years with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. He currently serves as a Mentor with the PA Department of Education (PDE) in the “Classrooms for the Future” program. His blog (tipline.blogspot.com) won the 2007 Edublogs Award for the Best Resources Sharing Blog. It has recently been listed on the Top Online University Review web site as one of the “Top 50 blogs for e-learning Tools and Tips”. Jim received the 2009 Pioneer Award from the PA Association for Educational Communications & Technology (PAECT) in recognition of his lifetime leadership role in instructional technology. James has won both a National Gold and a National Bronze Award for a monthly column he wrote for Child Guide Magazine.
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  Gordon Goodrow  


   Retired senior detective with the Lower Paxton Police Department, Special Agent, PA Office of the Attorney General
   GGoodrow@HarrisburgU.edu

Gordon Goodrow is a retired senior detective with the Lower Paxton Police Department, Harrisburg, PA, Dauphin County. He received his B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the Lower Paxton Police from 1986 until his retirement in January of 2012.

Detective Goodrow worked three years of patrol, eight years as a fugitive investigator assigned to the U.S. Marshals, and the last fourteen years of his career had been assigned to investigate sex crimes and child exploitation, suspicious deaths, and homicides. He has received extensive training in the areas of sexual assault investigations, child pornography, child abuse, interview and interrogation, and homicide.

Additionally, Detective Goodrow was a hostage negotiator with the Dauphin County Crisis Response Team, a member of the Department of Homeland Security ICE Child Exploitation Task Force, a member of the Dauphin County Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and was a peer counselor for the police department’s employee assistance program.

Detective Goodrow twice received the Police Office of the Year award from the Lower Paxton Police Department, the Pennsylvania Chief’s of Police Career Service Award,The Joe Allegrini Children’s Hero Award, Criminal Investigation Unit citations, U.S. Marshal awards for Operation Capital Fist, Operation Trident, and for his work on the Dauphin County Fugitive Task Force.

Detective Goodrow has presented to various professionals and the community in the areas of forensic and minimal facts interviewing, multidisciplinary team approaches, sexual assault investigations, interview and interrogation, and SAFE examinations. He is also an instructor at the Harrisburg University.

Since January of 2012 Detective Goodrow has been employed as a Special Agent with the PA Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Investigative Services, Computer Forensics Unit.

 


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  Edgar C. Harrell, Ph.D.  


   Entrepreneur in Residence
   eharrell@HarrisburgU.edu Ed Harrell is on the Board of Directors for ExecuStar, and Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners, LLC. 

Ed is an economist with more than 40 years of experience in managing private and public programs in the areas of privatization, technology commercialization, entrepreneurial training, capital market development, private investment in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and early stage financing of technology companies. He has held senior managerial positions with Rohm & Haas Co., E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., the State Department, the Agency for International Development and Price Waterhouse, LLP. He has lived and worked in India, Japan, Thailand and Jordan and is currently the Managing Partner, Harrell Capital Partners, LLC, a family owned early stage equity investor in seed and early stage IT and biotech companies. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Dickinson College (with Honors), a Certificate from the East Asian Institute (Japanese studies), Columbia University, a PhD in Economics, Columbia University, and is a graduate of the AMP (Advanced Management Program), Harvard Business School.

He is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence, Harrisburg University, teaches at Georgetown University and serves on the boards of three early stage funding organizations: Penn Venture Partners, AngelPool.com and DCArchAngels.com and a mid level management training program, Execustar.org.  He is a mentor for Founder Institute, San Francisco, start-up CEO programs in Washington DC and Honolulu, Hawaii.

 


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  Carl Heininger  


   Corporate Faculty
   cheininger@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Graham S. Hetrick, MS, FD. B.C.F.E.  


   Corporate Faculty
   ghetrick@HarrisburgU.edu

Graham Hetrick is a member of the University’s corporate faculty in the forensics major. He is the Dauphin County Coroner since 1990. He has supervised investigations of over 200 homicide cases and has performed forensic facial reconstruction. He is a Professor of Medical/Legal Investigation Central Pennsylvania College and his specialty is in crime scene management and shallow grave recovery. Mr. Hetrick was president of the Hetrick Funeral Home from 1975-2003. He served in the United States Army Service from 1965-1968. He has received many honors including a Commendation by Mayor Stephen Reed of Harrisburg - Dillion Serial Murders, Commendation by Swatara Police Department - Joe Miller Triple Homicide, Third Degree Black Belt - Isshinryu Karate (2003) and Mu Sigma Alpha Award for Academic Proficiency - Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (1973,)

Mr. Hetrick has a M.S. in Research Psychology.  He is the Past Chairman of the Dauphin County Hospital Authority and a former Susquehanna Township Commissioner. He is member of Pennsylvania Coroner’s Association, Mass Disaster Committee and Pennsylvania Republican State Committeeman, and member and Chairman of the Board of Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.


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  Pam Higgins  


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  Johnathan Jackson, CAPM  


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  Daniel Jensen, Ed.D.  


   Corporate Faculty
   djensen@HarrisburgU.edu

Dan Jensen is an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning, leadership, education, and training. He is currently involved in strategic initiative projects with Engineering Systems Consultants and is also engaged in training and education programs with General Dynamics Information Technology and S4, Inc.  Before embarking in a consulting career he served for over 26 years as an Army officer ending his military career as an instructor in the Department of Command, Leadership and Management at the U.S. Army War College teaching Strategic Leadership, Strategic Thinking, and other military and leadership related courses. 

A practitioner and instructor of leadership, Dr. Jensen has had a myriad of military assignments ranging from an infantry battalion commander to an organizational development consultant where he designed and facilitated numerous strategic planning, process improvement, team building, and conflict management workshops for senior officials in the Washington, D.C. area and across the United States.   

He teaches Organizational Leadership in our Masters of Science in Project Management program and also conducts organizational development and leadership workshops.  Dr. Jensen has earned a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, an M.S. in Human Resource Administration from Southeast Missouri State University, and a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  He earned his Doctorate in Adult Education from Penn State University.


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  Lawrence Knorr, MBA, PMP, CCP  


   Corporate Faculty
   lknorr@harrisburgu.edu

Lawrence Knorr is a member of the University’s corporate faculty in the Computer Information Sciences major. Since August 2008, he has worked for Ahold USA, the sixth largest grocery chain in the US (Giant, Stop & Shop, Martins, Peapod). Presently, he is the Director of IM Strategy Integration responsible for the Program Management Organization, Performance Management and Communications supporting this 750+ store grocery chain. Prior to working at Ahold, Lawrence was the Chief Information Officer for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the 650+ store retail chain operated by the Commonwealth. During his30 -year career, Mr. Knorr has worked in a variety of capacities in information systems, from computer programmer to CEO of his own consulting firm (NorSoft, Inc.) in the 1990's. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business/Economics (Management concentration / Minor in History) from Wilson College, achieving summa cum laude honors and honors in his major. He received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, achieving induction in Beta Gamma Sigma. Lawrence received his initial training in computer programming from the Lehigh Data Processing Institute (now Berks Technical Institute).

Mr. Knorr is a Project Management Professional with years of experience implementing information systems projects. He is also a Certified Computer Professional.

On a personal note, Lawrence is an accomplished digital artist, having shown his work in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas in addition to local galleries (www.vonknorrgallery.com ). He is an accomplished author having written several books on local history and genealogy, including "A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush". With his wife, he owns Sunbury Press, Inc., a trade publishing company based in Mechanicsburg. Lawrence has two daughters, a stepson and stepdaughter and lives on a small farm near Boiling Springs with Tammi, his wife.


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  Richard Kordel, D.Ed.  


   Senior Learning Architect, e-Volved Design
   717.875.0985
   rkordel@harrisburgu.edu

Dr. Kordel has a D.Ed. from Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. These degrees represent formal study of the art and science of electronic learning, and he has published on these topics. He holds an M.A. from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education, and a B.F.A. in film production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Dr. Kordel has extensive practical experience in implementing e-learning programs. As Senior Technical Advisor for the Verizon Training Department he led the initial design efforts for the corporation’s e-learning initiatives. This was followed by leadership roles in the deployment and evaluation of those courses. Currently Dr. Kordel works as the Director of Training for DORMA Americas. His work addresses the real-world issues involved in developing, deploying and assessing training in a multinational corporation.  

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  Michelle Krill  


   Instructional Technology Coach, South Western School
   mkrill@HarrisburgU.edu

Michelle began her educational career as a 2nd and 3rd grade classroom teacher. After 5 years in the classroom, she moved out of the classroom to become the elementary technology liaison, providing just in time, job embedded and ongoing professional development for teachers, staff, and administration. In fall 2007, Michelle became the Classrooms for the Future coach at South Western High School to assist teachers with integrating grant funded equipment into the curriculum. Currently, Michelle has returned to her role as the K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, working with elementary teachers to integrate technology into existing curriculum activities in a relevant and meaningful manner.

Michelle worked as a systems analyst for a private computer firm prior to becoming an educator, obtained her M.Ed from Wilmington College in 1996, and most recently completed course work to obtain state certification as an Instructional Technology Specialist. In addition, Michelle is pursuing her supervisory certification through a joint program offered by Johns Hopkins University and the International Society for Technology in Education.

In addition to her work with the South Western School District, Michelle was recognized as a Google Certified Teacher in 2008, presents locally and statewide on topics of instructional, educational technology and is a member of the Corporate Faculty for Harrisburg University.


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  Jay Liebowitz, D.Sc.  


    DiSanto Visiting Chair in Applied Business and Finance

Dr. Jay Liebowitz is the DiSanto Visiting Chair in Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  He is author of the book Bursting the Big Data Bubble: The Case for Intuition-Based Decision Making and previously served as the Orkand Endowed Chair of Management and Technology in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Prior to UMUC, Dr. Liebowitz was a Full Professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide, and was ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management. At Johns Hopkins University, he was the founding Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence and the Capstone Director of the MS-Information and Telecommunications Systems for Business Program, where he engaged over 30 organizations in industry, government, and not-for-profits in capstone projects.

Prior to joining Hopkins, Dr. Liebowitz was the first Knowledge Management Officer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before NASA, Dr. Liebowitz was the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Professor of Management Science at George Washington University, and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College.

Dr. Liebowitz is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal (published by Elsevier), which is ranked as a top-tier journal worldwide. The ESWA Journal had 2 million articles downloaded worldwide in 2012. As of January 2014, he became the Editor-of-Chief of Elsevier’s Procedia-CS (Computer Science). He is a Fulbright Scholar, IEEE-USA Federal Communications Commission Executive Fellow, and Computer Educator of the Year (International Association for Computer Information Systems). He has published over 40 books and a myriad of journal articles on knowledge management, business analytics, intelligent systems, and IT management. In October 2011, the International Association for Computer Information Systems named the “Jay Liebowitz Outstanding Student Research Award” for the best student research paper at the IACIS Annual Conference. He has lectured and consulted worldwide.

 


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  Karen Lubrecht  


   Corporate Faculty, Hybrid Learning Consultant at cKc Consultants
   KLubrecht@HarrisburgU.edu

 Karen Lubrecht addresses the training needs in business and academia from analysis, determination of the appropriate solution and mode of delivery to production and delivery as requested. She is currently the Director of the eLearning SIG of the Eastern PA Chapter of ASTD and has served in the corresponding capacity for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She has previously worked in the public school system and maintains an interest in STEM.

At Harrisburg University, Ms. Lubrecht teaches courses within the LTMS program such as Synchronous Facilitation and Learning Evaluation and Assessment.

She  earned her M.S. in Instructional Technology Management from LaSalle University. She has done graduate work in education and engineering at assorted universities. Her undergraduate degree from Susquehanna University is in physics.

 


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  Jacquelyn Maddox  


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  Christopher Markley  


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  Ronald McNamara, Ph.D.  


   Corporate Faculty
   rmcnamara@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Joshua Miller  


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  Michelle Mont, D.Ed.  


   Corporate Faculty
   MMont@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr. Mont is a graduate of the Adult Education Program, Pennsylvania State University.  She earned a Doctor of Education degree and alternative ways of knowing is her research interest.   Dr. Mont worked in the human resources field for over twenty years as an adult educator for several government agencies and academic institutions.  Most of her educational experience involved designing, developing and facilitating training and development programs for all levels of Commonwealth employees. While her academic experience includes adjunct teaching assignments at Pennsylvania State University, Eastern University and Harrisburg Area Community College.

Dr. Mont has published several articles in peer reviewed journals. In addition, she typically presents at higher education conferences.

 

She currently facilitates a public speaking course for undergraduate students at Harrisburg University.


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  Stephanie Morrow, Ph.D.  


   Corporate Faculty
   smorrow@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Derek Newcomber  


   Corporate Faculty
   Dnewcomber@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Benjamin Newton  


   Corporate Faculty
   BNewton@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Mehdi Noorbaksh, Ph.D.  


   Associate Professor of International Affairs, Coordinator of General Education
   717.901.5118
   mnoorbaksh@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr. Noorbaksh specializes in several areas, such as international politics, global energy and health, and democratic movements and processes in Middle East politics. Dr. Noorbaksh has published extensively on the Middle East politics, including the Foreign Policy Association, Middle East Policy Journal, and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Noorbaksh’s most recent academic achievements include receiving his master of business administration and master of health administration (MHA) in 2006 from the University of Houston. Previous to these degrees, Dr. Noorbaksh earned his B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Texas in 1979 and M.A. in political science from the University of Houston in 1986. In 1996, Dr. Noorbaksh earned both his Ph.D. in government studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a position at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies as a Post-Doctoral Fellow before joining Harrisburg University in 2006. He is currently working on a number of articles on the Middle East and Iran, and a book on the interaction of Islam, nationalism and democratic change in Iran.


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  Charles Palmer  


   Exec. Dir. Center for Advanced Entertainment & Learning Technologies/Assoc. Prof. of Multimedia
   717.901.5127
   cpalmer@HarrisburgU.edu

Charles Palmer isn’t shy when it comes to touting the benefits of a technology-education marriage.

The two elements, after all, comprise his passion and drive, the engine that propels him to continually spearhead new developments that entice and challenge his Harrisburg University students.

Just ask anyone who’s chatted with Albert Einstein. Or enhanced their 3D modeling skills. Or walked through the human heart.

Really.

Activities such as these aren’t make-believe. They form the core of Palmer’s approach to education, which is hell-bent on bridging the divide between academia and technological breakthroughs by testing the parameters of the unknown.

As the director of the Center for Advanced Entertainment & Learning Technologies (CAELT) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Palmer applies his creativity, leadership, and technological expertise to promote the application of technology to contribute to the economic well-being of the region.

As home to one of only a handful of Virtuspheres (http://www.harrisburgu.edu/virtusphere) in the nation, Harrisburg University  is helping Palmer connect the academia-technology divide. A versatile simulation platform comprising a 10-foot hollow ball of ABS plastic, hardware consisting of wireless head-mounted display goggles, and software, the Virtusphere transcends the physical and financial limitations of time, space, and materials—the meeting place for virtual reality and real life, where users can wander around exploring just about anything.

Such as the heart.

Palmer demonstrated an immersive, 3-D virtual walk-through of the human heart using the Virtusphere at the interactive technology expo Otronicon in January. “The Virtusphere has opened up a number of opportunities to examine various modes of entertainment,” Palmer says. “We’ve researched a number of applications and technologies that allow full immersion of the user into a dynamic 3-D environment. The heart model is the forerunner for our virtual body project, which uses kinesthetic learning to teach the user about the systems within the human body.”

The Virtusphere was also in the spotlight at the school’s Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum (LEEF), an event that attracts a national audience of e-learning designers and developers, educators and instructors, and game designers and developers, and examines the impact of games, simulations, and virtual worlds.
Capabilities such as this elevate the Virtusphere from an intriguing gadget to a targeted, versatile, and cost-effective training tool for a range of industries, including corporate training, education, history, emergency services, military, and gaming.

Gaming is the theme of Harrisburg University’s High School Gaming Academy. A three-week intensive session, led by Palmer, teaches students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades game programming, 3-D modeling, and professional techniques for designing and producing video games. The Gaming Academy, which debuted at the university in summer 2011, offers an immersive educational journey into the dynamic world of video game development. It introduces passionate young game designers and developers to the methods and technologies used by professional game makers throughout the world. The program focuses on all aspects of the creative process from ideation to problem-solving to delivery. Students develop skills and strategies to prepare them for a future in the digital media industry.

While those students look to the future, the past takes center stage at the Moore Cultural Complex, where Palmer leads other Harrisburg University faculty and staff in bringing history to life through the use of high-tech interactive displays. Palmer, Jayme Keller, Glenn Williams, Anthony Ortega, and Justin Detig created an interactive video kiosk for slain civil rights leaders Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore.

Visitors to the kiosk will see life-sized, realistic-looking mannequins of the Moores at their kitchen table, and be placed at a dinner table in a replica of the Moores’ home, where they can ask questions using Harrisburg University’s interactive video technology.

The Moores, who were killed in a Christmas Day bombing in 1951, were the first true civil rights activists of the modern civil rights era in Florida. The kiosk serves as a connection to their lives, as they describe various events in their lives during the early part of the century.

The Moore Cultural Complex was created to develop a national civil rights resource incorporating the latest technology and information management systems. The goal is to form cooperative working relationships with academic, corporate, and cultural institutions throughout the nation and the world to link the historical trail of the early civil rights pioneers and their effect on communities.

The impact of Harrisburg University in helping to achieve this goal has been strong. The board of the Moore Complex has asked the university to create a second kiosk that takes a broader look at Harry T. Moore’s influence on the civil rights movement.
Palmer himself has been involved in similar installations around the country featuring historic figures such as Benjamin Franklin and George Westinghouse.

Palmer’s efforts to create a gaming cluster of new businesses in the Harrisburg region through initiatives such as the Virtusphere and the Gaming Academy align well with Harrisburg University’s mission to meet Central Pennsylvania’s need for increased opportunities for study leading to careers in STEM fields.

As Palmer explores and opens more innovative doors, technology and education are destined to become lifelong partners.

 

 

 


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  Luis Paris, Ph.D.  


   Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences
   lparis@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr. Paris received his Ph.D. in engineering science with an emphasis in computer science at the University of Mississippi in April 2005. He also holds a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering. A charter faculty member at Harrisburg University, Dr. Paris is co-responsible for coordinating the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and certificate programs in CIS. He brings valuable experience from the academia where he previously succeeded as an instructor for an electrical engineering program and later as a research assistant for a CIS program He also brings insight and knowledge from both the software and hardware industries where he worked as an electronics engineer and software developer.


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  Mrunalini V. Pattarkine, Ph.D.  


   Associate Professor of Biotechnology
   717.901.5168
   lpattarkine@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr Mrunalini Pattarkine has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology and has extensive experience in biochemistry, biotechnology, and nanobiotechnology. She has worked on membranes, proteins, lipids, DNA diagnostics (gene therapy, DNA chips), and protein immobilization for developing them as nanobiotechnological material. She has experience with bioanalytical techniques for establishing structure-function relationships for macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids). She has also worked with liposomes and reverse micelles as membrane–mimetic systems. She has conducted research in environmental biotechnology project related to uranium bioremediation. She has been a recipient of Pennsylvania's Keystone Innovative Zone Grant for research on development of a hand-held biosensor for the detection of Methicillin-resistant /Staphylococcus aureus/ (MRSA).


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  Luke Peterschmidt  


   Corporate Faculty
   LPeterschmidt@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Andy Petroski  


   Director of Learning Technologies and Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies
   717.901.5167
   apetroski@HarrisburgU.edu

Andy Petroski coordinates the Learning Technologies Master of Science (LTMS) program and learning technologies at Harrisburg University as Director of Learning Technologies. As an award-winning instructional technologist with more than 15 years of eLearning design and development experience, he has designed and developed technology-based learning in multimedia production firms, independent consulting, corporate learning and education. His work has included efforts in edutainment, using characters in multimedia and eLearning, games, simulations, web design and development for marketing and entertainment, storyboarding best practices, web conferencing implementation and instructional design toolkit development. As Director of Learning Technologies at Harrisburg University he has worked in the areas of educational technology strategy, games and simulations, classroom technology, web 2.0, patient education, social learning and faculty development.

Andy has a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Wilkes University.

He has written multimedia and eLearning articles for national and regional publications and presented on various eLearning, educational technology, multimedia, and web topics at international, national, and regional events.  He is a member of National ASTD, central PA ASTD and the eLearning Guild.

 


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  Erin Pittman  


   Corporate Faculty
   EPittman@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Wouter Popelier  


   Lecturer
   WPopelier@harrisburgu.edu
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  Louis Quackenbush  


   Corporate Faculty
   lquackenbush@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Charlie Reisinger  


   Technology Director, Penn Manor School District
   CReisinger@HarrisburgU.edu

Charlie Reisinger is the Technology Director at Penn Manor School District. He leads the district’s technical operations and instructional technology initiatives.  Charlie is an award-winning leader with over 15 years of experience managing complex information technology operations and educational technology initiatives. Charlie is a 4-time Pennsylvania School Business Officials (PASBO) Award of Achievement recipient. He and his team at Penn Manor were recognized with the 2011 Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Award of Excellence for School Technology.

Charlie teaches the "Managing Technology Resources" course for the LTMS program. When not working with the staff and students at Penn Manor, he provides educational technology leadership services and training workshops for regional schools, agencies, and organizations. Charlie received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Millersville University and a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Philadelphia University. Follow his blog at: http://www.pennmanor.net/techblog

 


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  David Ritter  


   Corporate Faculty
   dritter@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Albert Sarvis, PMP, GISP  


   Assistant Professor of Geospatial Technology and Project Management
   717-901-5174
   Asarvis@HarrisburgU.edu

Albert Sarvis received his B.A. in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University in 1991 and M.A. in Geography at Ohio University in 1994.  Mr. Sarvis began his teaching experience as a Graduate Assistant at OU teaching Physical Geography and Geospatial Technology labs.  Mr. Sarvis has also taught graduate level Geospatial Technology classes at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and undergraduate classes at Harrisburg Area Community College.  In 2005 he began working with Harrisburg University as a corporate faculty member helping to develop and teach the Geospatial Technology program before joining the HU staff full time in January 2011.

Prior to becoming a full time professor Mr. Sarvis worked for 16 years in the Geospatial Technology consulting industry spending 11 of those years as a project manager.  He obtained his Project Management Professional certification in 2005 and GIS Professional certification in 2007.  Mr. Sarvis has presented Geospatial Technology and Project Management at numerous conferences and workshops during his consulting career and maintains a wide range of Geospatial Industry contacts to benefit both the Geospatial Technology and Project Management program content and future student careers.

 

 


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  Jessica See  


   Corporate Faculty
   JSee@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Majid Shaalan, Ph.D.  


   Associate Professor, Computer and Information Sciences
   717.901.5116
   MShaalan@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Jack Sipe, Jr.  


   Corporate Faculty
   JSipe@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Lisa Marie Smith, MBA, MPM,  


   Corporate Faculty
   lsmith@HarrisburgU.edu

Lisa Marie Smith (MBA, MPM, MHRM, MISM, MNCM, PMP, PMI-SP)  teaches ITPM 540 – Planning and Executing Projects in the Master of Science in Project Management Graduate Program. Ms. Smith is the owner and CEO of Smith Business Services LLC, which provides project management and contact center consulting services. Ms. Smith serves as a senior consultant and/or contractor and provides services in the areas of process improvement through effective project management practice and contact center operational improvement based on Ms. Smith’s extensive experience. Ms. Smith also performs as an adjunct faculty member at DeVry University and teaches a variety of business and project management courses in their undergraduate program and performs as a project management instructor for Penn State – Lehigh Valley.

Ms. Smith has an extensive educational background that includes Master degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Project Management (MPM), Human Resource Management (MHRM), Information Systems Management (MISM), and Network and Communication (MNCM) from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University. Ms. Smith achieved a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Studies with a Latin America concentration from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Smith's education complements her strong, diversified experience in the project management and contact center industries.

Ms. Smith is a PMP certified Project Management Professional and a PMI-SP certified Project Management Scheduling Professional through the Project Management Institute (PMI), and currently serves as the PMI Keystone Chapter Vice President and South West Region Program Director. Ms. Smith is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and holds MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist) certifications in the areas of Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007 and Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007. Ms. Smith also holds CompTIA Project+ certification.

 


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  W. Mark Stuckey, Ph.D.  

, Corporate Faculty
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  Linda Taylor  


   Corporate Faculty
   ltaylor@HarrisburgU.edu
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  A. Michael Theilacker  


   Corporate Faculty
   mtheilacker@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Mary Tobin  


   Corporate Faculty
   MTobin@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Lynn Tonini  


   Senior Learning Analyst, Corporate University Xchange
   LLehman@HarrisburgU.edu

Lynn Tonini is a Senior Learning Analyst at Corporate University Xchange, focusing on research on corporate learning organization use of social media for collaboration, problem solving, innovation, and learning. She also serves as Corporate Faculty at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, teaching a course on Social Learning in the Organization.

 Lynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College and a Master of Education degree in Training and Development from the Pennsylvania State University. In the last 14 years in the performance improvement field, she has provided hundreds of hours of training, consulting and coaching in such diverse areas as transition management, human growth and development, computer skills, team building, crisis management, conflict resolution, giving & receiving feedback and performance evaluation systems. A few large-scale performance improvement programs she has developed include certification programs, new employee orientation programs, computer-based 360-degree feedback system, supervision and leadership development programs, and organization-wide ongoing learning systems.

Lynn currently holds membership status in the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) the eLearning Guild, and The Community Roundtable. She maintains the CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) certification through ASTD.


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  Amjad Umar, Ph.D.  


   Director of Management & eBusiness, Director of ISEM Program
   717.901.5141
   aumar@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr. Amjad Umar is a Professor and Director of the Management and eBusiness degree program and the Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) programs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  Additionally, he is Senior Advisor to the United Nations and a Fulbright Senior Specialist with the US Council for International Exchange of Scholars. 

He has written six books and more than 50 research papers in his areas of specialization that span ebusiness,IT planning, enterprise architectures and integration, mobile computing, and information security.

His 20+ years of experience in his areas of expertise includes academic assignments, senior research management positions in the industry, and consulting/advisory work around the globe. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (since 2000), was a Professor at the Fordham Graduate School of Business, and has held visiting/adjunct faculty positions at the University of Michigan, Rutgers University, and Peking University. As a Director of  eBusiness and Distributed Systems Research at  Bellcore (part of the Bell Labs system, now known as Telcordia Technologies), he supervised large scale projects in enterprise architectures and integration, mobile computing, information security, and distributed systems.

As a Fulbright Senior Specialist on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) with the US Council of International Exchange of Scholars, a Senior Advisor to the United Nations initiative on ‘ICT for the Developing Countries’, and an entrepreneur, he has consulted with  global telecom organizations, US Department of Navy, US Army Research Labs, Frost and Sullivan (England), Toyota Corp., Society of Manufacturing Engineers, manufacturing organizations, professional services organizations, and academic institutions in England, Singapore, China, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Canada. As an entrepreneur, he has formed a startup that is concentrating on the business and technical aspects of next generation enterprises. He has received numerous awards (Faculty Award from IBM, Fulbright Senior Specialist Award from the US Council of International Exchange of Scholars, Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Michigan, Best Adjunct Faculty Award from Fordham, and Outstanding Performance Awards from Bellcore).

He received an M.S. in Computer and Communication Engineering and a Ph,D. in Information Systems (Industrial and Operations Engineering Department), both from the University of Michigan.


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  Albert Unrath  


   Corporate Faculty
   aunrath@HarrisburgU.edu

Albert Unrath teaches Instructional Design and Development as a part of the MS in Learning Technologies program. Albert has been developing learning technology tools for higher education the last 10 years. After earning a M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania he began developing instructional resources for faculty at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster and then progressed to Millersville University where he is currently the Instructional Designer for face-to-face, technology enhanced and full online courses. As an adjunct professor for Millersville University and Lancaster’s Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College he teaches courses on multimedia, and instructional technology.

As a member of both the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Blackboard Administrator’s Group and the Millersville University Online Advisory Committee he works with faculty and administrators to shape the Distance Education programs at a state and university level. As an innovative proponent of instructional design, he developed tools for curriculum redesign which he presented at regional and national conferences.


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  Edward Uravic  


   Corporate Faculty
   EUravic@HarrisburgU.edu Ed Uravic is a member of the HU Corporate Faculty and teaches graduate courses on business analysis, requirements and risk management, and procurements and contracts. He helped create and administer an HU professional development program for active project managers called PM Partners, and provides opportunities for HU students to broaden their learning experience through civic engagement. 

He is a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute and has a Masters in Public Administration from Shippensburg University. Uravic also worked in the Governor's Office for Information Technology helping state agencies use automation to serve millions of citizens. He is an expert in project management, managing technology projects and teaching the subject throughout a 15 year career in the state government.

In an earlier career, Uravic worked in the state legislature, the Congress, and as a Washington lobbyist for a group of electric companies. His passion is writing, and his second novel was released in 2012. 

As a Hershey native, Uravic is heavily involved in the community as the head of the local environmental group; the leader of a non-profit organization to revitalize downtown Hershey, PA; a member of the working group to plan for the future of the town; a leader of a parents group for the local school district; as well as a volunteer in the historical society exploiting the power of social media to share the early immigrant experience with thousands of residents and visitors.

Learn more about Ed at EdUravic.org.

 


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  Vicki Villone, Ph.D.  


   Corporate Faculty
   vvillone@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr. Villone teaches general education courses at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Additionally, she has taught English at HACC since 2001. She has a Ph.D. in English from Lehigh University, where she taught English while working on her degree. Dr. Villone earned a master’s degree in English from Shippensburg University and a bachelor's degree in English from Messiah College.


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  Michele Washko  


   Corporate Faculty, Vice President, Life Science Greenhouse of PA
   mwashko@HarrisburgU.edu

Ms. Washko has approximately 15 years experience in marketing, communications, and business planning and development. Her particular strengths are in the areas of branding, competitive analysis and market planning. Prior to joining the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania, an early-stage venture investment group, Ms. Washko spent several years at Merck & Co., Inc., where she worked on new product launches.  She sits on the board of several healthcare-related startup companies, and is member of the TechQuest Advisory Board.  Ms. Washko holds a BA from Emory University, an MA from Arcadia University and an MBA from Penn State University.


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  Glenn Williams  


   Corporate Faculty
   gwilliams@HarrisburgU.edu

Glenn P. Williams, Internet Rich Media Developer, TRC Interactive.  Glenn has a BSME from the University of Vermont, EIT from Louisiana and PE from Ohio. However, everyone that knows Glenn knows -- he is a computer guy.  He codes client-side and server-side asp functions, SQL database statements, JavaScript functions including flash-to-JavaScript and flash-to-flash functions, flash CS3 actionscript functions and complex custom combinations in order to achieve real time optimized data exchange.





 


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  Kimberly Witzig, Ed.D.  


   Corporate Faculty
   KWitzig@HarrisburgU.edu
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  Michael R. Wright  


   Corporate Faculty, Information Security Specialist
   mrwright@HarrisburgU.edu

Michael Wright, MCSE, CISSP teaches Ethical Hacking, Web Technologies and Risk Management/Security Analysis for Harrisburg University. Michael is a consultant at a Fortune 100 Company and previously worked for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Computer Sciences Corporation, Rome Air Force Research Laboratory, United States Navy and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).   Michael has the following professional certifications: MCSE, CCEA, CISSP, CCNP, Security+, ITILv3.  He co-authored two books on the subject of Citrix security and has published numerous white papers and documents relating to information security.

Michael is an alumnus of the Virginia Military Institute and a magna cum laude graduate from Harrisburg University.   He is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration degree at Shippensburg University.


 

 


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  Eric D. Darr, Ph.D.  


   President
   717.901.5111
   edarr@HarrisburgU.edu

Dr. Eric Darr was named President of Harrisburg University by the Board of Trustees effective May 9, 2013.  He previously served as interim president since July 1, 2012. 

Under Dr. Darr’s leadership, the University expanded to include a Philadelphia location; welcomed the largest class of new students in its history, launched new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, secured grants and scholarship support, opened new housing for its students and began construction on a third housing project for students.

Dr. Darr currently serves on several community Boards including, the Technology Council of Pennsylvania, the Innovation Transfer Network, and the Hershey Center for Applied Research. Additionally, he serves on the Education Committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce.

During his career, he has developed and taught Doctoral and MBA courses in organizational learning, organizational change, organization design, process reengineering, business strategy and technology management. Further, he developed and taught executive education courses in measuring intellectual capital, corporate renewal, managing information technology resources, improving product development and creating organizational memory.

He has published numerous articles and book chapters on organizational learning, learning technologies and competitive advantage. He has been an invited speaker at universities in the United States, Austria, Great Britain, France, Australia and the Netherlands. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Center for International Business Education and Research at UCLA. Additionally, he has conducted research and consulted in over twenty multinational corporations including Arthur Andersen, Gemini Consulting, TRW Space and Electronics, Hughes Aerospace, Bank of America, Xerox, British Airways and Qantas Airlines.

Dr. Darr served on the leadership team for the Pennsylvania STEM Center Initiative, which designed, developed, implemented and evaluated a set of strategies for Pennsylvania’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Agenda through 2018. An initiative of the National Governors Association and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the STEM Center Initiative develops and deploys statewide strategies and resources designed to enhance the Commonwealth’s education and workforce development efforts targeted at the development of a globally competitive STEM workforce.

He was a consultant to Harrisburg University in 2004 and later joined the campus as vice president of finance and administration in January 2005.  He has served as a member of the faculty, and as executive vice president and provost of the University, where he oversaw Academic Services, Enrollment Management, Information Technology Services, Library Services and Curriculum and Faculty Affairs.

Prior to joining Harrisburg University he was Chief Operating Officer from 2000 until 2003 at KnowledgePlanet, Inc., a software company located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Darr led Ernst & Young’s Knowledge Management Consulting Services.

He earned both a bachelor-of-science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1985 and a master-of-science degree in psychology in 1988 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also earned a master-of-science degree in Organizational Behavior in May 1991 and a doctor of philosophy degree in Industrial Administration (Organizational Behavior and Theory), in May 1994 from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner and noted organizational theorist Herbert Simon.

 

 


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