Frederico Fonseca, Ph.D.
Frederico Fonseca is associate professor of IST, affiliate assistant professor of geography, and director of the Center for Online Innovation in Learning. With his focus on system design, he demonstrates how complicated processes can be integrated to the benefit of users. His newly developed concept of ontology-based GIS is highly interdisciplinary as it brings together various research methods from artificial intelligence, software engineering, and GIS.
Dr. Fonseca recently published two refereed journal articles and five papers in fully refereed conference proceedings. He is the recipient of the 1999 ESRI/IGIF Scholarship and a NASA/EPSCoR fellowship to extend his work on ontology-based GIS to the classification of image-based spatial information. He is a reviewer for flagship journals in GIS.
Dr. Fonseca has demonstrated excellence as a software engineer and developed a software system written in Java for spatial data access on the Internet. He earned his doctorate at The University of Maine, and his thesis covered the area of GIS interoperability. His research provides a theoretical basis for semantic interoperability, which is a necessary foundation for a working, interoperating environment.
Steven Haynes, Ph.D.
Dr. Steven Haynes is a senior lecturer for the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. He has previously worked at Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, and several start-up software companies in the United States and Europe. His application domain expertise includes financial and management accounting; supply chain and financial forecasting; technology licensing and royalty management; project management; and decision support systems. Dr. Haynes received his doctorate in information systems from London School of Economics, and has been involved in the development of commercial and custom software solutions as a programmer, designer, analyst, and application development project manager.
Sadan Kulturel-Konak, Ph.D.
Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak is a professor of management information systems at Penn State Berks. Her primary research focus is modeling, analysis, and optimization of complex systems using metaheuristic approaches, including Tabu search and genetic algorithms, combined with techniques from probability and operations research. Primary applications of her research include facility layout, redundancy allocation, orienteering, and scheduling. Dr. Kulturel-Konak received her doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from Auburn University. Additionally, she has researched the participation of women in engineering and information technology programs and internationalizing the curriculum.
Robert Lipton, Ph.D.
Robert Lipton has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science, educational technology, and information sciences and technology courses at various Penn State campuses for more than 25 years. He was also a technology administrator at a regional K–12 educational service agency (IU) in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and responsible for all technology hardware and software training, educational computing, and instructional media programs for approximately 7,500 professional staff in 30 school districts. Dr. Lipton received his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.
Jan Mahar-Sturdevant, PMP, MA
Jan Mahar-Sturdevant, senior lecturer in IST at Penn State, develops partnerships with business, government, and other related educational institutions. These partnerships involve brokering faculty expertise and developing sponsored student internships that optimize career placements with corporations. Previously, as the assistant director of business and career solutions, she was responsible for providing strategic leadership and business planning, as well as representing IST during client visits. She re-engineered many processes to improve student placement resulting in IST having one of the highest placement rates at the University.
In addition to her decade of academic work, Mahar-Sturdevant worked for thirty years for IBM in their laboratory, manufacturing, statistical modeling research and 3-D graphic corporate office. As an SAP Educational Corporate Consultant, she developed and deployed SAP education in Logistics to IBM's Production Procurement Division worldwide. She also consulted for IBM in the area of project management, design, and educating their management in this area. One of her last assignments with IBM was consulting for the e-business applications, such as web-requisitioning for catalog buying to feed SAP, e-Business training, and optimizing contractors' bids and contracts.
Mahar-Sturdevant served on the advisory board for the I-Tech 99 Corridor Alliance, encouraging corporations to move into this location. She was awarded more than $330,000 in grants from Ben Franklin, Team PA, and various chambers to develop PA FutureConnect, which matched IST students with tech companies in local research parks throughout Pennsylvania. She is the project manager for Department of Defense DTRA multimillion-dollar projects: Student Research Associate Program and the Post PhD Program, which create research partnerships among various universities through the nation. Certified as a Project Management Professional, she received her master's degree from Union College.
Rosalie J. Ocker, Ph.D.
Rosalie J. Ocker, professor of practice, focuses her teaching on analysis and design, information and organizations, strategic alignment, computer-mediated communication, and teaming across distances.
Her research interests include globally distributed teams and group creativity and innovation. Most recently, her research has been centered on the impacts of geographic, temporal, and cultural distance on partially distributed teams. Supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation, she is conducting studies of global student teams collaborating on requirements determination. Dr. Ocker's research focuses on both technical and socio-emotional enhancers of and inhibitors to the effectiveness of distributed teams.
Previously, Dr. Ocker was a consultant at Arthur Anderson (now Accenture) and a business analyst at Morgan Stanley, Inc.
Dr. Ocker was the recipient of the George McMurtry Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award for the 2007–08 academic year. She received a doctorate from Rutgers.