Michael R. Bartolacci

Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University
MBA, Lehigh University
B.A., Engineering, Lafayette College 

Dr. Michael R. Bartolacci is an associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Berks. He conducts research in telecommunications modeling, electronic commerce modeling, customer relationship management, manufacturing modeling, and international aspects of telecommunications. Dr. Bartolacci teaches SRA 111: Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis; IST 440: Information Sciences and Technology Integration Problem Solving; and SRA 440: Security and Risk Analysis Capstone Course.

Megan Costello

J.D., University of New Hampshire
B.S., Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State

Megan Costello is an assistant teaching professor of information sciences and technology. Her areas of interest are copyright and trademark registration, business law matters, contract disputes, and privacy law. Prior to her appointment in the College of IST, she was the founder and solo practitioner for a boutique law practice that focused on cyberlaw issues and intellectual property. She teaches SRA 111: Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis; SRA 231: Decision Theory and Analysis; and IST 432: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology.

Marc Friedenberg

J.D., Columbia Law School
M.S., Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
B.S., Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State 

Marc Friedenberg joined the College of Information Sciences and Technology as an assistant teaching professor of information sciences and technology after practicing intellectual property and securities litigation for large law firms in New York. His legal practice experience also involved clerkships federal judges in New York and Los Angeles. He teaches SRA 111: Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis and IST 432: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology.

Katherine Hamilton

Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Minor: Management and Organizational Behavior, Penn State
M.S., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Penn State
B.A., Psychology, Minor: Business, Florida International University

Dr. Katherine Hamilton, an assistant teaching professor of information sciences and technology, teaches statistics and research methods. She conducts research on team effectiveness, particularly in the areas of virtual teams, team cognition, and team conflict. Dr. Hamilton teaches IST 110: Information, People, and Technology and SRA 365: Statistics for Security and Risk Analysis.

Russell Houseknecht

M.S., Cyber Security, Utica College

Russell Houseknecht is a lecturer in information sciences and technology and a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. A veteran of the U.S Army Military Police as an explosive and patrol dog handler, he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his appointment at Penn State, he worked in penetration testing for Geisinger Health  System. He teaches IST 454: Computer and Cyber Forensics and IST 456: Information Security Management.

David M. Hozza

MPS, Information Sciences (Cybersecurity), Penn State
B.S., Computer Science and Management, East Stroudsburg University

David M. Hozza is a lecturer in information sciences and technology. Prior to his appointment, he had a 30-year career in the IT industry, with responsibilities in storage architecture, systems administration, data analysis, and leadership management. His areas of interest include cloud computing, cybersecurity, data protection and storage, and enterprise integration. He teaches IST 110: Information, People, and Technology; SRA 111: Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis; and SRA 231: Decision Theory and Analysis.

Alison R. Murphy

Ph.D., Information Sciences and Technology (Health IT), Penn State
B.S., Information Sciences and Technology (Application and Integration), Penn State

Dr. Alison Murphy is an assistant teaching professor of information sciences and technology. She enjoys teaching students to think critically about the socio-technical impacts of technology on individuals, organizations, and society. She is also dedicated to researching how to improve the usability of health information technology for both individuals and organizations through the use of qualitative methods and UX design principles. Dr. Murphy teaches IST 110: Information, People, and Technology and IST 402: Emerging Topics (IT Health).

Don Shemanski

J.D., Georgetown University
B.A., With High Distinction, German, Penn State

Don Shemanski joined Penn State as a professor of practice of information sciences and technology after a 23-year career as a diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service. Immediately prior to his appointment at Penn State, he served as counselor for global affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, responsible for high-priority policy issues such as counterterrorism and nuclear nonproliferation. He teaches SRA 211: Threat of Terrorism and Crime; SRA 421: The Intelligence Environment; and IST 432: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology.