PhD Alumni

William N. Anderson

Email: bnobleanderson@gmail.com

Ph.D in Information Systems Rutgers 2000

Research Interests:

  • Group Support Systems, Cross-cultural Communication, Decision Support Systems, Executive Information Systems

Dissertation Title: "Cultural Values and Communication Mode: A Study of Culturally Homogeneous and Culturally Heterogeneous Groups"

Dissertation Committee:

  • Dr. Starr Roxanne Hiltz
  • Dr. Murray Turoff
  • Dr. Jerry Fjermestad
  • Dr. Ronald Rice
  • Dr. Barbara Stern

Affiliation: Currently retired and living in Sarasota, FL. and Baldwinsville, NY. Seeking an adjunct teaching position at local universities.


 
Razvan Bot

Email: rsb2@njit.edu

Advisor: Dr. Brook Wu

Research Interests:

  • Information Retrieval
  • Text Mining
  • Digital Libraries

Dissertation: IMPROVING DOCUMENT REPRESENTATION BY ACCUMULATING RELEVANCE FEEDBACK: The Relevance Feedback Accumulation (RFA) Algorithm

Commitee: Dr. Murray Turoff, Dr. Bartel van De Walle, Dr. Vincent Oria, Dr. Nicholas Belkin (Rutgers University at New Brunswick).

Honor: ACM SIGIR 2004 Doctoral Consortium

Affiliation: InfoTech/ITS


 

TIMOTHY BURNS

Email: tburns1@ramapo.edu

Ph.D in Information Systems NJIT 2007,

From: Fishkill, NY

Advisor: Fadi Deek

Research Interests:

  • Software Development
  • Development Methodologies
  • Design Science

Dissertation: A Collaborative, Hierarchical, and Incremental Problem Solving Model

Committee: Vassilka Kirova, Robb Klashner, James McHugh , George Widmeyer

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of IS,  Ramapo College


 
SAID BLEIK

Email: sb252@njit.edu

Ph.D in Information Systems, NJIT 2013

From: Beirut, Lebanon

Research Interests:

  • Text Mining
  • Machine Learning

Dissertation: Concept Graphs: Applications to Biomedical Text Categorization and Concept Extraction

Committee: Dr. Min Song, Dr. Fadi Deek, Dr. James Geller, Dr. Vincent Oria, Dr. Jun Huan

Affiliation: Microsoft


 

JOSEPH T. CATANIO

Email: catanio@lasalle.edu

Phone: 215.951.1142

Ph.D. In Information Systems, NJIT, 2004

Research Interests:

  • Information Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Collaborative Software Engineering
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Project Management
  • Educational Software and Tools

Dissertation: Relationship Analysis: Improving The Systems Analysis Process

Committee: Dr. Michael P. Bieber (Chair), Dr. Jane Cheng (Bloomfield College), Dr. Fadi P. Deek, Dr. Il Im (Yonsei University), Dr. Vassilka Kirova, Dr. Ravi Paul (East Carolina University)

Affiliation: La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA.

 

PEISHIH CHANG

Ph.D. in Information Systems, NJIT, 2007

From: Tainan City, Taiwan

Research Interests:

  • Modeling Cognition and Behavior in Consumer Choice
  • E-commerce : Interactive and dynamic web personalization
  • Interaction Design: Interface design and usability
  • Emergency Management: Decision making and improvisation under pressure
  • Online Community and Virtual Team: Collaborative work and knowledge sharing

Dissertation Committee: Dr. David Mendonça (Chair), Dr. Roxanne Hiltz, Dr. Il Im(Yonsei University), Dr. George Widmeyer, Dr. Marios Koufaris (Baruch College, CUNY)

Dissertation: Sifting customers from the clickstream: Behavior pattern discovery in a virtual shopping environment.


 

XIAOYU CHEN

Research Interests:

  • Designing a Gesture and Touch Input Mechanism on a PDA for the Visually Impaired
  • Investigating User Interaction Patterns in a Non-Visual Multimodal Context
  • Designing a Non-Visual Multimodal Information Access on Desktop Computers
  • Surveying the State of the Art of Non-Visual Human-Computer Interaction Design
  • Evaluating an Online Chat System Used in Distance Learning
  • Survey of Participatory Design in Software Lifecycle

Dissertation: Designing Non-Visual Multimodal Interactions for Sighted and Blind Users

Dissertation Committee:  Dr. Marilyn Tremaine (Chair), Dr. Murray Turoff, Dr. Quentin Jones, Dr. Brian Whitworth (Massey University), Dr. Ephraim Glinert (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)


 
Xin Chen

Email: xc7@njit.edu

From: China

Advisor: Dr. Brook Wu

Research Interests:

  • Information Retrieval
  • Text Mining
  • Digital Libraries

Dissertation: Text Mining with the Exploitation of User's Background Knowledge

Committee:  Dr. Murray Turoff, Dr. Vincent Oria, Dr. Il Im, Dr. Marcia L. Zeng (Kent State University).

Affiliation: Microsoft

 

KUNG-E CHENG

From: Tainan, Taiwan

Advisor: Dr. Fadi Deek

Research Interests:

  • Group Support Systems
  • Decision Making Processes
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • On-line Education / E-Learning

Dissertation: Voting in Group Support Systems: Theory, Implementation, and Results from an Exploratory Study.


 

CHAO-MIN CHIU

Email: cmchiu@mgt.ncu.edu.tw

From: Taiwan, Republic of China (R.O.C.)

Research Interests:

  • E-Commerce
  • Knowledge Management
  • Virtual Community

Advisor: Michael Bieber

Dissertation: 1997, Rutgers: Fusing the World Wide Web and the open hypermedia system technologies

Affiliation: Professor, Department of Information Management, National Central University, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

 

JERRY FJERMESTAD

Email: fjermestad@njit.edu
Phone: 973-596-3255
Office: Central Avenue Building, Room 3031

Ph.D. in Computer and Information Systems, Rutgers University, 1982

Associate Professor, NJIT  School of Management (Joint appointment with IS Department)

 

ELIZABETH AVERY GOMEZ

Ph.D. in Information Systems, NJIT, 2007

From: Whippany, New Jersey

Research Interests:

  • Logical Data Modeling and Relational Database Design
  • Knowledge Management and Information Engineering
  • Business Reengineering
  • Information Mapping and Design
  • Instructional Design
  • Spanish Translations

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Norbert Elliot and Dr. Murray Turoff.(Chairs)

 

HYO-JOO HAN

Email: hhan@georgiasouthern.edu

Rutgers 2003, NJIT

From: South Korea

Advisor: Hiltz, Roxanne (NJIT)

Research Interests:

  • Pervasive Information Technology (Ubiquitous Computing)
  • Group Decision Support Systems
  • E-Commerce

Dissertation: Virtual teams combining mobile devices with web-based communication on group decision making

Committee: Fjermestad, Jerry (NJIT), Tremaine, Marilyn M. (NJIT), Im, Il (Yonsei University, South Korea), Ocker, Rosalie (The Pennsylvania State University)

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University


 
CHRIS LEBERKNIGHT

Email: csl@princeton.edu

Ph.D in Information Systems Rutgers 2009,

From: Great Meadows, New Jersey

Research Interests:

  • Data mining/Pattern Recognition
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Pervasive Computing
  • Location Aware Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design

Advisors: Dr. Michael Recce and Dr. George Widmeyer

Title of Dissertation: The Application of New Methods to Improve Physical Security

Committee: Dr. Michael Recce(Chair), Dr. George Widmeyer (Co-Chair), Dr. Michael Chumer, Dr. Min Song, Dr. Joseph Lannon (Director of Army Research, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ), Dr. Bartel Van de Walle (Tilburg Univeristy, Netherlands)

Affiliation: Princeton University


 

QUANZHI LI

Email: ql23@njit.edu

Advisor: Dr. Brook Wu

Research Interests:

  • Text Mining
  • Data Mining
  • Knowledge Discovery
  • Information Retrieval

Dissertation: People Search: Searching People Sharing Similar Interests from the Web

Committee: Dr. Brook Wu (Chair), Dr. Murray Turoff, Dr. Julian Scher, Dr. Vincent Oria, Dr. Il Im (Yonsei University)

Affiliation: Financial Times


 

DAVID LUBLINER

Email: Lubliner@njit.edu

From: New Jersey

Research Interests:

  • Knowledge Management
  • Medical Informatics/Medical Records

Dissertation: Collaborative Learning: Utilizing a Shared Data Repository Spanning Multiple Courses to Enhance Learning Outcomes in Asynchronous Learning Environments

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Fadi Deek (Co-Chair) and Dr. George Widmeyer (Co-Chair), Dr. Julian Scher, Dr. Thomas Juliano (NJIT) and Dr. William Tereshkovich (PaineWebber)

Affiliation: NJIT Faculty/Program Coordinator  in the Computer Technology Program

 

ROBERT J. LUTZ

Email: rlutz@gmail.com

From: Scotch Plains, NJ

Research Interests:

Ubiquitous computing
Utility computing
Accessibility
Audio and speech interfaces
Sensor networks
Geo-locational computing

Title of Dissertation:  Taux: A System for Evaluating Sound Feedback In Navigational Tasks

Advisor: Marilyn Tremaine

Committee: (Ph.Ds)- Brian Amento (AT&T Research), Katia Passerini, Julian Scher, Aries Arditi (Lighthouse International)

Affiliation: Senior Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems


 

MOJGAN MOHTASHAMI

Email: mojgan@njit.edu 

Ph.D. in Information Systems, Rutgers University, 2006

Research Interests:

  • Inter-organizational collaboration and communication
  • Organizational knowledge learning
  • Collaborative software development
  • Inter-organizational management and organizational performance metrics
  • Electronic eCommerce
  • Impact of technology on organizational learning
  • Measuring communication effectiveness in inter-organizational collaboration

Dissertation: The Antecedents and Impacts of Information Processing Effectiveness in Inter-Organizational Collaborative Software Development

Dissertation committee: Dr. Fadi  P. Deek (advisor), Dr. Il Im (co-advisor), in alphabetic order Dr. Fariborz Damanpour, Dr. Vassilka Kirova, Dr. Thomas Marlowe, Dr. Julian M. Scher,  and Dr. Cheickna Sylla.


 

GINNY BARO MORSELL

Planned Title of Dissertation: The Influence of Organizational and Information Systems Factors on the Effectiveness of Post-Merger Technology Integration

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Alok Chakrabarti (Chair), Dr. Fadi Deek, Dr. Julian M. Scher, Dr. Vassilka Kirova (Lucent), Dr. Robert W. Zmud (University of Oklahoma)


 
KAMOLBHAN (Kate) OLAPIRIYAKUL

E-mail: kamolbhan_s@yahoo.com, ks83@njit.edu

From: Bangkok, Thailand

Research Interests:

Technology adoption

Trust and user behavior

E-commerce

Virtual Worlds and Web 3.0

Social networking systems

Human-computer Interaction.

Dissertation Topic: Impacts of Perceived Affordances, Trusting Beliefs and Need satisfaction on the Adoption of Virtual World Commerce

Committee:

Dr. George R. Widmeyer (chair) - IS, NJIT

Dr. Starr Roxanne Hiltz - IS, NJIT

Dr. Julian M. Scher - IS, NJIT

Dr. Sanchoy K. Das - Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NJIT

Dr. Jia Shen - College of Business Administration, Rider University


 
LINDA PLOTNICK

Email: linda.plotnick@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Starr Roxanne Hiltz

Research Interests:

  • Partially Distributed Teams
  • Emergency management
  • Social media

Dissertation topic: Leadership in Partially Distributed Teams

Committee:

Dr. Starr Roxanne Hiltz (advisor)

Dr. Murray Turoff

Dr. George Widmeyer

Dr. Rosalie J. Ocker

Dr. Mary Beth Rosson

Dr. Ilze Zigurs

Affiliation:

Jacksonville State University (Alabama)


 
ROBIN PRIVMAN

Email: fp3@njit.edu

From: Russia, Israel, US

Research Interests:

  • Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN)
  • Partially Distributed Teams (PDT)

Advisor: Roxanne Hiltz

Research Interests: Partially Distributed and Virtual Teamwork, Online Learning

Dissertation topic: Us-vs.-Them and Effectiveness in Partially Distributed Teams

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Hiltz, Dr. Tremaine, Dr. Turoff, Dr. Amento (AT&T Research) and Dr. Widmeyer

Affiliation: AT&T


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AJAZ RANA

Email: RanaAjaz@hotmail.com

From: Pakistan

Dissertation: 1995, Rutgers: Peer Review Process and Group Support Systems: Theory Development and Experimental Validation

Advisor/Dissertation Committee: Roxanne Hiltz, Murray Turoff, Richard Hoffman, Richard Scherl

Affiliation: Director Development, American Lawyers Media

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JOHN M. LACONTORA

Ph.D. in Information Systems, NJIT, 2005

Email: john.m.lacontora@drexel.edu

From: Estell Manor, New Jersey

Advisors: David Mendonca and Fadi Deek

Dissertation:  Live, Virtual and Constructive Environment for Performance Support

 Dissertation Committee: Dr. Fadi Deek, Dr. Il Im, Dr. Peter Kincaid (University of Central Florida), Dr. David Mendonca, and Dr. Steven Tricamo

Research Interests:

  • Personal Transportation Systems
  • Advanced Automotive Diagnostic and Prognostics Tools
  • Integrated Support Engineering
  • Performance Support Systems
  • Product Design and Innovation

Current Affiliations: Associate Research Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Drexel University and Adjunct Faculty, Farleigh Dickinson University


 
UMAR QASIM

E-mail: muq2@njit.edu

From: Sarghoda, Pakistan

Research Interests:

  • Web Caching
  • Information Retrieval
  • Data Management
  • Recommender Systems

Dissertation Topic: Active Caching for Recommender Systems

Committee:

  •  Dr. Vincent Oria (Advisor)
  • Dr. Brook Wu (Co-Advisor)
  • Dr. Min Song
  • Dr.Dimitrios Theodoratos
  • Dr. Il Im

Affiliation: NJIT, Association of Information Systems, Alpha Epsilon Lambda


 

JEFFREY S. SALTZ

Email: jss22@njit.edu

Research Interests:

  • Information Visualization
  • Asynchronous Learning Networks
  • High Performance Computing / Grid Computing
  • Software Development

Advisor: Professor Hiltz

Affiliation: IS Managing Director Chase Card Services-JP Morgan Chase


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JIA SHEN

Email: jiashen@rider.edu

From: Beijing, China

Research Interests:

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Computer Supported Cooperative Work
  • Asynchronous Learning Networks
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Knowledge Management

Advisor: Dr. Starr Roxanne Hiltz

Dissertation: Field Experiments on Collaborative Learning through Online Assessments

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Michael Bieber, Dr. Il Im, Dr. Katia Passerini, Dr. Julian Scher, Dr. Dorothy Leidner


 

IRENE WONG-BUSHBY

Email: iw2@njit.edu

Ph.D. in Information Systems, NJIT, 2005

From: Hong Kong

Advisor: Dr. Roxanne Hiltz

Research Interests:

  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Business Architecture
  • Enterprise Integration Architecture
  • Application Architecture
  • Enhancing cognition in Asynchronous Learning Networks
  • Virtual Team: Collaborative Work and knowledge sharing

Dissertation: Using Content and Process Scaffolds for Collaborative Discourse in Asynchronous Learning Networks.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. S.R. Hiltz, (Chair), Dr. M. Bieber, Dr. K. Passserini, Dr. N. Rotter, Dr. K. Swan (Kent State)

SOTA: Using Concept Structure and Structured Activities to Scaffold Collaborative Discourse

 
CONNIE WHITE

Research Interests:

    * Delphi Systems

    * Strategic Collaboration

    * Emergency Response Systems

Planned Title Of Dissertation: Dynamic Large Scale Collaborative Judgment Under Uncertainty and Over Time

Advisor: Dr. Murray Turoff

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