People

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (CEHC) prides itself on creating a family of faculty, staff, and students that are committed to excellence and ensuring student success through inclusion and mentorship.

Faculty
Gary Ackerman
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Laboratory Development
George Berg
Associate Professor
Stephen Coulthart
Assistant Professor
Carol Anne Germain
Associate Professor
Norman Gervais
Professor of Practice
Alex Greer
Associate Professor
Abebe Rorissa
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development
James E. Steiner
Program Coordinator for Homeland Security, Cyber Security, and Emergency Management and Public Service Professor
Unal Tatar
Assistant Professor
David Turetsky
Professor of Practice
Frank Wiley
Professor of Practice
Michael Young
Professor of Practice
faculty
Office of Dean Staff
Michael R. Baumgardner
Director of Student Success
Matt Beebe
Academic Advisor: Informatics
Annie Connors
Assistant Director of Experiential Learning
Martin Fogelman
Senior Advisor to the Dean
Kirk Harbinger
Director of Development
Tiffany Williams-Hart
Manager of Graduate Studies
Alisha Hennet
Research and Finance Manager
Nancy Kreis
Training Coordinator
Christine Vassallo-Oby
Academic Advisor: Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity
Matthew Roche
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
Jess Wenger
Graduate Program Support
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INF PhD Students

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Meet Our INF PhD Students

Mohammed Alazawi
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Spatial Modeling, Big Data Analysis, Ecological & Environmental Modeling
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Mohammed Alazawi CV (PDF)

Bahare Ansari
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Research Interests: Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Health Information Seeking Behavior, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections, Substance Use Disorder
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Bahare Ansari CV (PDF)

William Augustine
Cohort: Fall 2014
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Intrusion Detection
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
William Augustine CV (PDF)

Martha Avila
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Research Interests: Child Welfare, Information Systems, Government Services, Digital Government
Dissertation: Legal and Institutional Factors for Collaborative Governance Arrangements for Data Exchange and Data Quality in the New York State Child Welfare System
Contact: [email protected]
Martha Avila CV (PDF)

Mehdi Barati
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Mehdi Barati CV (PDF)

Kevin Buchan
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: Health, Precision Medicine, Adverse Drug Reactions
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Kevin Buchan CV (PDF)

Kevin Caramancion
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Misinformation, Conflicts on Social Networking Platforms, Information Quality, Polarization 
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Personal Website: Kevin Caramancion Website
Kevin Caramancion CV (PDF)

Yvonne Dadson
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Manual De Tuya
Cohort: Fall 2014
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: DAPS
Research Interests: Data Analytics, Technology Management, Governance, Learning & Development
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Manual De Tuya CV (PDF)

Elisabeth Dubois
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Crisis Communication & Emergency Preparedness (Self-Designed)
Secondary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Research Interests: Crisis Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Pandemics, Marketing, Political Leadership, Education, Vulnerable Populations, Developing Countries
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Elisabeth Dubois CV (PDF)

Nimrod Dvir
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization & Management (KOM)
Research Interests: Management Information Systems, Consumer Behavior, Engagement, Open Government
Dissertation: Contagious Content: A Framework for Effective Information Delivery
Contact: [email protected]
Nimrod Dvir CV (PDF)

Chanchilo Ezung
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, & Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Smart Cities, Technology Management
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Chanchilo Ezung CV (PDF)

Yutian Feng
Cohort: Fall 2016
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Spatial Analysis, Geography, Crime Visualization, Remote Sensing
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yutian Feng CV (PDF)

Lu Gao
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Qianwen Geng
Cohort: Fall 2014
Primary Specialization: HCI
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: N/A

Yenisel Gulatee
Cohort: Fall 2016
Primary Specialization: Information Technology and Learning (ITL)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Collaboration, Group Learning, Trust, Emergency Management, Information Sharing, Public Libraries, Smart Cities, Smart Citizens
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yenisel Gulatee CV (PDF)

Donald Harris Jr.
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: New Media, Technology-mediated Communication, Mental Health Disparities, Information Exchange, Linguistic Analysis
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Donald Harris Jr. CV (PDF)

Terry Hastings
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Bradley Hershenson
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, & Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, Urban Planning 
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Bradley Hershenson CV (PDF)

SaBrina Jeffcoat
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Ellie (Seoe) Jung
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Dima Kassab
Cohort: Fall 2011
Primary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Secondary Specialization: Information Technology and Learning (ITL)
Research Interests: Cloud Management, Computing & Information 
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Dima Kassab CV (PDF)

Thora Knight
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Information Privacy, Emerging Technology, Online Behavioral Advertising 
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Thora Knight CV (PDF)

Yueqi Li
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Forensic Accounting, Auditing
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yueqi Li CV (PDF)

Yu Liu
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: N/A

Xiaomai Liu
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Data Analysis, Spatial Analysis, Cybersecurity, Application Software, Neural Networks 
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Xiaomai Liu CV (PDF)

James McGaughan
Cohort: Fall 2016
Primary Specialization: Business Information and Decision Science (BIDS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Heuristics/ Biases, Business Decision Making
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
James McGaughan CV (PDF)

Monica Meissner (De Tuya)
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Information & Knowledge Flow, Education, Decision Making
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Monica Meissner (De Tuya) CV (PDF)

Shannon Mersand
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Information Technology and Learning (ITL)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: Information Literacy, Educational Technology, Makerspaces & E-learning as Conduits to Student Achievement for PreK-University
Dissertation: Makerspaces in PreK-12 School Libraries - Prevalence and Effects
Contact: [email protected]
Shannon Mersand CV (PDF)

Nancy Poehlman
Cohort: Spring 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected] 

Vishwa Rao
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Vishwa Rao CV (PDF)

Ning Sa
Cohort: Fall 2010
Primary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Secondary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Research Interests: Query Modification, Spoken Langauge Interface, Information Diffusion
Dissertation: Improving Query Reformulation in Voice Search
Contact: [email protected]
Ning Sa CV (PDF)

Mayra Santiago
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Smita Sharma
Cohort: Fall 2013
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Self-Designed
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Ethan Sprissler 
Cohort: Fall 2011
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Irem Tatar
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Entropy
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Irem Tatar CV (PDF)

Emmanuel Udoh
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Algorithmic Policing, Data Quality, Surveillance, Cyber Criminality, e-Government
Dissertation: An Exploratory Study on Fairness Issues in Algorithmic Policing Systems
Contact: [email protected]
Emmanuel Udoh CV (PDF)

Xiaoshuai Yang
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA) 
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Xiaoyi Yerden
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Open Government, Data Utilization & Management, Smart Cities, Emergency Management, Policy Decision Making 
Dissertation: An Investigation on Open Government Data Utilization and Impact: Influential Factors and Stakeholders
Contact: [email protected]
Xiaoyi Yerden CV (PDF)