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
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Laboratory Development
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Associate Professor
Program Coordinator for Homeland Security, Cyber Security, and Emergency Management and Public Service Professor
Assistant Professor
Professor of Practice
Professor of Practice
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Office of Dean Staff
Academic Advisor: Informatics
Assistant Director of Experiential Learning
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
Director of Development
Training Coordinator
Academic Advisor: Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity
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INF PhD Students

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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: mohammed.alazawi@health.ny.gov

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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: bansari@albany.edu

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William Augustine

Cohort: Fall 2014

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Intrusion Detection 

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: waugustine@albany.edu

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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, Goverment 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: mavilamaravilla@albany.edu

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Mehdi Barati

Cohort: Fall 2019

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: m.barati@albany.edu 

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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: kevin@buchanjr.com

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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: kcaramancion@albany.edu

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Yvonne Dadson

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: ydadson@albany.edu

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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: mdetuya@albany.edu

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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: evdubois@albany.edu

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Nimrod Dvir

Cohort: Fall 2015

Primary Specialization: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization & Management (KOM)

Research Interests: Managment Information Systems, Consumer Behavior, Engagement, Open Government

Dissertation: Contagious Content: A Framework for Effective Information Delivery

Contact: ndvir@albany.edu

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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: cezung@albany.edu

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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: yfeng2@albany.edu

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Lu Gao

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: lgao@albany.edu

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Qianwen Geng

Cohort: Fall 2014

Primary Specialization: HCI

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: N/A

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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: ygulatee@albany.edu

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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: dharris@albany.edu 

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Terry Hastings

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: thastings@albany.edu

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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: hershenson.bradley@gmail.com

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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: sjeffcoat@albany.edu

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Ellie (Seoe) Jung

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: sjung@albany.edu

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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: dima.kassab@gmail.com 

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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: tknight@albany.edu

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Yueqi Li

Cohort: Fall 2019

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Forensic Accounting, Auditing 

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: yli69@albany.edu

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Yu Liu

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: N/A

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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: xliu27@albany.edu 

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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: jamcgaughan@gmail.com

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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: mldetuya@albany.edu

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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: ShannonMersand@gmail.com

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Nancy Poehlman 

Cohort: Spring 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: npoehlmann@albany.edu 

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Vishwa Rao

Cohort: Fall 2017

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)

Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: vrao@albany.edu 

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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: saning206@gmail.com

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Mayra Santiago 

Cohort: Fall 2020

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: msantiago1@albany.edu

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Smita Sharma 

Cohort: Fall 2013

Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Secondary Specialization: Self-Designed

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: ssharma3@albany.edu

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Ethan Sprissler 

Cohort: Fall 2011

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: esprissler@albany.edu

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Irem Tatar

Cohort: Fall 2019

Primary Specialization: N/A

Secondary Specialization: N/A

Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Entropy 

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: itatar@albany.edu

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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: eudoh@albany.edu

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Xiaoshuai Yang

Cohort: Fall 2017

Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA) 

Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)

Research Interests: N/A

Dissertation: TBD

Contact: xyang6@albany.edu

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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: xzhao6@albany.edu

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