Information Systems Program Director
Kal Bugrara is an accomplished senior executive, change agent, and entrepreneur. He is acknowledged for ground- breaking software engineering techniques in driving large-scale IT projects that build organizational effectiveness and propel revenue growth. He is a professor with substantial graduate teaching experience and the chairman of a major IT program at the unique intersection of technology and business (an international program that he has transformed over the past 10 years into one of the best in the U.S.) in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. He is also an accomplished administrator, a computer scientist, and software designer and architect. He has devoted the last ten years to the Atlas technology (with close to 1M lines of java code), a set of tools for re-engineering complex enterprise structures. Recently he has brought together his teaching, mentoring, conference talks, and research to focus specifically the development of Smart Contracts on top of Blockchain platforms.
Assistant Teaching Professor- Boston
Dr. Rabah Ahmed is a technology professional with over 22 years of experience in both managing projects and developing solutions. He acquired industrial experience through many development positions in Computer/Software Engineering fields, and academic experience through teaching positions at various institutions. He achieved expertise in OO, Client/Server applications, Multi-user and distributed applications, Enterprise Architecture, Business Process Modeling and Automation, mobile technology, and cross platform software development.
His recent interests include the application of mobile computing and technology to health care services.
Dr. Ahmed holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Boston University.
Suneil Berajawala has a primary teaching focus in Web Development. He has over 10 years of relevant industry experience at the IBM Corporation working on Watson technology, the ground-breaking open domain Question Answer system that competed on the quiz show Jeopardy! with a specific focus on extension of this system to address new challenges by applying deep learning techniques. Prior to this, he has worked on the architecture and development of multiple Web 2.0 Social Business solutions. He has advanced degrees from Northeastern University and Boston University.
Yahav is a Technical Program Manager at Microsoft in the Azure Compute team. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at the Colorado State University in the Department of System Engineering. He helps develop the Microsoft's ultra compute service, the public and private clouds. He has been a practitioner of software engineering for over a decade, with experiences at BMC Software, Mobilitec (startup), Lucent Technologies, and Microsoft. He received his B.A. in Computer Science from the Open University of Israel in 2005 and a Master in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix in 2014. His primary focus is optimization and scheduling problems in cloud-based distributed systems. His research interests include utility computing and distributed software engineering.
Nick Boivin is currently the Head of Intellectual Property for a Boston-area biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering new medicines for the treatment of cancer. His current responsibilities include leading a department of intellectual property professionals advising the company in protecting investments in research innovation by obtaining, maintaining and enforcing patents and trade secrets, as well as supporting product and corporate brands through copyright and trademark registrations and providing legal advice supporting various business decisions. Mr. Boivin has over 15 years of intellectual property experience, with about half of this time spent in private practice advising various life science clients in patent procurement, enforcement and opinions. He has written and lectured on various aspects of intellectual property procurement, and is an instructor of Ethics and Intellectual Property at the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, after obtaining graduate and undergraduate degrees in chemistry at Princeton University and Northwestern University, respectively.
Spandan Brahmbhatt is a Software Engineer in Data Science at DataXu Inc. He graduated from Northeastern University and has worked for the department in various roles for three years. Previously he was working with Forensic Science Laboratory, India and was active as a Microsoft Student Partner where he conducted various workshops on windows phone development, python, and big data tools. Spandan’s major interests are in Data Science and big data tools and technology.
Lecturer- Boston & Online
Vishal Chawla is a Senior Manager/Technical Team Lead at the MIT Lincoln Labs which is based in Lexington, MA. He leads a team of User Experience, Web Development, Application Development and Quality Assurance engineers in his current role. He has more than 17 year of experience in the field of technology and technical management. Along with that he has an interest in teaching technical courses at reputed university as he believes that the best way to learn is to teach. His teaching style is very practical, industry oriented that help student develop necessary skills that will help them succeed in their career.
Ms. Cicerone specializes in data management, systems integration and enterprise architecture. She is a broadly experienced professional with recognized achievements in enterprise class business and IT projects that are cross organizational. Various positions have included process architect, SOA architect, architecture director, applications manager, systems designer and systems programmer across multiple industries including financial services, health care, insurance and energy.
Julian Cooper has over 11 years in SecOps/TechOps/CloudOps/DevOps operations in varies industries, such as healthcare, financial, engineering, QSR and manufacturing. He holds an advanced degree in Management Engineering and
holds certifications, such as CISSP, CISM, and CCSK. His current courses include IT auditing and network structures and cloud computing. His current research interests are in IT security.
Mr. Ashwin D'Sousa is a part time Lecturer in the 'Information Systems Program' at Northeastern University since Summer 2016 and has been working in the same field for 10+ years. During this time he has gained experience in leading teams across 3 continents and also design & development of various systems. He is currently working for a company who are world leaders in digital security and payment solutions. Mr.D'Sousa holds a Masters degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University, Massachusetts and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from University of Mumbai, India. His current research interests are in the areas of healthcare, security and mobile technology.
Dr. Subrata Das is the Founder and President at Machine Analytics, a company in the Boston area customizing big data analytics and fusion solutions for clients in government and industry. Subrata is also an adjunct faculty at Villanova School of Business and at Northeastern University. Subrata is a technology consultant at the MIT Lincoln Lab.
Subrata recently spent two years in Grenoble, France, as the manager of over forty researchers in the document content laboratory at the Xerox European Research Centre. In the past, Subrata led many projects funded by DARAP, NASA, US Air Force, Army and Navy, ONR and AFRL. Subrata held research positions at Imperial College, London, received a PhD in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, and masters from University of Kolkata and Indian Statistical Institute.
Subrata has published many journal and conference articles. He is the author of five books including Computational Business Analytics, published by CRC Press/Chapman and Hall, and High-Level Data Fusion, published by the Artech House. Subrata co-authored the book entitled Safe and Sound: Artificial Intelligence in Hazardous Applications, published by the MIT Press (Nobel laureate Herbert Simon wrote the foreword of the book).
Subrata’s technical expertise includes a broad range of computational artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep linguistics processing techniques. Subrata has published many conference and journal articles, edited a journal special issue, and regularly gives seminars and training courses based on his books. Subrata is proficient in multiple programming and scripting languages including Java, C++ and R, and in various database systems. He has conceived and developed in-house tools aText, iDAS and RiskAid that provide underlying engines of the Machine Analytics products.
Siva has architected/designed and developed a high traffic CMS enterprise platform that can generate thousands of websites for automotive dealers and manufacturers. More than 200M+ page views are generated from this platform every month. Siva is currently working as an Engineering Director in an MNC. He manages 75+ engineers and managers across different parts of the globe and is responsible for product delivery, vision, strategy, scalability, growth, and process improvements. He has 16+ years of experience in software development/design and leadership in automotive marketing, product life cycle management, banking, human resources and payroll applications. Siva has a passion for teaching. He has an experience of teaching Java, Design Patterns and Enterprise architecture approaches for various students and software professionals.
Born and raised in the greater Seattle-area, Greg Hay has more than 24 years of experience with database development, data modeling, database administration and performance tuning in SQL Server. His work experience includes positions with Microsoft, Walt Disney, WebMD and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among others.
Greg also has instructed courses at the University of Chicago and the University of Washington since 2008, including Database Design Fundamentals, Advanced Database Concepts, Systems Analysis and Business Intelligence. He is also the coordinating faculty and instructor of all 3 courses in Database Management certificate program for University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Management from University of Washington.
Mr. Heydari is the founder and president of Velero Technology. Prior to Velero, Mr. Heydari served as Pioneer Investments Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer – Europe where he managed deployment of the global initiatives, development of a strategic plan for worldwide information technology, establishment of on-shore/off-shore technology competency centers, and relocation/outsourcing of Information Technology data center in Europe. Mr. Heydari has extensive experience in leading organizations successfully through major change initiatives. Before joining Pioneer Investments, Mr. Heydari was Vice President of Application Services at MFS, and Vice President and technical director of Asia Pacific & Latin America at State Street. Kam received his BSc Degree in Computer Science from Wolverhampton University, England.
Robin Hillyard has been a software innovator, developer, manager, and architect over a long career—he wrote his first program in 1967. He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1978 from the University of Cambridge (UK), with a dissertation on dimensions and tolerances in computer-aided design. Since moving to the U.S. in 1979, he has worked in many different industries including, CAD, finance, eCommerce, and healthcare. Several of these positions were at startups, including two that he co-founded. Always fascinated by the expressiveness of computer languages for solving problems, Dr. Hillyard has become proficient in a wide range of languages from assembly language, BCPL, Algol68, Fortran, C, Perl, Java, to Scala and many others. A long-time proponent of unit testing, he wrote his first unit test suite (for assembly language) in 1972. Having developed perhaps the world’s first object-relational database, he has previously taught relational databases at Northeastern University. He has a patent pending concerning the use of reactive programming for healthcare information systems. Most recently, he has been involved with “big data” on a Hadoop platform using Spark, GraphX, Scala, Elastic Search and Zeppelin for the recognition of gaps in (health) care.
Alex Kangoun is an expert in Database Management systems. As a hands-on technical leader Alex has had over 20 years of experience in the delivery of critical Data Management Applications including CRM, Business Intelligence, and Master Data Management. Alex is PMP certified. As a Consulting Director, he successfully managed and implemented multiple Information Governance projects.
Ms. Vidhi Kesaria is a Lecturer in the Information Systems Program at Northeastern University. She has a combined experience of 10+ years in user experience and web development, software engineering and management and information technology. Ms. Vidhi Kesaria holds a M.S. degree in Information Systems from Northeastern university, Boston and Bachelors in Computer Science. She has experience working with various companies from startup, to midsized and fortune 500 companies and worked as a user experience designer, a web developer, software engineer, team lead and now program manager leading projects that impact billions of users.
Professor Kokar technical research interests include Information Fusion, Software Engineering, Ontology-Based Computing, and Modeling Languages. In particular, he is interested in higher-level information fusion and situation awareness, ontology-based software radios, the specification and design of self-controlling software using the control theory metaphor, ontology development, ontological annotation of information, logical reasoning about OWL annotated information, consistency checking, formalization of the UML language, consistency checking of UML models vs. UML Metamodel and of UML Metamodel vs. MOF. Dr. Kokar teaches various graduate courses in software engineering, formal methods and artificial intelligence. He has an M.S. and a Ph.D. in computer systems engineering from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. He is a senior member of the IEEE and member of the ACM.
Dino Konstantopoulos is a Lecturer in the Information Systems Program at Northeastern University. He has been teaching in the program since Spring 2016. Dino is also a Software Engineer with a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) applying systems engineering and Information Technology to critical national problems, where Dino has worked with the Air Force, the ARMY, the Internal Revenue Service, the Veterans Administration, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. Dino has also worked at Xerox Corporation and as a postdoc at MIT’s Nuclear Engineering department. Dino received his Bachelors of Science from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble and his Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University. Dino tries to maintain a balance between the server-side and the Cloud where there is deep thinking going on, and the client side where there is artistry and passion behind user interface development. Dino’s research interests are patterns in large graphs, monads and matroids, elliptic curves from a Taniyama-Shimura perspective, Recursive Neural Networks, and prime numbers. Dino is an avid sculler and can be found rowing most mornings on the Charles River in Boston.
Sri Krishnamurthy teaches courses in Data Science, Visualization and Big Data Analytics. He has more than 15 years experience in analytics, quantitative analysis, statistical modeling and software development. He is also a quantitative specialist with significant experience in designing data mining and analytic systems for some of the world’s largest asset management companies. Sri is the founder of QuantUniversity.com, a data and quantitative analysis company. Sri has worked at MathWorks as a Computational Finance Consultant, Endeca (now Oracle) in their Analytics Group and at Citigroup in their Fixed-Income Group building large-scale analytical and trading systems.
Vin Lattuada has been involved with database system and application design for over 25 years. He is currently employed as Data Warehouse Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island and has worked for Massachusetts General Hospital, Polaroid, OneBeacon and Hanover Insurance. For the majority of his career he has been involved in data driven projects focused on financial reporting, analytics and business intelligence. His roles have included application design, enterprise architecture and administration. Since receiving his Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, he has been an adjunct professor for both Bridgewater State University and Northeastern University. His courses have included database design, programming in Java and C++, application design and computer architecture.
Robert Levin has an eclectic background in both information technology and business. With over 30 years of professional experience as a CPA, director of a tax department in a regional CPA firm, CTO and CFO of an automobile dealership. He is also licensed to practice in the Tax Court. He began his career with Cooper’s & Lybrand and then became tax director of a 100-man firm with direct supervision of 15 tax specialists as well as responsibility over a wide range of tax issues and IRS tax representation for over $ 3,000 clients. During his career as tax director he had numerous IRS and DOR rulings published in response to tax issues submitted by him to these regulatory authorities. In recent years he has focused on providing tax and business consulting to a select group of high net worth in individuals. In addition, his current work focuses on developing business models for novel health information technology companies. Robert Levin holds two masters degrees, one in Health Informatics from Northeastern University and one in Taxation from Bentley University. His certifications include CCNA, Security+, Apple ACTC, and the Series 7 and 66 exams for Stock Brokers. He is an avid runner and photographer.
Tricia McConville, EdD 2016 candidate and MBA, is Associate Dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies at Curry College in Milton, MA. In her role, Tricia is responsible for new program development, outreach, and supporting faculty in the use of technology in teaching and learning. Two years ago, Tricia left Northeastern’s School of Business where she was Executive Director of Online Learning & Educational Technologies for almost three years. Previously, she was Director of Learning & Development for the IT Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. And, before that, she was engaged as Learning & Development Project Manager at Fidelity for a large-scale, technology-driven change effort, the implementation of an enterprise-wide talent planning system. Tricia has spent more than twenty years in the field of leadership, management, and organizational development both as a direct manager and consultant. Internally and externally, she has worked with a variety of organizations ranging from large Fortune 500 companies to smaller non-profits. Tricia worked with all levels of management—from executive to supervisory—in solving business problems. Representative organizations include Fidelity, EMC, Hewlett Packard, Ernst & Young, Citicorp, American Airlines, Verizon, and Digital Equipment.
Mr. Munson is a Lead Software Systems Engineer with The MITRE Corporation. He has over thirty years of industry experience in architecture, design and development of enterprise grade systems in multiple sectors including defense, government, space, transportation, telecommunications, health and entertainment. Over the last decade at MITRE, he has addressed a wide array of program challenges, such as Video processing for Unmanned Aerial Systems, Netted Sensor detection, Space-based sensing, Command and Control simulations, C4ISR processing, and DoD Modeling & Simulation. He recently coauthored Geophysical and Operational System Performance Tool for the Detection of Clandestine Tunnels: Enhancement and Case Studies (2013 IEEE Homeland Security Conf.). Other highlights include: DARPA’s Video and Image Retrieval and Analysis Toolkit (VIRAT), DoD High Level Architecture (HLA), F-16 Falcon Fighter Unit Trainer, and NASA’s Space Shuttle Simulator. Mr. Munson originates from the southwest state of Arizona, where he attended Arizona State University to become an Electrical Engineer.
Mr. Chaiyaporn Mutsalklisana is a Lecturer in the Information Systems Program at Northeastern University. He has teaching in the program since Summer 2012. Mr. Chaiyaporn Mutsalklisana has a combined experience of 21+ years in management, engineering (communications, software, and systems engineering), information technology, information security and technology consulting. Mr. Chaiyaporn Mutsalklisana holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona, California and a B.S. degree in Mathematics from University of California, Los Angeles. His current research interests are in the areas of business intelligence, advanced analytics, cyber security, healthcare informatics, and smart manufacturing.
Nancy is a Health Care Thought Leader, General Manager and Performance Improver designing and delivering innovative services and technologies to achieve clinical outcomes. Trained as a Clinical Physiologist, she is a provider of care in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and a relationship and systems builder committed to crafting high performing teams to drive change across the health care sector. Nancy enjoys speaking, writing, and sharing health care information across various media and systems. She has been teaching with the Information Systems Program in the Graduate School of Engineering at Northeastern University since 2010. Nancy holds a Doctorate in Applied Anatomy and Physiology from Boston University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. As a Sloan Fellow, Nancy received her MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. She holds board positions with the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and the David N. Camaione Fund.
Dan is a software engineer with over 37 years of design experience and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. With several U.S. Patents for his hardware and software designs, Dan has participated in product development from conception and prototype through manufacturing and product support. The scope of his work, on Unix, Windows and embedded platforms, encompasses the entire system including: Java application GUI, CORBA middleware, client server system networking software, cryptography, Unix device driver and kernel, communication controller firmware and hardware.
Gail Raynus is the co-founder and principal consultant at ShareDynamics, Inc., where she delivers training and consulting services to the IT and Product Management professionals. Prior to joining ShareDynamics, Gail served as VP of Professional Services at VistaPortal Software, Inc. where she managed the development of complex software products for an external customer base. During her career, Gail successfully led large-scale software implementations, conducted Enterprise software vendor selections and managed the development of numerous customized business solutions. Gail also managed statewide initiative at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and helped develop and implement performance-based improvement strategies across multiple agencies at the State of Vermont. Gail's current area of research is focused on the strategic aspects of Product and Project management, organizational alignment and tools and methodologies that make Project and Program management indispensable for business results.
Joseph Raynus, an international speaker, author, educator, and consultant, is a leading practitioner who brings a unique blend of practical hands-on experience with innovative ideas and solutions to deal with the real-world challenges of complex environments.
He is a recognized expert in business process management, strategic program and project planning and management as well as quantitative performance management. He facilitated large-scale organizational change, designed and led comprehensive training programs, personally managed multi-million dollar technology projects, and been trainer and mentor to different levels of management.
Joseph teaches graduate engineering and the MBA courses such as Planning and Management of Information Systems, Business Process Engineering and Strategy in Action. He is a founder of ShareDynamics, Inc., specializing in training and consulting in the subject of Strategic Planning, Performance Management, and Business Process Improvement. Mr. Raynus works with leading companies as well as Federal and State government in training and consulting engagements.
Joseph’s latest book “Improving Business Process Performance: Gain Agility, Create Value and Achieve Success” was recognized by the KPI Institute, the global authority on Performance Management research and education as one of top ten books in Business Performance Management and Operational Performance Management categories in 2013.
Dr. Sabbouh has over 23 years of experience in information technology. While working at the MITRE Corporation, he was the principal investigator of 5 Mission Oriented Investigation and Experimentation (MOIE) projects in data integration. While at HighRoads, he was the Chief Architect for the company overseeing all new technical development. While at Nokia, he was a principal architect responsible for the social platform architecture. He has three granted patents and six patent applications that are pending. Dr. Sabbouh has tens of publications in data integration. Most recently, he has published in IEEE Congress on Big Data, 2014. Dr. Sabbouh has a doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Lecturer- Boston & Online
Rick Sherman is the founder of Athena IT Solutions. Rick has 30 years of business intelligence (BI), data warehousing (DW) and data integration experience. He has worked on over 50 BI/DW implementations across many industries and from large enterprises to small-to medium businesses (SMB.) In addition, he has provided guidance through assessments and in an advisory role for dozens of other enterprises. Rick is an expert instructor and speaker at numerous conferences, webinars and seminars. He teaches business and IT people BI/DW concepts, design, architectures and project management through onsite training. He teaches BI/DW courses at Northeastern University's Graduate School of Engineering. Morgan Kaufmann published his book The Data Doghouse.