Alumni Profiles

Get insight and information on Towson University’s information technology doctorate straight from program alumni.

Dr. Graig Sauer

"As an undergraduate enrolled in Towson University's computer science program, I was introduced to a charismatic professor with a passion for his field I had never seen before. Dr. Lazar's enthusiasm for the field of Human Computer Interactions, and especially users with disabilities was infectious. While pursuing my Masters at Towson University I took an additional class with Dr. Lazar, at the end of which he stated if I ever wanted to pursue my Doctorate, to reach out to him. With that offer, I knew I would be pursuing my Doctor of Science in Information Technology at Towson University. During my time in the program, I was awarded the "Innovator of the Year" award from the Daily Record (2009), received a U.S. Patent (filed 2009, approved 2012), and published my research in three major journals. I was the department’s second graduate from the program, graduating in 2009. My dissertation was titled A Universally Usable Human Interaction Proof: Evaluation of Alternative Designs."

I am currently working for the Department of Defense researching data visualization techniques to support analysis of big data. Through my work in the federal government, I have emphasized compliance standards set by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that requires federal agencies to provide software and website accessibility to people with disabilities are being met.

Brian Wentz 

"It was the reputation of the faculty and their research interests that initially attracted me to the Doctor of Science in information technology program at Towson. When I entered the program in 2007, I was immediately able to connect my research interests with those of the faculty in the computer and information sciences department. I began discussing topics related to web accessibility with Dr. Jonathan Lazar, who became the chair of my dissertation committee. During my time in the program, I learned the most from the mentorship of the faculty and opportunities for applied research and scholarship. My dissertation was titled ‘A Study of Email Usability as a Workplace Barrier for Blind Users.’

“My current research focuses on human computer interaction, web accessibility and usability, mobile and social computing, expanding employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and usable security. I am currently an associate professor of management information systems at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and I try to apply what I learned at Towson to my teaching in the classroom as well as research and service learning opportunities that I work on in collaboration with students.”

Bharat K. Rawal

 "I graduated from the doctoral program in information technology at Towson University in 2011, conducting research in split protocols on bare PC using Bare Machine Computing (BMC) paradigm, with Dr. Ramesh K. Karne and Dr. Alexander L. Wijesinha. I was published in conferences such as HPCC and COMSNETS in addition to many other publications. Currently, I am a tenure-track assistant professor at Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C, recently receiving permanent residence in the United States based on EB2-NIW (National Interest Waiver) category without going through H-visa and other requirements."

Patrick Appiah-Kubi

"I graduated from the doctoral program in information technology at Towson University in 2011, conducting research in Webmail servers and TLS protocols that run on a bare PC, using Bare Machine Computing (BMC) paradigm, with Dr. Ramesh K. Karne and Dr. Alexander L. Wijesinha. I was published in conferences and journals during my doctoral work. I worked as a lecturer in the department. I am a tenure-track assistant professor at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN." 

Ruimin Hu

"I graduated from the doctoral program in information technology at Towson University in 2011, conducting research in human-computer interaction and accessible computing. My dissertation work helps people with cognitive disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome) live a more independent life through information technology. I am currently a tenure-track faculty member at the Computer Technologies Department at Anne Arundel County Community College. My dissertation advisor is Dr. Jinjuan Heidi Feng."

Blair Taylor

"I am a clinical assistant professor at Towson University. While a lecturer at Towson, I completed my doctorate under Dr. Shiva Azadegan in 2008. The title of my dissertation was An Integrated Security Curriculum Model for Undergraduate Computer Science and Information Systems. My work integrating security and secure coding led to the Security Injections @ Towson project which received funding in 2008 ($399,511) and in 2012 ($451,879) from the National Science Foundation. This project has reached thousands of students and over 100 educators across the country. Currently, I am the principal investigator for the Secure Programming Logic Aimed at Seniors in High School (SPLASH@Towson) project, which allows high school girls to earn college credit and prepares them for pursuing degrees in computer science or cybersecurity. The SPLASH project has been funded by the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. I am also co-PI for the Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service NSF-funded grant ($2,100,000). In 2012, I was awarded the Maryland Regents award for Outstanding Teaching."

Giovanni Vincenti

"I graduated with a Doctorate of Science in applied information technology from Towson University in 2007 and spent many years at Towson University as a lecturer. I was the associate director of the master's program in applied information technology during the 2012-13 academic year. During my time at Towson University I created several courses that became part of the university core curriculum for all students (Information Visualization, Metropolitan IT Infrastructures) as well as the IT program’s core and elective curricula for students in the IT program (Intro to Operating Systems, Advanced Data Management and Analysis).

“I joined the University of Baltimore in 2013 as assistant professor and am part of the Division of Information Arts and Technologies. My main area of expertise includes programming, and I teach for the applied information technology program.

“The primary focus of my research revolves around e-learning solutions for programming language education, creating material that students can utilize to learn and review key concepts in Java, Visual Basic, C++ and Python. I also conduct research on practical data-centric applications of fuzzy sets in the field of data mining. In particular, I am interested in exploring imprecise temporal associations in data."