Finalists

Department of Computer Science Finalists 

Two finalists have been named in the search for CCSE Department of Computer Science’s next Department Chair. Each candidate will visit the campus in March and give a presentation open to faculty, staff and students. The dates are listed below.

  • Dr. Scott King

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    Date: Monday, March 4 
    Time: 10:30-11:30AM
    Location: KSU Marietta Campus, Atrium Building, J-101

    Scott A. King received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2001 in Computer and Information Science.  He joined Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand immediately after receiving his Ph.D. and was there for two and half years.  He then joined Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi as an Assistant Professor in 2004 and has been there since.  He is currently the Chair of the Department of Computing Sciences.  His expertise is in Computer Graphics, Visualization, and HCI.  He has recently been working on autonomous vehicles and smart environments.  He is a member of IEEE and ACM. 

  • Dr. Coskun Cetinkaya

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    Date: Wednesday, March 6
    Time: 10:30-11:30AM
    Location: KSU Marietta Campus, Atrium Building, J-101

    Dr. Coskun Cetinkaya is a full professor in the Department of Engineering at the College of Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica, NY. He received his Ph.D. in ECE from Rice University in 2003. Dr. Cetinkaya worked as an Assistant Professor at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, from 2002 to 2008. Dr. Cetinkaya also worked as the Dean of Academics at North American University (NAU), Houston, TX, which is a private, not-for-profit university, from 2008 to 2013. At NAU, he leaded the curriculum development of three bachelor science programs, Business Administration, Computer Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, and the approval of degree granting authorization for bachelor degrees from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and institutional accreditation. In August 2013, Dr. Cetinkaya joined SUNY Poly as an associate professor. In September 2016, Dr. Cetinkaya was promoted to professor. Dr. Cetinkaya’s research interests are computer networks, wireless ad hoc and mesh networks, and network security. Over his 16 years of his academic career, Dr. Cetinkaya received more than $600,000 research grants from NSF, Army Research Office, and the Department of Energy. Dr. Cetinkaya teaches, Digital logic, microprocessor, computer architecture, and computer networks.


Department of Software Engineering & Game Development Finalists

  • Dr. Scott King

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    Date: Monday, March 4 
    Time: 1-2 PM
    Location: KSU Marietta Campus, Atrium Building, Room J101

    Presentation: Leadership, academic credentials (teaching, research, and service), and the vision for the department. (45 min presentation + 15 min QA)

    Scott A. King received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2001 in Computer and Information Science.  He joined Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand immediately after receiving his Ph.D. and was there for two and half years.  He then joined Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi as an Assistant Professor in 2004 and has been there since.  He is currently the Chair of the Department of Computing Sciences.  His expertise is in Computer Graphics, Visualization, and HCI.  He has recently been working on autonomous vehicles and smart environments.  He is a member of IEEE and ACM. 

  • Dr. Paola Spoletini

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    Date: Thursday, March 7
    Time: 9:15-10:15AM
    Location: KSU Marietta Campus, Atrium Building, Room J101

    Presentation: Leadership, academic credentials (teaching, research, and service), and the vision for the department. (45 min presentation + 15 min QA)

    Paola Spoletini is a professor at Kennesaw State University in the Department of Software Engineering and Game Development, where she also serves as SWE programs coordinator and assistant chair. Before joining Kennesaw State University in Spring 2015 as associate professor, she worked as assistant professor at University of Insubria for 7 years (2008-2014), and, before that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Politecnico di Milano (2005-2007). She received her M.S. degree in Computer Science (2001) and her Ph.D. in Computer Science (2005) from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She also received a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2001 from University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Her research interests are mostly related to requirements engineering and formal methods. Most of the focus of her research has been in the development of general-‐purpose techniques for verifying logic-‐ or automata-‐based specifications, the definition of temporal logic-‐based languages and the implementation of corresponding verification techniques, and the application of verification techniques in engineering. Recently, her research is focused on two main topics: how to verify and "exploit" incomplete systems, and techniques to improve the quality of requirements elicitation interviews.

  • Dr. Sumanth Yenduri

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    Date: Monday, March 11
    Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am      
    Location: KSU Marietta Campus, Atrium Building, Room J101

    Presentation: Leadership, academic credentials (teaching, research, and service), and the vision for the department. (45 min presentation + 15 min QA)

    Dr. Sumanth Yenduri received his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Systems Engineering from Andhra University, India in 1999. He received his Master’s degree in 2002 and PhD in Computer Science in 2005 from Louisiana State University, USA. He joined the School of Computing at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 and is currently working as a Professor and Chairperson at Southeast Missouri State University. He has published over 50 articles in refereed international conferences and journals. Further, he has published/contributed 4 books. His research interests include software process development, data imputation methods, software metrics, software tools/simulation, and wireless sensor networks. He has generated over $1.0 million dollars in research funding, thus far. 

  • Dr. Chun-Hsi Huang

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    Date: Tuesday, March 12
    Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am      
    Location: KSU Marietta Campus, Atrium Building, Room J101

    Presentation: Leadership, academic credentials (teaching, research, and service), and the vision for the department. (45 min presentation + 15 min QA)

    Chun-Hsi (Vincent) Huang is a Professor with the Department of Computer Science of the American University in Washington, D.C. He also holds a gratis faculty appointment with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He is currently on leave and on an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) assignment to the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Program Director in the Division of Graduate Education. At NSF, his primary program responsibilities include the CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service (SFS) Program and the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Program. His research interests are in the areas of Extreme-Scale Computing and Data Analytics, Computational Biology and Life-Science Informatics, as well as Combinatorial Algorithms and Security-related research. He received his PhD, MS and BS degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Southern California, and the National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, in 2001, 1994 and 1989, respectively, all in Computer Science and Engineering. 

  • Dr. Dianxiang Xu

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    Date: Wednesday, March 13
    Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am      
    Location: KSU Marietta Campus, Atrium Building, Room J101

    Presentation: Leadership, academic credentials (teaching, research, and service), and the vision for the department. (45 min presentation + 15 min QA)

    Dr. Dianxiang Xu is a full professor in the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China. His research interests include software engineering, software security, access control, software-defined networking, and data analytics. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He received the Best Paper Award of the 2018 ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Methodologies (SACMAT) and the Honorable Recognition of Paper at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Software Quality, Reliability, and Security (QRS) for his research on quality assurance of XACML policies. He has received more than $7M in grants from federal funding agencies and industries. He is a senior member of the IEEE. 

     

  • Dr. Gursimran Walia

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    Date: Friday, March 15

    Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am      
    Location: KSU Marietta Campus, Atrium Building, Room J101 

    Presentation: Leadership, academic credentials (teaching, research, and service), and the vision for the department. (45 min presentation + 15 min QA)

    Dr. Gursimran S. Walia is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at North Dakota State University (NDSU). He has active research collaborations with faculty and students from 20 different academic institutions (including HSIs, HBCUs, and EPSCoR state institutions) and multiple Software Organizations worldwide. His research areas include Empirical Software Engineering and Software Quality Improvement, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, Cyber-Learning and Gamification to support CS and SE Pedagogy. As a PI or Co-PI, Dr. Walia has received approximately $3 Million in collaborative grants in last 10 years. Dr. Walia’s research has been published in Top-rated Software Engineering venues (e.g., ICSE, ESEM, ISSRE, JIST, ICST, SIGCSE) and his research work has been awarded (or nominated) for 6 Best Paper awards in categories belonging to Research track, Industry track, Educational Research and Disruptive Ideas. Dr. Walia has been awarded Excellence in Teaching Award, DBER Core research Faculty Award, Odney Excellence in Teaching Award, and Peltier Award for Teaching Innovation at NDSU.  Dr. Walia has a strong record of recruiting and mentoring students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, leading online SE program development initiatives, International student exchange programs, and the development of Software Industry Advisory board in Fargo, ND.

 

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