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Dean's Update - January 2013


On January 7, we started our spring semester, and CSE again saw a significant increase in its enrollments.  We have more than 1,500 students in CSE (or 25.8% of the total enrollment at SPSU), up from just under 1,300 last spring, or 23.5% of SPSU enrollment.  Obviously, this increase in enrollment has forced us to be more flexible in finding instructors for our various classes, and I wanted to express my deep appreciation to the full-time faculty for their willingness to take on higher teaching loads, to the department chairs for their tireless work to find adjunct faculty and to our new and returning adjunct faculty for their contribution to our programs.


We received news that the MSIT program has again been ranked among the top 20 best online programs, this time in two separate rankings.

The Best Schools ( ranked our program 13th in the nation, based on the quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, and reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree programs.

US News and World Report ranked our online MSIT program even higher, at number 11 in the nation (  US News and World Report bases its ranking on student engagement (how well a program gives students the opportunity to interact with faculty and other students, and how well a program creates experiences that are rewarding enough for students to stay enrolled and complete their degree), faculty credentials and training, student services, and admissions selectivity.

Interestingly, only four programs appear in the top 20 in both rankings and only one, namely the Master of Professional Studies in Information Sciences offered at Penn State World Campus, is ranked higher than our MSIT in both.


SPSU will again be the Georgia host of the Global Game Jam.  The Global Game Jam is a worldwide event in which groups of people gather all around the world to spend 48 hours creating computer and board games.  The event will be held from Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27, and we are expecting 200+ people to attend. 

Students in this year's jam will also be able to collaborate with audio specialist from across the United States.  In addition to students from Berklee College of Music in Boston, who participated in previous local game jams and who will now also participate in the global game jam to compose musical scores and design the overall audio experience, we will also welcome students of Ellen McClain (the voice of GLaDOS in the Portal series).  They will contribute their voice talents.  

We have already secured sponsorship from GreenWave Technology (, Area 41 Customs ( and the Mozilla Foundation (, and I want to thank our sponsors for their support.

More details about the event are available at


Despite the high teaching load, CSE faculty have published a significant number of papers over the last six or seven months.  Since there is insufficient space to include all in this month’s Dean’s Update, I include about half of the list in this month’s Dean’s Update, and the other half in next month’s:

Barham, W., Preston, J., and Werner, J., “Using a Virtual Gaming Environment in Strength of Materials Laboratory”, Proceedings of the 2012 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Clearwater, FL, June 2012.

Barham, W., Preston, J., and Werner, J., “Web-Based Virtual Strength of Materials Laboratory”, Proceedings of the 2012 Polytech Summit, Marietta, GA, June 2012.

Casper, E., Hung, C-C., Jung, E. and Yang, M., “A Quantum-Modeled K-Means Clustering Algorithm for Multi-band Image Segmentation,” Proceedings of ACM Research in Applied Computation Symposium (ACM RACS 2012), San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 2012.

Choi, S., Eom, H. and Jung, E., “Securing Wireless Sensor Networks Against Broadcast Service Attacks,” International Journal of Computers and Applications, pp. 185-191, Vol., 34, No. 3, 2012.

Guo, M., Bhattacharya, P., Yang, M., and Qian, K., and L. Yang, L. “Work in Progress: Real World Relevant Security Labware for Mobile Threat Analysis and Protection Experience”, 2012 IEEE International Conference on Frontiers in Education (FIE 2012), Oct. 3 – 6, 2012, Seattle, WA.

Halstead-Nussloch, R., “Embedding Ergonomics Education:  A Case Study from Information Technology”. Poster presentation to the IIE Applied Ergonomics Conference, Nashville, TN, March 26-29, 2012.

Halstead-Nussloch, R., “Electronic Citizenship at Southern Polytechnic – An Update”. Presentation to the Annual Meeting of the American Democracy Project, San Antonio, TX, June 7-9, 2012.

Halstead-Nussloch, R.,“Electronic Citizenship: The Luster and the Tarnish”. Presentation to the Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellows, University of Georgia,May 16, 2012. 

Halstead-Nussloch, R., Carpenter, W. and Szafran, Z., “Good Design is Good Citizenship”. Presentation to the 4th Annual Polytechnic Summit, Southern Polytechnic State University, June 6-8, 2012. 

Halstead-Nussloch, R., Carpenter, W. and Szafran, Z., “Good Design is Good Citizenship”. Presentation to the Annual Meeting of the American Democracy Project, San Antonio, TX, June 7-9, 2012. 

Halstead-Nussloch, R, and Karam. O., “Funding Computing Instruction from Water: Combining Sweat Equity with Open Source and Other Free Tools.” Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 27.2 (2011): 224-27. Web. 18 Oct. 2012. 

Horowitz, D. and Zhang, C. (2012), “Streamlining Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Information Systems Implementation for General Practice: One Clinic's Experience”, Southern Association for Information Systems Conference, SAIS 2012, Atlanta, GA. 

Hung, C-C., Jung, E., Li, Z., Kuo, B. and Liu, W., “An Algorithm Based Artificial Immune Systems for Pattern and Image Classification”, Proceedings of IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), poster, Munich, Germany, July 2012.

Jung, E., Hung, C-C., Choi S. and Yang M., “An Efficient Locking and Unlocking Method of Sequential Systems,” Proceedings of ACM Research in Applied Computation Symposium (ACM RACS 2012), San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 2012.

Karam, O. “Linux on ARM and the Raspberry Pi”, Presentation at Atlanta Linux Enthusiast, Central on Sep 20 2012.

Peltsverger S., and Zheng G. "Defining a Framework for Teaching Privacy in Information Assurance Curriculum", In Proceedings of 16th  National Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education, Lake Buena Vista, FL, June 11-13 2012.

Pournaghshband, H., “Merits of 'Good' Homework Assignments", Proceedings of International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education, May 2012.

Pournaghshband, Collins, Hojjati, Chan, and Movafaghi, “Impact of Virtualization Technology in the IT Classroom", Proceedings of the International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering, July 2012.


I will be traveling to Cameroon to resolve some issues that have arisen in the joint program that we offer with the P.K. Fokam Institute of Excellence in Yaoundé.  Under this program, students take the first three years of our Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Yaoundé before completing their last year in Marietta.

I will also visit Ghana in order to make it possible for Ghanaian students to complete the MSIT online.  Since we cannot assume that students in Ghana have the required Internet speed at their home, we are partnering with local companies and a local university to set up facilities at their locations. Dr Patrick Bobbie from the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering did most of the groundwork for this initiative, and I wanted to express my appreciation to him.  I will obviously keep you apprised of any developments.