Our program’s faculty is one of its greatest strengths. You won’t find another computer science program—online or otherwise—that brings such diverse expertise together in one place. That’s because the Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing is a collaboration between UW-Extension and five UW System campuses—UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, and UW-Stevens Point.
All courses in this online program are developed and taught by University of Wisconsin faculty—the same faculty who teach our on-campus courses.
Ahmad Abuhejleh, PhD
Dr. Abuhejleh is a professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He earned his PhD in Information Systems from the University of St. Thomas, a Master’s in Computer Science from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Houston. He joined UW-River Falls in 1988. Dr. Abuhejleh teaches broad undergraduate courses in Programming; Object Oriented Theory; System Analysis; and Design, Database Theory, and Computer Ethics. His main area of research is database theory, current trends in programming, and computer ethics.
Andy Felt, PhD
Dr. Felt is a professor and Department Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UW-Stevens Point. He received his PhD in Pure and Applied Mathematics from Washington State University, and his Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Since 2012, Jacob Gantenbein has been teaching Leadership and Management in the classroom for the School of Business at UW-Platteville, as well as the online Leadership and Management program for the Distance Learning Center. Since 2010, he has also taught at Northeast Iowa Community College, leading courses in Marketing, Management, Introduction to Business, Business Law, Personal Finance, and Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Jacob has his Master of Business Administration from Clarke University.
Don Heath, PhD
Don Heath is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He completed his PhD in Information Systems at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research has appeared in journals such as MIS Quarterly Executive, the Journal of Information Technology Education: Research and the Journal of Information, Communications and Ethics in Society. He has presented his work at premier national and international conferences on information systems and serves as a referee for a number of journals. Don is president of the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Ontology Driven Intelligent Systems (SIGODIS). His current research concerns organizational strategies to motivate directed action on social media and the value of mobile technology as a vocational tool for differently-abled workers. He serves as a consultant to industry in a variety of settings.
Hossein Najafi, PhD
Dr. Najafi is a professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota and joined UW-River Falls in 1990. He enjoys teaching courses in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer programming, computer networks, computer organization, and web development. His main area of research is in Machine Learning and its application to real-world problems.
Weimin He, PhD
Dr. Weimin He is an associate professor in Computing and New Media Technologies at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2008. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from Yunnan University, China. Dr. He has 16 years of research experience on database management with expertise in XML. His research interests span XML data management, information retrieval, and cloud computing. Dr. He has published over 20 papers in international conferences and journals and served as program committee chair or a member of several international conferences and journals. He has many years of teaching experience on databases, programming languages, data warehousing, and web development. Dr. He has been teaching the core database course CIS210 (Database Design and Implementation) at UWSP since 2009. He has also been teaching the online course HIMT375 (Database Structures and Management Systems) since 2013.
Lisa Landgraf, PhD
Dr. Lisa M Landgraf, professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at UW-Platteville, has over 20 years of teaching experience. She earned her Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Iowa and her PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. She has been the PI for two NSF S-STEM grants and is currently chairperson of the department. She currently teaches in the Computer Information Systems program. Her interests include systems analysis and design and classroom strategies for engaging students.
John Muraski, DBA
John Michael Muraski is an Assistant Professor (Fall 2017) of Information Systems in the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Doctorate of Business Administration onsite at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2017). His research is motivated by his desire to pursue purposeful, engaged, value-added research contributing to practitioners, organizations, academics, and theory.
John is currently exploring ways to grow the supply of information systems students through actively innovating his Essentials of Information Systems course. This course won an honorable mention in the 2015 Innovation in Business Education Awards of the Midwest Business Deans’ Association. John has also received the 2014 Online Outstanding MBA Consortium Faculty of the year award. He also serves as a reviewer for the Communications of the AIS and the Project Management Journal. John also serves as the Secretary for the Association for Information Systems SIG on Education (SIGEd).
Anthony Varghese, PhD
Dr. Varghese is a professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at UW-River Falls. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1992 and joined River Falls in 2002. He started using C++ and Java as soon as they were available and developed object-oriented code for a startup named Physiome Sciences, followed by stints developing code at Medtronic Inc. and Endocardial Solutions Inc. (now part of St Jude Medical). He has taught classes that use C#, Python, Smalltalk, and Ada, among other languages. He enjoys writing code for his research on simulations of electrical activity in cells of the heart and is working on projects involving the Rose genome and solar powered lighting for a sculptor.
Suboh Alkhushayni, PhD
Dr. Suboh Alkhushayni, assistant professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, joined UW-Platteville in 2016. He earned his first Master of Science in Information Technology from University of Utara Malaysia, and a second master’s degree, plus a PhD, in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to teaching at Platteville, he was a teaching assistant at UW-Milwaukee for several years. He has also worked as an IT Associate at KSU. His research interests are in the areas of mobile computing, healthcare information systems, Internet of things, and cloud computing. His current research is in mobile health technology; he is working on implementing mobile tools for tracking and managing chronic diseases.
Daehee (Danny) Kim, PhD
Dr. Daehee Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Computing and New Media Technologies at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He received his Ph.D. from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2015, and master’s degree from State University of New York in 2008. Dr. Kim has performed large-scale IT projects for more than 10 years for various companies. His research interests lie in the broad areas of big data, storage, and network; including big data analysis, big data transfer, data deduplication, cloud computing, and Internet application and deployments, network storage system and network protocols, and computer/network security. Dr. Kim is published in books as well as international conference and journal entries. He has been teaching various practical courses including Object Oriented Programming, Cloud Computing, Databased Design and Implementation, Computer Network, and Network Security at UWSP since 2015.
Guangwu Xu, PhD
Dr. Xu is an associate professor of Computer Science. Has been with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2005. He received his PhD in Mathematics from SUNY Buffalo. His current research interests include cryptography, information security, computational number theory, compressed sensing, and algorithms. His early research was on functional analysis and algebra.
Tim Krause, PhD
Dr. Tim Krause is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing and New Media Technologies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He also serves as Department Chair and Director of the new Data Analytics major. He received his PhD from Purdue University in 2008. He received his BS degree from St. John’s University and his MA degree from St. Cloud State University. Dr. Krause has 20 years of industry and consulting experience, particularly in the areas of project management and human computer interaction (HCI). His research interests in include public-private partnerships with industry, HCI, and usability. He has published a number of papers on the same topics in a variety of journals and edited collections. Dr. Krause has been teaching the department’s capstone course every semester for the past ten years.
Melissa Gavin teaches media and business communication at UW-Platteville, where she received her MS in Project Management. She completed a BA in Political Science at UW-Madison, and after graduation, worked in government research.
Tian Zhao, PhD
Dr. Tian Zhao is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
He received his MS degree in economics, MS degree in electrical engineering, and PhD in computer science from Purdue University. His primary research area is programming language design and implementation, type systems, domain specific programming, and program analysis. He teaches programming languages, type systems, and program analysis at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Jakob Iversen, PhD
Jakob Iversen, PhD, is a professor of information systems, chair of the interactive web management program, and director of information technology services at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Business. His current research interests include software process improvement, agile software development, e-collaboration, and mobile development. Dr. Iversen teaches and consults on web development, mobile development, technology innovation, information systems management, strategy, and software development processes.