General Information

General Information

Susan M. Merritt, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Dean
Bernice J. Houle, B.S., M.S.Ed., Ph.D., Associate Dean
David A. Sachs, B.A., M.A., Ed.D., Associate Dean
Louise P. Kleinbaum, B.A., M.A., Assistant Dean and Director of Communications
Andreea Cotoranu, B.S., Assessment/Research Analyst
Jonathan Hill, B.A., M.B.A., D.P.S., Assistant Dean and Director of Special Programs and Projects

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems participates in the mission of Pace University with a commitment to excellent teaching, scholarly activity, and service to the community.

The faculty within the school are active members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). The school sponsors a chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society and the bachelor of science program in computer science and the bachelor of science program in information systems are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, Inc.

Pace University has been re-designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as one of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) for academic years 2007-2012. The CAEIAE program is intended to reduce vulnerabilities in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in information assurance and producing a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise in various disciplines.

CAEIAE centers receive formal recognition from the U.S. government for their role in securing our nation's information systems. Students attending CAEIAE schools are eligible for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program (SFS).

The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems aspires to innovative leadership in preparing men and women for meaningful work, lifelong learning, and responsible participation in a new and dynamic information age. The school does this through a broad spectrum of educational programs on campuses in New York City and Westchester County and at other locations with community and corporate partners from the local and global community.

The school has a unique role: it provides professional education in the computing disciplines, supporting education for programs in the other schools, general education for all students, and continuing education. Because change characterizes information technology, programs are built upon a strong foundation in the arts and sciences and emphasize competency in the theory and methodology of the computing disciplines. At the same time, programs are responsive to the rapid pace of technological development.

The school was founded in 1983 in creative response to the educational challenge and opportunity inherent in emerging disciplines, and is characterized by its core values:

  • Excellent teaching that is informed by scholarship, professional practice, and community service;
  • The integration of theory and practice in teaching and scholarly activity;
  • Creative programs and partnerships with the local and global community;
  • Attentiveness to professional and social responsibility.

The Seidenberg School values diversity and welcomes qualified students of various experiences and origins, both regional and international. It provides excellent service to students both within and outside the classroom. It uses the power of technology to offer broad opportunity to students and to enable them to achieve excellence. Throughout its programs and services, the School of Computer Science and Information Systems consistently recognizes that information technologies are tools for the empowerment of people.

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Consistent with the Pace tradition, the Seidenberg School seeks to integrate theory and practice in its programs and research. The design, development, analysis, application, and management of computers, and communication and information systems comprise the broad spectrum over which the Seidenberg School creates, interprets, criticizes, and applies knowledge with strict attention to academic standards. Change characterizes information technology; of particular importance, therefore, is the development of competency in the foundation and methodologies of the discipline, in order to enable ongoing learning and effective response to change.

The Seidenberg School is dedicated to the service of men and women of all ages of every race and culture through educational programs that develop skills, enhance individual and community effectiveness, extend knowledge, and enhance critical understanding of the culture. The educational process is undertaken with concern for the development of personal, professional, and social responsibility.

The Seidenberg School offers undergraduate programs in computer science (BS and BA), information systems (BS and BA), technology systems (BS), professional computer studies (BS), professional technology studies (BS), and applied information technology (AS). Graduates of all programs are prepared for a variety of professional positions, including programming, systems analysis and design, and a number of specialized positions that would depend upon student elective choices. In addition to these majors, the Seidenberg School offers minors and certificates in computer science, information systems, technology systems, Internet technologies and Web design, and Information Assurance for the Criminal Justice System.

The BS program in computer science is a professional program that is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. The curriculum is based upon algorithms and data structures, the principles of programming languages, computer architecture, data communications, and theoretical foundations. It includes advanced work in various areas including software engineering, security, operating systems, compilers, artificial intelligence, and graphics. Program requirements include the liberal arts core and other academic requirements that specifically apply to the Bachelor of Science degree.

The BS program provides excellent preparation for graduate study in computer science or for professional placement. The BA program in computer science shares the computer science core with the BS program and is structured in a way that allows more program diversity for the student who wishes to pursue a minor in business, Internet technology, or one of the arts and sciences.

The BS program in information systems is also accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, Inc. The program is designed to provide the student with current technical skills and knowledge of those information systems concepts that remain constant in the face of technological change, as well as detailed awareness of a cohesive body of knowledge to prepare students to function effectively as an IS professional in the IS environment. The continual appearance of new and increasingly powerful software tools for applications development, as well as the availability of low-cost hardware (personal computers), has created new organizational approaches to building computer information systems.

The BA in information systems was created in response to the reality that information systems has far greater applicability than the usual business setting. There are many opportunities for information systems graduates in entertainment, the legal professions, health care, social sciences, and the media. The objective of the BA/IS program is to allow students to devise an Information Systems program that fits their individual interests and career goals. This program will allow a minor in any approved area and require fewer IS courses than the BS/IS program.  Both programs prepare students for careers in systems development, e-commerce technology, networking, database management, and security.

As the personal computer and other technologies are integrated into the workplace, the technical knowledge required to select, manage, and maintain these systems is critical. The BS program in technology systems combines theoretical and technical skills with practical applications to prepare the graduate with the skills necessary for the contemporary workplace. The Department of Technology Systems also makes available a variety of special courses that support certificates in personal computer applications and an associate in science program in applied information technology.

The BS in professional computer studies has been developed for those computer professionals with considerable on-the-job experience who would benefit from having a baccalaureate degree in computing and would most likely be interested in pursuing a master's degree in a computer-related field once the undergraduate requirements are completed. This degree program supplements the regular baccalaureate offerings in computer science, information systems, and technology systems.

The BS in professional technology studies is an online accelerated degree program designed to prepare students for successful professional careers in a global economy in the midst of rapid technological change. There are two concentrations from which to choose: Internet Technology for e-commerce and Telecommunications. The Internet technologies for e-commerce is a multidisciplinary concentration with courses in the liberal arts and sciences. The Telecommunications concentration is primarily for individuals already working within the telecommunications industry. The BS professional technology studies is an innovative, online accelerated degree program for adults who have experience in the workplace and an AS or AA degree or the equivalent (64 credits).

All of the CSIS programs are supported by a broad range of state-of-the-art computer facilities. They are complemented by fully equipped PC laboratories. Academic Computing laboratories are located at several sites throughout the University. Peer consultants offer individual assistance to students using lab equipment and software.

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Robotics Laboratory
The Robotics lab focuses on building and testing robot control architecture using SOAR, a cognitive modeling system for natural language use as its basis and the DAR Image Understanding Environment for processing visual data.  By finding methods for building simply formulated systems that generate intelligent behavior in a complex environment, this research may lead to less complex robotic systems.  Supervised by Professor D. Paul Benjamin, PhD, the Robotics lab also builds intelligent agents for network security and intrusion detection.

Pervasive Computing Laboratory
Dedicated to the study and application of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques to a wide variety of ubiquitous devices, the Pervasive Computing Laboratory combines current network and wireless technologies with progressively smaller compuring devices, voice recognition, and Internet capability to create an environment where connectivity is unobtrusive and always available.  In addition, the laboratory provides opportunities for students to explore security, pattern recognition, and artificial intelligence technologies and the use of wearable and handheld devices, as well as practical applications of these technologies in the business world.  Professors Charles Tappert, PhD, and Sung-Hyuk Cha, PhD, are co-directors.

Center for the Advancement of Formal Methods
Focused on developing innovative approaches to teaching using various research prototype tools, the educational activities at this center include design and establishment of new courses, transfer of cutting edge technology to classrooms, and development of a detailed and customizable guide for other institutions.  Founded in 2001 by Professor Sotirios Skevoulis, PhD, the Center has, as one of its primary goals, the study and development of innovative approaches and tools to promote the integration of formal methods – rigorous mathematical techniques used to develop software – into academia.

Information Assurance Education and Research Center
Shortly after Pace was designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, the Seidenberg School established the information Assurance Education and Research Center, dedicated to exploring computer vulnerabilities with the objective of improving prevention and detection techniques through research by students and faculty.  The University’s goal is to become one of the leading academic institutions for research in the field of information security.

CSIS Center for Distance Education
Director: David Sachs
The CSIS Center for Distance Education began several years ago after a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provided CSIS with the means to conduct research in the area of distance education and asynchronous learning. Since then, the School has received several more grants, including another from Sloan to put 50 university courses online as a way to reach out to students who were disenfranchised from the university as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Additional grants and partnerships with organizations such as NACTEL and others, have defined CSIS as a leader in online learning and distance education.

Technology Center for Education and CommunityEmpowerment
Director: Sylvia Russakoff

Not-for-profit and government agencies and educational institutions often lag behind the private sector in their awareness and use of technology. The Technology Center for Education and Community Empowerment was created for the purpose of making possible and managing projects to benefit these communities. Since 1997, the center has successfully shared its resources and expertise in a number of well-documented projects. Funding has come from both the private and public sectors. The staff and resources of the center are drawn from the Pace University Computer Learning Center and the faculty of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems as well as other parts of the university.

With initial funding from two Texaco, Inc., grants, the center provided training and consultation to many Westchester County not-for-profit agencies including in-depth assessment of agencies' technology capabilities and needs, identification of appropriate training and consultation programs, and computer training workshops. The center also collaborated with the White Plains City School District to provide support for teachers implementing technology-rich lessons and has provided training for area hospital staff with money provided by New York State through the Northern Metropolitan Health Workforce Consortium.

CLOUT (Computers-Literacy-Opportunity-University-Technology)
Director: Lynne Larkin

CLOUT is an employment-directed computer applications and office skills training and education program for underemployed, low-income individuals in Westchester County and New York City. Students in Westchester are sponsored by Westchester County Department of Social Services and participate in credit-bearing certificate and associate degree programs. Students in New York City are sponsored by private and public grants and participate in non-credit bearing certificate programs. CLOUT has provided training for community based programs at the Coalition for the Homeless First Step Job training program and the City of NY Parks and Recreation Parks Opportunity Program.  The success of the CLOUT program has led to grants from external sources including Chase Manhattan Foundation, Citibank, Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Independence Community Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, State of NY Department of Labor, Suitomo Bank Foundation, United Way, and William T. Grant Foundation.

NACTEL (National Coalition for Telecommunications and Learning) Project
Directors: David Sachs and Nancy Hale

In direct response to a critical lack of network technicians for the telecommunication industry, Pace University, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the National Advisory Council on Telecommunications Education and Learning (NACTEL) developed an asynchronous learning project to deliver Seidenberg's AS in telecommunications to approximately 300,000 individuals employed by NACTEL partners. NACTEL partners include Verizon, The Communications Workers of America (CWA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), SBC, and Qwest. The program has led to the development of cutting-edge mechanisms to provide students with online advisement, counseling, mentoring, and registration.

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Frances Allen
IBM Fellow Emerita, T.J. Watson Research Center

Ted Brodheim
CIO, NYC Department of Education

Brian E. Cosgrove
Senior Vice President, Jeff Barker Productions, Inc.

Charles Costa
Executive, Technology and Operations, Asset Management, JPMorganChase

John R. Danieli
President & CEO, The Computer Merchant, Ltd.

Allan B. Deering
Retired, PepsiCo

Michael Gabriel
Executive Vice President of Information Technology & CIO, Home Box Office (HBO)

Dennis M. Goett
CFO, SoftNet Technology Corp.

Hortense Howell-Barber
President, HBiNK

Norm Jacknis
CIO, Westchester County

Mark L. Kay
CEO, StrikeForce Technologies, Inc.

Lydia Kess
Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Charles W. Lickel
Vice President, Software
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, IBM

Al Limaye
President, Logistic Solutions, Inc.

Henry Marzullo, Jr. Esq.
Reired, Lackenbach Siegel

Howard B. Medow
Vice President & Managing Director, Financial Services, Modis, Inc.

Myrna E. Miller '83, '92
Senior Technical Specialist, Salomon Smith Barney

Carl E. Morales
Senior Vice President & CTO Enterprise Technology, MetLife

Raul G. Perez
President, Unittech Corporation

Larry Perlstein
Group Vice President, Office of the Ombudsman, Gartner, Inc.

Casimir S. Skrzypczak
Retired, NYNEX

Judith Spitz
Senior Vice President  & CIO,  VerizonBusiness

Nancy Turbe
Formerly Managing Director, Bear Stearns & Co., Inc.

Kurt D. Woetzel
Senior Executive Vice President & CIO, The Bank of New York Mellon