Andreea Cotoranu

Andreea Cotoranu

Clinical Professor
Director
NYC Design Factory
Seidenberg School of CSIS
Information Technology
NYC
9th Floor
15 Beekman
| Office Hours: Thu 12:00pm-2:00pm
Westchester
326
Goldstein Academic Center
| Office Hours: Tue 11:00am-2:00pm

Biography

Faculty Bio

Andreea Cotoranu is a Clinical Professor in the Information Technology Department, and Director of the New York City Design Factory initiative at Pace University. Andreea teaches product development, research methods and project-based courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research interests lie at the intersection of natural language processing, human-computer interaction, and computing/cybersecurity education.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2019, Andreea served as Assistant Dean for Academic Innovation in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. In this role she focused on developing educational environments that enrich the student experience. Specifically, she designed and implemented project-based experiences with multiple academic disciplines, international collaborations, and partnerships with industry and academia. Andreea’s work shares a common goal of creating curricular and pedagogical structures as well as academic cultures that facilitate students' interests, motivation, and desire to persist in computing.

During her tenure at Pace University, Andreea spearheaded efforts in cybersecurity education, training, and outreach, and she is affiliated with the Cybersecurity Education Research Lab at Pace. She was the Principal Investigator for the Pace GenCyber program funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation aiming to expand cybersecurity education at the high school level by training teachers (2016 to 2019). She is a Co-Principal Investigator for the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship program and the National Science Foundation CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program aimed to recruit the nation’s top cybersecurity talent to the federal workforce to protect the nation’s information systems and networks.

Awards and Honors

  • Writing-Enhanced Course Program, 2022, Faculty Award (PLV)
  • Pace University, 2019, The Susan M. Merritt Award for Excellence in Computing Research
  • Pace University, 2011, President’s Award for Excellence
  • Pace University, 2010, Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Daktronics, 2001, All-American Women's Volleyball
  • Daktronics, 2000, All-American Women's Volleyball

Education

PhD, Pace University - expected 2020
Computer Science

MS, Pace University, 2008
Information Technology

BS, Pace University, 2004
Information Systems

Research and Creative Works

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Strengthening Pace’s Cyber Community and Pathways using Research Experience, Technical Training and Institutional Outreach
August 2021 - August 2026. National Science Foundation, Federal, $3,856,432.00. Funded.

2023 Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program
August 2023 - November 2024. Department of Defense, Federal, $133,822.88. Funded.

Challenge Based Innovation A3
October 2022 - May 2024. ATTRACT Phase 2 European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation; Program Coordinator Swinburne University of Technology, Other, $260,000.00. Funded.

2022 Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program
September 2022 - November 2023. National Security Agency, Federal, $77,751.00. Funded.

2021 Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program
August 2021 - November 2022. National Security Agency, Federal, $139,807.00. Funded.

CAE-C K-12 Pipeline Development Initiative: RING
October 2020 - September 2022. Department of Defense (subcintract via University of Alabama - Huntsville ), Federal, $112,202.00. Funded.

A Multiple Pathway Approach to CyberCorps
August 2015 - August 2022. National Science Foundation, Federal, $2,550,986.00. Funded.

DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program: Scholarship
September 2020 - December 2021. Department of Defense, Federal, $325,166.00. Funded.

DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program: Scholarship and Capacity Building
July 2019 - December 2020. Department of Defense, Federal, $229,898.00. Funded.

Pace GenCyber Workshop for High School Teachers
May 2019 - May 2020. National Security Agency / National Science Foundation, Federal, $97,684.00. Funded.

DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program: Scholarship and Capacity Building
September 2018 - August 2019. Department of Defense, Federal, $221,805.00. Funded.

Pace GenCyber Workshop for High School Teachers
May 2018 - May 2019. National Security Agency / National Science Foundation, Federal, $99,414.00. Funded.

Pace GenCyber Workshop for High School Teachers
May 2017 - May 2018. National Security Agency / National Science Foundation, Federal, $97,969.00. Funded.

Establishing the Information Assurance Student Pipeline Through Community College Outreach
October 2012 - September 2017. National Science Foundation, Federal, $294,477.00. Funded.

Enhancing the Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Information Assurance by Engaging High-impact Educational Practices
January 2012 - December 2012. Thinkfinity, Verizon Foundation, Pace University, $10,000.00. Funded. Grant

Courses Taught

Past Courses

CIS 102: Tpc: Design Thinking and Innov
CIS 161: Design Thinking & Innovation
CS 365: Product Development Project
CS 397: Topics in Computer Science
CS 398: Product Development Project
CS 490: Ind Study in Computer Science
CS 632: Directed Readings in CS
CS 665: Product Development Project
CS 691: Computer Science Project I
CS 692: Computer Science Project II
IS 628: Research Mthds for User Exp.
IS 638: Intro to User Exprnc Design
IS 690: Information Architecture
IT 691: Capstone Project

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Acting locally on global challenges: harnessing design thinking and the pedagogy of place-based learning
(2023, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). (Issue 2nd Design Factory Global Network Research Conference: "Contributions for Designing Multiplicity")

An Integrated System for Connecting Cybersecurity Competency, Student Activities and Career Building
(2022, September). , pages 3--12.

Inspiring the future change-makers: reflections and ways forward from the Challenge-Based Innovation experiment
(2021, June). CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation. Vol 5 (Issue 1) , pages 1-4. https://e-publishing.cern.ch/index.php/CIJ/article/view/1323

Design innovation integrating deep technology, societal needs, radical innovation, and future thinking: a case study of the CBI A3 program
(2021, June). CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation. (Issue Special Issue) https://e-publishing.cern.ch/index.php/CIJ/article/view/1291

Swimloop: A Progressive Web Application for Supporting Communication between Swimming Coaches and their Athletes
(2021, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). (Issue 19)

NYC Design Factory
(2020). , pages pp.76-77. https://issuu.com/aaltodesignfactory/docs/dfgn_issuu

Applying Text Analytics to Examination of End Users' Mental Models of Cybersecurity
(2020, August). (Issue AMCIS 2020 Proceedings) https://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2020/info_security_privacy/info_security_privacy/10/

Using Raspberry Pi as a Platform for Teaching Cybersecurity Concepts
(2019). , pages 1237. https://doi.org/10.1145/3287324.3287534

Data Integrity Model for Environmental Sensing
(2019, May).

Musical Cryptography
(2017, March).

A Substitution Cipher for Musical Cryptography
(2016, May).

A Real-World-Projects Capstone Course in Computing: A 15-year Experience
(2015). , pages p. n3476.

Presentations

Design Thinking Workshop
(2023, October 9). The NYC Global Leadership Retreat. Pace University.

New York City Design Factory
(2023, September 18). Opportunities in Africa Summit. Wutilo USA LLC and Pace University,

Recalibrated Compass: Creating a Humanities, Art and Computing (HAC) Minor at Pace University
(2023, June 9). HASTAC: Critical Making and Social Justice. .

Design Exercise for Creative Problem Solving
(2022, April 1). Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast Conference (CCSCNE). .

There is nothing artificial about this intelligence
(2021, June 28). Kendal on Hudson,

Engagement and Collabration for the Remote Classroom with Miro
(2021, April 23). Seidenberg: Show and Tell. Seidenberg School

Cultivating a Creative and Innovative Mindset with Design Thinking
(2021, April 8). Future of Work: Interdisciplinary Online Conference. Pace University

Partnering with Academia to Train Cyber Warriors for the Future
(2020). Cybersecurity Conference - POSTPONED to 2021. New York State,

(2020, July 10). Creative Problem Solving with Design Thinking . Seidenberg School of CSIS,

CBI A3 2020 Showcase
(2020, May 7). NYC Design Factory. .

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Information Systems
  • Society for Learning Analytics Research [Member]
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [Member]
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon [Member]

College Service

  • Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition: Qualifier Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition: Qualifier [Faculty Advisor]

University Service

  • Undergraduate Research Faculty Advisory Board [Member]

Professional Service

Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition League [Member]
National Science Foundation [Reviewer, Grant Proposal]
CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation - Special Issue [Editor, Associate Editor]

Related News and Stories

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Students

Pace’s continued success in the National Cyber League, an intercollegiate competition testing students’ cybersecurity mettle, demonstrates one of the many ways Seidenberg continues to stand out as a leader in cybersecurity.

Faculty and Staff

Professor and NYC Design Factory director Andreea Cotoranu is teaching students how to solve tomorrow’s problems. In partnership with major corporations and international collaborators, students have pitched ideas like noise-absorbing drones, massive-scale food cooling systems, and a modern take on teen furniture design.