Our Faculty

Andreea Cotoranu

Clinical Professor
Director, NYC Design Factory

Seidenberg School of CSIS

Information Technology NY

Location
  • @New York City
    163 William Street 238
  • @Pleasantville
    Goldstein Academic Center 326
Office Hours
New York City

Fall 2020

12:00pm-1:00pm(by appointment)

Office Hours
Pleasantville

Fall 2020

Wed 1:00pm-6:00pm

Office Hours

Fall 2020

Biography


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 associated with the Cybersecurity Education Research Lab at Pace. She is 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. She is also the Co-Principal Investigator for the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program aimed to recruit the nation's top cybersecurity talent to the DoD workforce to protect the nation's information systems and networks.

Education


PhD , Pace University - expected 2020
Computer Science

MS, Pace University, 2008
Information Technology

BS, Pace University, 2004
Information Systems

Awards and Honors


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

Publications


Cotoranu, A. & Chen, L. (2020). Applying Text Analytics to Examination of End Users' Mental Models of Cybersecurity. http://https://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2020/info\_security\_privacy/info\_security\_privacy/10

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

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

Siegel, D. M., Keeley, L., Shelke, P., Cotoranu, A. & Ganis, M. (2019, May 23). Data Integrity Model for Environmental Sensing.

Lamaute, N., Piccoli, A., Chen, L. & Cotoranu, A. (2017, March). Musical Cryptography.

Lamaute, N., Piccoli, A., Chen, L. & Cotoranu, A. (2016, May). A Substitution Cipher for Musical Cryptography.

PRESENTATIONS


Cotoranu, A., Gandhi, D. & Kopel, J. (2020, July 10). Creative Problem Solving with Design Thinking . Seidenberg School of CSIS, Virtual .

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

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts


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

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

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

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

DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program: Scholarship and Capacity Building
Chen, L., Cotoranu, A. & Hayes, D. September 2018 - August 2019. Department of Defense , Federal , $221,805.00. Funded.

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

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

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

  • Seidenberg Cybersecurity Club - NYC Campus [Faculty Advisor]
  • Pace Cybersecurity Team - WEST Campus [Faculty Advisor]

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • University Athletic Committee [Faculty Advisor]
  • Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee [Committee Member]
  • Faculty Institute Planning Committee [Committee Member]
  • Undergraduate Research Grant Application [Reviewer]
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