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Andreea Cotoranu

Clinical Professor
Director, NYC Design Factory

Seidenberg School of CSIS

Information Technology NY

  • @New York City
    163 William Street 2nd Floor
  • @Pleasantville
    Goldstein Academic Center 326
Office Hours
New York City

Wed 1:00pm-3:00pm

Office Hours

Tue 11:00am-2:00pm


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.


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
  • 2000 - Holds NCAA All Division Record for Kills in a 5-Set Match


Cotoranu, A. & Chen, L. Applying Text Analytics to Examination of End Users' Mental Models of Cybersecurity.

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

Cotoranu, A. & Chen, L. (2019, March). Using Raspberry Pi as a Platform for Teaching Cybersecurity Concepts.

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.

Tappert, C., Cotoranu, A. & Monaco, V. (2015). A Real-World-Projects Capstone Course in Computing: A 15-year Experience. , pages p. n3476.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Chen, L., Hayes, D., Ryan, J. & Cotoranu, A. (2015, August 1). A Multiple Pathway Approach to CyberCorps .
National Science Foundation , Federal , $2,550,986.00 . Funded,

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

Chen, L., Cotoranu, A. & Hayes, D. (2018, September 01). DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program.
Department of Defense , Federal , $221,805.00 . Funded,

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

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


  • Society for Learning Analytics Research [Member] 2017
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [Member] 2013
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon [Member] 2008
    International Honor Society in the Computing and Information Disciplines


  • Seidenberg Cybersecurity Club - NYC Campus [Faculty Advisor]
    Desc: Oversee hands-on training through workshops, competitions, and participation in cybersecurity events.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: The club has been formally established this year, 2019, although it has been in existence since 2017.
  • Pace Cybersecurity Team - WEST Campus [Faculty Advisor]
    Desc: Faculty coach overseeing student recruitment, training and participation in the collegiate cyber defense competition, national cyber league, and other local/regional/national student events. Serve as faculty representative to the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition League.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: Contributed to increasing student participation and engagement in cybersecurity events and synergistic activities, which had a positive impact on School enrollment and retention on the Westchester campus.
  • Michael L. Gargano Research Day [Committee Member]


  • University Athletic Committee [Faculty Advisor]
  • Faculty Institute Planning Committee [Committee Member]
  • Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee [Committee Member]
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