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Since 1993 I have had the pleasure and privilege of teaching (and learning from) the students here at Siena.  Most of this teaching has been in Computer Science, but I also enjoyed and value my 4 years teaching Foundations (the forerunner to our current First-Year Seminar).  Two stints as visiting faculty at University of Washington provided great experience and a nice diversion.  Prior to Siena, I was on the Computer Science faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Going back farther, I earned Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from Cornell University.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Computer Science Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. Computer Science Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Math and Computer Science Cornell University

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

Students should learn (1) how to learn and (2)  that dividing knowledge into departments is not perfect:  there are fundamental links between disciplines, and it's important students learn to identify those.  This works best with a variety of activities, especially those that get the students actively involved in solving problems.

What I Love About Siena

It's the people, of course.  The students and faculty share the same goals, and I think everyone realizes this.  We have a great relationship here with alumni:  they often return to campus to speak with current students , and that willingness says a lot about the long-term success of Siena.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

 Introduction to Computer Science is one of my favorite classes to teach:  it's a great opportunity to meet students from all over the college and help them experience what computing is all about.  I also enjoy teaching Database Systems both for non-majors (Database Design and Applications for Business) and for Computer Science majors (Database Management).  The non-majors leave with a useful set of skills and a better appreciation of what is and isn't possible; the majors learn the fundamentals well enough to be able to adapt easily as the technology evolves.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2009 - Now Professor, Computer Science Siena College
2007 - 2009 Professor, Computer Science and Foundations Siena College
2005 - 2007 Assoc. Prof., Computer Science and Foundations Siena College
1999 - 2000 Visiting Assoc. Prof. Computer Science Univ. of Washington
1998 - 1998 Visiting Assoc. Prof. Computer Science Univ. of Washington
1996 - 2005 Assoc. Prof., Computer Science Siena College
1993 - 1996 Assistant Prof., Computer Science Siena College
1992 - 1992 Consultant, Computer Science Ektron Applied Imaging
1992 - 1993 Instructor, Computer Science UMASS-Amherst
1990 - 1992 Research Assistant Computer Science Univ. of Wisconsin
1989 - 1989 Research Staff Member, Computer Science IBM Almaden Research Center
1987 - 1989 Research Assistant Computer Science Univ. of Wisconsin
1986 - 1986 Computer Programmer, Computer Science Procter & Gamble
1984 - 1985 Programmer/System Administrator, Computer Science Standard Oil Research

Current Research

My research interests are in the areas of Database Systems, Computer Science Education, and Scientific Data Management.  

Articles & Book Reviews

  • A Summer Program to Attract Potential Computer Science Majors
    ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    2018
  • Catch 'em Early: Internship and Assistantship CS Mentoring Programs for Underclassmen
    ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    2018
  • Connecting Colleges/Universities and Local High Schools: A New Model for High School CS Teacher Development
    ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    2018
  • Supporting CS10K: A New Computer Science Methods Course for Mathematics Education Students
    ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    2015
  • Predicting Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex Clades Using Knowledge-Based Bayesian Networks
    BioMed Research International
    2014
  • Epidemiological models of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex infections
    Mathematical Biosciences, vol. 236
    2012
  • Market Basket Analysis for Non-Programmers
    Information Systems Education Journal, vol. 10
    2012
  • TB-Lineage: An online tool for classification and analysis of strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex
    Infection, Genetics and Evolution, vol. 12
    2012
  • Examining the sublineage structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains with multiple-biomarker tensors
    BMC Genomics, vol. 12
    2011
  • Knowledge-based Bayesian network for the classification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex sublineages
    ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Biomedicine
    2011
  • Market Basket Analysis for Non-Programmers
    Information Systems Education Conference (ISECON)
    2011
  • Examining the sublineage structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex strains with multiple-biomarker tensors
    IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine
    2010
  • Multiway modeling and analysis in stem cell systems biology
    BMC Systems Biology
    2008
  • Laminin-5 Activates Extracellular Matrix Production and Osteogenic Gene Focusing in Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells
    Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
    2007
  • Proteomics reveals multiple routes to the osteogenic phenotype in mesenchymal stem cells
    BMC Genomics
    2007
  • Comparing the Proteomes of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Human Osteoblasts using Gene Ontologies
    Stem Cells and Development
    2005
  • Gene Focusing as a Basis for Controlling Stem Cell Differentiation
    Stem Cells and Development
    2005
  • Introducing Computer Science Using a Breadth-First Approach and Functional Programming
    Proceedings of the Thirty-First SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
    2000
  • Software Support for Introducing Computer Science
    Proc. Computers on Campus National Conference
    1999
  • The AQUA Approach to Querying Lists and Trees in Object-Oriented Databases
    IEEE Intl. Conf. on Data Engineering, Taipei
    1995
  • Ordered Types in the AQUA Data Model
    Fourth International Workshop on Database Programming Languages
    1993
  • The AQUA Data Model and Algebra
    Fourth International Workshop on Database Programming Languages
    1993
  • Algebraic Query Processing in EXTRA/EXCESS
    IEEE Data Eng. Bulletin
    1991
  • Algebraic Support for Complex Objects with Arrays, Identity, and Inheritance
    ACM SIGMOD91 Conference Proceedings
    1991
  • Practical Complex Object Algebras
    Workshop on Database Query Optimization
    1989
  • A Data Model and Query Language for EXODUS
    ACM SIGMOD88 Conference Proceedings
    1988

Awards & Distinctions

  • Jerome Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching
    Category: Teaching
    Siena College, Jerome Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012
  • Finalist, Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award
    Category: Teaching
    Finalist, Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Siena College
    Category: Other
    Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Siena College, 2009
  • Finalist, Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award
    Category: Teaching
    Finalist, Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005
  • Finalist, Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award
    Category: Teaching
    Finalist, Jerome Walton Excellence in Teaching Award, 2004
  • Selected for Who's Who Among American Teachers
    Category: Teaching
    Selected for Who's Who Among American Teachers, 2004
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, Siena College
    Category: Other
    Pi Mu Epsilon, Siena College, 1995
  • IBM Graduate Fellowship
    Category: Other
    IBM Graduate Fellowship, 1991
  • IBM Graduate Fellowship
    Category: Other
    IBM Graduate Fellowship, 1990
  • IBM Graduate Fellowship
    Category: Other
    IBM Graduate Fellowship, 1989
  • IBM Graduate Fellowship
    Category: Other
    IBM Graduate Fellowship, 1988
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship
    Category: Research
    Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship, 1987
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship, Honorable Mention
    Category: Other
    National Science Foundation Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 1986
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University
    Category: Other
    Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University, 1986
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship
    Category: Research
    Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship, 1986

Books & Book Chapters

  • Database Concepts, 9th edition
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2019
  • Database Processing: Fundamentals, Design, and Implementation, 15th edition
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2018
  • Database Concepts, 8th edition
    Pearson/Benjamin Cummings
    2017
  • Readings in Object-Oriented Database Systems
    Morgan Kaufmann
    1989

Presentations

  • A Summer Program to Attract Potential Computer Science Majors
    2018
    ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Supporting CS10K: A New Computer Science Methods Course for Mathematics Education Students
    2015
    ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Market Basket Analysis for Non-Programmers
    2011
    Information Systems Education Conference (ISECON), Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Introducing Computer Science Using a Breadth-First Approach and Functional Programming
    2000
    Thirty-First ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Austin, Texas
  • Software Support for Introducing Computer Science
    1999
    Computers on Campus National Conference, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Languages and Algorithms for Retrieving Ordered Objects
    1998
    Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Schenectady, New York
  • Finding Patterns in Ordered Relations
    1997
    Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Locking and Concurrency for Queries on Tree-Structured Data
    1996
    Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • The AQUA Approach to Querying Lists and Trees in Object-Oriented Databases
    1995
    IEEE Intl. Conf. On Data Engineering, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Mathematical Applications in Information Retrieval
    1994
    Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Loudonville, New York
  • The AQUA Data Model and Algebra
    1993
    Fourth Intl. Workshop on Database Programing Languages, New York, New York
  • Algebraic Support for Complex Objects with Arrays, Identity, and Inheritance
    1991
    ACM Intl. Conf. On Management of Data, Denver, Colorado
  • Complex Object Algebras
    1989
    IBM Fellowship Holders Conference, Yorktown, New York