1990 Ph.D., in Applied Math (specialization in Computer Science), Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Federation
1984 M.S., in Applied Math, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
1982 B. S., in Applied Math, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

Antonio L Bajuelos received his Ph.D. in Applied Math (specialization in Computer Science) from Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russian Federation) in 1990, and M.S. and B.S. in Applied Math from Saint Petersburg University (Russian Federation), in 1984 and 1982, respectively. He came to SCIS at FIU after fifteen years teaching at the University of Aveiro in Portugal.

He has 20+ years of expertise in the supervision of research and academic projects related to some real-life problems: wireless networks, quality coverage problems, proximity and facility location problems, etc. Dr. Bajuelos has been a major adviser of 2 Ph.D. and 10 MS graduates.



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Rick L. Blazek

Instructor

2007 Ph.D., CIS, Nova Southeastern University
Dissertation: Knowledge Management, Title: “Author-Statement Citation Analysis Applied as a Recommender System to Support Non-Domain-Expert Academic Research”.

Rick Blazek came to FIU after almost twenty years teaching at Robert Morris University Illinois. He holds an MA in Philosophy and MDiv in Theology as well as MS and Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science. Blazek worked as a computer consultant in Oil and Gas, Retail, and Construction Engineering for more than ten years both before and after gaining his Ph.D. His passion for teaching and desire to understand new technologies has to lead him to ongoing research in Database and Information security. Since joining FIU in 2004, Blazek has enjoyed teaching a variety of courses for the School of Computer and Information Sciences at FIU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.



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2000 M.S., Computer Science, Nova Southeastern University
1982 B.S., Computer Science, Florida International University

As an instructor for SCIS,  Ms. Charters enjoys teaching the courses that start students off in their IT or CS major: COP 1000, COP 2250, COP 3804, and COP 3337. She is passionate about spreading Computer Science education to all children, starting in kindergarten, through elementary, middle, and high school. She also believes that all students at FIU should get a chance to learn how Computer Science impacts their lives, and to dabble in a little bit of coding in languages such as Python and tools like MIT App Inventor. That is why she helped develop a new online course, IDC 1000 – Computer Science for Everyone, which is designed for students who are non-CS and non-IT majors. She would like all students at FIU to consider taking IDC 1000.

Prior to teaching at FIU, Ms. Charters had 2 other careers.  Most recently, she was an educator and teacher-trainer within the Miami-Dade County Public School District.   Her first career was as a Computer Programmer/Analyst for FPL, where she developed mainframe and client/server systems. She is an FIU alumni, and feels blessed to be able to work in SCIS as an Instructor, after having graduated from FIU with a degree in Computer Science many years ago.



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2008 Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Trevor Cickovski received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2008. He currently works at Florida International University as an Instructor primarily of hardware courses, and also a member of the Bioinformatics Research Group (BioRG).

Before coming to FIU Trevor served as Discipline Coordinator of Computer Science at Eckerd College from 2012 to 2015, where he instructed a variety of computer science undergraduate courses plus some cross-disciplinary courses in the liberal arts. He has received two teaching excellence awards, one from the SCIS department at FIU in 2017 and the other from the University of Notre Dame as a graduate instructor in 2006. Trevor has received funding and resources from NVIDIA for bringing GPU computing to the classroom at both FIU and Eckerd, which he continues to pursue in his Structured Computer Organization course.

Trevor is passionate about health and his research with the BioRG explores the roles of the microbiome in maintaining stability of host organisms and environments. His team has explored connections between the microbiome and ADHD, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, COPD, smoking, and red tides by taking a multi-omics approach that integrates DNA, RNA and metabolites using large-scale data processing, GPU computing and network analysis. He has several peer-reviewed publications with the BioRG including Bioinformatics, BMC, ICCABS, Evolutionary Biology, IWBBIO, and ACM TCBB.

Trevor is also lead developer of the software PluMA (http://biorg.cis.fiu.edu/pluma), which includes a community accessible plugin pool where users can contribute extensions to PluMA in the programming language of their choice and then integrate with other users’ plugins, with a goal of facilitating natural development of microbiome analysis by providing the opportunity for communal exchange of ideas and algorithms. PluMA currently has over seventy plugins in several different languages, and continues to grow.



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William Feild

Instructor

ABD, Computer Science, Florida International University
1989 M.S., Computer Science, Florida International University
1985 B.S., Computer Science (Minor-Philosophy), Florida International University

Visiting Instructor with more than 35 years experience in the Computer Science field. Over 15 years as a civilian (holding a TS/SCI SBBI security clearance) with for the US Southern Command as an Operations Research Systems Analyst (ORSA), serving as Chief of Modeling and Simulations. Almost 10 years with Northrop Grumman IT as a Lead Software Systems Engineer. Founder of Game Systems, Inc., an award-winning e-gaming business, producers of Middle-earth Play-By-Mail – a GAMA/ORIGINS Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame game – for over 23 years. Areas of research interest include neural networks, artificial intelligence, game design and modeling and simulation.



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1997 Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Hiroshima, Japan

Dr. Hernandez is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics with Master’s thesis and Doctoral dissertation in the area of Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hiroshima in 1997 and was a postdoctoral researcher in the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology from 1997 to 1999 under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers. He has a career of more than 20 years in higher education, encompassing interdisciplinary areas of Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Dr. Hernandez research interests include computational geometry and its applications, data structures, algorithms, robotics, optimization, and computer science education and has published papers in leading journals and conferences. In the classroom, Dr. Hernandez favors the use of innovative teaching and learning strategies that emphasize an active learning approach.



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Sergio Pisano

Instructor

Dr. Sergio Pisano is an engineer with a passion for teaching and technology.  He received his Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineering at Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, Master of Science in Telecommunications and Networking at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, and Doctor of Education at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked in a variety of information technology positions and has been teaching since 2011. His interests include students’ engagement, Game Based Learning, and novel teaching methodologies.



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Caryl Rahn

Instructor

1986 Masters, Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh
1978 Bachelors, Computer Science, University of New York College at Potsdam

Caryl Rahn received her Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York College at Potsdam in 1978, and Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. She spent over 20 years working in industry and taught for about 18 years. She is an author on two United States patents written while working at IBM.



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Tiana Solis

Instructor

1994 M.S., Computer Information Science, State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNY), Utica

Tiana Solis is currently the Associate Director of Advising and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS). She received a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science in 1992-1994 from State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica. She was an instructor and academic advisor in SCIS from 1994 to 2007 before rejoining SCIS as an instructor in 2010. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Solis was a programmer analyst at the Department of The Attorney General in Hawaii, a member of the team revamping the State Juvenile Justice Information System. She is a former Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Grader with the Educational Testing Service.

Ms. Solis has taught different Computer Science and Information Technology undergraduate courses in SCIS, including being the coordinator of the Undergraduate Senior Project course. She has published in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference focusing on assessing BS-CS student outcomes using the senior project. She has mentored several FIU students participating in the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP). Ms. Solis was the co-Advisor for the Women in Computer Science (WICS) student club in 2003-2005 and co-founded the FIU STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service) in 2011.

Ms. Solis has dedicated her career as an advocate for higher education and student success. She is known by her peers and colleagues as a collaborator, connector, and by students as empathetic and socially oriented. Her research and instructional Interests include student success and retention, distance learning, software development, programming languages, and computer ethics.



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Richard’s interests are both computer science and economics and he holds Ph.Ds in both fields. His research specializes in the dynamics of complex systems to analyze global financial arbitrage. He has been involved in the development and deployment of algorithmic trading systems and has specialized in Global structural components, with a focus on manufacturing processes. He has over 20 years of hands-on experience in the metal fabrication trade.



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