With a combination of appointed faculty from the University of Denver and adjunct faculty with extensive real-world experience in their fields, our expert faculty at University College understand adult learning theories and provide practice-based education to busy adults. Students gain the hands-on skills and foundational knowledge needed to excel in their chosen industries, all while learning from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach.
Our faculty lead dynamic discussions in the classroom, hold rigorous academic standards, and embrace innovative technologies and curriculum designed specifically for adult learners. Learn more about the faculty at University College by browsing the descriptions below.
Mani Akella is an executive with experience in all phases of information and network security issues including security strategy, GRC (governance, risk, compliance), architecture, and operational services. Mani has a very diverse background consisting of positions encompassing the creation of innovative, technologically advanced security solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Mani’s achievements include: coauthoring text books on information security, the use of social psychology in security and incident response. Have been published in trade magazines such as Network World and Computer World.
AD Al-Ghourabi (Executive MBA, University of Denver; MS in Computer Science, University of Denver; BS in Computer Science, University of Denver) is a Director of eCommerce and Digital Platforms at IHS Markit and an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver (DU) where he teaches fundamentals for enhancing digital experiences. AD has over 14 years of experience in Web, mobile, collaboration, and digital marketing and strategy. Recognized as a seasoned business and technology leader, he has championed several innovative and digital transformation solutions that drive operational excellence and increase transactional revenue.
AD’s areas of focus and interests are digital marketing and strategy, market research, collaboration, web content management systems, UI/UX, social computing, mobile computing, and researching emerging technologies. When not at work, AD enjoys volunteer work, reading, politics, watching movies, and traveling.
Stephen Barnes is a graduate of the Management Sciences and Information Systems Department at Oklahoma State University. Prior to earning his PhD at OSU, he spent 10 years in a variety of Systems Engineering roles at Nortel Networks. These included four years specializing in the impacts of deregulation and competition in North America on Nortel and it’s telephone carrier customers, a year working in the standards area on Local Number Portability, and roles in market characterization, business and network planning, and product capacity planning.
Before joining Nortel in 1991, he received his Masters of Science degree from the Interdisciplinary Telecommunication Program of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA degree in Linguistics from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 1983. From 1983 to 1986, he was a Professional Research Assistant in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. From 1986 to 1988, he built housing for Habitat for Humanity in the Rep. of Congo, Central Africa.
Dr. Steve Beaty has an extensive background in both the theoretic and pragmatic aspects of computer science. He wrote compilers at Cray Computer, and both managed a large group of developers and was a software test architect at Hewlett-Packard. He was a professor, chair, and interim vice-president at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is currently the security team lead at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. He has worked on a number of open-source projects and consults with a variety of businesses. His blog can be found at http://www.k336.org/
Marcelo Bernardes holds a MS in Electrical Engineering as well as multiple BS (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Computer
Engineering) all from UNICAMP in Brazil. Marcelo has been working in the IT/Telecom industry since 1993 and has been with Avaya/Lucent Technologies since 1997. His responsibilities within Avaya included co-authoring 2 patents on software internationalization for Bell Labs, systems engineering the Avaya Hosted Contact Center reference architecture, leading the Mexico Professional Services practice, establishing and leading the Managed Services practice in Latin America, and establishing and leading the Russia/CIS Professional Services practice. In his current assignment, Marcelo leads Avaya's Worldwide Customer Proof of Concept and Design Verification Center. Marcelo holds multiple technical certifications, including: CCNP, CCSP, and ACS.
Glenn Berry (MA in International Affairs, Golden Gate University; BA in Economics, University of California – Irvine) is a Principal Consultant for SQLskills.com. He has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the Microsoft Data Platform since 2007. His 25 years of technical experience include development work for the California State Automobile Association, Taco Bell, FRx Software, Convergent Group, Cendant, Mortgage Cadence, and Avalara. His responsibilities have included full life cycle design and development of n-tier client/server applications, performance optimization of enterprise level applications, mentoring, and training. He has also completed the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certifications. His expertise covers the SQL Server 2000-2016, database clustering and mirroring, Windows Server 2000-2016, Visual Basic .NET, Visual Basic, ADO.NET, ADO, and COM/COM+. He has completed the Master Teacher Program at University College.
Mr. Burns is an IT consultant with extensive experience in LAN/WAN network design, voice/data integration, and wireless infrastructure planning. With Unisys Corp. for 16 years, he served as Director of the Unisys Network Solutions Consulting Practice. Most recently, he has led project teams to design and deploy networks supporting video surveillance and other public safety applications. His certifications include Cisco CCNA, Cisco CCDA, Cisco Wireless Specialization, and Nortel NNCDS-Fiber Optic Systems Specialist. Mr. Burns is a senior member of the IEEE Communications Society, and has served as a representative to the ATM Forum Technical Committee. Before joining Unisys he held engineering and technical instructor positions at Tektronix Inc. and Intel Corp. Since 1992 he has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver where he develops and teaches classes in electronics, telecommunications, and broadband networking technologies for the Master of Information & Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum. Mr. Burns holds a masters degree in Telecommunications (MTEL) from the University of Denver, and a B.S., Electrical Engineering Technology, from Virginia Tech.
M.C.I.S., is CTO of an e-commerce company with clients such as American Express, Macromedia, and International Speedway Corporation, the largest NASCARä franchise in the US. Conn has over twenty years of experience in the field of technology and information systems, beginning in 1982 at the National Institute of Technology in Detroit, Michigan. From the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, Conn worked developing database management systems, principally Oracle and IBM DB2, and with the integration of business requirements in application development. (CIS)
Jonathan Coombes is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for an industry leading technology company with oversight responsibilities for the cyber security, compliance, physical security, and security program managment teams. Serving in the military for over 20 years, Jonathan served as a fighter pilot and Intelligence Officer before to starting his civilian career. Prior to his current role, he worked as a managing consultant with IBM and information security executive with USAA.
Jonathan earned a MCIS from Boston University and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He has also completed all coursework towards a PhD in Information Systems (Information Assurance focus). Professional certifications include CISSP, CISM, and PMP.
Marshall Costantino is President & Chief Consultant of Analysis, Research & Design, Inc. of Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1981, AR&D provides financial & risk management and statistical analysis services to its worldwide clients. AR&D’s projects range from serving as ongoing financial risk manager; to building the scoring system the Colorado Parole Board uses to release inmates to early parole; to guiding clients through business startups and turnarounds.
Prior to taking AR&D full-time in 1988, Mr. Costantino served twelve years at three Citigroup subsidiaries where he achieved Regional Credit Officer status. Primarily responsible for credit portfolio quantitative analysis & management and directing analytic teams, Marshall was part of a special Citigroup internal consulting team, which was called upon to deal with special situations around the world. Mr. Costantino has 34 years of progressive credit and financial risk management experience.
Since 1982, Mr. Costantino has served as adjunct faculty and part-time administrator for colleges and universities in Denver. He currently serves as Faculty and Capstone Advisor for the University College Leadership & Organizations, Information & Communications Technology, Environmental Policy & Management and Human Resource Administration curricula. He teaches graduate financial analysis & strategic management courses and Bachelor of Arts Completion Program finance & economics courses.
Marshall earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics at the University of Florida. He earned his Master of Science in Quantitative Economics at South Dakota State University while on active duty as a Missile Launch Officer at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.
MS, Norwich University
Chuck Davis, MSIA, CISSP-ISSAP teaches Computer Forensics at Penn State Harrisburg and he teaches Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, and Wireless Security Management at Harrisburg University. In 2013 Mr. Davis was awarded the Pennsylvania Post-Secondary Technology Educator of the Year. He holds a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.
Chuck is the Executive Malware Defense and Vulnerability Management Architect at IBM. Mr. Davis holds the CISSP and ISSAP certifications from (ISC)2. He co-authored two books on the subject of security, holds four patents and has 8 published invention disclosures. Mr. Davis has been a speaker at numerous security conferences and was a featured guest speaker the 2005 Hacker Halted Conference in Mexico City. Chuck is regularly interviewed by national and regional media on the subject of information security.
Clark De Haven Jr
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Celia Desmond (PMP, MEng in Systems Engineering, Carleton University; BS in Mathematics, Queen's University; Teaching Certificate, Ottawa Teacher's College) manages a Project Management Office for Echologics, a company owned by Mueller Water Products. For most of her career, Celia worked in telecommunications for Bell Canada as Assistant Director, Stentor as Director and World Class - Telecommunications. She formed the Project Management Office at Echologics, which handles the company's largest projects. She has taught project management and related courses at University of Toronto, Stevens Institute of Technology, Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, George Brown College and University of Denver. Students appreciate Celia’s on-line interaction and her ability to relate course materials to real world examples.
MOTM, and Certificate in Project-based Management, University of Denver, is a practicing Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute and currently leads the U.S.A. IT Project Office for North America's largest natural gas producer. She attained her Bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in Communications and Psychology. Ms. Dwight's career spans over fifteen years of project leadership experience delivering strategic business value in the areas of marketing, operations, and product management. She has overseen multi-million dollar programs, managed solutions life-cycles from concept to sunset and directed global portfolios introducing new products and services, in both private and leading Fortune 500 firms within Cable, IT, Oil & Gas, Retail, Software and Telecommunications.
JD, University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law
Jebb Dykstra works with startups and early stage software and systems companies. He has been a part of four VC-backed companies; Meetrix, Cloak, Coax and OneStop. Currently he is co-founder of GoGet!, which is an App for store owners to drive more traffic. Jebb has also structured angel, venture capital and technology transactions as a corporate attorney. He taught Intellectual Property Law at UCLA and now is an Adjunct Professor at University of Denver honing his distance learning and teaching skills.
Christopher Edwards (MS in Management, Regis University; Honours degree in Engineering, Loughborough University) has a wealth of experience in leading major projects in the telecommunications, medical technology, pharmaceutical, electronics, and consumer industries in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and the United States. As a former senior executive with international corporations such as Pfizer, Searle, American Home Products, The B.O.C. Group, Siebe plc (now Invensys), and Teledyne, Mr. Edwards brings a broad global knowledge of product development and management to his classroom. Students appreciate Mr. Edwards’ obvious experience in the industry, which offer them the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the field. Mr. Edwards’ ability to provide effective feedback and to guide classroom conversations is what students like best.
David Ellert (MS in Technology Management, University of Denver; MBA, Regis University; BBA, University of Norte Dame) is a Senior Director of the Center for Project Performance for a global IT consulting firm and an instructor for the local Mile-High Project Management Institute chapter, teaching project management theory and application. With certifications in Project Management (PMP), Scrum Master (CSM), Computing Professional (CCP), and Project-based Management (CPbM), David brings unique knowledge in operational and project management in the IT and Telecommunications industries to the classroom. Students appreciate David’s useful feedback, engagement, and knowledge in the field.
Steve Else (PhD in International Studies, University of Denver) is the CEO of EA Principals, a Gold Member of The Open Group. He is a Certified Enterprise & Solution Architect, having achieved certifications from the British Computer Society, the FEAC Institute, and The Open Group (i.e., in TOGAF 8, TOGAF 9, ArchiMate 2, Open FAIR, and IT4IT). He conducts professional certification training in such courses globally, as well as offering related coaching and consulting services. A former Air Force pilot with an airline transport rating to fly the Boeing 717 and Lear Jet commercially, Steve became an Enterprise Architect about 20 years ago while helping direct the US Air Force Business Transformation initiative. He has been Chief Architect at numerous organizations, done consulting at uniquely challenging organizations, such as the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the United Nations and Fannie Mae, and taught EA to over 5000 students over more than a decade. He has also written two books on the TOGAF framework, along with one on Organization Theory and the Transformation of Large, Complex Organizations, has several architecture-related publications, and sponsors the online Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal.
Doug is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and has graduate degrees in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and Economics from Georgetown. He spent almost 20 years with Martin Marietta working on aerospace programs such as the Magellan Mission to Venus. Since then he has consulted in many different industries in 28 countries, including projects such as a major aircraft modification, a high speed rail project, an English laboratory, Ares I avionics (shuttle replacement), cellular infrastructure projects, a Bureau of Reclamation pumping project, the UN mission to Darfur, a billion pound project for the British government, and many others. In 1992 Doug was a candidate for the US Senate in Colorado and a surrogate speaker for the President of the United States. He flew 214 combat missions as a fighter pilot and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism and 14 Air medals. He has served on several boards and has over 30 years teaching experience in both graduate and undergraduate programs.
MS, University of Denver
BS, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Teylor has over 15 years of experience in front-end and back-end development. Currently, he is the Director of Web Design and Development at Haketi, a Web Design studio in Lafayette, LA.
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M.S.E.E, Air Force Institute of Technology; M.S.B.A., Michigan Technological University, has more than 30 years of experience in high-technology organizations. He is currently an independent consultant specializing in organizational leadership and change. He was previously a senior executive in the aerospace industry with extensive experience in operations, business development, and management of technology. (MOTM)
MBA, Dartmouth University – Tuck School of Business
Jeff Gaillard is an accomplished entrepreneur and corporate executive with over 20 years of experience growing technology businesses including work with Fortune 500 companies, startups, consulting firms and venture capital / private equity firms. In particular, Mr. Gaillard has extensive management experience in the data center and telecommunications industry.
Mr. Gaillard is currently Chief Marketing Officer for ViaWest, a leading provider of Hybrid IT Solutions. Previously he served as a Partner at Communications Media Advisors, a boutique management consulting and investment firm specializing in telecommunications, media and related technologies. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at Elevation Data Centers, a private equity backed data center rollup. Mr. Gaillard also served as President of Zayo Colocation, Inc., a leading provider of colocation and interconnection services in the most important carrier hotels in New York and New Jersey. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Gaillard served as part of the management team at Level 3 Communications, Inc. He acted as Vice President from 2006 to 2008, where he was responsible for European Products and Markets and North American Colocation and Business Markets. Prior to his appointment as Vice President, he held various positions with Level 3 and was responsible for Voice over IP (VoIP) products and Transport, Infrastructure and Access strategy. Before joining Level 3, Mr. Gaillard was responsible for the dedicated hosting business at HostPro/Interland, Inc. and helped to start a regional Internet Service Provider.
Carl Gibbons (MS in Mathematics, University of Denver; BS in Mathematics, Brigham Young University) has been teaching mathematics and computer technology courses in higher education for over twenty years. He works full-time as an information security professional.
MTEL, University College, University of Denver. M.B.A. in Marketing and Entrepreneurship Rice University. As Director of Corporate Strategy at Level 3 Communications, JP is responsible for making sense of business and technological trends and translating them into actionable insight. He has over ten years of telecommunications industry experience in the areas of strategy, product and offer management, finance and sales. JP also serves on the Advisory Board for UCAN (the University College Alumni Network).
Rossana Grzinic received her MS in Information Technology from University of Denver in 2002, and a Masters in Geographic Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University in 2007. She has been working for an oil and gas company the last 10 years, and has been in the IT field over thirteen in a variety of functions. Her focus lately has been on databases and geographic information systems (GIS). She works on designing, building and maintaining databases and has used a variety of DBMS systems (MS Access, MS SQL, Sybase, and Oracle). Most of the databases the work she does is with are relational databases, but she also deals with object-relational systems as well.
She has taught programming at University of Kentucky, and is currently a part of a teaching team for a GIS programming class at the Pennsylvania State University, along with being a member of the University College adjunct faculty.
Donald Halloran (MBA, University of Denver; MS in Information Technology, Syracuse University; BS in Information Technology, Syracuse University) has more than 16 years’ experience in the IT industry. As the IT Director for SpenDifference, a supply chain company based in Denver, Donald brings a breadth of practical IT knowledge to the classroom. Students appreciate Donald’s effective teaching style and ability to make each class an interactive community of learning. Donald’s informative and robust feedback is what students like best about his class.
Jun Heider is an Adobe Flex/AIR ACE and has been an Adobe Certified Instructor since 2005. Jun works as Sr. Architect and Development Manager with RealEyes Media, an Adobe partner company based in Denver, Colorado. Jun also teaches Adobe AIR development at the University of Denver, University College.
Jun is very active in the community and is an officer of the Open Spoon Project and a member of the Adobe Flex PPMC. Jun loves to write and speak at conferences: 360|Flex, Adobe MAX, CFUnited, Adobe Devnet, O’Reilly Inside RIA, and co-author of Professional Adobe Flex 3 by Wrox.
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Mark James (Oracle Professional Certification in Oracle 8i, 9i, 10g and 11g; MSCIS in Database Technologies, Regis University; MBA in Finance and Accounting, Regis University; BS in Accounting, McNeese State University) has taught Master’s level Database Technologies courses with Regis University from March 2001 through December 2010 and has been teaching Master's level Database Technologies courses with University College at the University of Denver (DU) since January 2006. As a former Principal IT Professional in the field of Database Technologies for organizations like Information Handling Services (IHS), Time Warner Telecom, InfoNow Corporation, and Sungard Data Systems, Mr. James brings his knowledge of a broad range of database software systems to the classroom. Students appreciate his obvious interest in and in-depth knowledge of the material. His ability to communicate efficiently and to unpack difficult concepts is what students like best about Mr. James.
PhD, Arizona State University, is the best-selling author of over 90 books on all aspects of computing. Some popular titles include Jamsa’s C/C++/C# Programmer’s Bible and HTML and Web Design. He is known through his books for his ability to make the most difficult concepts simple and understandable. Jasma also holds an MBA from San Diego State University. In addition to a writing career, Jamsa has been a faculty member at several universities and provided consulting services to industry.
Rob received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Texas at
Austin in 1997. Since then he has been involved in research and teaching at a number of universities. He is currently a Software Engineer at Google where he works on the architecture and design of Object Oriented applications.
Raymond has over 15 years of program and project management experience. Currently, he is a Project Manager consultant at CenturyLink, a telecommunications company. Also he works as an independent Project Management/Business Analyst Consultant. He has over 25 years of expertise in sales, marketing, finance, management and technology. He has worked for his own companies, startups, small, medium and large organizations like Qwest, Sprint Nextel, GE, Citi Bank, American Express, CSC, and retail stores. Raymond has received numerous recognition and top performer awards. During summer of 2010 he received Master Teacher award from DU. He has an MBA from University of Phoenix and a BSBA from Xavier University. His professional certification is a PMP from the Project Management Institute. He has a patent pending on ideas, process and software to aid the processing of back office paperwork and image processing.
Raymond is married for over 30 years and has 3 children. He has lived in over 10 US states and overseas. He likes to take cruises, hike and ski. He spends his extra time helping a local charity and as a mentor. He is an avid FaceBook user and enjoys social networking.
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Pete is a User Experience professional in Denver, CO where he leads strategy, design, and research projects and teams. He is a passionate user advocate who takes a human-centered approach as a means to research, build, and maintain scalable solutions. Pete is currently serves as the Director of UX at ProtoTest and has worked in a variety of capacities including: Information Architect, User Experience Designer, and Usability Analyst.
Austin Klahn (MA in Mathematics, Washington State University; BA in Mathematics, Washington State University) is a Visiting Professor at Tianjin University in Tianjin, China. He is responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate students Software Project Management and Engineering Communications. Austin served as SVP&GM of the NavTel Division for Telecommunication Systems Inc. He was responsible for the Navigation and Telematics business unit and was tasked with dramatically improving the product as well as stabilizing and running an international engineering organization with locations in China, Russia and California. Previously, Austin was Chief Information Officer of Jeppesen (a Boeing subsidiary). He lead nine hundred resources located in the US, Russia, EU and Australia. Austin also served as Chief Technology Officer of MapQuest and VP of Software Engineering Navigation Technologies. Austin is recognized for teaching, mentoring and developing young professional and has extensive experience living and working internationally.
Salim Lakhani (PhD in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University) has more than 25 years of teaching and software development experience. He has worked in different capacities as a software engineer, senior team lead, project manager, and development manager.
MCIS from University College, B.S. in Journalism/Communication from University of Oregon. Ray has extensive experience in website design and database architecture. He is currently Information Technology Manager and Webmaster at University College, University of Denver. He also provides website design for small businesses. Ray currently teaches Web Fundamentals and Website Design and Management.
Tim Leddy is an adjunct faculty member of University of Denver and brings with him over twenty years of telecom experience. He recently retired from Level 3 Communications as a Senior Vice President of Customer Operations and now consults with government and industry in the areas of leadership, management and technology. He currently works with the Denver Public Schools as part of a Dell Foundation Grant, supporting the District’s data driven management initiatives aimed at enabling principals to manage their schools more effectively.
Prior to joining Level 3 in 2000, Tim was Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for AT&T Broadband/TCI for its Local Telephone Unit. Tim spent his initial years in the telecommunications industry with Sprint where he held a variety of positions in sales, marketing and customer service. In his last role at Sprint, he managed the organization responsible for data and advance voice sales and customer application design for the Western half of the United States.
Tim received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from John Carroll University and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.
M.S., Columbia University; M.B.A., University of Maryland; M.A., Georgetown University; B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, is the founder and president of Enterprise Transformation Group, Ltd., a Colorado company which provides consulting services, workshops, seminars, and executive briefings on strategic management and information technology issues. In October 2001, President Bush appointed Mr. Lewis to a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Veterans Business Development Corporation. The Corporation assists veterans in their entrepreneurial and small business activities. (CIS)
Karen received her Masters and Doctorate in Human Development from Harvard University and BA from Washington University in St. Louis. Karen worked for Bell Labs (AT&T/Lucent/Avaya) as a Human Factors engineer for 4 years, doing usability research and user-interface design on projects such as video-teleconferencing, membrane switch keyboards, AT&T’s first voice mail system, and the design of a terminal for the deaf (precursor to today’s laptops). Following this, she served as a Technical Manager for 24 years, where she was responsible for the delivery of software applications that remotely diagnosed telecommunications equipment/software problems and that facilitated the installation and management of voice-data systems. As a coach, she also led global development teams and helped manage the career development of her associates. She is co-inventor on 3 US patents from this work. Karen also has her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. Karen is a participating faculty member in the Daniels College of Business at DU, where she teaches Leadership and Communication to undergraduates, Enterprise Solutions to MBAs, and coaches Executive MBA students. She has also originated an seminar on The Mind of a Leader for honors undergraduates. She has taught Leadership and Communication in The Women’s College and will originate an undergraduate course on Website Design and Usability at TWC in Fall 2010.
Mr. Lynn (Thomas) Lusk retired from the US Air Force in 1995 as a Developmental Engineer having worked in the fields of Smart Weapons, Satellites and Electronic Warfare. He began his 2nd career in Military Pay systems at old Lowry where he introduced Oracle technologies into their otherwise COBOL-based systems. From there, he joined Oracle as a delivery consultant at various times as a DBA, developer or architect, frequently using their integration technologies. He is now an independent consultant specializing in Master Data Management.
Matt McConnell (MBA, University of Virginia; BS in Finance and Management Information Systems, Boston College) is an accomplished entrepreneur and corporate executive with over 28 years of management, business development and consulting experience, specializing in the commercialization of new technology. He is presently Senior Vice President and General Manager of Comcast Technology Solutions, a division of Comcast Cable. Mr. McConnell brings an applied knowledge of product management and strategic development to his classroom, which is what students most appreciate about his courses. His practical, industry-oriented examples, taken from his own relevant career experience, are what students like best about Mr. McConnell.
MBA, Regis University
BS, University of California, San Diego
Matt Mendrala is a professional software engineer with over 25 years’ experience developing desktop and web applications for a variety of platforms. He has been developing world-class mobile applications for the past 4-5 years and is currently the Director of Interactive Media and Mobile Applications at a local company creating cutting-edge products for the Internet of Things. In addition to developing software, Matt has an MBA in E-Business and a background in human factors engineering, cognitive science, multimedia, user experience design, enterprise architecture, and business development.
Masters of Science in Decision and Information Systems from Arizona State University and a Masters of Education in Learning Technologies from ASU. Mark also holds three industry security certifications, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certificate from ISACA, and the Certified Software Security Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) certificate. Mark has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology with experience in roles as programmer, systems designer, consultant, instructor, and IT Security professional.
Mark is an Information Security Manager for PayPal Inc (an eBay company) in Scottsdale Arizona. Mark represents his company as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS/ISAC) Site Coordinator and chairs the Education Committee of the FS-ISAC. Mark is also a founding member of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC) Research and Development committee, and is a member of the FSSCC Cybcrsecurity Committee.
Mark is the author or co-author of 9 books on IT topics, including:
• Breaking Through Technical Jargon, 1990, Van Nostrand Reinhold
•Building SET Applications For Secure Transactions, 1998, Wiley Publishing
•Thin Clients Clearly Explained, 1999, Morgan-Kaufmann
•Virtual Private Networks For Dummies, 1999, IDG Books International
•Complete Guide To Internet Security, 2000, AMACOM Books
•The ePrivacy Imperative, 2001, AMACOM Books
•Computer Security Assurance using the Common Criteria, 2004, Delmar Learning - Thomson Publishing
•Introduction to Information Security, 2005, Prentice Hall
•Secure and Resilient Software Development, 2010, Auerbach Publications
Dr. Bryan R. Moser is founder and CEO of Global Project Design (GPD), a company transforming teamwork to match the complex nature of work today. As a researcher from 1994-1999 at the University of Tokyo he pushed forward methods and cases for high performance global teaming. For a decade with United Technologies, Bryan led technology development partnerships and complex programs in Asia, creating strategic collaboration with industries, universities and national programs. In the late 1980’s Bryan was one of the first foreign engineers at Nissan in Japan.
Bryan earned a doctorate in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo, where he now leads multi-disciplinary research on complex socio-technical systems. He also has degrees in Computer Science and Technology & Policy both from MIT, where he received the Karl Taylor Compton Award, Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship and Alumni Award for Excellence in Technology and Policy. As an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver, Bryan has been a key contributor to the design of the Information & Communications Technology graduate program at University College and regularly teaches foundations courses in the program.
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Master’s in Computer Information system from Regis University, is a ERP Application’s expert working with Oracle products for the last 10 years both from a functional and technical perspective. (MCIS)
Paul Novak (MA in Educational Technology, University of Northern Colorado; BA in History and Journalism; Rutgers University) is the Instructional Designer for University College at the University of Denver. Paul brings knowledge in instructional design techniques to create educational experiences in both academic and corporate settings to the classroom. He has developed face-to-face classes as well as computer and web based training incorporating a wide range of learning strategies for technical and non-technical subject matter. Students appreciate Paul’s willingness to help students and useful course materials.
BS in Construction Engineering from Montana State University, and MS in Civil Engineering from UC-Boulder with an emphasis in Construction Management. Tim has been a senior project/program manager since 1985, primarily in the data center, telecom, construction and the pharmaceutical/medical industry, managing projects with budgets up to $50 million. Project Management Professional (PMP) certified from the Project Management Institute (PMI. On a national level for PMI he was a member of the Project Manager Competency Development Framework Update Team. Tim has been an adjunct professor at the University of Denver since 2004 and has recently earned the “University College Master Teacher” designation.
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Dr. Galina Pildush has been active in the telecommunications and computer networking industry for more than twenty-five years. She holds a PhD in Organization and Management, specializing in IT (Capella University), an MSc in Computer Science (University of Toronto), and a BSc in Computer Science (York University). Dr. Pildush is the author of computer networking books and articles. Her present passion has expanded into network security, mobile service provider infrastructure protection, cloud security, and virtualization. Dr. Pildush is an active industry standards contributor (3GPP, IETF, ETSI) with extensive experience in adult learning and teaching practice ranging from traditional university settings to corporate training, both on-ground and online. She is an author, speaker, and is actively engaged in various industry standards, focusing on security. Currently Dr. Pildush holds a role of an Architect and Evangelist for a high-tech company.
M.C.I.S., University of Denver; B.A.,University of Minnesota, is a Senior Analyst at CyTECH Inc. He has over twenty years of progressive experience and responsibility in information management and data processing, including software design and development, project management, requirements analysis, application prototyping, documentation, support, and training using structured analysis and object oriented design and development. He has expert knowledge of UNIX, C, C++ and Relational Database Management and experience in the design and development of business and scientific applications, relational database systems, graphical applications, and cross-platform interfaces. (CIS)
Gary (Hank) Reeves, CISSP, has twenty years of diverse experience in manufacturing, transportation, financial services, high-tech and government organizations. He has a BSEE from the United States Naval Academy and completed his MBA in Information Systems Management in 1993 from the University of Texas. While working at US Space Command, Reeves became interested in Information systems security and later co-founded an Infosec startup firm. After spending the early part of this decade working as an information security consultant for DoD clients, Reeves was recalled to Active Duty in 2005 and is currently serving as the manager for the Navy's self-paced computer based training program.
M.C.I.S, University of Denver – University College. Fernando Reyes is experienced in developing data-driven websites and web applications. Fernando is currently a programmer at the University of Denver - Penrose Library where he helps maintain the library website and develops internal web applications for library specific processes.
Richard Reynolds (MAS in Personnel Management and Labor Relations, Webster University; BA in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Oklahoma State University) is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) with over thirty years of information systems security experience that began with the United States Air Force and continued with Lockheed Martin. He currently owns a consulting company, Systems Security Engineering, LLC. Richard has extensive experience in both the technical and managerial aspects of Information Systems Security with in-depth knowledge of DoD, NASA, NSA, NISPOM, and International Traffic In Arms Regulation requirements. Richard’s experience includes all program phases from proposal efforts through system design, development, acceptance testing, operations, and disposal. He is an active member of InfraGard; an interaction and information sharing program between industry and the FBI on matters regarding threats to the critical infrastructures, vulnerabilities, and interdependencies related to counterterrorism, cybercrime, and other major crime programs.
Jeff Robinson is an Adjunct Professor in the University College program. He received his M.A. in Religious Studies, with an emphasis in Philosophy at the Denver University, an M.A. in Counseling at the University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology University of Northern Colorado. Jeff also studied Information Technology at Regis University, focusing his studies in Oracle Database administration and development. He has more than 15 years in the Information Technology field, with experience in administering Oracle, MySQL and SQL Server databases. Jeff’s teaching interests include varies facets of database systems, specifically in Oracle Backup and Recovery and Data Warehouse design and implementation.
Jeff has an interest in facilitating students in gaining a complete, holistic understanding of database systems. Assisting them in understanding technology from a functional perspective, but also understanding how technology situates itself in the business process.
Brian Rothwell is currently employed at ConMed Electrosurgery as a Senior Software Engineer designing and implementing embedded software for medical devices. Brian has worked for a series of startups producing highly reliable integrated hardware/software products in the medical, broadcast and large format printing environments. Prior to this, he worked for Lockheed Martin Aerospace for 12 years and served as a US Navy officer on a nuclear attack submarine.
Areas of expertise include software and systems architecture, software design and implementation.
Brian has taught C and C++ programming languages, along with software analysis and design techniques at University College since 1989.
Brian has an M.S.in Computer Science from the University of Colorado and and a B.A in Math/Computer Science from the University of Misouri.
BA, University of Colorado at Boulder
MS, Capitol Technology University
MBA, University of Denver
Rob has more than 20 years of experience in information technology and information security on security reviews, operations, remediation, compliance, strategy, and architecture development. He started his career with the United States Air Force with assignments at the Pentagon and the National Security Agency. Prior to launching his current consulting practice, he served as a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a Managing Director with a national security services provider, and as the Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Denver. Rob is currently a Business Advisory Services Partner for RubinBrown LLP, leading the Cyber Security services team. Rob is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Rob enjoys sharing his insights and experience with students as they progress from learning new subjects to practical application.
Michael enjoys the challenge of teaching and challenging experienced career enhancers, as well as guiding fledgling career changers, in practical problem solving skills.
MBA, Webster University
MS in Computer Science, Colorado State University
Nirav Shah has more than 20 years of experience in software development, implementation and management. Currently, he works as Senior Application Developer at the University of Denver. His current technology interests are cloud based applications, data integration among cloud based applications, and web and mobile technologies.
D.Sc., M.S.E.E., Washington University; M.B.A., Regis University; B.S.E.E., University of Denver, is the principal of CompuTutor Consulting, a Denver-based computer and networking firm. Shinn has consulted for both end-user and vendor organizations concentrating on the design and evaluation of network troubleshooting tools. He has also lectured extensively across North America and Europe on a wide range of data communication and networking topics including network protocols, LAN and Internet troubleshooting, Internet marketing, and client/server computing. He is a member of the Internet Society and holds UCOL's Master Teacher Certificate. (ICT)
ICT 4610 TCP/IP Networks
ICT 4835 Enterprise Networks
ICT 4825 - Network Management Systems
ICT 4861 - Wireless LANS
Mr. Smith holds Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Rutgers; has done graduate work in applied mathematics at the University of Colorado; and was a participant in two graduate seminars in cryptography at MIT. He is the developer of the University College “Principles of Cryptography” course, which he has taught for the last six years. He has published several articles on cryptography and is a frequent speaker at information security conferences. Mr. Smith is the founder of Timberline Technologies LLC, a Denver-based information security consulting firm.
Steve Starliper (MS in Technology Management, Golden Gate University; BSC in Marketing, Santa Clara University-magna cum laude; Advanced 5-month Certificate in Telecommunications, Carnie-Mellon University) has more than 28 years of experience in telecommunications and high-technology, including officer-level and GM positions at Fortune 500 firms, mainly in marketing, small business and product management and development. He has also held leadership positions in start-ups, including hardware and software related ventures. Steve is currently with Global Capacity as VP of Product Strategy. Steve integrates his in-depth industry knowledge with the academic rigor of the material being covered--for practical application in the classroom setting. Students appreciate Steve’s ability to couple his in-depth expertise and knowledge of the industry to stimulate classroom discussion.
BS, Chapman University
MA, Webster University
Joe Turnbough is an adjunct faculty member of University of Denver and brings with him over twenty-eight years of Information Technology experience. He currently works at Optimum Networking, Inc. (a leading Denver Colorado IT consulting firm) acting as the President/CEO and providing pre-sales engineering designs for prospects and customers in the greater Front Range area.
Joe co-founded Optimum Networking in 1995 with a combined $1,200 investment and has grown his firm to $5.5MM company with over 35 employees. Optimum specializes in a wide variety of technology solutions and managed services for the Small to Medium Business (SMB) sector.
Prior to starting his firm, Joe worked at CH2M Hill as a systems analyst overseeing the engineering firm’s Wide Area Network with over 80 national and 27 International locations.
Before joining CH2M Hill, Joe started his career in Information Systems in the United States Marines serving eight years. During this time, Joe worked as an Analytical Intelligence Specialist in in the first Gulf War while also working in the computer specialist. After returning from the war, Joe was promoted to base IT administrator responsible for designing, installing and supporting networks for 12 squadrons at Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, CA.
Brian Wagner is currently the President of Wagner Telecom Management, LLC., a consulting firm specializing in aiding carriers, ISPs, and municipalities with a variety of planning, technical, and regulatory issues. Prior to his time at Wagner Telecom Management, Brian spent 15 years as the Vice President of Operations for a regional Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) which today is one of the few facilities-based CLECs remaining in the country. Brian authored the original business plan and feasibility study for the organization and was instrumental in launching and building the company into a successful broadband and voice carrier.
Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver and his Master of Business Administration from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Holger Weinhardt (MS in Physics, PMP, CISSP) has been leading engineering, development and operations teams at large telecommunications carriers and global ICT technology suppliers such as T-Mobile, MCI (now Verizon), UUNET, Deutsche Telekom, Qualcomm and Airbus Defense & Space in 200+ team member projects with $30M+ budgets across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Students appreciate Holger’s practical lessons learned from interfacing with some of the innovators of the early Internet, and his focus on hands-on use cases. Holger’s ability to bring stories and concrete case studies to life, and the humor and enthusiasm in his classroom are what students like most about his classes.
G. Travis White
Travis White (Ph.D. in Higher Education, University of Denver; MA in Library and Information Science, University of Denver; BA in International Relations and Latin American History, University of Delaware) has worked for a series of successful (and sometimes unsuccessful) hardware and software companies since 1983. As the current owner of Travis White Strategy & Communication, Travis brings product management, communications, training, marketing, and customer service knowledge to the classroom. Travis has helped customers in many countries derive strategic value from their IT investments. Travis also led a number of branding efforts for public companies, including Software for a Changing World for J.D. Edwards and Simpler is Better for Lawson Software. He’s an expert in delivering technical information–including market positioning–to non-technical audiences. Students appreciate Travis’s responsiveness, in addition to the engaging nature of his courses. His ability to provide helpful tips and tricks for marketing (and life) is what students like best about Travis.
Cathie Wilson (MS in Computer Information Technology/Database Technologies, Regis University; BS in CIS Business Administration, Colorado State University) is a consultant and graduate level instructor with a passion for database technologies and the ongoing development and application of adult teaching and learning practices. From her consulting and teaching background she brings a unique understanding of database technologies to the classroom. It’s Cathie’s obvious and infectious love of database technologies that allows students to explore and fully appreciate the ever-present need for databases in our world.