Faculty and Students

Get to know the individuals who make the BU MSCIS program one that is regarded as the best of its kind. Whether you take the courses online, on campus, or a blend of both, you will interact directly with the same PhD-level faculty—and you will learn alongside diverse, highly innovative, sophisticated students.

Computer Science Department

The Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science is the first CS department at the University. The Department has built a longstanding reputation of excellence in numerous state-of-the-art areas of IT. Since its inception in 1979, the Department has maintained leading-edge relevance by attracting top educators, researchers, and technology experts with strong knowledge of IT and its management. This dual emphasis shapes the MSCIS program and guides the longstanding careers of our faculty.

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Faculty

We are more than faculty. We are full-time educators, mentors, and experienced leaders. We bring international IT experience in both private and government settings to the learning environment.

Our collective experience as a faculty includes advising the technology needs for leading organizations, such as Philips, Lockheed, Lucent Technologies, U.S. Air Force, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Staples, United Way, Fidelity Investments, and Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.

As faculty members and professionals, we each played an instrumental role in Boston University’s designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency.

BlueCross, BlueShield
Lockheed Martin
Hewlett-Packard
U.S. Air Force

Eric J. Braude

Dr. Eric J. Braude

Eric J. Braude

Associate Professor of Computer Science

PhD Columbia University

MS University of Illinois

BS University of Natal (South Africa)

Areas of Specialization

Software Engineering and Design

Dr. Braude teaches software design, artificial intelligence, data structures, information system security, software engineering, and web services. His books have been translated into several languages. Dr. Braude has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, City University of New York, Pennsylvania State University and Seton Hall University and has served as technology advisor to corporations such as Philips, Lockheed, Lucent Technologies, and MITRE Corporation.

Courses

IT Security Policies and Procedures MET CS 684

Lou Chitkushev

Dr. Lou Chitkushev

Lou Chitkushev

Associate Professor of Computer Science,

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

PhD Boston University

MS Medical College of Virginia

MS, BS University of Belgrade

Areas of Specialization

Network Performance Analysis and Optimization Network Security Self-similar Traffic Modeling Telemedicine Medical Applications of Computer Networks BioMedical Informatics Security and Privacy of BioMedical Data

Dr. Chitkushev has served on several IEEE conference committees and as a NSF review panelist. He is cofounder and associate director of Boston University’s Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security and played a role in initiatives that led to Boston University’s designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency. Professor Chitkushev teaches data communications, computer networks, advanced Internet technologies, medical informatics, and network security.

Courses

Business Data Communication and Computer Networks MET CS 625

Enterprise Information Security MET CS 695

"I now think about risk, security services and mechanisms in my sleep, which is great thanks."

Richard O’Connell,
MSCIS graduate

John Day

John Day

John Day

Lecturer

MS Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois

BS Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois

Areas of Specialization

Network Management Architecture Computer Networks Upper layer protocols

Stu Jacobs

Stu Jacobs

Stu Jacobs

Lecturer

MS Southern Connecticut State University

BS University of Wisconsin Madison

Areas of Specialization

Security Architectures for Wireless and Wired Networks SS7 CALEA/LI Vulnerability Analysis Intrusion Detection and Systems Engineering Methodologies Network Design and Security

Courses

Enterprise Information Security MET CS 674

Network Forensics MET CS 703

Suresh Kalathur

Dr. Suresh Kalathur

Suresh Kalathur

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

PhD Brandeis University

MS Indian Institute of Technology

BS Regional Engineering College (Warangal, India)

Areas of Specialization

Programming Languages Compilers Constraint Programming Object-Oriented Programming Parallel and Distributed Computing Multi-Agent Systems

Dr. Kalathur’s interests include autonomous agent systems, enterprise Java applications, object-oriented design and analysis, and operating systems security. He served as a lecturer and adjunct faculty at Tufts University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and he developed software and systems for several organizations and agencies, including the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Kalathur teaches courses in Java programming, data mining, and grid computing.

Courses

Information Structures MET CS 520

Data Mining and Business Intelligence MET CS 699

Rich Internet Application Development MET CS 701

Vijay Kanabar

>Vijay Kanabar

Vijay Kanabar

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Administrative Sciences,

Director of Project Management Programs

PhD University of Manitoba (Canada)

MS Florida Institute of Technology

MBA Webber College

BS University of Madras (India)

Areas of Specialization

Database Systems Client/Server Systems Project Management

Dr. Kanabar is an internationally recognized authority on project management and has unique expertise spanning both business practices and computer science. A certified Project Management Professional, he has advised numerous organizations on training and technology needs, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Staples, United Way, and Fidelity Investments. Dr. Kanabar is an internationally published scholar and is recognized by local and national media as an authority on electronic commerce, identity theft, data systems, and project management.

Courses

IT Project Management MET CS 632

"I am appreciative for all that you do to provide a great learning experience."

Gregory Buckley,
MSCIS graduate

Jae Young Lee

Jae Young Lee

Jae Young Lee

Associate Professor of Computer Science

PhD University of Texas at Arlington

MS University of Texas at Arlington

BS Seoul National University (Korea)

Areas of Specialization

Database: Conceptual Modeling and Query Languages
Data Mining: Association Rule Mining Activity Mining Sequence Data Mining

Dr. Lee has taught various courses in the computer sciences, including database management, data mining, principles of programming languages, digital logic and computer organization, computer architecture and assembly programming, design and analysis of algorithms, and data structures. Before coming to Metropolitan College, he previously instructed at the Colorado School of Mines, the University of North Florida, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Lee actively conducts research on data mining, and has been awarded several grants to fund his work. With a focus on activity mining, he studies the complex activities of moving objects and extracts useful information from activity data.

Courses

Data Mining and Business Intelligence MET CS 699

Database Security MET CS 674

Robert Schudy

Robert Schudy

Robert Schudy

Associate Professor of Computer Science,

Director of the online MS in Computer Information Systems

PhD University of Rochester, USA
MS University of Rochester, USA
BA University of California, San Diego, USA

Areas of Specialization

Java Big Data Analytics Internet-Based Application Development Database Management Artificial Intelligence Autonomous Systems Aiding Systems

Dr. Schudy has served as principal investigator, consultant, and engineer in both private and government research settings, including Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, ARPA, and the U.S. Air Force. His work includes product and technology design and development in avionics, artificial intelligence, computer software and systems, and electronics. Dr. Schudy coordinates the online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program and teaches courses in database management, enterprise architecture, object-oriented analysis and design, and computer programming. His current research includes online education and curricula, particularly in the emerging big data and analytics areas.

Courses

Database Design and Implementation for Business MET CS 669

Advanced Database Management MET CS 779

Enterprise Architecture MET CS 783

"You really gave me hands on experience and new appreciation for the art involved in data modeling, implementation and management. Thanks for a great class."

Richard O’Connell,
MSCIS graduate

Victor Shtern

Victor Shtern

Victor Shtern

Associate Professor of Computer Science

PhD Leningrad Aluminum Institute (Russia)

MS Leningrad Institute of Technology

MBA Boston University

Areas of Specialization

Programming Languages Object-Oriented Methods of Software Construction Software Testing Computer Simulation

Dr. Shtern has more than twenty-five years of experience in the computer industry as a software engineer, systems programmer, training instructor, and course developer. He has conducted research in object-oriented techniques, software testing, database design, simulation, and computer-aided training. His book on C++ has been translated into Chinese, Russian, and Polish. Dr. Shtern teaches courses in C/C++ and Java programming, data structures, object-oriented design, software engineering, design patterns, and other topics.

Courses

Information Structures MET CS 520

Information Systems Analysis and Design MET CS 682

"I was able to put into practice many of the skills in my tool belt from various positions and projects I have worked on over the years."

Richard O’Connell,
MSCIS graduate

Anatoly Temkin

Anatoly Temkin

Anatoly Temkin

Assistant Professor and Chair of Computer Science

PhD Kazan University (Russia)

MS Moscow University

Areas of Specialization

Pattern Recognition and Cryptography

Dr. Temkin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in discrete mathematics, computer language theory, cryptography, algorithms, and computer information systems. In 2004, he received the University’s most prestigious Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching; he also serves as academic advisor to graduate students in computer science. His research interests include information security and curriculum design.

Courses

Quantitative Methods for Information Systems MET CS 546

"Thanks for reminding me how much fun math really is and why it is important. I think the videos that you spent the time making really helped with the class; the material is very timely and important."

Richard O’Connell,
MSCIS Graduate

Guanglan Zhang

Guanglan Zhang

Guanglan Zhang

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

PhD Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

MEng Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

BS Luoyang Institute of Technology

Areas of Specialization

Bioinformatics Health Informatics Predictive Analytics

Dr. Zhang’s research focus has been in machine learning, data mining, and knowledge management in the biomedical and health care fields. Her major research interests include computational modeling of complex biological processes, such as the identification of vaccine targets, the development of a framework for rapid development of next-generation biological databases, the building of analytical tools for pattern recognition from biomedical data, and the design of diagnostic tools. She has authored more than thirty journal publications, developed more than twenty online computational systems, and filed two patents as co-inventor. Through the development of advanced computational solutions, she contributes to the rapid progress of basic and applied biology and biomedicine. Professor Zhang served as a research associate at Harvard Medical School, senior bioinformatics engineer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and project leader and senior research engineer at the Institute for Infocomm Research (previous name: Kent Ridge Digital Lab), Singapore.

Courses

Health Informatics MET CS 580

Yuting Zhang

Yuting Zhang

Yuting Zhang

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

MS University of Science and Technology Beijing

BS University of Science and Technology Beijing

Areas of Specialization

Operating Systems and Networking

Dr. Zhang’s research mainly focuses on the resource management in soft real-time systems, virtual machine systems, and Internet end-systems, though her interest spreads to all areas of computer systems and networks. Conducted through both theoretic analysis and empirical evaluation, her research has resulted in publication in more than a dozen conference proceedings and journals. Professor Zhang served as an assistant professor at Merrimack College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Allegheny College, and University of Science and Technology Beijing. She has taught a variety of courses, including information technology, Java/C++/C programming, operating systems, computer networks, analysis of algorithms, software engineering, programming languages, and a research seminar.

Tanya Zlateva

Tanya Zlateva

Tanya Zlateva

Associate Professor of Computer Science,

Dean ad interim of Metropolitan College & Extended Education

PhD Dresden University of Technology (Germany)

MS, BS Dresden University of Technology (Germany)

Areas of Specialization

Computational Modeling of Visual Perception Recognition Three Dimensional Representations of Object Shape Parallel and Distributed Processing

Dr. Zlateva’s research interests include computational modeling of visual perception, parallel and distributed processing, and pattern recognition. She was instrumental in developing the information security curriculum that led to Boston University’s designation as a Center for Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency. She is an expert in online course delivery and development, and she has an accomplished research background in computer science.

Students

Students who choose the Boston University Master of Science in Computer Information Systems online program are primarily working IT professionals who come from various roles and responsibilities within the field. As current or aspiring IT leaders, our students subscribe to and communicate a predictive view in which information technology is a critical function of workplace productivity and competitive standing for all organizations.

Choose BU and you can become an IT leader with skills based on a solid, lasting, theoretical foundation to effectively manage information technology.

Application Instructions for International Applicants


You will meet many members of the BU community in this course and program. Some of these people you will meet online, and some you will communicate with by email and phone. Others are busy behind the scenes, including instructional designers, faculty who assist with course preparation, and video and animation specialists.

  • Getting Started
  • Course Support
  • Beyond your Course Work

Boston University is committed to helping you achieve academic excellence. From the application process through graduation, a team of dedicated and passionate people are available to answer your questions, comments, and concerns. Beyond coursework, you will have many questions and face several challenges on your way to obtaining a higher education degree. The BU MSCIS program provides you with unprecedented student support to help guide you through each phase of your journey. Communicate and collaborate with fellow students and alumni, discuss what concentration best fits your needs, or reach out for technical support during final exams. Whatever you need, whenever you need it, support is always there.

Your Enrollment Advisors, Salil Sharma, Tracy Woolcock, and Neil Nath are responsible for preparing you for the start of your online degree program. At the start of your application process, they will provide you with an overview of the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and answer any questions that you have pertaining to admission requirements, tuition and funding, curriculum, online learning, and your application. Next, the Enrollment Advisors will work with you as you compile the information to complete your application. Your Enrollment Advisor is happy to answer any questions you may have throughout the process.

Your Facilitator: Our classes are divided into small groups, and each group has its own facilitator. We carefully select and train our facilitators for their subject matter expertise and their teaching excellence. Your facilitator’s role is similar to that of a one-on-one tutor who is responsible for stimulating live discussions in pedagogically useful areas; answering your questions; and grading exercises, discussions, term projects, and any manually graded quiz or final exam questions. If you ask your facilitator a question by email, you should get a response within 24 hours, and usually faster. If you need an answer in a hurry, post the question to the Around the Clock Help discussion board, where the professor, all of the facilitators, and your fellow students will see it. Most questions posted to Around the Clock Help are answered within a few minutes.

Your Professor has primary responsibility for the course. If you have any questions that your facilitator doesn’t answer quickly and to your satisfaction, send your professor an email, and copy your facilitator so that your facilitator is aware of your question and your professor’s response.

Your Student Services Coordinators, Jen Sullivan and Andrew Hinkell, are here to ensure you have a positive online experience. You will receive email messages, announcements, or phone calls from either Jen or Andrew throughout the semester, depending on the class in which you enrolled. They are located in BU’s Office of Distance Education where they are able to collaborate with the rest of the BU online student services team to ensure you have access to BU resources. They prepare students for milestones such as course launches, final exams, and course evaluations. Jen and Andrew provide support to both students and faculty, so be sure to contact them if you are having trouble connecting with an instructor or facilitator. They can also direct your university questions and concerns to the appropriate party.

Finally, Jen and Andrew also provide support for general questions regarding the functionality of the course learning management system for students, faculty, and facilitators. They do not, however, provide tech support. Either Jen or Andrew will be enrolled in every one of your classes and can be contacted within the course as it is running.

Although you will not normally encounter the following people in your online course, they are central to the program. You may receive emails or phone calls from them, and you should feel free to contact them.

Your Academic Advisor, Professor Anatoly Temkin, is the academic advisor for both on-campus and online students. Professor Temkin advises students on appropriate courses and programs. He also makes decisions on petitions for course waivers and the transfer of credits for courses taken at other institutions. You can reach Professor Temkin at temkin@bu.edu or at 1-617-358-2566.

Your Online Coordinator, Alexa Muhs, administers the academic aspects of the program, including admissions and registration. You can ask Alexa questions about the program, registration, course offerings, graduation, or any other program-related topic.

Your Online MSCIS Program Director, Professor Robert Schudy, is responsible for the MSCIS online program.

Professor Anatoly Temkin, PhD – As Chair, Computer Science Department, Boston University Metropolitan College, Dr. Temkin is responsible for the Computer Science Department as a whole, including the MSCIS program. Contact Professor Temkin with any issues that have not been addressed adequately. The customary issue escalation sequence after your course facilitator and course faculty is Professor Schudy and then Professor Temkin.

Professor Lou Chitkushev, PhD – Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chitkushev is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department. He has general responsibility for academic quality and other academic affairs throughout the MSCIS program.


Alumni Spotlight

Featured Alumni: Michael Yabba

In terms of what you learned (or are learning), what stands out most about your program at MET?
I was mainly interested in getting a degree in information security as well as being online. BU offered both of those and, combined with an excellent reputation, it was the perfect fit for me.

Have you applied things you learned in the program to your current job?
One of my main duties at my current job is to develop software applications. But I am also responsible for deploying and securing applications. Although I have only taken one class, it has helped me brush up on fundamentals. In the future, I hope to apply the knowledge from my security classes directly to my current position.

Michael Yebba, MET 2011

Michael Yebba
MSCIS graduate

Words of Wisdom
from Richard O’Connell
MSCIS graduate

"Learning inspires your best work and in turn enhances your professional footprint, it is all up to you especially in an online program."

Words of Wisdom
from Richard O’Connell
MSCIS graduate

“In these down economic times, it is easy to get distracted. Don’t. What you are doing in this program will have long-time meaning and value. The point is to be bold, inspired, get involved and breakout of what you are doing and get to what you can really do. That is what education is supposed to spark.”

Words of Wisdom
from Richard O’Connell
MSCIS graduate

“Review the top key concepts from all the classes you have taken before starting the next. It will tie the program together and result in you being a better student.”

Words of Wisdom
from Richard O’Connell
MSCIS graduate

“This was surely one of the most rewarding professional and educational experiences of my life. I would only hope that online and hybrid programs continue to grow at BU/MET. I will be back for more…”

Course Technical Support

While each course has specific requirements and distinct learning methods, there are also common resources and standards that you should be aware of as a student. Take time to get acquainted with the important details in this section. They will prove to be valuable as you navigate through your courses.

Microsoft DreamSpark (former MSDNAA) Software Center

Metropolitan College is a member of the Microsoft DreamSpark (former MSDNAA) – a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching, and research purposes. Our membership allows faculty and students currently enrolled in MET courses to obtain certain Microsoft products free of charge. Requests for student accounts should be submitted by professors via email to METIT@BU.EDU.

Boston University Library Resources

As Boston University students, you have full access to online resources of the BU libraries. Previously known as the ‘ezproxy’ library portal, the new access for all BU students lets you connect to the BU Libraries’ electronic resources seamlessly. Use the link http://www.bu.edu/library/index.shtml. You may use the libraries’ content regardless of whether you are logged into the learning management system or not. Outside of the learning management system, you will be prompted to confirm your status as a BU community member with your Kerberos login.

Using the links on the right side of the libraries’ home page, you can find articles, eJournals, and eBooks. You can easily search the libraries’ content by subject. In addition, through the “Reference Shelf,” you will have access to dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and more. If you are having difficulties gaining access, please follow the instructions below.

Connect to eResources

If you are having difficulties gaining access, go to http://www.bu.edu/library/research/connecting.html. From this page you can access high-quality academic databases, eJournals, eBooks and print resources. For questions regarding connecting to the libraries, use the linked form: http://www.bu.edu/library/help/. For questions regarding the use of resources, contact the librarians at ask@bu.edu.

Uniquely BU

One of the distinctive traits of Boston University is its focus on community. Students are welcomed into the BU community through the use of online technology, discussion boards, synchronous events and assignments, blended online/on-campus student groups, and a number of opportunities that contribute to making this an authentic BU experience.

In 2010, the Sloan Consortium Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education recognized BU for a decade of innovation and steadfast quality, an exceptional honor recognizing the trailblazers in online education. The MSCIS program is proud to be part of BU’s highly interactive educational experience that is nationally recognized for 21st- century best practices in online learning.

Compared to a traditional classroom, the online learning environment facilitates stronger networking and collaboration opportunities—especially for executives who travel often. The relationships developed during this program continue far beyond graduation. In the past, the bonds built among our students have even led to job opportunities. Additionally, the facilitators for our program are often MSCIS graduates. Networking is truly a lifelong benefit of the program.

BU Alumni | A Culture of Engagement

BU MSCIS graduates take pride in having earned a highly regarded degree. They also take great pride in the relationships they’ve established through this engaging program.

The prestige of our program is known to attract everyone from C-level executives to military officers and even faculty members from other IT programs. By participating in this program with such student diversity, you’re encouraged to gain new perspectives and forge new relationships that continue long after the ink dries on your diploma.

“The online experience in graduate school was different and challenging. I enjoyed the live classroom interaction.”

Anthony Battistone Jr.,
MSCIS graduate

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