Information Technology Outreach Webinar Series

Bloomsburg University's Information Technology (IT) Outreach Webinar Series engages its local constituents in a purposeful manner about the trending topics within the IT field. The webinars are designed to help create a reciprocal dialogue between organizations, individuals, and the university. Together, we can help identify, educate, and possibly begin to solve critical IT issues and opportunities facing organizations.

It's important to highlight that the webinar series leverages volunteers from IT industry, external partnerships, and faculty expertise to maximize impact on people in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. Webinars are approximately 30 minutes in length. Admission is free and the webinars are open to the public. Participants must register for the webinar for access to the live or on-demand feed.


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Loreen M. Powell, Professor of ITM
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Michael Huben

Two Key Ingredients for Successful Criminal Investigations: IT and Interviews

Thursday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m.

    Michael Huben, M.B.A.

Huben is an Instructor in the Zeigler College of Business. Prior to coming to Bloomsburg University, he was a former FBI agent specializing in white-collar crime for nearly six years in the New York/New Haven Connecticut area. He was also a senior security investigator for Merck. He holds an MBA from Saint Joseph's University and an B.S. from Bloomsburg University.

Abdul Housam

Health Informatics and Population Management

Tuesday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m.

    Houssam Abdul-Al, MD & Chaza Abdul-Al, Ph.D.

Houssam Abdul-Al, M.D.
In 1993, after finishing his residency in internal medicine at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, Houssam Abdul-Al MD established an internal medicine practice in Kulpmont, PA. In 1995, he served as the president of the medical staff at Ashland Regional Medical Center. In 1997, he was recognized by ARMC foundation for his outstanding dedication and personal commitment to the community. In 2003, he received the overall HEDIS award by the Geisinger Health System for his outstanding achievement in the area of preventive medicine. In 2004, he was congratulated by the President of the National Board of Echocardiography for having passed the Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM). In 2006, he joined the staff at Shamokin Area Community Hospital, where he served as the president of medical staff from 2008 to 2012. He participated in the hospital’s integration to Geisinger Health System in 2011, and in 2012 he aided in the integration of his practice to the Geisinger Health System. He became the lead physician at Geisinger Mt Carmel clinic, and in 2014 he was selected to be the chairperson of the performance improvement committee of SNULy division of Geisinger Community Practice Service Line. On October 3, 2017, he was recognized by the system’s leaders for being one of Geisinger’s 2017 Top 10% Patient Experience Clinicians and for being one of the top 10% in the country for improvement of his patients’ experience. In March of 2018, he was selected by Geisinger leadership to be the regional medical director for Geisinger at Home at the central region, which is an innovative program that aims to offer focused medical care to high need patients at home to improve their quality of life and increase their stay in the community. In December of 2018, he earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburg/ Joseph Katz.

Dr. Houssam Abdul believes that new technologies, such as telemedicine and ReDS vest, can improve access and monitoring among patients with chronic medical conditions, such as heart failure, leading to improved outcomes among this unfortunate segment of high-risk patients who tends to spend significant time in emergency rooms and hospitals. To quantify the impact and guide the strategies of new technological interventions on the care of his patients, and as a continues learner, In May of 2019, Dr. Abdul joined the students at Harrisburg University of Science and technology with a goal to explore new technological options and to learn necessary data analysis skills to guide his journey at Geisinger at Home.


Chaza Abdul-Al, MD
Dr. Chaza Abdul is an associate professor of Healthcare Informatics and Analytics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Dr. Abdul has a Ph.D. in Informatics and Communication from Robert Morris University, a Masters in Business Education and Information Technology from Bloomsburg University, a Masters in Business Administration from Phoenix University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Minor in Cultural Diversity from Bloomsburg University. She is an established author of several journal articles and conference proceedings within the Information Technology field. Dr. Abdul believes that healthcare informatics and analytics are the key to an innovative, productive, and modern healthcare practices which focuses on the population health management that reduces the cost of healthcare and improves health care practice efficiency and quality. She will be presenting the role of health care informatics in the 21st century medicine practices.

Ronald Fussell

Software Systems Design Considerations

Wednesday, May 22, at noon

    Ronald Fussell | Program Manager | Zel Technologies, LLC

Mr. Fussell’s career in technology and engineering includes work for the U.S. Department of Defense, the United States Intelligence Community, NASA, and commercial space companies. Major career contributions include active participation in two U.S. Department of State aerospace projects (Project Peace Pharaoh and Project Peace Sun), engineering support of multiple U.S. Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle) scientific payloads, International Space Station development and deployment, as well as, the development of Earth-monitoring sensor networks.

He actively participates in engineering education accreditation with ABET as a university program evaluator and holds multiple patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and holds graduate degrees in areas of technology and government contracts.

Jim Walker

The Real Cyber Threats a Big OS Vendor Won’t Tell You

Wednesday, May 1, at 1 pm

    Jim Walker | Chief Security Officer | Syntervision Inc.

Mr. Walker began studying computers in 1979; his career has been a hybrid of Corporate Software Sales Executive by day and Software Developer by nights and weekends. He's worked at VMware, Netscout, EMC, and other Enterprise software companies in the role of Account Executive. Since 2014, he's been actively developing Cryptographic software, Anomaly detection applications and most recently a product to stop the infiltration of Windows memory by fileless malware.

Today, he leads a sales operation of Partners to evangelize a Managed EDR (End Point Detection and Remediation) Service in Huntsville, AL. He's currently employed by Syntervision Inc, as their CSO (Chief Security Officer) or CRO (Chief Revenue Officer).

Frank Negro

Changes in the Development of IT Strategies

Wednesday, April 24, at noon

    Frank Negro | Advisory Consulting for NTT DATA Services | Healthcare and Life Sciences Solutions

Mr. Negro consults on the strategic issues related to healthcare information systems and their environments. This work includes planning for mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, healthcare information security programs, systems selections, regulatory systems compliance, and enterprise data architecture.

Before joining NTT Data Services in 2011, he had over 35 years of experience in the healthcare information systems field, including hands-on management, leadership and board-level positions in healthcare organizations. He has been a programmer, systems analyst, application development manager, CIO, and regional CIO, and has worked at community hospitals, tertiary care hospitals, regional health systems, and a national not-for-profit health system.

More IT Outreach Webinars are to come in June, July, and August. To learn more about information technology, enroll in the Master of Science in Information Technology.

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