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.

 

M.S. in Information Technology Program Coordinator
Loreen M. Powell, professor of ITM
Sutliff Hall 303 | 570-389-4752


Virtual Sit With Me

"Where women and men come to embrace the need for women in the technology world"
Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Zoom
Hosted/Moderated by Alana Humphrey and Jacqueline Dobrovodsky

This virtual event was part of the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s (NCWIT) Sit With Me campaign (www.sitwithme.org) that focuses on recognizing the important contributions women make across the world of technology. Approximately 30 executives and educators throughout the world participated as guest speakers. Together, they took a seat in the "red chair," to tell their stories, embrace women, and discussed bringing inclusion into the world of technology. To learn more about this event, please contact Alana R. Humphrey (arh20691@huskies.bloomu.edu), Jacqueline Dobrovodsky (dobrovods@bloomu.edu), or Dr. Loreen Powell (lpowell@bloomu.edu).

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Kieran Raabe

The History and Impact of Grid Computing

Kieran Raabe

Kieran Raabe is a 2020 graduate of the Master of Science in Information Technology program at Bloomsburg University. He was formerly a contractor for TEKsystems, Inc. Recently, Kieran co-authored a research paper with Dr. Loreen Powell. The paper has been submitted to 2020 International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) conference.

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Theresa Bressi

Application Knowledge and Improved Communication at Geisinger Health Plan (Internship)

Theresa Bressi, M.S.

Theresa Bressi worked at Geisinger for nearly 28 years. Over the years, she held different positions and has gained so much knowledge and experience which has helped her to become a well-rounded leader. Theresa enjoys building relationships and credibility as a strategic partner vertically within multiple business units along with leadership and functional teams.She decided to take a leap of faith in August 2019 and make the move to Information Technology as a business engagement partner.

Theresa earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. She also graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Master of Science in Information Technology in 2020 (summer).

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Brendan Hallissey, M.S.

The Impact on Consumer Privacy due to Personal Data Collection

Brendan Hallissey, M.S.

Brendan Hallissey graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management. I had a fantastic time at Bloomsburg University during undergrad, and greatly enjoyed every class I took within the ITM major. When I graduated, I always knew that if I were to ever decide to go for my master’s degree it would be at Bloomsburg University. Last year I just so happened to go onto the BU website and noticed that they began offering a 100% online master’s degree in IT, and I instantly knew that I had to do it. Every class that I took during this master’s program was fantastic, and the 6-week layout for each class is amazing. Now that I am finished, I am excited to continue utilizing the knowledge I gained at BU to further my IT career.

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Kyle Frommet

IT Practicum: American Disabilities Act and Webpage Accessibility & A COVID Case Study on SAP Finance and Security

Kyle Fromert , M.S.

Kyle Thomas Fromert graduated from Bloomsburg University in summer of 2020 with a Master of science in Information Technology. He also earned a Bachelors in Administration of Justice in 2018 from Penn State University. Kyle was a Bloomsburg University Graduate where he worked on various research and webinar projects. Upon graduation, Kyle will be starting a new position with Accenture Federal Services as a Technology Security analyst.

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Allison Fiedler

Impact of Telehealth Technology on Patient Satisfaction in the United States

Allison Fiedler, M.S.

Allison Fiedler earned her B.S. in Environmental Biology from Bloomsburg University in 2017 and completed her M.S. in Information Technology through BU’s Graduate Program in 2020. She currently works within the Geisinger Environmental Health Institute, assisting with the coordination of grant-funded research studies related to Lyme Disease, Blue Space, and Type 2 Diabetes. She enjoys learning about Information Security and Health IT and hopes to one day work within a related field

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Justin Heaton

Technological Implementations for the Future of Healthcare

Justin Heaton, MS, CAPM | Geisinger Health Systems

Recent first-generation graduate from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration focusing on Information Technology Management in 2019. More recently has finished and become one of the first graduates in the new Master of Science in Information Technology at Bloomsburg University. I was recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society for graduate studies by achieving the top 10% of my classmates within the MSIT program. I am currently employed as a Workstation Analyst at one of the area’s leading healthcare organizations, Geisinger Health Systems in Danville, PA. Prior to becoming a full-time analyst with Geisinger, I was lucky to work as a contracted employee through Apex Systems assisting the team I now currently work on. I am now currently responsible for more than 1,000 PC’s including all peripherals. Furthermore, responsible for working with multiple departments to ensure IT needs are being met through the purchase and acquisition of hardware, troubleshooting needs, and device management including Windows PC’s, Smartphones, iPads, and Mac’s. Looking forward to using the knowledge gained from Bloomsburg University to further my career in both information technology as well as business.

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Alexander Elder

The Application Development Life Cycle and its Improtance in Developing Business Applications

Alexander (Alex) Elder | Geisinger Medical Center

Mr. Alexander (Alex) Elder graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Information & Technology Management. Upon graduation, he got an internship with Geisinger within their analytics department. After about 4 months, Alex was hired by Geisinger as a full-time Business Intelligence Analyst. He works in the Cancer Institute at Geisinger providing analytical solutions for doctors and business leaders. Alex is a graduate of the Master of Science in Information Technology at Bloomsburg University.

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Bridget Casey

Cyber Security Audit

Bridget Casey

I graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2018 with a dual major in Supply Chain Management and Management. During the summer of my junior year, I worked at a manufacturing plant in Bucks County Pennsylvania, that manufactures precision machine parts for large companies across the globe. During my summer there, I was a lead team member of their Epicor ERP implementation team. By the end of the summer, we were just gaining momentum but were still approximately a year away from implementing the ERP system. I knew that I may never get this chance again to lead a team in implementing an ERP system so I continued to work there 40 hours a week during my senior year at Bloomsburg. Upon graduation, in July of 2018 I had implemented my first ERP system. I was offered a role there as Business Process Lead and began to travel to their plant in Fenhu, China to help them us less excel sheets and utilize the ERP system more effectively. In April of 2019, I was then promoted to Business process Lead / IT systems lead. My responsibilities expanded more into the IT department. I now continue to ensure every department has an efficient process when making transactions in the ERP system but I also now manage the help desk and ensure all things IT related get solved effectively. After I am gaining more responsibility in the IT department, I wanted to back to school for Information technology to ensure I was educated in my field and to also provide my self with a competitive advantage. I will now be graduating from Bloomsburg University AGAIN but with a master’s in information technology.

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Frank Negro

Information Security: A Ground-Up Approach

Frank Negro | Advisory Consulting for NTT DATA Services

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.

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Frank Negro

Management of Healthcare Data

Frank Negro | Advisory Consulting for NTT DATA Services

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.

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Michael Huben

Two Key Ingredients for Successful Criminal Investigations: IT and Interviews

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.

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Abdul Housam

Health Informatics and Population Management

Houssam Abdul-Al, M.D., and 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.

Chaza

Chaza Abdul-Al, Ph.D.
Dr. Chaza Abdul is an associate professor of Healthcare Informatics and Analytics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. She 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. She 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'll be presenting the role of health care informatics in the 21st century medicine practices.

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Ronald Fussell

Software Systems Design Considerations

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.

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Jim Walker

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

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).

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Frank Negro

Changes in the Development of IT Strategies

Frank Negro | Advisory Consulting for NTT DATA Services

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.

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