Our program’s faculty is one of its greatest strengths. You won’t find another computer science program—online or otherwise—that brings such diverse expertise together in one place. That’s because the Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing is a collaboration between five UW System campuses: UW–Milwaukee, UW–Oshkosh, UW–Platteville, UW–River Falls, UW–Stevens Point and UW Extended Campus. All courses in this online program are developed and taught by University of Wisconsin faculty—the same faculty who teach our on-campus courses.
Meet the Faculty
Yazan Alnsour, PhD | UW–Oshkosh
Yazan Alnsour, PhD, is an assistant professor of Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.
Dr. Alnsour’s research interests are in information systems security, data and text analytics, privacy, and the business value of infosys. His work has been published and presented in multiple international journals and conferences. He has valuable teaching experience delivering courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in areas like big data analytics, information management, data mining, information security, cybersecurity analytics, and ethical hacking.
Dr. Alnsour earned his PhD in Information Systems & Computer Science from the University of Colorado–Denver Business School.
John Boyland, PhD | UW–Milwaukee
John Boyland, PhD, is a professor of computer science at UW–Milwaukee.
A California native, Dr. Boyland came to UW-Milwaukee because of his desire to both teach and do research. Dr. Boyland’s focus has been on enabling programmers to make their software more efficient by finding complex programming errors. He has been the faculty advisor for six student groups, and he was the recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation Career grant.
Dr. Boyland completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of California–Davis and his Masters and Doctorate at the University of California–Berkeley.
Irving Duran, MIS | UW–Platteville
Irving Duran, MIS, is an adjunct professor at UW–Platteville.
In addition to teaching, Duran is employed full-time at IBM as a Data Scientist on the HR Cognitive Solutions team. During his career he has held successful positions in information technology, IT administration, network administration, and project management, serving in consultant, team lead, developer, and business analyst roles. Irving is also an ACM Senior Member.
Duran received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Information Systems from Clarke University. He received his Master’s in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.
Michael Eierman, PhD | UW–Oshkosh
Michael Eierman, PhD, is a professor of Information Systems at UW–Oshkosh.
Dr. Eierman’s current research areas are information systems education and small-to-medium business IT strategy and application.
Dr. Eierman completed his PhD in Business Administration-Management Information Systems at the University of Minnesota.
Jacob Gantenbein, MBA | UW–Platteville
Jacob Gantenbein, MBA, teaches Leadership and Management for the School of Business at UW-Platteville, as well as the online Leadership and Management program for the Distance Learning Center.
Since 2010, he has also taught at Northeast Iowa Community College, leading courses in Marketing, Management, Introduction to Business, Business Law, Personal Finance, and Introduction to Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Gantenbein has Master of Business Administration from Clarke University.
Weimin He, PhD | UW–Stevens Point
Weimin He, PhD, is a full professor in the department of Computing and New Media Technologies at UW–Stevens Point.
Dr. He had over 20 years’ research experience on database management with expertise in XML data management. His research interests span XML data management, information retrieval and big data management. Dr. He has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals and has served as program committee chairs or members of several international conferences and journals. Dr. He has taught databases, programming languages, data structures and algorithms, and big data management. Dr. He served as the academic director of Applied Computing program from April 2016 to December 2019.
Dr. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Yunnan University, China.
Jacob Hendricks, PhD | UW–River Falls
Jacob Hendricks, PhD, is an assistant professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at UW–River Falls.
Dr. Hendricks’ research interests are two-fold. First, he is interested in the theoretical modeling of nanoparticles with the goal of understanding systems in which simple local interactions lead to complex global behaviors and/or structures. Studying such systems may not only contribute to a better understanding of complexities that arise in nature but also aid in the development of nanotechnologies. Secondly, he is interested in the computational modeling of nanoparticles. With the help of his collaborators, he is working to develop software capable of simulating the molecular dynamics of DNA-functionalized nanoparticles building blocks.
Dr. Hendricks completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Arkansas and his MA in Mathematics at the University of Texas.
Arpan Jani, PhD | UW–River Falls
Arpan Jani, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Computer, Information, and Data Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
Dr. Jani has taught a variety of courses including programming, information systems for business management, database management, systems analysis & design, project management, and ethics & technology. His current research interests include agent-based modeling, information systems and decision support, behavioral ethics, and judgment and decision making under conditions of risk and uncertainty. His research has been published in the International Journal of Project Management, Journal of Educational Technology Systems, Journal of Business Economics, and Communications in Nonlinear Science & Numerical Simulation. He has also presented his work at national and international conferences.
He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Tim Krause, PhD | UW–Stevens Point
Tim Krause, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Computing and New Media Technologies at UW–Stevens Point.
Dr. Krause has 20 years of industry and consulting experience, particularly in the areas of project management and human computer interaction (HCI). His research interests include public-private partnerships with industry, HCI, and usability. He has published a number of papers on the same topics in a variety of journals and edited collections. Dr. Krause has been teaching the department’s capstone course every semester for the past fifteen years.
Dr. Krause received his PhD from Purdue University, MA degree from St. Cloud State University, and BS degree from St. John’s University.
Kim Maier, PhD | UW–Platteville
Kim Maier, PhD, teaches media and business communication at UW–Platteville.
Dr. Maier began her career in 2003 in the field of higher education at UW-Platteville and distance learning. After working there for 13 years, she began a new adventure in 2005 at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College where she currently serves as an Executive Dean.
Dr. Maier earned a PhD in Leadership from the University of Cumberlands, and both an MS in Adult Education and BA Communications from UW–Platteville .
John Muraski, DBA | UW–Oshkosh
John Michael Muraski, PhD, is an assistant professor of Information Systems in the College of Business at UW–Oshkosh.
Dr. Muraski’s research is motivated by his desire to pursue purposeful, engaged, value-added research contributing to practitioners, organizations, academics, and theory. He is currently exploring ways to grow the supply of information systems students through actively innovating his Essentials of Information Systems course. This course won an honorable mention in the 2015 Innovation in Business Education Awards of the Midwest Business Deans’ Association. He also received the 2014 Online Outstanding MBA Consortium Faculty of the year award. He serves as a reviewer for the Communications of the AIS and the Project Management Journal, and as the Secretary for the Association for Information Systems SIG on Education (SIGEd).
Dr. Muraski earned his Doctorate of Business Administration from UW–Whitewater, MS in Information Systems from UW–Oshkosh, MBA from UW–Whitewater, and BA in Political Science from UW–Green Bay.
Hossein Najafi, PhD | UW–River Falls
Hossein Najafi, PhD, is a professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
Dr. Najafi’s main area of research is in machine learning and its application to real-world problems. He enjoys teaching courses in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer programming, computer networks, computer organization, and web development.
Dr. Najafi earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Jayson Rock | UW–Milwaukee
Jayson Rock, MS, is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering & Applied Science at UW–Milwaukee.
Mr. Rock worked as a software engineer at several Milwaukee area companies prior to teaching at UW–Milwaukee. He is the coordinator of UWM’s Certificate of Web Development program and has almost two decades of experience in online education.
He earned his MS in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
David Romano, PhD | UW–River Falls
David Romano, PhD, is a professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at UW–River Falls.
Dr. Romano earned his PhD in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Oberlin College.
Kevin Schoenecker, PhD | UW–Stevens Point
Kevin Schoenecker, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UW-Stevens Point.
Dr. Schoenecker received his PhD in mathematics from The Ohio State University, and his Master’s in mathematics from Miami University.
Afzal Upal, PhD | UW–Platteville
Afzal Upal, PhD, is a professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at UW–Platteville.
Dr. Upal’s research interests lie in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive science. He enjoys teaching artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer programming courses.
Dr. Upal earned his PhD from the University of Alberta and his BS and MS degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.
Anthony Varghese, PhD | UW–River Falls
Anthony Varghese, PhD, is a professor of Computer Science and Information Systems at UW–River Falls.
Dr. Varghese started using C++ and Java as soon as they were available and developed object-oriented code for a startup named Physiome Sciences, followed by stints developing code at Medtronic Inc. and Endocardial Solutions Inc. (now part of St Jude Medical). He has taught classes that use C#, Python, Smalltalk, and Ada, among other languages. He enjoys writing code for his research on simulations of electrical activity in cells of the heart and is working on projects involving the Rose genome and solar powered lighting for a sculptor.
Dr. Varghese earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota–Minneapolis.
Tian Zhao, PhD | UW–Milwaukee
Tian Zhao, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at UW–Milwaukee.
Dr. Zhao’s primary research area is programming language design and implementation, type systems, domain specific programming, and program analysis. He teaches programming languages, type systems, and program analysis at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
He received his PhD in computer science from Purdue University, an MS degree in economics, and an MS degree in electrical engineering.
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