Student Profile

A Professionally Diverse Student Body

There is a great deal of professional diversity among Pace’s DPS students. Entering students’ careers extend from 6 to 33 years, with an average of about 13 years. Professional activities include software development, telecommunications management, data management, and e-commerce, with employers such as:


  • AT&T
  • Avon Products
  • Brookhaven National Labs
  • Computer Associates
  • E*Trade
  • IBM
  • ITT Industries
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • MetLife
  • New York Life
  • Oracle
  • Pfizer
  • Philips Research
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • SIAC
  • Verizon
  • Microsoft
  • Bank of America
  • Dept. of Treasury
  • U.S. State Dept.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • General Electric
  • Bloomberg, L.P.
  • NYC Police Dept.

Many of our DPS students live and work in the greater New York metropolitan area, but others travel from California, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston for the on-site sessions that occur monthly, five times a semester, on Friday evening and all day Saturday. In between the on-site sessions, students and faculty interact energetically over the Internet.



The DPS dissertation is an original, rigorous, independent applied research product that may

  • advance knowledge
  • improve professional practice
  • contribute to the understanding of computing
  • be a disciplined and systematic inquiry for the purpose of discovery, establishing or extending the field of study

Research methods used depend upon the nature of the research

  • controlled experiment
  • project development
  • empirical studies
  • theoretical analyses
  • or other methods as appropriate

Examples of dissertation areas:

Data Warehousing, Pattern Languages, Visualization of Data, Genetic Algorithms, Distributed Systems Architecture, Software Component Integration, Web Personalization, Software Testing, Data Security, Information Assurance, Web Content Management, Broadband Wireless Network Access Services, Pervasive Computing, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Management, Software Product Quality and CMMI, Cybercrime, Biometrics, Pattern Recognition, Web services and Service Oriented Architecture, Agile methods in business and other non-software development processes.

List of Dissertations

Carl Abrams, Shape Matching with Ordered Boundary Point Shape Contexts Using a Least Cost Diagonal Method, 2006
Advisor: Cha, Committee: Gargano, Tappert

Ned Bakelman ,Keystroke Biometrics Studies on Short Password and Numeric Passcode Input, and on Long Spreadsheet, Browser, and Text Application Input, 2014
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Chen, Shan

Bashir U. Ahmed, Detection of Foreign Words and Names in Written Text, 2005
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Cha, Grossman

Kirk Anne, An Agile Business Continuity Planning Methodology using Business Process Modeling Notation, 2013
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Frank, Tappert

Maria Azua-Himmel, Qualitative Analysis of Cloud Computing Risks and Framework for the Rationalization and Mitigation of Cloud Risks, 2012
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Chen, Tappert

Richard Bassett, Computer-based Objective Interactive Numismatic System, 2003
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Grossman, Stix

Leslie Beckford, Facilitating the Use of Patterns via a Generic Framework That Supports Semi-Automatic Concept Indexing and In-Depth Searching, 2004
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Bergin, Gustavson

Gulsebnem Bishop, Classification of Greek Pottery Shapes and Schools Using Image Retrieval Techniques, 2006
Co-Advisors: Tappert and Cha, Committee: Gargano

Lawrence A. Bliss, Selecting Artificial Network Inputs Using Particle Swarm Optimization, 2003
Advisor: Gargano, Committee: Malerba, Stix

Raymond E. Boehm, An Approach to Early Lifecycle Estimating for Agile Projects, 2011
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Bergin, Tappert

Andrew W. Boyd, A Longitudinal Study of Social Media Privacy Behavior, 2011
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Chen, Grossman

Kenneth Charles Brancik, Insider Computer Fraud Detection in Applications: A Defense in Depth framework involving Software Engineering and Novelty Neural Networks, 2005
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Manuel Aparicio, Gargano

Kathleen M. Bravo, A Model for HIPAA Security Compliance, 2005
Advisor: Gustavson, Committee: Feather-Gannon, Shin

Carlos Delano Buskey, A Software Metrics Based Approach to Enterprise Software Beta Testing Design, 2005
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Bassett, Grossman, Tappert

Mirkeya Capellan, An Agile Course-Delivery Approach, 2009
Advisor: Bergin, Committee: Grossman, Knapp

John Casarella, The Classification of Un-preprocessed ECG Waveforms through the Application of the Hierarchical Temporal Memory Model, 2013
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Grossman, Stix

Hsiauh-Tsyr Clara Chang, Optimized Software Component Allocation on clustered Application Servers, 2004
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Gargano, Grossman

Borming Chiang, A Feasibility Study: Secure Public Key Infrastructure with Quantum Key Distributions in Grid Computing, 2006
Advisor: Frank, Committee: Gargano, Grossman

Seung-Seok Choi, Correlation Analysis of Binary Similarity / Dissimilarity Measures, 2008
Advisor: Cha, Committee: Frank, Tappert

Donna J. Clapsaddle, Measuring Usability: Categorically Modeling Successful Websites Using Established Metrics, 2004
Advisor: Gustavson, Committee: Dantzig, Cha

Christine Clark, A Study on Corporate Security Awareness and Compliance Behavior, 2013
Advisor: Li-Chiou Chen, Committee: Lin, Tappert

Eric Cole, Stego-Marking Packets to Control Information Leakage on TCP/IP Based Networks, 2004
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Cha, Frank

Mary Curtin, Long-Text Keystroke Biometric Applications Over the Internet, 2006
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Grossman, Stix

Eddie A. Davis, The effects of Technological and Organizational Innovations on Business Value in the context of a New Product or Service Deployment, 2010
Advisor: Calloway, Committee: Grossman, Shin

Joseph DeCicco, Sensitivity Analysis of Certain Time Dependent Matroid Base Models Solved by Genetic Algorithms, 2002
Advisor: Gargano, Committee: Edelson, Stix

Rigoberto Diaz, Solving a Class of Time-Dependent Combinatorial Optimization Problems with Abstraction, Transformation and Simulated Annealing, 2004
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Gargano, Grossman

Fred Dreyfus, A Study of Access Control in Wireless Communications Utilizing Game Theory, 2009
Advisor: Blum, Committee: Tappert, Grossman

Barbara Edington, A Model of Internal Contextual Factor Relationships Affecting Technology Implementations, 2005
Advisor: Shin, Committee: Calloway, Grossman

Romerl Elizes, Investigating the Value of Using Sequences of Natural Computing Heuristics to Address Traveling Salesman Problem, 2008
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Grossman, Tappert

Joe Feliciano, The Success Criteria for Implementing Knowledge Management Systems in an Organization, 2006
Advisor: Winkler, Committee: Frank, Knapp

Ronald I. Frank, Regular Array Expansions in Null Arrays, with Applications: Zero is Not Nothing, 2002
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Gargano, Stix

Matthew Robert Ganis, A study of the agile whole team and its effectiveness in the software development process, 2009
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Bergin, Merritt

Steven Golikov, Integrated Syntactic/Semantic XML Data Validation with a Reusable Software Component, 2013
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Frank, Grossman

Anthony Gottlieb, Efficient Static Analysis of Java Source Code for Security, 2006
Advisor: Gustavson, Committee: Chess, Cole, Gargano

Kevin Gravesande, Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Improve Patient-Clinician Encounters and Patient Care, 2010
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Grossman, Jason M. Lazar, Jeanne Mager Stellman

Abraham Guerra, A Framework for Building Intelligent Software Assistants for Virtual Worlds, 2010
Advisor: Benjamin, Committee: Grossman, Tao

Darren Hayes, The Efficacy of Project Retrospectives on Organizational Process Improvement Initiatives in Software Development, 2008
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Knapp, Linda Rising

Karina J. Hernandez, Reasoning and Learning under Uncertainty Using Dynamic Probabilistic Models For Real Time Problem Determination, 2004
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Cha, Irina Rish (IBM)

Marco Hernandez, An Interactive Iterative Method for Electronic Searching of Large Literature Databases, 2013
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Tao, Tappert

Jonathan Hill, Apply Abstraction to Master Complexity: The Comparison of Abstraction Ability in Computer Science Majors with Students in Other Disciplines, 2007
Advisor: Merritt, Committee: Houle, Stix

Jingkun Hu, Visual Modeling of XML Constraints Based on A New Extensible Constraint, 2003
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Frank, Grossman

Rita Hubert, Usability Field Study of Older Adults Using Multi-modal Home Health Monitoring Devices, 2006
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Grossman, Vicki L. Hanson (IBM)

Jeff Hutchinson, Agile Deployment of Packaged Business Application (PBA) Software: An Empirical Study, 2013
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Frank, Tappert

Christopher W. Iervolino, Using Data Envelopment Analysis To Measure Web Site Efficiency, 2002
Advisor: Raggad, Committee: Dantzig, Grossman

Hevel Jean-Baptiste, A Distributed Architecture for U-Messaging Systems (DAUMS), 2002
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Dantzig, Tappert

Melanie Johnson, Multi-Project Staffing: An Agile based Framework, 2006
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Gargano, Gustavson

Satty Joshua, A Three-Prong Network Solution Approach - A Sustainable Business Case Centered approach in Networking Convergence, 2006
Advisor: Coutras, Committee: Grossman, Tappert

Bintou Kane Aidara, XML Update Transaction Execution Based on Incremental Constraint Checks, 2011
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Frank, Grossman

Suman K. Kalia, A Study of the Pervasive Computing Solution to Asset, Problem and Knowledge Management, 2002
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Grossman, Stix

Maheswara Prasad Kasinadhuni, Solving Optimization Problems Using Genetic Algorithms with Multiple Genome Coding, 2004
Advisor: Gargano, Committee: DeCicco, Malerba

Kamal Khan, CICS Region Virtualization for Cost Effective Application Development, 2012
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Frank, Grossman

James Kile, An Investigation into the Effectiveness of Agile Software Development with a Highly Distributed Workforce, 2007
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Bergin, Frank

Todd W. Kolb, Efficient Solutions to a class of Generalized Time-Dependent Combinatorial Optimization Problems, 2005
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Gargano, Grossman

Stella Kontantinou, A Web Service Framework for Automating Constituent Product Costing Operations of Business Producing , 2004
Advisor: Frank, Committee: Grossman, Gustavson

Adam Kuta, Enterprise Interceptor: A Framework for Applications Interchangeability, 2006
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Gustavson, Tappert

Thanh Van Lam, Run-Time Interface Mapping For On-The-Fly Software Component Integration, 2002
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Cha, Courtney

Patricia H. Lapczynski, An Integrated Model of Technology Acceptance for Mobile Computing, 2004
Advisor: Calloway, Committee: Feather-Gannon, Tappert

Jonathan K. Law, An Efficient First Pass of a Two-Stage Approach for Automatic Language Indentification of Telephone Speech, 2002
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Grossman, Zhong Hua Wang (IBM)

James P. Lawler, A Study of Customer Loyalty and Privacy on the Web, 2002
Advisor: Raggad, Committee: Fischer, Tappert

Kwang W. Lee, An efficient Procedure to Select a Near-Optimal Subset of Pattern Classification Features, 2002
Advisor: Cha, Committee: Gargano, Tappert

Donald Little, Optimizing Effective Data Rates Among Contending Wireless Devices on a Shared Channel, 2007
Advisor: Blum, Committee: Grossman, Wendorf

Kevin Lohrasbi, A Dynamic Taxonomy Computer Languages Model to Predict Information Technology Requirements for Industry and Education
Advisor: Hormozi, Committee: Merritt, Tappert

Thomas Edward Lombardi, The Classification of Style in Fine-Art Painting, 2005
Co-Advisors: Tappert and Cha, Committee: Gargano

Mary L. Manfredi, Copybook Style Determination of Pseudo-Online Handwriting Data, 2005
Co-Advisors: Cha and Tappert, Committee: Thomas

Anne Mannette-Wright, A Feasibility Study of Ontology-Based Automatic Document Transformation, 2009
Advisor: Frank, Committee: Grossman, Winkler

Theodore J. Markowitz, An Empirical Evaluation of Active Learning and Selective Sampling Variations Supporting Large Corpus Labeling, 2011
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Cha, Grossman

Marilyn Mead, Practitioner's Guide to Software Testing, 2002
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Gustavson, Stix

Peter J. Morales, A computational econometric modeling technique for the parametric simulation of effort and duration estimation as applied to the development of software systems, 2011
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Frank, Tappert

Pauline H. Mosley, The Cognitive Complexities Confronting Developers Using Object Technology, 2002
Advisor: Stix, Committee: Courtney, Merritt

Dmitry O Nikelshpur, Achieving Consistent Near-Optimal Pattern Recognition Accuracy Using Particle Swarm Optimization to Pre-Train Artificial Neural Networks, 2014
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Chen, Shan

Yonesy F. Nunez, Maximizing an Organization’s Information Security Posture by Using a Distributed Patch Management Security System, 2011
Advisor: Gustavson, Committee: Grossman, Tappert

Christopher Nwosisi, Developing a Genetic Algorithm to Construct Efficient Binary Decision Trees, 2010
Advisor: Cha, Committee: Tappert, Yoo Jung An, Evan Lipsitz

Jill O’Sullivan, Validating Academic Training versus Organizational Training: An Analysis in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Field, 2011
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Frank, Tappert

Josua Purba, Dynamic Sub-Channel Allocation in OFDMA Systems, 2011
Advisor: Frank, Committee: Coutras, Grossman

Visveshwar Reddy, Estimating Intrinsic Engineering Value of Emerging Software Innovations, 2010
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Grossman, Amit Paradkar, Dharmashankar Subramanian

Mark Ritzmann, Strategies for Managing Missing and Incomplete Information with Applications to Keystroke Biometric Data and a Business Analytical Application, 2009
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Stix, Villani

Hany Saleeb, Information Retrieval: A Framework for Recommending Text-based Classification Algorithms, 2002
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Gustavson, Stix

Samir Shah, Assessments of Agile Methods in Overcoming Traditional Offshore Outsourcing Software Development Challenges, 2007
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Bergin, Tappert

Carolyn J. Sher DeCusatis, The Effects of Cloud Computing on Vendor’s Data Center Network Component Design, 2011
Advisor: Frank, Committee: Aparicio Carranza, Grossman, Tao

Renel Smith, Gameplay to Introduce and Reinforce Requirements Engineering Good Practices, 2009
Advisor: Gotel, Committee: Frank, Grossman

John Stewart, An Evaluation of the Application of Stylometry and the Keystroke Biometric to Identity Verification of Online Test-Takers, 2012
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Cha, Chen

Carlos A. Thomas, Assessing the Factors that Determine Compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), 2011
Advisor: Chen, Committee: Grossman, Lin

Frances Trees, A Meta-Analysis of Pedagogical Tools used in Introductory Programming Courses, 2010
Advisor: Bergin, Committee: Grossman, Tappert

Alexander Tsekhansky, Byzantine-Reliable Domain Name Service protocol in networks with limited Public Key Infrastructure, 2010
Advisor: Chen, Committee: Frank, Grossman

David B. Ulmer, Architectural Solutions to Agent-Enabling, 2004
Advisor: Tao, Committee: Gargano, Grossman

Gokbora Uran, A Hybrid Heuristic Model for Classification Rule Discovery, 2005
Advisor: Gargano, Committee: Kasinadhuni, Malerba, Stix

Mary Villani, Keystroke Biometric Identification Studies on Long-Text Input, 2006
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Cha, Grossman

Daniel Scott Weaver, Prospective Students' Reactions to the Presentation of the Computer Science Major, 2010
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Frank, Tappert

Roli Garg Wendorf, Channel-Change Games in Spectrum-Agile Wireless Networks, 2005
Advisor: Blum, Committee: Epelbaum, Gargano

Sandra Westcott, Effectiveness of Using Digital Game Playing in a First-Level Programming Course, 2008
Advisor: Bergin, Committee: Grossman, Tappert

Aurelia Williams, Pair Formation in CS1: Self-Selection vs Random Pairing, 2006
Advisor: Bergin, Committee: Grossman, Gustavson

Patrick Wong, Effects of 802.11 Protocols in Broadband wireless communication, 2002
Advisor: Epelbaum, Committee: Grossman, Tappert

Robert Zack, An Improved k-NN Classification Method with Application to Keystroke Biometric Authentication, 2010
Advisor: Tappert, Committee: Cha, Grossman

Robert Zandoli, An Agile Framework for an Information Technology Outsourcing Decision process (ITODP), 2006
Advisor: Grossman, Committee: Gustavson, Tappert