The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science & Technology has launched a national search for its next dean. Current Dean Hesham Ali, Ph.D., will be stepping down from the role at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year to return to a faculty position.
As part of the search process, three candidates have made virtual visits to campus. See below for candidate information.
Richard Billo, Ph.D., currently serves as Associate Vice President for Research and a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.
Prof. Billo was appointed as Associate Vice President for Research in 2013. In this role, he oversees and manages all research development for the University of Notre Dame. His teaching and research interests include advanced manufacturing and information systems.
Prior to joining Notre Dame, Prof. Billo served as Associate Dean for Engineering Research at the University of Texas, Arlington, and as the department head of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, a master’s degree from the University of the Pacific, and a doctoral degree in industrial engineering from Arizona State University.
Martha A. Garcia-Murillo, Ph.D.
Martha A. Garcia-Murillo, Ph.D., currently serves as Senior Associate Dean for IDEA Initiatives and professor of Information Studies for the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.
Prof. Garcia-Murillo’s research specializes in regulation of information and communication-related industries. She focuses her work on the impact of ICTs (information and communication technologies) on access and society. Her research has also explored the impact of ICTs on the creation of new business, the informal economy, and corruption.
In addition, Prof. Garcia-Murillo has consulted for several United Nations agencies and have provided training for regulators across the globe through the World Bank and U.S. Department of State.
She holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in political economy, also from the University of Southern California.
Kay Connelly, Ph.D., currently serves as Associate Dean for Research and a professor of Informatics at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.
Prof. Connelly’s research interests focus on the intersection of mobile and pervasive computing and healthcare. Specifically, she is interested in issues that influence user acceptance of health technologies, such as privacy, integration into one’s lifestyle, convenience, and utility.
In addition, Prof. Connelly works directly with a variety of patient groups including very sick populations who need help in managing their disease, healthy populations interested in preventative care, and senior citizens looking to remain in their homes as long as possible.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and a doctorate in computer science, also from the University of Illinois.
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