Susan M. Merritt
After 25 years of extraordinary service, Dean Susan M. Merritt, the first and founding dean of what has recently been named the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, has tendered her resignation. She will be stepping down as of June 30, 2008.

Prior to being appointed dean of the newly established School of Computer Science and Information Systems in 1983, she taught in both the Lubin School of Business and the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences (1978-1983). In 1981, she was named the first chair of the Computer Science Department which was then housed in Dyson.

Her accomplishments over the years have been exceptional. Dean Merritt has grown the school from a handful of degrees and a small number of faculty into a highly visible organization offering a broad array of programs that encompass the diverse field of computing at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, and boasting an outstanding faculty that numbers nearly 50. Under her leadership, the school received a $15 million gift from Ivan G. Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., and Pace alumnus; attained accreditation from ABET for its undergraduate computer science (BS) and information systems (BS) programs; and was twice designated one of the National Centers of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. These are but a few of her numerous accomplishments.

In addition, she has pioneered productive partnerships that have resulted in auxiliary programs in distance education (NACTEL), civic engagement (CLOUT), and individual, corporate and not-for-profit training through the Pace Computer Learning Center.

And through it all, she has been a champion of women in computing, serving as a role model for those already in the field as well as those yet to make a career choice.

Dean Merritt leaves the Seidenberg School with a firm foundation on which to build and flourish.

[ Provost's announcement ]
[ Dean's reflection ]

Senior Executive Vice President and CIO of the Bank of New York Mellon to Receive Leadership and Service Award

Kurt D. Woetzel
2008 Honoree
On Tuesday, June 3, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will honor Kurt D. Woetzel, senior executive vice president and CIO of the Bank of New York Mellon, at their 13th Annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception. The event is to take place at One Chase Manhattan Plaza in the heart of the financial district.

Mr. Woetzel, who currently serves as a member of Seidenberg's advisory board, was identified as an individual who truly personifies the qualities that the award represents - outstanding leadership in the field of technology, innovation in the application of technology to serve people, and commitment to community service and education. As Chief Information Officer for The Bank of New York Mellon, he is responsible for the Company's Information Technology (IT) organization worldwide. In this role, he oversees the technical infrastructure, software development, and business processes of an IT organization that is supported by over 5,000 technology professionals in more than 30 countries.

He began his career in 1978 at the Adolph Coors Company, where he became head of data processing operations. In 1984 he left Adolph Coors to form a software start-up company that provided manufacturing software to small-to-medium-sized firms that he sold to Control Data a year later. He then moved back to New York in 1986 where he joined at The Bank of New York in the Broker Dealer Services business line. In 1990 he became head of that division. In 2001 Kurt Woetzel was named CIO and continued in that role when the bank merged with Mellon Financial Corporation in 2007.

In 2006, he was asked to lead the bank's new Office of Innovation where he is responsible for, in his own words, "bringing together resources for generating new ideas, validating new business opportunities, and bringing those opportunities to fruition very quickly." This appointment was most unusual in that financial institutions do not, as a rule, appoint CIOs to head up their innovation efforts because they do not view them as business strategists. Apparently Kurt Woetzel is an exception.

Mr. Woetzel is also a member of the Bank's Executive Committee, the organization's most senior management body, that oversees day-to-day operations. He is a former director of the boards of the Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) and the Government Securities Clearing Corp.

In 2005, he was named "Leader in Finance" at the inaugural CNBC Technology Leadership Awards, and selected by Computerworld magazine as a Premier 100 IT Leader for "guiding the effective use of information technology to improve overall business performance."

The annual Leadership and Service in Technology award reception serves as the primary fund-raiser for the Seidenberg School. All proceeds from the event are used to support its endowed scholarship funds and various new initiatives. This year's event is of particular significance because it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the school and the departure of its first and founding dean, Susan M. Merritt, PhD. Additional details will be announced shortly, so please check our Web site at www.seidenberg.pace.edu/lst for more information.

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FIRST LEGO League Tournament Focuses on Renewable and Sustainable Energy Sources

On February 10, 2008, the Pleasantville campus was awash with over 250 children, ranging in age from 6 to 14, who participated in the 5th Annual Lower Hudson FIRST LEGO League Tournament sponsored by the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems with support from the University Department of Athletics, the Office of Student Development and Campus Activities, and many other departments on campus.

Middle school team member positioning LEGO robot

The 2007-2008 theme was Power Puzzle: Energy Resources - Meeting the Global Demand. As the International challenge Web site states, "How do our personal energy choices to heat our homes, fuel our cars, charge our cell phones, power our computers, or even download music to our iPods impact the environment, the economy, and life around the globe? Which resources should we use and why?"

During the day-long event, the teams presented robotics technology solutions that explored the variety of energy choices that we have and use, and how those choices affect the world. The teams were judged on robot design and programming, a 10-minute research presentation, and demonstrated teamwork. The children also had to program their robot to perform various physical tasks such as placing a solar panel on the roof of a house, swapping a hydrogen car for a pickup truck, and installing wind turbines. The judges for the tournament were Pace alumni and industry professionals from various corporations, with strong support from IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center. The referees were all Pace University students.

On the same day as the tournament, the Seidenberg School also hosted 14 teams of 6-9 year-olds for a Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo. The teams designed and built a model depicting an aspect of this year's theme of Power Puzzle. They also create a "Show Me" poster that illustrated their journey through this process. During the expo, time was set aside for Model Mania, where teams were given the surprise task of creating a wave turbine with the extra LEGO bricks that they brought with them.

[ To view FLL 2008 Photo Gallery ]

The FIRST Organization, founded by inventor Dean Kamen, creator of the Segway Human Transporter, has teamed up with the LEGO Company to create FIRST LEGO League to teach children how exciting science and technology can be. FIRST also sponsors two programs for high school aged students: FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Beginning in fall 2008, the Seidenberg School will make available two $10,000 FIRST scholarships for students who participated on an FRC or FTC team while in high school and are pursuing a major in computing at Pace.

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This spring, the Seidenberg School initiated an innovative international collaboration with America Online (AOL), in Bangalore, India. Fifteen employees from AOL were admitted to Pace and began to study for their Master of Science in Internet Technology (MS/IT) online. These students are taking courses with U.S.-based students also in the program. Pace faculty travel to Bangalore to meet their students, hold classes, and administer exams.

Daniel Farkas, PhD (1st row, 2nd from left) with 15 AOL employees pursuing on MS in IT online from Bangalore

The origins of the program date back to the winter of 2006 when Daniel Farkas, PhD, and Narayan Murthy, PhD, brought a group of Seidenberg students studying offshore outsourcing to India for a visit. During the trip, students visited both American and Indian companies, including AOL, Intel and Infosys, that were involved in software development, consulting, and research. Professors Farkas and Murthy were so impressed by the quality and number of college graduates who might be interested in a Pace master's degree, that they returned to India to explore a variety of opportunities. The AOL cohort is the first collaboration to result from their efforts. The program was launched via a global videoconference between Pace and AOL on February 1 with Professors Farkas, Murthy, Li, and Dean Susan Merritt in attendance.

For their first semester, the students are enrolled in IT600 Overview of Computer Networks and Internet Technology taught by Professor Farkas and IT605 Database Management Systems taught by Zheng Li, PhD.

After a year, both AOL and Seidenberg will evaluate the success of the program before recruiting a second cohort. Both Professors Murthy and Farkas are continuing to explore similar opportunities with other companies in India. This Seidenberg international initiative is but one example of what the global community can look like using technology to bring people together from the far reaches of the world in a common educational endeavor.

Students Advance NY Public Library Project with their Expertise

Map of the Bronx indicating
each student's work area
During the fall 2007 semester, the Seidenberg School piloted a new community service learning course - CIS 102X IT and Strategic Community Planning - in partnership with the New York Public Library. The course was taught by Hsui-lin Winkler, PhD and coordinated by Darren Hayes, DPS. Nine undergraduates learned how to use ArcExplorer, a geographical tool; organize databases; and navigate Google Earth, and then used their knowledge to work on georectifying historical digital maps of New York City dating back to 1900. Eventually, the maps will be globally accessible and fully navigable using Google Earth when the project is completed.

One of the students described the process of georectification in his journal as follows:

"We began a process in which we take historical maps of the South Bronx, and superimpose them over current maps of the same area. Because the historical maps are scanned documents, the coordinates for the Bronx are incorrectly labeled at zero. It is my responsibility to stretch these historical maps over the current map so that a viewer can see the changes that the Bronx has undergone over the years. By using the program ArcMap and filters such as curb, street, centerlines, buildings, and tax blocks, I can fit the maps together."

This project is a win-win undertaking for both the library and the students. The library has undertaken a monumental project of georectification of their huge map collection in an effort to make this information available to New York City teachers who use it for curriculum development as well as to the public at-large. To-date, they have digitized over 100,000 maps that are ready to be worked on with many more to go. Pace students are helping to move the project along. The students, on the other hand, learn to apply their newly acquired skills to a meaningful, real-world project and gain satisfaction from knowing that the work they are doing is useful and appreciated. Furthermore, the history of the City that they unearth might not otherwise be accessible without their effort and expertise.

The pilot program continues through the spring semester with Professor Darren Hayes, serving as instructor in New York City and Professor Winkler in Westchester. Apparently word-of-mouth has stirred up interest among students as both the New York City and Westchester sections of this course have sizeable enrollments. Assuming this pilot is successful and Seidenberg's partnership with the NY Public Library continues, IT and Strategic Community Planning will be permanently added to the roster of popular service learning courses currently offered by the School that includes Problem-solving Using LEGO Robotics, Intergenerational Computing, and Web Design for Nonprofit Organizations.


Mirkeya Capellan (r) with Fran Allen (l) at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference
Mirkeya Capellan (MS/IS '99, DPS '08) represented the Seidenberg School at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference held in Orlando, Florida in October. Mirkeya was one of 1400 women from around the world to come together to share their experiences as computing professionals and to provide support and encouragement to each other as they navigate the course of their careers. The theme of the conference - I invent the Future - expresses unlimited possibilities for all women in the field.

The conference sessions ran the gamut from "So You Want to be a CTO" to "Live your Ideas, Making an Impact as an Entrepreneur." Mirkeya found "Latinas Opening Doors to the Future: Advancing Latinas in Computing" of particular personal interest and decided to participate in Latinas in Computing on an ongoing basis.

Of all the accomplished women she met, Fran Allen, a pioneer in the field and recent recipient of the prestigious Turing Award for her outstanding contributions to computer science, was surely the best known. Fran Allen has also been a friend of the school for many years and is a current member of its advisory board.

[ To learn more ]


For the second year in a row, the Seidenberg School will be offering the highly popular IS 660D Cases in Information and Communication Innovation, which is part of the required five-course sequence leading to an Advanced Certificate in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategy and Innovation. The objective of this master's-level advanced certificate program is to provide students with a strong grounding in the strategic and innovative uses of technology, probably the most highly prized quality that IS professionals at all levels can possess. To qualify for the advanced certificate, students must be enrolled in a Master of Science in Information Systems program or equivalent or have completed one during the previous four years.

[ Click here for program requirements ]

A new course IS 660A Comparative e-Governance Systems will be taught in collaboration with the Master of Public Administration program offered through the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Interested information systems students may consider taking this as an elective course over the summer. The course provides an overview on the growing development of e-government and explores the various approaches used by regional and federal governments, both domestically and internationally. The essentials of e-government will be presented and discussed in light of prevailing practice and the tools for assessing e-governance performance are explored.

Students seeking an understanding as to how technology is being used to redesign government and how for-profit business liaise with government agencies as part of their supply chain, may find this course of interest. The course will employ a hybrid teaching format whereby classes during the first two weeks will be held in-person, followed by three weeks of online instruction.

Students interested in either offering may contact James W. Gabberty, DPS, at (212) 346-1008 or JGabberty@pace.edu for further information.


Service-Oriented Architecture: SOA Strategy, Methodology and Technology written by James Lawler, DPS, and H. Howell-Barber, Seidenberg advisory board member, was published by Auerbach Publications in January.

The book, based on in-depth case studies of 15 Fortune 10-1000 companies, defines a practical program management methodology for deploying this new technology. SOA, a framework for gaining competitive advantage by making business processes more flexible, efficient, and agile, is being adopted across a wide range of industries. This book, according to its authors, benefits both business managers and technology project managers who need to guide their employees through the migration of business processes towards SOA as well as students studying information systems who will be industry leaders in the future.

[ To learn more ]


In March 2008, the Seidenberg School became actively engaged with IEEE through its Education Partners Program to offer a select group of online graduate programs at a 10 percent discount to its members. IEEE, formerly referred to as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology with more than 370,000 members in over 160 countries. This partnership will both raise the visibility of Seidenberg graduate programs and extend their availability to technology professionals worldwide.

[ To learn more, go to www.ieee.org/partners ]


Interest Grows in Adobe Classes

In the last few months, the Computer Learning Center has experienced a sudden increase of students in its Adobe classes. As an Adobe Authorized Training Center, these professional development classes are taught by expert instructors certified by Adobe. Classes in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Acrobat, Illustrator and InDesign are taught in both Midtown and White Plains.

[ Click here to see entire PCLC class schedule ]

Two ways to prepare for the PMP ® exam

For clients interested in earning PMP ® (Project Management Professional) certification, the Computer Learning Center offers two classes in preparation. The first, PMP Express, is a five-day, 35-hour class that includes a comprehensive review of the PMBOK ® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) curriculum followed by a two-day orientation to the exam, sample test, additional practice questions, and study techniques. The next class will begin on March 31.

The second class, PMP Exam Preparation, is an intensive two-day class during which students are exposed to the types of questions to expect on the exam, how best to answer them, and which areas they absolutely must know. There are frequent quizzes, so that students can continually gauge their progress and identify areas requiring further study.

For more information, call the Computer Learning Center at (914) 422-4328 or (212) 346-1222.


While turbulence in the financial markets has negatively impacted the IT job market in recent months, the impact has not been as severe as in other fields. Furthermore, the outlook for future growth in the IT sector is bright. To learn more, read the Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index (PSII) Report published quarterly.

[ Read 2007 4th Quarter PSII ]


The university continues to make excellent progress towards its capital campaign goal of $100 million. To-date, $81 million has been raised. The Seidenberg School has exceeded its $20 million dollar goal and is now at $20.6 million through the combined efforts of Dean Susan Merritt; Kimberly Bendus, Seidenberg's former development director; and the Office of Philanthropy. The most recent sizeable gift was from Naomi Seligman, senior partner with Ostriker von Simson, Inc. and last year's Leadership and Service in Technology Award honoree, in the amount of $25,000.

Since 2003, 438 individuals, corporations and foundations have made contributions with 56 at the $5,000 or higher level and 71 in the $1,000 - $4,999 range.

Seidenberg is optimistic that it will substantially exceed its goal. If you would like to help with this effort and contribute to the Seidenberg School segment of the capital campaign, please contact Julie Davidson, assistant vice president for philanthropy, at jdavidson@pace.edu or (212) 346-1661.