Fall 2011

Matt Knell ('00) to Serve as First Tech Mentor-in-Residence

Matt Knell

At the invitation of the Seidenberg School, Matthew Knell (MS/IS '00), director of social media at AOL, has assumed the role of Tech Mentor-in-Residence for the 2011-2012 academic year. In this capacity, he will share his considerable expertise as a social media marketer and Web technologist with members of the Pace community.

Matt officially launched his mentorship with a "Tech Talk" titled "Made in NY: The Intersection of Tech, Media and Entrepreneurship" at a breakfast on the downtown campus on October 20. This was followed by a day-long seminar of the same name that featured panel discussions on topics ranging from "How to Get a Job in NYC" and "The Changing Face of News" to "Real-time Deliciousness" and "The State of Now in Social Media." Each session included high profile participants who are well-known in their particular niche.

In addition to the formal events, Knell will make himself available several hours per week on campus at 163 William Street for individual and group consultation. [more]


Dean's Message

What a busy fall this is turning out to be! In this issue you can read about those to whom we are saying "hello" and those to whom we are saying "goodbye."

We are saying "hello" to our first Tech Mentor-in-Residence, alum Matt Knell, class of 2000, and director of social media at AOL.com. Matt has been involved in social media for most of his career, which began even before he graduated from Pace University! [full message]

Joseph Bergin

After 22 Years, Professor Joseph Bergin Retires

“I have had an ideal career at Pace, being paid to do what I love – to think, to write, to share ideas with students and colleagues.”

These are the words of Dr. Joseph Bergin, Professor of Computer Science, who retired at the end of the summer after 22 years at Pace. Professor Bergin earned the reputation as a "tough but fair" faculty member who challenged students to their limits and then some. [more]

Marius Agica

Competitive Bridge Player Featured in NY Times

The name of Marius Agica, a senior majoring in both computer science and economics, appeared in The New York Times' bridge column on September 7. Marius, a native of Romania, plays bridge competitively for his home country. Over the summer, he and his partner, Radu Nistor, placed third in both the Teams and Pairs events at the World Youth Congress held in Croatia. [more]


Graduate Programs Updated for Today's Workplace

Following months of intensive review by computer science faculty, the curricula for several graduate programs – the M.S. in Computer Science, the M.S. in Telecommunications Systems and Networks and the M.S. in Software Development and Engineering – have been updated to meet the needs of today's students in an increasingly specialized workplace. The changes to these programs went into effect this fall. [more]

Seidenberg Scholar's 2011

New Class of Seidenberg Scholars Pleased with College Life

As the Seidenberg Scholars Program enters its 5th year, the school welcomes five outstanding 1st year students into its ranks. They include Brooke Ribelin from Linwood, NC; Michael Cornell from Fishkill, NY; Julie Gauthier from Amston, CT; Cayman Mitchell from Rowlett, TX; and Wayne Williams from Brooklyn, NY.

Brooke, Michael and Julie all became familiar with the Seidenberg School's programs and its supportive community as well as life in the "Big Apple" as participants in the 2010 Seidenberg Scholar Summer Experience prior to entering their senior year of high school. Judging from their comments, they seem more than satisfied with their choice of college. [more]


SICI Computer Forensics Workshop a Big Success

At the request of the Seidenberg Institute for Computing Innovation (SICI), a newly established faculty development organization, Professor Darren Hayes organized a day-long workshop to teach practical skills in the burgeoning field of computer forensics to Pace faculty and students as well as invited faculty from other institutions. The workshop, which featured presentations by law enforcement experts, Hayes, and a specialist in forensic software tools, was well-attended and exceptionally well-received. [more]


Seidenberg Enrolls 14 IBM India Students

Fourteen IBM India employees are pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science under a newly formed partnership between the University and the corporation. The students, who are scattered all over India, take classes online along with their counterparts in the U.S. and are expected to complete their degrees in five semesters. [more]


In The News

Seidenberg faculty continue to make news on the air, on the Web and in print –


Professor Darren Hayes continues to be sought after for his considerable expertise in the areas of security, privacy and mobile forensics. He was recently cited in “Ten Years After 9/11, America’s Safety Still in Doubt” on cnbc.com; “Can an Anti-Child Porn Bill Go Too Far?” on technewsworld.com; and on a Wall Street and Technology blog “Apple’s iPad Market Share Takes A Serious, Surprising Tumble.”


While attending the Internet Technologies and Applications Conference at Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales, Professor Dan Farkas was interviewed on the topic of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that aired on “Science Café,” BBC radio.

Editor: Louise Kleinbaum Designer: Ben Stevens
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