Summer 2011

Seidenberg Bids Farewell to its First Class of Scholars

This May, the Seidenberg School graduated its first class of Seidenberg Scholars, actively recruited high school graduates who attended Pace as both Pforzheimer Honors College students and invited participants in the prestigious Seidenberg Scholars program.

Alexander Quick of Easton, PA, Igor Pokrychevskiy and Jeffrey Marvin from Philadelphia, and Jose Diaz Gonzalez of Raleigh-Durham, NC, chose Pace because of its closely knit community, excellent teaching, and proximity to the burgeoning New York tech center. All enrolled on the New York City campus.

When asked why he chose Pace and if his instincts proved accurate, Alex Quick said “I fell in love with the people when I first came to visit... and the access to all of the great technology jobs in the City convinced me that Pace would be a great place to go to college – and I was right!” [more]


Dean's Message

We hope you are enjoying our redesigned newsletter Refresh. Thanks to those of you who either posted comments or spoke to us directly.

The big news is the graduation of our first Seidenberg Scholars. While it may seem that we were just welcoming them as first year students, we have seen them mature, learn and contribute in so many ways to the School. We will miss them but the bonds of our community are strong, and we know that they will keep in touch. [full message]

Annual Leadership Award Gala a Great Success

This year's Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception honoring Gary Butler, president and CEO of Automatic Data Processing (ADP), was a great success.

The event, which also featured a stimulating panel discussion and guest appearance by IBM's Watson of Jeopardy! fame, generated more than $135,000 for student scholarships and select scholarly initiatives. [more] [photos]

Exceptional Undergraduate Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

John "Vinnie" Monaco (BS/CS, BS/Math '12) is an exceptional student - ... the best student, by far, that I have ever had,” says Allen Stix, associate professor of computer science. Vinnie, as he prefers to be called, has not only been awarded a prestigious U.S. Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship, but has also captured the attention and earned the respect of many faculty for his remarkable accomplishments during his first three undergraduate years at Pace. [more]


Faculty Member Receives IBM Smarter Planet Innovation Grant

Professor Christelle Scharff is one of only 50 faculty throughout the world to receive an IBM Smarter Planet Innovation Grant. The $10,000 grant will be used to further collaboration among students at Pace with students from universities in Cambodia, India, and Senegal to develop mobile and Web solutions to pressing global problems in transportation, health care and education. [more]


iPace: Complete Your Bachelor's Degree Online

Are you ready to finish your bachelor's degree but can't go to school full time? Would you like to pursue a concentration in computer forensics in preparation for one of the most exciting and in-demand careers? If your answer is “yes,” consider Seidenberg's new iPace BS in Professional Technology Studies program. Classes are offered online with three optional on-campus opportunities occurring each semester. [more]


Marc Kowtko, Freshman, Presents Research Paper at IEEE Conference

At the urging of Professor Jean Coppola, Marc Kowtko (BS/IT '15) wrote and submitted “Securing our Nation and Protecting Privacy” for possible presentation at the IEEE – Long Island Systems Applications and Technology Conference scheduled in early May. Much to his astonishment, the paper was accepted, a rare feat for a college freshman! Marc presented his paper on May 6. [more]


Seidenberg Institute for Computing Innovation Launched

Seidenberg faculty and faculty members from other area academic institutions as well as corporate representatives from IBM and AT&T participated in the first gathering of the Seidenberg Institute for Computing Innovation (SICI) held at the Graduate Center (WP) in mid-May. Established by Professors Lixin Tao and Li-Chiou Chen, SICI is a faculty development forum promoting courseware, curriculum, and expertise-sharing among faculty members in the greater New York City area who teach in the computing disciplines. [more] [SICI]


In The News

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


Professor Jean Coppola's interview at United Hebrew of New Rochelle relating to her intergenerational computing course and research in gerontechnology was aired on “Handle with Care” on the Retirement Living cable television channel (RLTV) on June 9 via Verizon FiOS. Repeat broadcasts will continue to appear throughout the summer.

She also conducted a 2-part Webinar, “Intergenerational Computing Model to Empower Older Adults” for members of the American Society on Aging (ASA) on May 26 and June 2, respectively. The Webinar was so well received that ASA decided to make the links available to the public. [part I], [part II]


Computer forensics expert, Professor Darren Hayes, was recently cited in two articles relating to computer hacking – “Hack of IMF data raises global worries” and “Forensics: staying ahead of hackers”.

He was also quoted in several publications ranging from The New Yorker blog to on the encryption of Osama bin Laden's communications. Additionally, he was interviewed for on the subject.


Two articles detailing the Pace Keystroke Biometric System used to track the typing and style choices of users to authenticate their identity that was developed by students in Professor Charles Tappert's master's and doctoral-level classes, appeared on and in “Wired Campus,” a blog-post from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

A related study, that examined face and fingerprint biometrics and concluded that two widely-used licensed biometric systems contained serious vulnerabilities, was also featured on

In addition, Professor Tappert's opinion on Facebook's use of facial recognition software to suggest tags for uploaded photos was cited in "Gagging on Tagging: Facebook Facial Recognition Creeps Out Privacy Partisans" on

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