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Faculty and Accreditation: New England Tech MSIT

Faculty and Accreditation

In the Masters in Information Technology program, you’ll be engaged by faculty who are leading practitioners of the profession. New England Tech brings together top specialists from the public sector, from industry, and from academia.

​Faculty Connected to the Industry

New England Tech's Information Technology faculty are selected from among the region's top specialists in their fields.   Program faculty include industry professionals with experience at many local and national institutions and firms, including: 

State of Rhode Island Division of IT
Citizens Bank
US Coast Guard

Program faculty include:

Timothy Henry, Ph.D., PMP; Program Chair

Dr. Henry has a deep background in IT research, teaching, industry and military service. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, a Master's degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and a BS in Mathematics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  

Tim served as operations officer on a buoy tender out of Portsmouth, Virginia and was the Information Resources Manager at the Coast Guard's training center in Yorktown, VA before becoming a professor of mathematics and computer science at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.  

Following his Coast Guard service, Tim devoted his attention to 'bleeding-edge' technology in a research and development environment.  These projects involved cellular phones, GPS,  interactive 3D visualization projects and touch screen technologies as components of larger integrated systems at a time when those technologies were just coming into the marketplace.

For the next decade he continued to work as a project manager on large corporate- or state-wide information systems. During that time, he obtained his Project Management Professional certification. 

For the last fifteen years, he has been in the university setting, first at the University of Rhode Island and now at NEIT.  During this time he was able to perform research on 3D techniques for rapid texture mapping from compressed images and to lend his experience to the design of few interactive 3D projects. He has developed and taught courses in a number of areas including gaming, software engineering, operating systems, digital forensics and cyber security.

Elaine Palm, Ph.D.

For the past eighteen years, Dr. Elaine Palm has been at Lifespan, RI’s largest healthcare organization, and is currently Director of Infrastructure.  She leads a team of 70 employees, and manages the data, voice, and cloud networks.   Elaine has 30 years of experience in network management, including several years at international companies, Bard and Toray Plastics.  At Bard, a Fortune 500 manufacturer of medical devices, she led data and telecom management for nine manufacturing plants in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.   Early in her career, she worked as a computer programmer and taught business and technical writing and communications.

Elaine has delivered numerous technology presentations at national conferences on wireless, RFID, and mobility topics.  She sits on the customer advisory and product advisory boards of several global technology vendors.

Dr. Palm has an extensive background as an Information Technology leader in teaching, as well as healthcare, manufacturing, and financial industries.  She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a Master’s degree and B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in English and Education.  She also received a CIO Pocket MBA Certificate from Boston University, and completed a Business Strategy Development program there.


Peter J Petrone, MBA

Peter J. Petrone has worked in Rhode Island state government for the past 35 years, first with the Rhode Island Department of Health and later with the Department of Administration. Since 2007, he has been finance director for the state’s Division of Information Technology. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.

Peter has also had a high level of involvement in major IT strategic initiatives in his career, including key responsibilities in strategic and budget planning for large projects. In his positions, he has participated in numerous statewide project teams as well as business process reviews.

Peter has taught at NEIT and at Johnson & Wales University in the areas of economics, finance, accounting, entrepreneurship and project management. In the MSIT program at NEIT, he seeks to convey the major role that finance plays in IT planning, decision-making, and the importance of IT professionals being trusted advisors in assessing the financial impact of IT initiatives.


Joseph Collins, MS

Joe has a Masters degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University and a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Rhode Island.

For the past 27 years Joe has held a number of positions within the information technology field. Joe started out in application development where he has supported and eventually managed the development of business applications at AMICA, SunLife of Canada and MetLife.

The second phase of Joe’s career found him in the Database Administration organization at MetLife. While there he held roles in database administration, project management and lead the development of a database security team.

In the latest phase Joe is a member of Citizens Bank Internal Audit Department where he leads the Internal Audit Infrastructure and Information Security team.

During this time Joe has earned several certifications which compliment his IT experience. Joe has obtained the following certifications:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Additionally for the past 17 years Joe has been an adjunct faculty member at NEIT. Joe has developed and taught courses at all degree levels within the Information Technology curriculum.