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.
Dr. Timothy Henry, PhD, PMP, Program Chair
Tim 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.
Dr. Kimberly Baumann, PhD
Kim has a strong background in Information Technology, Cyber Security, and research in both the private industry and military service. She has a Ph.D. in IT Education from North Central University, Master's degrees in Operations Research and Strategic Studies from the University of New Haven and Air University, and a BS in Mathematics from Norwich University.
As a general officer in the Air National Guard, Kim is responsible for the state and federal mission success of the more than 1000 people assigned to the Rhode Island Air National Guard. In addition, she coordinates policy with interagency, commercial and academia partners by developing “whole of nation” preparedness and trust relationship for incident sharing against Cyber-attacks. Kim also serves as a National Guard advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force Chief Information Officer and Chief of Intelligence at the Pentagon. There she provides strategic planning, policy, and standards development for Air Force Cyberspace operations and support for the total force. Previously she was assigned to the Air National Guard CIO to optimize services for over 100,000 Air National Guard airmen at 88 Wings and 105 geographically separated units in the 54 United States and territories, and in deployed locations worldwide.
In the private sector, Kim is an executive partner at a firm serving more than 5,000 CIOs and senior IT leaders worldwide.
Timothy Culhane, MA, CCAI-CCNA, CTT
Tim has an extensive background in the field of Information Technology, with decades of experience in the field and as an educator. Tim holds an MA in Political Science/International Relations, and a BA in Political Science and in Communications from the University of Rhode Island. Tim also attended the United States Naval Academy.
Tim worked as a tech-support and sales engineer before transitioning to consulting and corporate training. Some of his projects involved network design on both a small and massive scale, network implementation, and network support. He acquired his Cisco Certified Academy Instructor-Cisco Certified Networking Associate, Certified Technical Trainer, Certified Novell Engineer, and Certified Novell Instructor certifications as well as the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications.
Tim has been a full-time faculty member at NEIT since 1999, teaching in all IT degree programs. He has taught Novell, Microsoft and Linux operating systems, LAN and WAN network connectivity, cyber-security, ethics and professionalism, as well as many other courses offered.
Henry “Hank” Johnson, MBA, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
Henry “Hank” Johnson, is Assistant Professor of Management at NEIT. His work in public health includes working for 8 years primarily with clients living in poverty and suffering from addiction and mental health issues. In his role of Life Skills Instructor at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, he helped teach unemployed and low-income residents about career readiness, self-advocacy, and social equity. As a result of his efforts, hundreds of his clients have successful careers.
Hank was previously the Executive Director of Education in Action, a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, whose mission is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that educate and inspire youth to achieve real-world success. He developed community partnerships with The Providence Transition Academy and The Providence Autism School to Tomorrow Academy, and coordinated several city-wide after-school programs in Cranston, Central Falls, Pawtucket, and West Warwick.
Hank is passionate about fostering sustainable communities, serves on the board of directors of the Rhode Island Career Development Association, and is a member of the Society for Advancement of Management. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.
Dr. George Saban, EdD
George has been teaching Information Technology for 28 years. He educates NEIT students on game development, software engineering, and user interface design. In January 2015, George was bestowed the Robert Shapiro Excellence in Teaching Award at New England Tech.
With more than 20 years of industry experience, George’s research interests center around knowledge creation, systems thinking, organizational learning, artificial intelligence, algorithms, design patterns, and computer program languages. He also maintains an active interest in many topics in electronics and communication engineering, including digital circuitry and robotics.
George holds an EdD from Northeastern University, as well as a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Bryant University.
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.
Prashanth Gali, BE, MS
Prashanth holds a B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Madras, India and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island.
He has vast experience as a technologist. Prashanth has served as Senior Technical Lead and Chief Software Architect for the design and development of next generation Real Time fraud detection and prevention software called PRISM, used by major financial institutions. As Chief Architect for Retail Decisions (ReD) based in Providence, RI, he was responsible for establishing and directing product architecture and design initiatives for the suite of ReD products, including its Merchant Fraud products.
Currently, Prashanth is the Director of Integrated Services for the loyalty management platform at SessionM in Boston, MA. Prashanth is a Sun-certified Enterprise Architect, Business Component Developer, Java Developer, and Java Programmer. He brings a wealth of technical skills to his position, including:
Cloud:AWS (EC2, S3, IAM, ELB, VPC, RDS, Cloud Watch, lambda, DynamoDB, Cognito, API Gatewayetc), docker
- Operating Systems: Linux (primary OS), Windows, HP NonStop, AIX, Mac OS
- Languages: Java, C#, C++, C, SQL, Groovy, Python, Ruby
- Technologies: Spring, Hibernate, MyBatis, other lightweight ORM, JEE, JUnit, Swing, JDBC, CORBA
- Application Servers: Tomcat, WebSphere, Jetty, Glassfish, IIS
- Databases: Postgres, MySQL, SQLServer, Oracle, NonStop SQL MX
- IDE/Tools: Netbeans, Eclipse, Subversion, Visual Studio, Ant, Maven, Visio, GIT, Atlassian products, Gradle, Grunt
- Automation Tools: HP Quality Center, Selenium
- BI Tools: Pentaho BI Suite
- NO-SQL: Redis, Cassandra