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Akram Ahmed
Akram Ahmed is a Lecturer of Computer Information Systems at Bentley.

Akram brings a portfolio of expertise in business and technical know-how with emphasis on solving business problems using information technology solutions. His teaching interests include Visual Basic, MS Access, SQL, and introductory IT courses. Before joining Bentley, he taught courses in networking, programming, security, operating systems, and the management of information and technology. Akram actively consults in the IT field in the areas of database and system integration, and is currently providing consulting support with the planning phase of an online scheduling commercial software.

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Tamara Babaian
Tamara Babaian is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley.

Babaian's major teaching and research interests include artificial intelligence, automated planning systems, human-computer collaborative problem solving, and database.

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Jay Cooprider
Jay Cooprider is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley.

Cooprider has extensive industry experience in information technology support services and consulting. His other interests focus on the use of technology in planning, design and software development processes and IT simulations and gaming. Cooprider has published articles in such journals as Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, IBM Systems Journal, and Journal of Information Systems Management.

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Monica Garfield
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems

Monica's teaching primarily focuses on database and database design. Her research interests include the use of IT to enhance creativity, knowledge creation, team conflict, and the impact of IS on teams processes. Garfield has published articles in such journals as Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Communications of the ACM and Database. She previously taught at the University of South Florida.

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Wendy Lucas
Wendy Lucas is a Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley.

Lucas was formerly the president and cofounder of a medical software company. Her teaching interests include programming languages and application development. Wendy's current research focuses on system usability and information visualization.

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William T. Schiano
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems

Bill Schiano brings extensive corporate experience to his teaching and research. As president of thoughtbubble productions, for example, the associate professor of computer information systems helped secure investment funding for the New York-based new media company.

Much of Schiano’s work explores the role of technology in the retail and service industries. His research on this and related topics has informed articles and case studies for Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, The Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Business Horizons, and other academic publications. Schiano is a co-author of the book Cyberlaw: Text and Cases.

Companies such as Nokia, Volvo, and State Street have tapped Schiano to deliver customized management education programs and take on specific consulting projects. He shares his insights with fellow academics as well, in settings that include the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences and the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. Schiano holds a DBA from Harvard University Business School.

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Heikki Topi
Heikki Topi is a Professor of Computer Information Systems.

Topi previously taught at Indiana University, and served as director of the International MBA Program at the Helsinki School of Economics. Heikki's primary teaching interests include telecommunications and networking, data management, and systems analysis and design.

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Leslie Waguespack
Leslie Waguespack is a Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley.

Leslie worked as software engineer and database architect for U.S. Air Force Headquarters for Manpower and Personnel. Waguespack 's research and teaching interests include the adoption and management of object-oriented technology, particularly object-oriented modeling and its impact on IS development policy and planning.

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Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley.

Jennifer J. Xu received her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona in 2005. Her research interests include business intelligence, data mining, business analytics, social network analysis, human-computer interaction, and enterprise systems. She has published more than 50 articles in Information Systems journals, books, and conference proceedings.

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David Yates
David Yates is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley.

Yates holds degrees from Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is an active member in the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for Information Systems and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Yates has published articles in such journals as the International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice and the Journal of Telecommunications Policy.

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