IST Program Faculty
Dr. Hal Smith, Associate Professor, IST
[email protected] | 724-334-6036 | Office: 036 ITC
Hal Smith is an Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology. He received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from University of Albany, SUNY. Prior to joining Penn State, he worked for Raytheon as a Principal Software Engineer architecting and developing software for large, massively parallel Ground Based Radar systems as well as deeply embedded real-time systems with Raytheon’s Missile Systems division in Tucson, Arizona. The result of his time in industry led him to develop research interests in component-based software architectures, software product lines and model-driven development. While with Raytheon, he received the Excellence in Technology Award as well as Engineering Honors. Hal’s research interests have since grown to incorporate search technologies and network organizations. He maintains an ongoing undergraduate research program where projects often result in student participation at conferences.
Dr. Hong Chen, Assistant Professor, IST
[email protected] | 724-334-6755 | Office: 15B Conference Center
Hong Chen is an assistant professor of Information Sciences and Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Rhode Island in 2012, and received M.S. and B.S. degrees from Zhejiang University in China. Before joining Penn State New Kensington, he was an assistant professor of Computer and Information Science at Siena Heights University and a visiting assistant professor of Information Systems Management at Duquesne University. His research is interdisciplinary, spanning Information Systems, Big Data and Computing. He researches exciting algorithms to examine the impact of online user generated content and cyber fraud. Prior to all his academic appointments, he was VP for Research at a biotech startup in Rhode Island, leading an engineering team to innovate in-vitro diagnostic devices.