Mamoun Samaha, PhD - Department Chair
- Artificial intelligence
- PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering, ITU, San Jose – California
- Masters in Electronics, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
- BS EE, University of Jordan
Mamoun Abu-Samaha has extensive industrial experience. He worked for Hewlett Packard as an architect and technology strategist in corporate IT, a software architect, and then a wireless and mobility chief technology officer. Later, he worked for Motorola Mobility as their enterprise CTO. Currently he is co-founder, CEO, and chief strategy officer for MobiWee Inc.
Abu-Samaha’s areas of interest include mobile platforms and services, applications, Android, iOS, IoT, embedded systems, cybersecurity and ethical hacking, blockchain, enterprise architecture, game design, unity, artificial intelligence, machine learning, GAN, and virtual and augmented reality. www.linkedin.com/in/Mobility
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Palestine, lived in Jordan, worked in Dubai, and did my higher education in San Jose, California, and Eindhoven, The Netherlands. I played for the national volleyball team of Jordan and the student teams in Eindhoven.
What are the specifics of your educational background?
With a PhD at ITU, I had a focus on AI & GAN. I try to play volleyball every Sunday in Santa Cruz, my favorite city in California. I love to work with Phil McKinney, CEO of CableLabs, as the key to the future is to always be connected.
What are your research interests?
My research focus is in mobility, mobile devices security, game design and application, blockchain, mobile applications development, capstone projects, AI focus on GAN Software, device form factors and the user experience, and how security will continue to evolve and overlap.
Most of my work is software development in telecommunications and electronics.
What courses/subjects do you teach?
- Mobile applications development
- Cybersecurity countermeasures, web security & ethical hacking
- Software engineering, computer science, algorithms, and blockchain
- Game design and software development
- AI, Python, C language
What do you enjoy most or find most rewarding about what you teach? Is there anything notable or unique about the kind of students that you teach?
I love to teach and work with students. I learn a lot from students and always give them a chance to teach about something they like, spend one-on-one time to learn, and share their learning in class. I love students who take risks in projects, as 10 percent good work on a new idea is better than 100 percent perfect on a project you are already proficient in. I reward students on progress and trying new things.
What are the specifics of your industry experience?
My industry experience includes serving as director of the Institute of Cybersecurity, CTO of Motorola Mobility/Google, and wireless and mobility CTO for Hewlett Packard.
Qamar Asghar, MS - Adjunct Faculty
15 years’ experience in developing curriculum and teaching professionals in the area of quality and reliability. Over 20 years of experience in leading Quality Programs in high tech. Six Sigma coaching, mentoring, and deployment (DFSS, DMAIC), process/product characterization, optimization, statistical modeling, data mining, data automation, and process control experience in high-tech.
He received MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee, TN
Mar Castro, MS - Adjunct Faculty
Develops, modifies, and manages automated databases. Plans, develops specifications, and completes and administers reporting and analysis projects. Establishes tracking systems to monitor and display critical steps for all major program enhancement projects. Acts as SME to inquiries and data requests. Receives, performs quality control, and publishes data for use within within PSA, DMDC, and other agencies.
He received MS Software Engineering, Cal State Fullerton, CA
Tushar Chandra - Adjunct Faculty
Patricia Hoffman, PhD - Adjunct Faculty
Dongming Liang, PhD - Adjunct Faculty
Richard Riehle, PhD - Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Richard D. Riehle is a professor at ITU and a visiting professor at Naval Postgraduate School. He has been creating and managing software activities since the early 1960’s. His software engineering experience spans both military and civilian applications. In the military realm, he has been an active participant on some projects (command and control, etc.), and a shirt-sleeves consultant on others. Civilian software experience spans the full range of commercial enterprises: hospital information systems, banking, insurance, wholesale distribution, and medical billing, to name a few. Beginning in the late 1980’s, Dr. Riehle’s focus turned to software consulting and training. As a trainer, he conducted courses of his own design in Ada, C++, software methods, and object-oriented development.
He received a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a MSSE from National University. He also earned a doctorate in software Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School.
Cornel Pokorny, PhD - Emeritus Professor
Dr. Pokorny received his Doctorate in Computer Science from Technical University in Vienna, Austria. His research areas are: computer graphics, object oriented design and web programming. Dr. Pokorny’s interests include computer graphics, photorealistic rendering, graphical user interfaces, abstract algebra and cryptography.
Dr. Pokorny is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at California Polytechnic State University, and is now Department Chair at International Technological University.
Before teaching at Cal Poly, he worked for 5 years as Assistant Professor at the Technical University in Vienna, spent one year in Mainland China in linguistic studies and worked for 3 years as a project manager in the German industry. There he developed one of the first Chinese Character Generators for an electronic ink jet printer.
Dick Liu, PhD - Adjunct Faculty
Dick Liu received a M.S. in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in EE (Computer Systems Research Lab) from Stanford University.
He has extensive industrial experience with start-up companies and Fortune 500 corporations both as a technologist and executive management. He was with Synopsys Inc. (Smart, Secure Everything – from Silicon to Software) for 14 years. While at Synopsys, among various RD projects, he was also responsible for the security assessment and security setup at Shanghai RD center. He established a database security process for customer data protection. And he contributed vastly to improve RD teams’ software development processes, testing effectiveness and security awareness.
His interests include: protecting cyber security, developing robust software products, and researching innovative computing technologies. He has received 10 US patents and published numerous technical papers.