1 1. Could you describe your department in terms of the undergraduate and graduate programs offered? The Information Systems and Business Analytics Department offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Technology. This degree provides students with in-depth knowledge of the information systems area from a business perspective. Students who graduate with this major become empowered in industry because they understand how to use and apply information systems and technology to business problems and strategic opportunities. The department offers three undergraduate minors: 1) Information Systems; 2) Information Systems and Business Analytics; and 3) Business and Design. The Information Systems minor enables students to acquire knowledge and skills in the information systems and technology area to support their major degree. Information systems and technology is relied on in all major areas of study. This reliance is both in an academic and in a real world context. The Information Systems and Business Analytics minor provides students with additional skills in analysis for decision-making. It supplements the use of information systems and technology with a foundation in quantitative skills. Companies suggest there is a shortage of students graduating with strong quantitative skills. The Business and Design minor integrates Internet-based information and knowledge systems with human-centered graphic, new media, and product design. This minor prepares students for careers or graduate programs in information technologies, business or creative industries (such as social media). Graduate Level MBA in Information Systems. The master level curriculum provides students with a unique business degree. This degree is unique in that it provides depth in information system concepts and technical skills in association with a strong foundation in functional business areas. MBA in Business Analytics. Master level students become highly skilled in analytical methods and modeling in conjunction with the use of information systems and technology. This allows graduates to lead the strategic projects and units in corporations that rely on secured big data.
2 MBA in Quality Management. This degree program provides students with a critical understanding and expertise on quality management methodologies such as six sigma and LEAN. Quality Management is critical to all organizations. Students who are awarded an MBA in Quality Management have an advantage in that they acquire knowledge and skills quite different from the typical MBA specializations. MS in Information Technology. Students gain expert knowledge in information systems and technology for profit and non-profit organizations. The program enables students to customize their courses based on a specific area of interest. Most recently students have focused on big data, cyber security and health informatics. Certificate Programs: We offer non-degree certificate programs in Business Information Systems. The programs are offered at two different levels for students who have attained either bachelor or master degrees. The certificates allow students to enroll in accredited Information Systems and Business Analytics courses. 2. Tell us a little bit about your faculty and yourself. The department faculty has attained the highest degree in their fields. The fields of expertise include information systems and technology, statistical analysis, quality management and management planning systems. The faculty is well known for its awardwinning research. We conduct research on cutting edge topics such as big data and cloud computing, the use of RFID technology in healthcare, business analytics, health information security, and quality management. In addition, many of our professors have significant business experience. We are a global faculty that comes from all over the world. These attributes help enable our major and minor students to take advantage of the growth in career opportunities in both the information systems and business analytic fields. Students in the department know that I am willing to modify their course work so that they have a program crafted for their particular interest and to take advantage of the growth in jobs in the area. I earned my PhD from City University of New York. My specialization is in management planning and information systems. I crafted an extension to the standard management planning systems area to include information systems. At the time there was an exodus of manufacturing from this country to other countries. Academic positions in the management planning system area were not readily available. It also was clear to me how critical information systems would become to business. My undergraduate degree is in accounting from Syracuse University. I earned an MBA in finance from Fordham University My research centers on the implementation of information systems in organizations. I received the Deans research award. I also received an award for my research on electronic medical records.
3 3. What are some of the recent achievements by your department? The department has numerous achievements by individual students and by the student club, in community service, and through faculty grant and research awards. Below are a few examples: * One of our graduates (May 2014) won best research paper by a master s level student at the 2014 Northeast Decision Science Institute conference. *Students from the department volunteer at elementary and middle schools. They teach young students scratch programming, python programming and database technology. *Students majoring in our department are hired by the Hofstra School of Continuing Education. These students teach the Saturday Classes for Young People. They teach both programming and database technologies. 4. What kinds of jobs do students get after graduation? Our students begin careers in cyber-security, information systems consulting, and inventory management, business analytics and in health informatics. They are working at companies such as Ernest and Young, Open link, UPS, First Data, Siemens Medical, NPD Group, and others. Northshore - LIJ Health System also hires many of our students. 100 percent of our graduating students were offered positions prior to graduating or soon after. 5. What do you see ahead for your department? Beginning this fall semester 2014, we will be known as The Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics. This name change emphasizes the department s focus to capitalize on the growth of big data, cloud computing and cyber-security. Companies are having trouble-finding students with strong analytic skills and who can manage, for example, dashboards, business rules, text mining, predictive analytics, and OLAP. Career titles include business, marketing, data and risk analysts, data miners and IT analysts. We have a business analytics team ready to compete at national level competitions during the coming school year.
4 Our department manages Hofstra University s membership in the prestigious SAP academic alliance. This membership provides students with an opportunity to use the same enterprise systems that fortune 500 companies and their trading partners use in business. The department will begin incorporating work on the SAP system in classes so that students will be eligible to take the SAP business analyst exam. Employers are looking for students who understand and have experience using SAP. 6. What is something that most people do not know about your department? Below are few things: The department s student club, Hofstra Information Technology Association (HITA), is run as a consulting firm. The consulting projects include implementing web sites, developing mobile applications and establishing social media strategies. In addition the students provide corporations with critical business analytic services. Our department has two dedicated state of the art labs: 1) cyber-security and 2) enterprise applications. The labs allow students to use cutting edge technologies in their course work. We added new courses to jump-start a networking and cyber security focus for majors and minors. The department offers a CISCO summer workshop program to support this focus. Many students earn prestigious CISCO networking and security certifications prior to graduating from Hofstra. This certification is in high demand by industry. We have a superior IT Executive Board of Visitors. This Board is made up of senior executives who are well known in the field of Information Systems and Technology and Business Analytics. These senior-level executives provide one to one personalized mentoring to our majors and minors. They are a source of inspiration for our students. The companies they represent include Cablevision, IBM, Emblem Health, and Avis. Our department is unique in the business school because our degree programs fall under the STEM guidelines. For example, international students who graduate with a degree from our department are granted additional time to remain in the United States to continue optional practical training.
5 7. Any final thoughts? Studying in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas provide a foundation for fantastic careers. In addition graduating with a STEM degree from the Zarb School of Business provides an advantage. Businesses must address the storage, security and application of the tremendous amount of data that is collected with all types of computer systems. Companies want to hire students graduating from business school with a major in Information Systems, Information Technology, and Business Analytics. In particular, there is a shortage of woman majoring in these areas. During the spring 2015 semester, I will be co-chairing a workshop titled, Woman and STEM: Opportunities and Challenges. The department welcomes all students at Hofstra University to participate with our department club (HITA). The club provides students with opportunities to increase their information systems, information technology and analytical skills.