Joanna F. DeFranco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Software Engineering

Engineering Division


    • Collaborative problem solving
    • Computer forensics
    • Project management
    • E-learning

Professional Activities

    • Peer reviewer for a Center of Excellence proposal submitted to the state of Florida in the area of collaboration software, March 2008.
    • Reviewed papers for the Software Engineering Workshop (SEW) sponsored by the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Software Engineering Laboratory (SEL) and the IEEE Computer Society, 2002 and 2003.
    • Reviewed papers for International Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEET) 2003.
    • Technical Track Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Information Technology, August 10-13, 2003, Newark, New Jersey, USA


    • Ph.D. - New Jersey Institute of Technology:  Computer and Information Science
    • M.S. - Villanova University:  Computer Engineering
    • B.S. - Penn State University: Electrical Engineering and Math


    • SWENG 537 - Software Systems Design
    • SWENG 500 - Advanced Software Engineering Studio
    • IN SC 497 - Computer Forensics
    • STS 589 - Ethics and Values in Science and Technology
    • IN SC 539 - Information Technology Systems Seminar
    • SYSEN 505 - Project Management
    • SYSEN 550 - Problem Solving I
    • SYSEN 552 - Problem Solving II

Research Interests

    • Collaborative problem solving
    • Computer forensics
    • Project management
    • E-learning


Articles Published in Refereed Journals

Malm, E., DeFranco, J., “Toward a Student-Centered Measure of Learning Management System Utilization”, Volume 40, Number 4, Journal of Educational Technology Systems, Volume 40, Number 4, 2012.

Malm, E., DeFranco, J.F., “Regaining your Faculties”, Campus Technology, November 2011.

DeFranco, J, Laplante, P., "Preparing for Incident Response Using the Zachman Framework", IAnewsletter, Volume 14, Number 3, Summer 2011.

DeFranco, J.F.,"The Importance of Teaching Internet Security and Safety in our Classrooms", Techniques, March 2011.

DeFranco, J.F., Neill, C.J., Clariana, R.B. (2011). A Cognitive Collaborative Model To Improve Performance in Engineering Teams – A Study of Team Outcomes and Mental Model Sharing,  Systems Engineering Journal, 14 (3).

Laplante, P., DeFranco, J. (May/June 2010). Another Ode to Paranoia. IT Professional.

DeFranco-Tommarello, J., Deek, F. (2005). A study of collaborative software development using groupware tools. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 16 (1).
DeFranco-Tommarello, J., Deek, F. (2004). Collaborative problem solving and groupware for software development. Journal of Information Systems Management, 21 (1).

Deek, F., DeFranco-Tommarello, J., McHugh, J. (2003). A model for collaborative technologies in manufacturing. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 16 (4-5).

Articles in Refereed Proceedings

DeFranco, J.F., Jablokow, K.W., Bilen, S.G., Gordon, A., “The Impact of Cognitive Style on Concept Mapping: Visualizing Variations in the Structure of Ideas”, submitted to ASEE 2012.

Neill, C.J., DeFranco, J.F., Sangwan, R.S., “A Study of Individual Learning in Software Engineering Team Projects”, submitted to ASEE 2012.

DeFranco, J. F., Neill, C. J., “Problem-Solving Style and its Impact on Engineering Team Effectiveness”, CSER (conference on systems engineering research), Redondo Beach, Ca,  2011.

Neill, C.J., DeFranco, J.F., “Improving Team Learning in Systems Design”, American Society for Engineering Education, Vancouver Canada, 2011

DeFranco, J., Malm, E., "An Empirical Measure of Instructional Technology Policy Effectiveness", E-Learning 2010, Orlando, Florida, October 18-22, 2010.

DeFranco, J. Neill, C, “Improving Team Performance: The Cognitive Style Factor”, American Society for Engineering Education, Louisville, Kentucky 2010

DeFranco, J., Deek, F. P., Sangwan, R., “Promoting Effective Communication in Global Software Collaboration”, American Society for Engineering Education, Louisville, Kentucky 2010.

DeFranco, J., Neill, C., “Improving Learning Outcomes using Cognitive Models in Systems Design”, American Society for Engineering Education, Austin, Texas, June 2009.

DeFranco, J., Malm, E., “"Best Practices:  Strategies for increasing BBVista Usage at a Small College", E-Learn 2008--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Las Vegas, November 17-21, 2008.

DeFranco-Tommarello, J., Deek, F., Hiltz, S. R., Keenan, J., Perez, C., "Collaborative Software Development:  Experimental Results", Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 36), Big Island, Hawaii, USA, pp. 40-49, 2003.

DeFranco-Tommarello, J., Deek, F., McHugh, J., Van de Walle, B., "A Collaborative Problem Solving and Program Development Model”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice (SERP ’02), pp. 481-487, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 2002.

DeFranco-Tommarello, J., Deek, F., "Collaborative Software Development: A Discussion of Problem Solving Models and Groupware Technologies", Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 35), pp. 523-532, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, 2002.

Papers Refereed by Abstract

DeFranco-Tommarello, J., Deek, F., “An Online Tutorial for Collaborative Problem Solving and Software Development”, ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education (SIGITE), Oct 20-22 2005.

DeFranco-Tommarello, J., "A Study of Collaborative Software Development Using Groupware Tools", IEEE International Conference on Information Technology: Research and Education, August 2003.


Colin J. Neill, Phillip A. Laplante, Joanna F. DeFranco. Antipatterns: Managing Software Organizations and People, Second Edition (Applied Software Engineering Series). 2011.