Newsmakers

SPRING 2014

Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, continues to work with Penn State regional colleagues as the campus prepares for the kick-off of the new regional undergraduate multidisciplinary engineering design degree that begins this fall. Additionally, she will be attending the American Society for Engineering Education conference in June. Dr. Jablokow was also an invited speaker at the ASME Mechanical Engineering Education Leadership Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March 2014. She addressed engineering department heads and deans about her experience teaching the Penn State Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Creativity, Innovation, and Change in fall 2013.

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, has been invited to serve as a referee for three journals: Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Management and Governance, and North American Journal of Economics and Finance. According to Google Scholar, his research has attracted 1,000 citations, 800 in the past five years.

Mohamad Kassab, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, co-authored "State of Practice in Requirements Engineering: Contemporary Data," which was accepted for publication in Innovations in Systems and Software EngineeringColin Neill, Ph.D., associate professor, software and systems engineering and director, engineering programs, and Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, were the co-authors.

Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, has his book, Real-time Systems Design and Analysis: Tools for the Practitioner, recognized on the Intel recommended reading list for software engineers.

John McCool, Ph.D., distinguished professor, systems engineering, had his article, "Estimation and Inference in Sets of Weibull Samples," published in the Journal of Risk and Reliability.

Michael Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, hopes to spend his summer continuing his research into HIV, in particular, studying if model parameters change over time for individuals and if so how. Additionally, he hopes to continue working on the Tobit Kalman filter, which is an outgrowth of the HIV work.

Patrick Qiang, Ph.D., assistant professor, operations management, had two of his co-authored papers acknowledged as the most downloaded in the International Transactions of Operational Research in 2013: "Fragile networks: identifying vulnerabilities and synergies in an uncertain age" and "Multi-product supply chain horizontal network integration: models, theory, and computational results."

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, will travel to Beijing this summer to give a keynote speech at the 11th International Conference on Service Systems and Service Management. His presentation will address the three laws of service that were introduced in his book, "Service Science:  the Foundations of Service Engineering and Management." His new book, "Service Science: the Foundations of Service Engineering and Management," takes a holistic view of the service life cycle, introducing new approaches to exploring the real time dynamics of service systems and networks and provides a new perspective of service research and practice. In addition, Dr. Qiu has been invited to serve on 2014 NSF "Smart" Service Systems proposal review panel. 

Raghvinder Sangwan, Ph. D., associate professor, software engineering, will continue his collaboration with Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute on multi-view architectural dependency analysis to manage rework. Some of this work will be presented at SATURN 2014 in Portland, Oregon, and ICSE 2014 in Hyderabad, India.

Manohar Singh, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, and Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, had their manuscript accepted for publication in Applied Economics Letters. The research explores how powerful CEOs view capital structure decisions.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, Jae Uk Chun, Ph.D., Korea University, and Kyoungmin Cho, University of Washington, were recently notified that their paper, "Collective and Interpersonal Transformational Leadership, Social Exchanges, and Performance in Teams," was chosen to be published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the upcoming 2014 Academy of Management (AoM) conference. Only the top 10 percent of all accepted papers at the AoM conference receive this honor.

Eric W. Stein, Ph.D., associate professor, management science and information systems, appeared as a panel member at the NE Decision Sciences Institute on the topic of sustainability on March 27-29 in Philadelphia. At the same conference, he presented, "Design Decisions:  Improving the Energy Efficiency and Production Capabilities of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)."


WINTER 2014

Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, recently had her book, What Every Engineer Should Know about Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, published.

Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, was an invited panelist at the World Campus Faculty Convocation at University Park, where she related her experience teaching Penn State's largest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to date, with over 150,000 enrollments.

Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, was the keynote speaker for the first IEEE Virtual Career Education Conference. This multiple day, virtual education fair focused on computing topics is hosted and sponsored by the IEEE, the world's largest organization for technology professionals. Listen to the conference proceedings. Additionally, Laplante's book, Requirements Engineering for Software and Systems, had its second edition released by publisher Taylor & Francis. The new edition expands and updates the text, which is widely used in requirements engineering courses at universities around the world, including Penn State. This is Laplante's 30th book. Laplante was elected to a one-year term as vice president for educational activities for the IEEE Computer Society, in which he is responsible for academic and continuing educational programs, accreditation activities, and the society's k-12 promotion of the computing profession.

Michael J. Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, had his paper, "Spatial modeling of HIV cryptic viremia and 2-LTR formation during raltegravir intensification," accepted for publication in the Journal of Theoretical Biology.

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., professor, information science, was a keynote speaker at the 2013 International Conference on Business Analytics and Management Science in Beijing, China. He also gave seminars at the following Chinese universities: Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China; Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China; Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China; and Donghua University, Shanghai, China. Additionally, Qiu won the best paper award, which was announced at the INFORMS annual meeting in October 2013. His paper, "Computational Thinking of Service Systems: Dynamics and Adaptiveness Modeling," is the first Service Science Best Paper Award for Service Science journal publications from INFORMS Service Science.

David W. Russell, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering presented "Necessary elements in the use of comprehensive design methods and tools in the accomplishment of industrial projects" at IESM'2013 International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Systems Management in Morocco, North Africa. The paper was co-authored with Tracey Mahoney, Penn State Great Valley graduate student, and David Bradley, Ph.D., University of Abertay, Scotland.

Raghu S. Sangwan, Ph.D., associate professor, software engineering, along with Robert L. Nord, Ipek Ozkaya, Julien Delange, Marco Gonzalez, and Philippe Kruchten, presented "Limitations in Using Structural Metrics to Measure Architecture Modifiability Properties" at the International Conference on Software Maintenance, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

John J. Sosik,  Ph.D., professor, management  and organization, along with his colleagues Bruce J. Avolio, Ph.D. (University of Washington), and Surinder S. Kahai, Ph.D. (SUNY- Binghamton,) were recently notified that their paper, "E-leadership: Re-examining transformations in leadership source and transmission," was accepted for publication in the 25th anniversary special issue of The Leadership Quarterly

Eric W. Stein, Ph.D., associate professor, management science and information systems, had his book, "Fostering Creativity in Self and the Organization: Your Professional Edge," published by Business Expert Press. This book helps individuals and their organizations learn to maximize creative potential. It explodes the myth that creative people are born rather than developed through practice and hard work. Previously, Stein has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and articles.


FALL 2013

Kathryn W. Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering and engineering design, is part of the Penn State team helping students around the globe fulfill their creative potential through Penn State's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), "Creativity, Innovation and Change," a class that was launched via the popular website Coursera. Read the full story at http://news.psu.edu/story/286339/2013/09/05/academics/penn-state-mooc-explores-science-creativity.

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, has had four research papers accepted for publication in Journal of Banking & Finance, Finance Research Letters, and Applied Economics Letters (two papers). His paper in Journal of Banking & Finance explores the effect of the board of directors on the performance of Chinese banks. His research forthcoming in Finance Research Letters concentrates on the opportunistic timing of option grants and how to prevent it. The other two papers in Applied Economics Letters are related to the impact of geography on CEO luck and annual compensation. Jiraporn has also been invited with two leading management journals to serve as a reviewer: Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journals.

Mohamad Kassab, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, presented "Toward Quantifying Quality, Tactics and Architectural Patterns Relations" at the 25th International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, Boston, Massachusetts, in June.

Robin G. Qiu, Ph.D., professor, information science, gave a keynote speech on "Service Science: Transforming Software Development" at the 4th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering and Service Sciences, Beijing, China. At the same conference, he also presented "Transformative Education Web 2.0 Systems for Enriching High School STEM Education," which was co-authored with Doris Lee, Ph.D.

Raghvinder S. Sangwan, Ph.D., associate professor, software engineering, along with Robert L. Nord, Ipek Ozkaya, Julien Delange, Marco Gonzalez, and Philippe Kruchten, presented "Limitations in Using Structural Metrics to Measure Architecture Modifiability Properties," at the International Conference on Software Maintenance, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, presented "Effects of transformational leadership and media on collaboration quality and performance in virtual teams" (with Dr. Bruce J. Avolio of the University of Washington and Dr. Surinder S. Kahai of SUNY-Binghamton) and "Leader charisma and narcissism and follower psychological empowerment and moral identity" (with Dr. Jae Uk Chun of Korea University and Dr. Weichun Zhu of Penn State University) at the Academy of Management Conference in Orlando, Florida, in August.

Walter Wang, Ph.D., associate professor, marketing, presented "Firm Capabilities, External Collaboration, and Firm Performance: A Conceptual Model," at the American Marketing Association 2013 Summer Educators' Conference in Massachusetts, in August.  Additionally he presented "Toward Sustainable Marketing: A Conceptual Framework" and "A Call for Research in Sustainable Marketing: Challenges and Opportunities for China," at China Marketing International Conference, Xuzhou, China, in July. He has also served as senior faculty mentor at the conference.


SPRING 2013

John C. Cameron, J.D., assistant professor, management and organization, has been appointed chair of the PBA Health Care Law Committee through the 2013-2014 year beginning this month.

Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, recently had two articles accepted for publication: “Toward a Student-centered Measure of Learning Management System Utilization,” Journal of Educational Technology Systems; and “Improving Individual Learning in Software Engineering Team Projects,” American Society for Engineering Education, Atlanta, Georgia. 


Janice L. Dreachslin, Ph.D., professor, health policy and administration, is the lead author of the following recently published textbook: Diversity and Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Systems Approach [Dreachslin, J.L., Gilbert M.J., Malone B. (2013)].

Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D. associate professor, mechanical engineering, has been appointed the principal investigator for two grants recently awarded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Engineering Directorate through the Engineering Education Program. Jablokow, along with Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering,  and Sally Sue Richmond, information science, had the paper “A Statistical Study of Concept Mapping Metrics,” appear in Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia in June.  Additionally, Jablokow’s article, “Triangulating Front End Engineering Design Activities with Physiology Data and Psychological Preferences,” will appear in Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Engineering Design, Seoul, South Korea, in August.

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, had a research paper, “How Do Powerful CEOs View Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?” accepted for publication in Economics Letters. This project represents a collaborative research effort with Mahidol University in Thailand. Two additional research articles by Jiraporn were accepted for publication in Applied Economics Letters: the first article explores how the opportunistic timing of stock option grants influences CSR; and the second paper examines corporate risk-taking when managers are insulated from the takeover market. 

Mohamad Kassab, Ph.D. , assistant professor, software engineering, had his paper, “An Integrated Approach of AHP and NFRs Framework,” accepted at the IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, to be held in this month in Paris, France.

Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, was the featured guest on the Science News Radio Network’s The Promise of Tomorrow Radio Show on March 25. Laplante spoke about his role as chair of the Software Engineering Licensure Examination Development Committee. To hear the program, visit www.sgps.psu.edu/Laplante06-2012/. In addition Laplante is this year’s recipient of the DAMA International’s Academic Achievement Award for his contributions in the area of information resource management (IRM) and data resource management (DRM).

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, Michael Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, and Doris Lee, Ph.D., professor, instructional systems, have been recently awarded a research grant, “Exploring an Innovative Framework of Evolving Best Practices for Effective Online Learning,” from the Center for Online Innovation in Learning, Penn State.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, Weichun Zhu, Ph.D., assistant professor, labor studies and employment relations, and Jae Uk Chun, Ph.D., assistant professor, management at Korea University, had their publication, “Hang on to your ego: The moderating role of leader narcissism on relationships between leader charisma and follower psychological empowerment and moral identity,” accepted by the Journal of Business Ethics. In addition, Sosik, Natalie A. Fitzgerald, current management student, Jae Uk Chun, Ph.D., assistant professor, management, Korea University, and Anthony L. Blair, president and professor of Church History at Evangelical Seminary, had their study, “Possible selves in the lives of transformational faith community leaders,” accepted for publication by the Journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

WINTER 2013

MFIN students in NYKaren Duhala, Ph.D., assistant professor, accounting and finance, Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, and Bo Ouyang, Ph.D., assistant professor, accounting, travelled with students in the finance degree program to the New York Stock exchange in October 2012. Most of the students are international and appreciated the exposure to the dynamics of a capital market (pictured).

Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, was named vice president for publications for the IEEE Reliability Society. In this role, Laplante is responsible for overall management of all society scholarly publications including IEEE Transactions on Reliability and Security & Privacy Magazine, as well as several international conference proceedings.

Bo Ouyang, Ph.D., assistant professor, accounting, had his paper, “Executive Turnover Flowing Option Backdating Allegations,” featured in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. The paper is forthcoming in The Accounting Review, a top accounting research journal.

Raghu Sangwan, Ph.D., associate professor, software engineering, had his paper, “Analysis of Dependence during Software Release Planning to Guide Architectural Decision Making Amid Competing Interests in Value and Cost,” accepted in the Journal of Systems and Software. He co-wrote the paper with R.L. Nor and I. Ozkaya.

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, was invited to join the IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics: Systems, a global, systems engineering, flagship journal. Qiu has served as an associate editor for the publication since 2004.

Pam Vercellone-Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, presented “Mastering the ‘Art’ of Online Teaching through the Creation of an Effective Teaching Presence” at the Second Annual World Campus Faculty Convocation, in November.


NOVEMBER 2012

“Corporate citizenship: Understanding the character strength of citizenship from corporate law and leadership perspectives,” a paper co-authored by John C. Cameron, J.D., assistant professor, management and organization, and John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, was recently named Best Paper at the national meeting of the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nil H. Ergin, Ph.D., assistant professor, systems engineering, is currently collaborating on a research effort funded by the Department of Defense through the Systems Engineering Research Center. “An Advanced Computational Approach to System of Systems Analysis and Architecting using Agent-based Behavioral Modeling” focuses on models for understanding the impact of individual system behavior on system-of-systems architecture evolution.

Phillip A. Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, was elected to a three-year term on the board of governors of the IEEE Computer Society. With more than 100,000 members it’s the largest society in the world of computing professionals. Previously, he served on the board from 2008-2010.

Ronald R. Musoleno, Ph.D., educational leadership, and Dolores Fidishun, Ed.D., head librarian, along with Kathleen Fadigan, presented “Using iPads: Libraries and Faculty Members Working Together to Increase Student Technology Literacy” at the annual Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in Gettysburg last month.

David Russell, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, attended and presented a keynote address titled, “Systems Engineering Education” at the 13th Mechatronics Forum Biennial International Conference, September 17-19, in Linz, Austria. His paper appears in “Advances in Mechatronics: Proceedings of the 13th Mechatronics Forum Biennial International Conference.” Russell has been a member of the Mechatronics Forum, which is part of the Technical Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the United Kingdom, for over 20 years.

Raghu Sangwan, Ph.D., associate professor, software engineering, and Shamsnaz Virani, Ph.D., assistant professor, industrial and systems engineering, had their paper “Architectural Tactics Addressing Quality Concerns in Complex System Architecture” accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 2012 International Annual Conference of the American Society of Engineering Management, Virginia Beach, Virginia in October.

An article by G. Walter Wang, Ph.D., associate professor, marketing, titled “The Effect of Psychological Climate for Innovation on Salespeople’s Creativity and Turnover Intention,” has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management.


OCTOBER 2012

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, will present his current research this month at the Financial Management Association (FMA) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Done in collaboration with Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, the research focuses on the impact of corporate governance on stock liquidity in Thailand.

John McCool, Ph.D., distinguished professor, systems engineering, had his book, “Using the Weibull Distribution: Reliability, Modeling and Inference,” published by Wiley for their series on probability and statistics.

Bo Ouyang, Ph.D., assistant professor, accounting, coauthored a paper, which was accepted for publication in The Accounting Review, a leading accounting academic research journal. The book examines how the likelihood of forced turnover in the CEO and CFO positions is significantly higher in the aftermath of option backdating, and while boards are often viewed as unresponsive to criticisms involving executive compensation, they respond decisively to option backdating allegations and the accompanying adverse publicity.

Michael Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, coauthored “Modeling Uncertainty in Single-copy Assays for HIV,” with R. Luo and Ryan Zurakowski. It appeared in this month’s Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Last month Piovoso was invited to serve on a National Science Foundation panel to review the proposal for IGERT Advanced Manufacturing and Devices.

Raghvinder Sangwan, Ph.D., associate professor, software engineering, coauthored “Making Architecture Visible to Improve Flow Management in Lean Software Development” in the September/October issue of IEEE Software.


SEPTEMBER 2012

Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, attended the National Science Foundation's CMMI 2012 Grantee Conference to present results from her collaborative work with colleagues at Stanford's Center for Design Research in July. The aim of the NSF-funded project is to analyze the behavior of engineering designers in terms of brain activity (EEG) and cognitive characteristics as they engage in divergent and convergent tasks.

Pornsit Jiraporn, PhD., finance, had a paper accepted for publication in The Journal of Banking and Finance, a leading finance journal. His research explores how the structure of the board of directors influences the information environment of the firm. In addition, Jiraporn has been ranked 1,112th out of 202,734 authors by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) based on the number of paper downloads. SSRN promotes rapid dissemination of social research and encompasses diverse areas such as economics, law, finance, and business. This ranking places Jiraporn in the top 0.5% of SSRN authors.

John McCool, Ph.D., distinguished professor, systems engineering, presented, “Estimation and Inference in Sets of Weibull Samples,” at the Joint Statistical Meetings in San Deigo, California, in July.

Michael Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, along with Rutao Luo and Ryan Zurakowski, had their paper “Modeling Uncertainty in Single Copy Assays for HIV,” in Journal for Clinical Microbiology in July. He also had “HIV Model Parameter Estimates from Interruption Trial Data including Drug Efficacy and Reservoir Dynamics,” published in PLoS ONE 7(7).

Patrick Qiang, Ph.D., assistant professor, operations management, recently had a paper cited in The OR Society’s online newsletter. The paper, “A Bi-Criteria Indicator to Assess Supply Chain Network Performance for Critical Needs under Capacity and Demand Disruptions,” examines quantitative tools and metrics for supply chains in humanitarian operations and healthcare, which include critical needs products and supplies that are essential to human health and life, such as food, water, medicines, and vaccines.

Manohar Singh, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, and Pornsit Jiraporn, PhD., finance, had a manuscript accepted for publication in Research in International Business and Finance. Their research assesses the impact of dividend payouts on bond yields.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, will present two papers at the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management’s national meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, this October: “Corporate citizenship: Understanding the character strength of citizenship from corporate law and leadership perspectives,” co-authored by Great Valley assistant professor, management and organization, John C. Cameron, J.D.; and “Transformational leadership of nurses in long-term care context: Propositions and implications for research and practice,” co-authored by Patricia Knecht, Penn State doctoral student.


JULY/AUGUST 2012

Joanna DeFranco, assistant professor, software engineering, was featured in an interview in the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education’s summer newsletter. DeFranco addressed teaching internet safety to today’s students, pointing out the new threats to personal security, how educators need to take the lead in teaching internet security skills, and teaching students how to protect their personal information. Read article: www.bit.ly/L1U99t.

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D. associate professor, finance, has initiated three research projects with Thammasat University, Thailand. One of the projects explores the impact of the introduction of derivative warrant on the price of the underlying stock. In addition Jiraporn had a research paper accepted for presentation at The World Finance & Banking Symposium to be held in Shanghai, China, in December 2012. This project is a collaboration between Jiraporn and Thammasat University and examines the impact of corporate governance on stock liquidity in Thailand.

Michael J. Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, was appointed as the Process System Engineering subject editor for the Chemical Engineering Research and Design Journal. Piovoso’s paper, “HIV Model Parameter Estimates from Interruption Trial Data Including Drug Efficacy and Reservoir Dynamics”, co-authored with Ryan Zurakowski, and Rutao Lou (University of Delaware), and Javier Martinez-Picado, (senior investigator at the AIDS Research Institute –IrsiCaixa in Barcelona, Spain), has been accepted for publication in PLoS ONE.

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, was invited by Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics to present “How to Publish a Quality English Paper” and “Transformative Education and Service Science” this past June in Nanjing, China.

Raghu Sangwan, Ph.D., associate professor, softweare engineering, presented “Integrating Software Architecture-centric Methods into Object-oriented Analysis and Design” at the SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, this past May.


JUNE 2012

John Cameron, J.D., assistant professor, management and organization, was appointed vice chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Health Care Law Committee for a two-year term.

Nil Ergin, Ph.D., assistant professor, systems engineering, and Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, had their paper, “Problem Solving Variability in Cognitive Architectures,” accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics.

Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, travelled to Ireland in April to direct a doctoral dissertation at the University College Dublin, which focused on the impact of cognitive styles on the self-structuring of technical teams in large corporations.

Ronald M. Musoleno, Ph.D., assistant professor, educational leadership, is this year’s recipient of Penn State Great Valley’s Arthur L. Glenn Award for Faculty Innovation. He was also an author for the Middle School Mission: Student-centered Programs video based on developing new strategies for the needs of emerging adolescents through curriculum and school-related activities.

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, along with two co-authors had a book chapter, which explores the role of in-house advisers in mergers and acquisitions, accepted for publication in Research in Finance.

Laura Roy, Ph.D., assistant professor, curriculum and instruction, and K. Roxas had their article, “Learning from Somali Bantu Refugees: Recommendations for Teachers in the Field,” published in Teacher Education and Practice Journal. This article focuses on studies with Somali Bantu refugees in Michigan and Texas. Findings will provide recommendations for outreach, classroom instruction, community advising and support to implement district policy for refugee families.

MAY 2012

Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, Colin Neill, Ph.D., associate professor, software and systems engineering, and Raghvinder Sangwan, Ph.D., associate professor, software engineering, collaborated on a paper examining individual learning in team projects to be presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education held in San Antonio, Texas, in June.

Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, is spending her sabbatical at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University this spring/summer as a visiting scholar. Supported by a National Science Foundation EAGER grant, she is investigating links between cognitive diversity, design thinking, and neurological parameters of engineering designers.

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, had his research paper, “How does CEO power affect analyst coverage?” accepted by European Financial Management, which is sponsored by The European Financial Association. The research investigates how powerful CEOs influence the flow of information from a firm to capital markets through financial analysts. Additionally, Jiraporn had a research paper exploring the effect of corporate governance on stock liquidity in Thailand accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Financial Management Association International in Atlanta, Georgia. This project is a collaboration between Jiraporn and a professor of finance at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Colin Neill, Ph.D., associate professor, software and systems engineering, is presenting a paper on systems engineering antipatterns at the 22nd annual INCOSE International Symposium in Rome, Italy, in July.

Springer is currently publishing “The BOXES Methodology,” a new research textbook by David W. Russell, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, which describes systems and software engineering research into new applications of a statistical inference AI method for the control of ill-defined, dynamic systems.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, conducted research on the empirical level of analysis of MLQ Form 5X items with Chet Schriesheim (University of Miami) and Francis J. Yammarino (SUNY-Binghamton). The findings were presented in April as part of The Future of Transformational Leadership Research: Conceptual and Methodological Developments Symposium at the national meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in San Diego, California.

Pam Vercellone-Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, and Curtis Friedel, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech), had their paper, “Characterizing communication networks in a web-based classroom: Cognitive styles and linguistic behavior of self-organizing groups in online discussions,” published in the March issue of Computers and Education.


APRIL 2012

Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, S.G. Bilen, and A. Gordon, submitted “The Impact of Cognitive Style on Concept Mapping: Visualizing Variations in the Structure of Ideas” at ASEE 2012. DeFranco also successfully completed the Certified Computer Forensics Examiner training and exam in March.

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, had the following articles accepted for publication: “Does Delaware incorporation affect executive compensation? An empirical analysis,” Review of Applied Economics; and “The impact of ownership concentration on bank performance and risk-taking: Evidence from Asia,” Journal of Emerging Markets.

John McCool, Ph.D., distinguished professor, systems engineering, won the March limerick competition in the Annals of Improbable Research. McCool’s limerick was for the Meal Order Reversal Limerick Competition submissions and is as follows: “Dietitians in fear of starvation / Cry out now, in pure desperation: / “Bring a nuts-to-soup platter / The order won’t matter / I’ll eat any old permutation.”/

Colin Neill, Ph.D., associate professor, software and systems engineering, Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, and Raghvinder Sangwan, Ph. D., associate professor, software engineering, submitted “A Study of Individual Learning in Software Engineering Team Projects” at ASEE 2012.

Patrick Qiang, Ph.D., assistant professor, operations management, presented “Complex Network Performance Analysis with Applications to Transportation and Supply Chains with Sustainability Implications” at the Engineering, Business and Computing Division – Research Interest Group (EBC-RIG) speaker series at the Penn State Berks in March. 

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, was recently informed that his manuscript, “Taking levels of analysis in humor more seriously: Comment on Romero and Arendt” has been accepted for publication in Psychological Reports.

Pam Vercellone-Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, and Curtis Friedel (Virginia Tech) had their paper, “Characterizing communication networks in a web-based classroom: Cognitive styles and linguistic behavior of self-organizing groups in online discussions,” published in the March issue of Computers and Education.

Walter Wang’s, Ph.D., associate professor, marketing, article, “The Interactive Effects of Sales Force Controls on Salespeople Behaviors and Customer Outcomes,” will appear in the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management this spring. He will also present his latest research on supply chain value co-creation, “Firm Capabilities, Customer/Supplier Participation, and Firm Performance,” at the Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference in New Orleans in May.


MARCH 2012

Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, was interviewed in February by the Upper Moreland Middle School about engineering and the importance of the development of problem-solving skills for children in grades 6-12. This initiative is part of an effort to validate the middle school’s technology education curriculum.

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, has had his research accepted for publication in the Journal of Multinational Financial Management. The research examines how political connections and ownership structure affected the financial institutions in Thailand during its 1997 financial crisis. The article can be found online by searching www.sciencedirect.com. In addition, Jiraporn was recently invited to speak on a Bangkok, Thailand, TV program regarding the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification and the upcoming economic integration among the countries in Southeast Asia.

Denise Potosky, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, will travel to Strasbourg, France, to teach courses in international human resource management at the École de Management (EM) Strasbourg. While in Strasbourg, she will visit the Council of Europe with the Executive MBA students in one of her classes and lead a research seminar with EM Strasbourg faculty in the HUMANIS (Humans in Society) research center. She will also present at a doctoral research seminar at the University of Paris. On April 27, Potosky will present, “Cross-cultural testing considerations for a variety of item types,” at the annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) in San Diego.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, and John C. Cameron, J.D., assistant professor, management and organization, were invited to present a day-long training session on “Full Range Leadership Development: Pathways for People, Profit, and Planet,” at the national meeting of the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) in May in Orlando, FL.


FEBRUARY 2012

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, recently received a certificate from Prof. Bogdan M. Wilamowski, editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics in appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the journal by serving as an associate editor.

Sagnika Sen, Ph.D., assistant professor, information systems, and Kimberly Merriman, Ph.D., assistant professor, management and organization, had “Incenting Managers toward the Triple Bottom Line: An Agency and Social Norm Perspective” accepted for publication in Human Resources Management Journal.

A study describing a longitudinal field quasi-experiment demonstrating how formal mentoring programs can develop the transformational leadership of mentors and positive psychological outcomes for both mentors and protégés was conducted by John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, and Jae Uk Chun and Namyi Yun of Korea University and recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. In addition, Sosik along with Weichun Zhu, Ph.D., assistant professor, labor studies and employment relations, and Ronald Riggio of Claremont McKenna College, conducted a field study concerning how psychological empowerment mediates relationships between transformational and transactional leadership and followers’ organizational identification, which was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management.


JANUARY 2012

Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, Colin J. Neill, Ph.D., associate professor, software and system engineering, and Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, had their book, “Antipatterns: Managing Software Organizations and People,” (2nd edition) released in December.

In recognition for her recent contributions, Kathyrn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, has been granted a courtesy joint appointment in the Penn State School of Engineering Design at University Park.

Phillip A. Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, was awarded Outstanding Contribution for “Development of a principles and practices exam specification to support engineering licensure in the United States," by the IEEE Computer Society, November 2011.

Kimberly Merriman, Ph.D., assistant professor, management and organization, received the student-nominated 2011 Penn State iMBA Outstanding Faculty Award for teaching.

Robin G. Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, attended the INFORMS Editor-in-Chief’s meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, this past November and presented “Optimally Improving Service System’s Organizational Behavior.” Additionally, Qiu was awarded a research grant from IBM to investigate electric vehicle users’ behavior.

Kailash Satyamurthy, Ph.D., assistant professor, engineering and management, recently completed the Philadelphia Marathon. Satyamurthy began training for marathons two years ago at the age of 58 and has completed two races to date. He hopes to continue running with plans to enter another marathon this spring.

Eric Stein, Ph.D., associate professor, professor, management science and information systems, has recently published his latest book, “The IDEAS Method.” The book addresses applied creativity in business contexts and is recommended for professionals, faculty, team leaders, and corporate executives who wish to develop, invigorate, and accelerate their creative talents.


December 2011

John C. Cameron, J.D., assistant professor, management and organization, presented “Understanding the Ethical Dimension of Technology from a Corporate Law Perspective” at the Humanities and Technology Association Conference at Bowie State University in October. He also presented “The Corporate Law Legacy” at the interdisciplinary conference at Chestnut Hill College in November.

Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, and Eric Malm had “Regaining Your Faculties” appear in the November issue of Campus Technology.

Janice L. Dreachslin, Ph. D., professor, health policy and administration, along with R. Weech-Maldonado, J. Brown, R. Pradhan, K.L. Rubin, C. Schiller, and R.D. Hays, will have their article “Cultural Competency Assessment Tool for Hospitals: Evaluating Hospitals Adherence to the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Care Standards” published in Health Care Management Review.

Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, recently organized and lead a session track at the 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition in Denver, Colorado (November 12-17). The track, “Globalization of Engineering,” featured two technical sessions, a plenary speech, and a panel session with the Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders.

Phillip A. Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, was named IEEE Reliability Society’s Engineer of the Year for his achievements in mission-critical, software systems research, education, and professional practice.

Kimberly Merriman, Ph. D., assistant professor, management and organization, was a presenter for the professional development workshop “Pedagogical Techniques in SIM-Related Courses” at the 2011 Academy of Management’s annual meeting. She also presented “A Goal-based Perspective of Knowledge Spillover” at the 2011 Southern Management Association’s annual meeting and served as session chair and discussant for the “Competence Issues at Work” session. Along with Dale Nam, Ph.D., Merriman was awarded a third year of research funding from the National Opinion Research Center in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technologies.

Robin G. Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, had “Does Psychological Empowerment of Boundary Employee Mediate the Relationship between Supervisor Support and Job Satisfaction?” and “Customers’ Satisfaction Diagnosis for Higher Vocational Education Curriculum Evaluation based on GAP-QFD” published for the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Grey Systems and Intelligent Services, in Nanjing, China, in September. In November Qiu was officially appointed as the three-year term editor-in-chief of INFORMS Service Science.

Sagnika Sen, Ph.D., assistant professor, management information systems, Kimberly Merriman, Ph. D., assistant professor, management and organization, and Barrie Litzky, Ph.D., associate professor, management and organization, were awarded a research grant from the Institute of Management Accountants Foundation for Applied Research to investigate the role of sustainability reporting in performance management.

John J. Sosik, Ph. D., and Denise Potosky, Ph. D., professors, management and organization, and Simon J. Pak, Ph. D., associate professor, finance, recently attended the Lumen Institute’s fifth annual fall leadership seminar held at the Union League in New York City.


November 2011

Janice L. Dreachslin, Ph.D., professor, health policy and administration, delivered an invited keynote address, “Organizational and Healthcare Cultural Competence,” in October at a conference held in Hawaii. She also presented “CCATH: A Tool to Assess CLAS Adherence.”

Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, had his 26th book, Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists, published.

Colin Neill, Ph.D., associate professor, software and systems engineering, presented a paper, which he coauthored with Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, software engineering, “Improving Team Learning in Systems Design,” at the ASEE Annual Conference & Expo in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, this past summer.

Michael J. Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, had “Optimal Antiviral Switching to Minimize Resistance Risk in HIV Therapy” accepted for publication in the Public Library of Science ONE.

Robin G. Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, along with Chinese collaborators, had “Approach to Optimally Leveraging Enterprise Tacit Knowledge” published by Value Engineering, Vol. 30., pp. 98-102, published this month.


October 2011

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, was invited as a commentator on TNN News in Bangkok, Thailand, this past August. TNN is a 24-hour news station in Thailand analogous to CNN in the United States. The theme of the discussion was “Gold as an Investment.” Jiraporn discussed ways in which investors can invest in gold and explained the advantages and disadvantages of investing in gold relative to other securities. While not in English, the video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=FupYKPF_EoA 

While a principal in the Perkiomen Valley School District, Ronald R. Musoleno, Ph.D., assistant professor, educational leadership, played an active role in a reading program for children at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Over the years, with the help of the school community, the group collected and donated more than 60,000 
books (new and gently used) for sick children in the greater Philadelphia region. Celebrating its fifteenth year, the program continues to thrive and as the organizer of the largest contribution of books to the program, Musoleno was invited to a special program in September to acknowledge the group’s efforts. 

Michael Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, along with Rutao Luo and Ryan Zurakowski, presented “Quantitative analysis of viral persistence and transient viral load rebound from clinical HIV data” at the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference in Boston in August.

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, had “A Tractable Approximation Approach to Improving Hotel Service Quality” published in the Journal of Service Science Research. He also gave a keynote speech, “Computational Thinking of Education Service Systems: Dynamics and Adaptiveness Modeling,” at 2011 International Conference on Information Engineering this past August in Xi’an, China.

Raghvinder Sangwan, Ph.D., associate professor, software engineering, coauthored and presented the following articles: “Modeling Architectural Dependencies to Support Software Release Planning,” in the Proceedings of the 13th International DSM Conference, in September, at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and “A Method for Evidence-based Architecture Discovery,” in Proceedings of the 8th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture, Boulder, Colorado, in June.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, and Weichun Zhu, Ph.D., assistant professor, management and organization, were recently informed that their research study, “The impact of ethical political leadership on the public: The mediating role of confidence in political leadership,” has been accepted for publication in Leadership. Sosik, along with William Gentry of the Center for Creative Leadership, and Jae Uk Chun of Korea University had their article, “The value of virtue in the upper echelons: A multisource examination of executive character strengths and performance” accepted for publication in The Leadership Quarterly. Sosik will present this study at the Institute for Behavioral and Applied Management conference in Orlando, Florida, this month. At the recent Academy of Management Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Sosik received the 2011 Leadership Quarterly Award for Reviewer Excellence. In addition, his longitudinal study of formal mentoring programs, conducted with Drs. Jae Uk Chun and Nam Yi Yun of Korea University, was named runner up for the 2011 Carolyn Dexter Award for Best International Research Paper.


September 2011

Dolores Fidishun, Ed.D., head librarian, presented “Considering Public Access to Business Resources: A View From Penn State Great Valley,” as part of Finding Business Resources When You Need Them at the American Association of Law Libraries, Philadelphia, this past July.

Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, presented “Toward an Adaption-Innovation Strategy for Engineering Design,” at the International Conference on Engineering Design in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August.

Phillip A. Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, has recently had his 26th book, Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists, published. It is available at www.amazon.com.

Laura Roy, Ph.D., assistant professor, curriculum and instruction, had “Whose deficit is this anyhow?” published in the September issue of the Harvard Educational Review Journal

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, Weichun Zhu, Ph.D., assistant professor, management and organization, and Anthony Blair of Eastern University, were selected by unanimous vote by past editors of the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management (JBAM) as winners of the Outstanding Article for Volume 12 of JBAM for their article “Felt Authenticity and Demonstrating Transformational Leadership in Faith Communities.” The award will be presented at the national meeting of the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management in Orlando, Florida, in October. Sosik also recently presented a training seminar on team leadership competencies to a national meeting of site managers employed by GES/USA, a renewable energy industry company located in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.


August 2011

Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, information science, presented “Internet Safety: A Digital Forensics Perspective,” at the Pennsylvania Career and Technical Education Conference in Champion, Pennsylvania, in June.

Pornsit Jiraporn, Ph.D., associate professor, finance, has recently been or will soon be published in the following publications: Journal of Financial Services Research (capital structure, CEO dominance, and corporate performance); The Financial Review (dividend payouts and corporate governance quality); Journal of Emerging Markets (corporate diversification, managerial ownership, and firm value: evidence from the Thai financial crisis); Applied Financial Economics (staggered boards, accounting discretion, and firm value); and Journal of Multinational Financial Management (liquidity and capital structure: the case of Thailand).

Jim Nemes, D.Sc., interim director of academic affairs, served as a moderator at the 118th ASEE Annual Conference & Expo in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in June. In addition, he presented, “SE Capstone: Introduction of Systems Engineering into an Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Capstone Course.” Also in June, Nemes served on the panel for Integrating Systems Engineering into Engineering Curricula through Capstone Projects at the 2011 INCOSE International Symposium in Denver, Colorado. In July, he presented “Implementation of Systems Engineering into an Undergraduate Capstone Design Course,” at the SERC Workshop, Washington, D.C.

Colin Neill, Ph.D., associate professor, software and systems engineering, presented a paper, which he co-wrote with Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, information science, “Improving Team Learning in Systems Design,” at the ASEE Annual Conference & Expo in Vancouver, B.C., in June.

David Russell, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, will present a tutorial, “Real-time Manufacturing Software Systems Engineering,” at the upcoming 2011 African Conference on Software Engineering and Applied Computing to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. Russell will also present a technical paper, “An Evolutionary Machine Learning Algorithm for Real-time Dynamic Systems.”

Raghu Sangwan, Ph.D., associate professor, software engineering, served as general chair of the IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture held in Boulder, Colorado, in June.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professsor, management and organization, along with Jae Uk Chun and Namyi Yun (Korea University), completed a longitudinal research study on mentor and protégé outcomes in formal mentoring programs in Korea, which has been selected as a finalist for the Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award to be announced at the Academy of Management Conference this month in San Antonio, Texas.


July 2011

Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, attended the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors’ meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in May.

The article “Software for Weibull Inference,” written by John McCool, Ph.D., professor, systems engineering, will appear in the July issue of Quality Engineering

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, gave an invited seminar at Donghua University in Shanghai, China, in May. His topic was titled, “Service Systems Modeling and Adaptiveness.”


June 2011

Roy Clariana, Ed.D., professor, instructional systems, was awarded a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences (IES) to attend  “Summer Research Training Institute: Cluster Randomized Trials” at Northwestern University this month.

Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, presented “Software Engineering Professional Licensure for the Security Minded,” SecureWorld Expo, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in May.

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, gave an invited seminar at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China, in May. The topic was “Leveraging Collaborative Learning to Improve Online Engineering Degree Education.” Qiu has also been invited to give a keynote speech, “Transformative Education Service Systems Enriching High School STEM Education,” at the 2011 International Conference on Information Engineering, Xi’an, China, in August.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, Bruce J. Avolio (University of Washington), and Yair Berson (University of Haifa in Israel) recently had their chapter, “Leadership models, methods and applications: Progress and remaining blind spots,” accepted for publication in the Handbook of Psychology.


May 2011

Kathryn Jablokow, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, had several papers published including, “Toward an Adaption-Innovation Strategy for Engineering Design,” (with Phil Samuel) accepted for publication/presentation at the 2011 International Conference on Engineering Design in Denmark (August); and “Conceptual Design of a Driving Habit Recognition Framework,” (with Dante Papada) accepted for publication/presentation at the 2011 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Vehicles and Transportation Systems in France (April).

Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, earned his brown belt in krav maga after a two-day, ten-hour test of self-defense techniques, combatives, and fighting.

Colin Neill, Ph.D., associate professor, software and systems engineering, and Joanna DeFranco, Ph.D., assistant professor, information science, had the following paper accepted in American Society for Engineering Education: “Improving Team Learning in Systems Design.” DeFranco also served as a speaker at the Pennsylvania Cooperative Education Association Conference at Penn State, where she presented, “The Importance of Internet Safety Security and Education.” Neill was also a presenter at the Conference on Systems Engineering in April.

Jim Nemes, D.Sc., professor, mechanical engineering, was invited to serve as a member of the working group, Travel Security & Preparation for Penn State University. As part of the Global Policy Infrastructure Task Force, this working group will identify policies in need of change in order to foster the University’s current global engagement strategy.

Michael Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, presented a seminar at Villanova University on April 15 and at Drexel University on April 19 titled: “System Optimization applied to Bioengineering – Minimizing Risk in HIV Therapy.”

Chuck Thomas, adjunct instructor, management division, was recently interviewed for Rich Whitfield’s Money Matters television program. His sixteen-minute interview focused on the new ventures and entrepreneurial studies option in Great Valley’s M.B.A. degree program.

Rob Vito, adjunct instructor, management division, was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal regarding his impact-absorbing sports equipment. His company, Unequal Technologies, was contacted by the manager of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Mike Vick. Vick, who wore retrofitted Unequal football pads all season, was interested in serving as Unequal’s official spokesperson.


April 2011

Andrew Felo, Ph.D., associate professor, accounting, was quoted in the Allentown newspaper, Morning Call, regarding his expertise in corporate ethics explaining how companies fiercely guard their corporate secrets about their products to protect their business advantage.

Dolores Fidishun, Ed. D., head librarian, Penn State Great Valley Library, and Ron Musoleno, Ph.D., assistant professor, educational leadership, presented “Future Principals Meet ebooks in the Classroom,” at the PETE&C Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in February. Fidishun was also the keynote speaker for the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Instruction Roundtable program in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in March where she presented, “Using Learning Styles and Teaching Critical Thinking: Making Your Instruction More Effective.”

Michael Piovoso, Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering, along with colleagues at the University of Delaware had an article, “Controlling the Evolution of Resistance,” published in March in the Journal of Process Control.

Patrick Qiang, Ph.D., assistant professor, operations management, has been accepted to participate in the Emerging Scholarship Program at the Production and Operations Management Society Conference in Reno, Nevada, in May.

John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, was recently notified by Sage Publications that his article with Penn State Great Valley alum, Lara Megerian, “Understanding Leader Emotional Intelligence and Performance: The Role of Self-Other Agreement on Transformational Leadership Perceptions,” is one of the most frequently cited articles in Group and Organization Management. Sosik’s article will be featured in “Management Ink,” a global blog on essential articles that are published in Sage’s academic management journals.
 
Upon an invitation from the municipal government of Shangyu, China, Walter Wang, Ph.D., associate professor, marketing, presented, “Developing a Global Marketing Plan,” on December 28, to corporate executives and marketing managers in Shangyu, Zhejiang Province. He discussed issues related to marketing in the developed markets and transforming the export-oriented manufacturing enterprises to design- and brand-oriented global firms. More than 500 managers attended the presentation. Wang also presented “China: Truth behind Harmony” in February at the Whitehorse Village, a not-for-profit retirement community in Media, Pennsylvania. The talk sparked discussions from the audience of approximately 200.


March 2010

Joanna DeFranco (Ph.D., assistant professor, information science) and Phil Laplante (Ph.D., professor, software engineering) had “Preparing for Incident Response Using the Zachman Framework,” accepted for publication in the IA Newsletter.

Daniel Indro (Ph.D., division head, management, and associate professor, finance) recently attended the AACSB Dean’s Conference.

Phil Laplante (Ph.D., professor, software engineering) attended the annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) to discuss “Stakeholder Analysis for Smart Grid Systems” and served on a panel discussion. In February he chaired the Software Engineering Professional Practitioner Exam Development Committee meeting in Dallas, Texas, and was chair of the Software Engineering Professional Engineering Exam development committee.

John Mason (Ph.D., associate professor, economics) reports a following of 3,573 on his blog as of mid-February. He currently averages between 140,000 and 150,000 page views per week.

Ron Musoleno (Ph.D., assistant professor, educational leadership) had his research on high-stakes testing in Pennsylvania middle schools published in the prestigious Research in Middle Level Education, a publication of the National Middle Schools Association. He is presenting the results of this study at the annual Professional Development Institute of the Pennsylvania Middle School Association this month.

Vernon Ross, a part-time INSYS instructor and an employee of Lockheed Martin, won the “Black Engineer of the Year Award/STEM Special Recognition Award” presented at the group’s February conference.

John J. Sosik (Ph.D., professor, management and organization) spoke to the North Carolina Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina, on his developing character strengths and transformational leadership research, as part of his 2010-11 sabbatical leave. He also addressed the business faculty and graduate students of both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and State University of New York at Binghamton for his forthcoming Leadership Quarterly publication on charismatic leadership and moral reasoning of corporate managers across management levels. In addition Sosik has designed an online Ph.D. research/internship course for Bellevue University’s College of Business and is currently finalizing a paper on character strengths and performance of top U.S. executives using data from the Center for Creative Leadership’s Executive Dimensions® training program.

John J. Sosik (Ph.D., professor, management and organization) and John C. Cameron (Ph.D., assistant professor, management and organization) had their paper “Character and Authentic Transformational Leadership Behavior: Expanding the Ascetic Self toward Others,” published in a special issue of Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research on Measurement of Leadership, Character and Virtue.

Weichun Zhu (Ph.D., assistant professor, management and organization) has been appointed a member of the editorial review board of Group & Organization Management, one of the leading journals in the field of management.


February 2011

Joanna DeFranco (Ph.D., assistant professor, information science), Colin Neill (Ph.D., associate professor, software and systems engineering), and Roy Clariana (Ed.D., professor, instructional systems) had “A Cognitive Collaborative Model to Improve Performance in Engineering Teams – A Study of Team Outcomes and Mental Model Sharing” accepted to the Systems Engineering Journal.
 
Kathryn Jablokow (Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering) had the following papers published: “IT Leadership from a Problem-Solving Perspective,” Information Technology and Management; and “Managing Cognitive and Cultural Diversity in Global IT Teams,” Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering. She is also the recipient of the 2009-2010 Arthur L. Glenn Award for Faculty Innovation.
 
Phil Laplante (Ph.D., professor, software engineering) presented, Mining Security Patterns: Creating a New Tactics Hierarchy” at SMU, in October 2010. He also received an “Outstanding Contribution” award from the IEEE Computer Society for leadership in establishing a path to integrate the computer society’s digital library content into the IEEE platform.

Mike Piovoso (Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering) had a paper accepted in the Journal of Process Control: “Controlling the Evolution of Resistance.”

John J. Sosik (Ph.D., professor, management and organization) and Weichun Zhu (Ph.D., assistant professor, management and organization) recently had their paper “Felt-authenticity and Demonstrating Transformational Leadership in Faith Communities” accepted for publication in the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management.

Robin Qiu (Ph.D., associate professor, information science) had the following article accepted by the Journal of Service Science: “The Effect of Standardization and Customization on Service Satisfaction.” In addition, he was invited to serve on an NSF Grant Review Panel and was recognized as a recipient of “Outstanding Service” as chair of the Service Science Section of INFORMS.


January 2011

Joanna DeFranco (Ph.D., assistant professor, information science) had “The Importance of Teaching Internet Security and Safety in our Classrooms” accepted to Techniques, a journal for K-12 technical and cooperative educators. DeFranco was also the general speaker at the Pennsylvania Cooperative Education Association’s annual conference this fall.

Janice L. Dreachslin (Ph.D., professor, health policy and administration) received an Innovators Circle Award from the National Center for Health Care Leadership (NCHL) for her pioneering work in health care diversity leadership. She was also selected for the Innovators Circle Award in light of her role as principal investigator for the Sodexo-funded NCHL national diversity leadership demonstration project. The project is the first to employ pre-post intervention assessment of system-wide diversity change initiatives and involves three major hospital systems across the country.

Kathryn Jablokow (Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering) is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Arthur L. Glenn Award for Faculty Innovation.

Phil Laplante (Ph.D., professor, software engineering) served as editor-in-chief of “Encyclopedia of Engineering,” recently published by Taylor & Francis. This 1500-page, two volume set represents the collected works of more than 200 experts and took nearly four years to complete. This is Laplante’s twenty-fifth book.

Dae-il Nam (Ph.D., assistant professor, management and organization) and John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, recently received an Honorable Mention for their paper at the Decision Sciences Institute’s annual meeting.

Michael Piovoso (Ph.D., professor, electrical engineering) had “Controlling the Evolution of Resistance” accepted for publication in the special issue of the Journal of Process Control in honor of Professor Thomas McAvoy. 
 
Robin Qiu (Ph.D., associate professor, information science) was recently appointed as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics beginning in 2011.

Robert Vito (adjunct professor, new ventures and entrepreneurship option, M.B.A. program) is president of Unequal Technologies Co. His latest product, shock-absorbing shoe insoles, has received widespread recognition from celebrity athletes and several local college sports teams.


December 2010

Phil Laplante, Ph.D., professor, software engineering, received an ‘‘Outstanding Contribution’’ award from the IEEE Computer Society, the world’s largest organization for IT and computing professionals with 90,000 members.

Kim Merriman, Ph.D., assistant professor, management and organization, and Roy Clariana, Ed.D., division head and professor, education, have a new publication in press, “Goal Orientation and Feedback Congruence: Effects on Discretionary Effort and Achievement,” Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Ron Musoleno, Ph.D., assistant professor, educational leadership, had an article, “Influences of High-stakes Testing on Middle School Mission and Practice,” published in Research in Middle Level Education Online, an international, peer-reviewed research journal, published by the National Middle School Association.

Robin Qiu, Ph.D., associate professor, information science, has been invited to serve on a National Science Federation panel on December 9-10. Qiu is also the recipient of Outstanding Service as chair of the Service Science Section of INFORMS, and was recognized at the 2010 INFORMS annual meeting.