Information Systems


Shaddy Abado

Shaddy Abado has instructed a number of undergraduate and graduate classes and has presented research at national conferences and published papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has a PhD in aerospace and mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, researching light-fluid interactions and developing sensors and numerical methods to study and analyze them. 

Currently teaching:Practical Data Science Using Machine Learning

Kayed Akkawi

Kayed Akkawi is the dean of Morris Graduate School of Management at Robert Morris University. He has extensive teaching experience at the graduate level, including at Illinois Institute of Technology. His professional projects have included developing a natural language interface for information retrieval, a search engine for accessing large-scale databases, and a toolkit for measuring retrieval accuracy for bilingual information. Akkawi serves as the chair of the educational committee for the Chicago-Amman International Sister Cities Program. Other professional memberships include the Association for Computing Machinery and the Arab-American Association of Engineers and Architects. He has a PhD in computer science and an MS in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Currently teaching:Object-Oriented Programming

Atef Bader

Atef Bader has been working in the IT industry for many years and currently is a member of the technical staff at Lucent Technologies. He is a recognized expert in object-oriented technology, automated software testing, concurrent software systems and software architecture. His technical papers have been presented at numerous conferences and published in technical journals. Bader holds a PhD in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Currently teaching:Object-Oriented Programming
Web Application Development
Database Administration

Christopher Hield

Christopher Hield is the director of software development and system testing at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. As director of CBOEdirect, CBOE’s state-of-the-art electronic financial trading system, he is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of multitiered, service-based software. Before joining CBOE, Hield worked as a senior software engineer and business consultant with Hitachi Computer Products America, developing object-based data mining and data exploration tools for the healthcare industry. Before then he spent 13 years in the decision and information sciences division at Argonne National Laboratory as senior software engineer and technical lead in the information systems section; his duties included developing object-based information systems as well as object-oriented frameworks to support distributed multidisciplinary modeling, simulation and visualization applications. Since 2001 he has been an instructor at Illinois Institute of Technology and DePaul University as well as Northwestern, teaching courses in software design, development and testing. Hield holds an MS in computer science.

Currently teaching:Object-Oriented Programming

Sunil Kakade

Sunil Kakade has over 18 years' experience in various technical and leadership roles focused on lT transformation initiatives, analytics driven software development and big data technologies. Sunil is a big data and data science evangelist with hands-on expertise in implementing Hadoop and NoSQL technologies. Sunil leads the architecture and delivery of business systems for a fortune 100 company. His areas of interests include machine learning, data science, legacy systems modernization and open source technologies. His research papers have been presented at multiple international conferences and published in technical journals. He has patents pending in areas of IT and retail processes. Kakade has a MS in information technology and management from the Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago and a MS in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, researching applications of artificial intelligence to manufacturing processes.

Currently teaching:Big Data Management and Analytics

Gabriel Schofield

Gabriel Schofield has more than 20 years of experience as a financial services technology professional. Schofield enjoys applying technology to solve complex business problems and has led teams that have delivered industry-leading solutions for a variety of front and back-office financial applications. Schofield has coauthored a book, MCSA Guide to Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and has been a proactive member of several industry groups that define financial data and messaging standards. Schofield has an MBA from Durham University, an MS in information systems from Northwestern University, and is a CFA charterholder.

Currently teaching:Database Administration
Practical Data Science Using Machine Learning