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Information Systems Security & IT Security

Faisal Akkawi is the faculty director of the Master of Science in Information Systems Program. His area of specialization is software architecture for concurrent systems, and his research interests also include reactive/adaptive intelligent systems and design issues of concurrent programming languages. Selected for the NASA Faculty Fellowship Program in 2003, Akkawi designed and implemented a framework that was used in the advanced diagnostic and caution and warning system for the International Space Station. He has an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology.


Terrance Cottrell

Terrance Cottrell

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Currently teaching:
Advanced Cyber Security

Terry Cottrell is Vice President for Information Technology and Planning at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Dr. Cottrell’s publications and presentations cover: teaching cybersecurity, e-science research trends, the effects of media on learning, hands-free augmented reality tools, copyright, IT leadership and finance, mobile device management, effective use of information spaces with small budgets, academic library influence in surrounding communities, and entry-level job skills for new recruits. Terry has served as a publicly-elected official and on the boards of various non-profit organizations with the most recent being HData, an organization focusing on the new emerging field of Regulatory Technology. Dr. Cottrell holds Ed.D., M.S., M.B.A., and B.A. degrees as well as CEH certification. He currently teaches Big History and research writing in the University of St. Francis undergraduate Foundations program, and Security & Information Systems in the USF graduate program. He has taught and designed various management and business classes at Colorado State University-Global Campus, and Computers for Educators at Northern Illinois University. He is currently teaching Advanced Cybersecurity in Northwestern University’s MSIS program, and is enrolled in Columbia University’s online M.S. program for Enterprise Risk Management.


James Kerwin is an experienced senior IT and R&D executive having worked in the pharmaceutical business. His IT experience includes systems responsibility for several areas including finance, pricing, contract management, sales, e-marketing, marketing management, learning management, project management, medical services and IT service management. Additionally, his experience includes leadership of pharmaceutical IT strategy and planning for over a decade and the oversight of several IT merger and acquisition events. Significant accomplishments include initiating systems standardization and globalization, initiating portfolio management practices, establishing a pharmacy solutions platform, outsourcing various IT services, standardized asset management, instituting client management functions, and developing several future key leaders both in IT and the business. As an R&D executive Kerwin led programs in the neuroscience and urological diseases areas and has several publications and patents. Kerwin earned a BS in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, and a PhD in organic chemistry from the Yale University.


Kevin Vaccaro has 25+ years’ experience working in Information Technology. He has also been teaching various topics in IT ranging from service and repair to Cybersecurity for 20+ years. He is a full time faculty member at Moraine Valley Community College and an adjunct Industry Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. He has written several articles on digital forensics for eforensics magazine. Kevin holds a MS in Information Technology from Illinois Institute of Technology and several industry certifications including CISSP and CEH and also is an authorized trainer.


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