IT Graduate Faculty

  • Dr. Rutherfoord

    Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Rutherfoord has worked in higher education for over 40 years. She started the Information Technology programs, both undergraduate and graduate, at KSU. Dr. Rutherfoord is current the Department Chair of IT, and Professor of IT. Dr. Rutherfoord has given over 41 workshops, been selected for special event presentations 22 times, has given 8 invited lecturer, has developed over 100 peer-reviewed conference papers, and developed and funded for 17 grants. Dr. Rutherfoord’s research interests include IT Pedagogy, Adult Learners, and team formation using personality inventories. 

    Phone: (470) 578-7399
    Location: J 393

  • Dr. Rich HNRich Halstead-Nussloch is Professor of Information Technology (IT) in the College of Computing and Software Engineering at Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Georgia. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in psychology from Macalester College. He was an early adopter of computer-based instructional technology, having developed instructional computer simulations while learning and teaching in the 1960’s and 1970’s at Macalester College, the University of Michigan and Stevens Tech. In the 1970’s he was also a research scientist at the Highway Safety Research Institute of the University of Michigan, where he solved problems associated with motorcycle safety and public highway policy. In the 1980's and early 1990's he was a senior research scientist/engineer for IBM, concentrating on the design and continuous improvement of IBM products and services with a focus on research, human-computer interaction and the human factors engineering of hardware, software, documentation, and user interfaces. Over his career, he has contributed numerous publications, computer applications and inventions. He now teaches IT and computing courses at Kennesaw State, is active in adult, online learning and community outreach initiatives, serves as a master black belt trainer for Six Sigma at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, and is a Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow. He advises industry, education, non-profits and government in research, quality, business processes, project management, cultural change, ergonomics, IT, digital identity and security and all aspects of managing continuous improvement.

    Phone: (470) 578-5509

    Location: J 361

  •  Dr. Le

    Dr. Le got his Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science from Kennesaw State University in 2019. He also has a M.S. in Information System from Marshall University (2015) and a Bachelor in Information Technology from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (2013). His research focuses on Deep Learning and Machine Learning, particularly, designing new techniques and applying them to solve critical problems. Linh has publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and multiple conference proceedings, most notably, Neurocomputing Journal, and IEEE International Conference on Big Data. He also has a pending patent in a collaboration with Equifax Inc.

    Phone: (470) 578-4311
    Location: J 339


  • Dr. Li

    Dr. Li is a Professor, program director of MSIT program, and assistant chair of Department of Information Technology. Dr. Li received his M.S. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. His current research interests include social media data analytics, information security, web information management and IT education. His research has appeared in the IEEE Access, Journal of Systems and Software, Journal of Information Systems Education, Journal of Universal Computer Science, Journal of Management Information and Decision Science, and various IEEE and ACM conferences.


    Phone: (470) 578-3915
    Location: J 364

    Research interests: Information security, Social media data analytics, Web information management, STEM education.

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  • Dr. Zhigang Li

    Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor of IT. He has a mixed background in both Information Technology and Instructional Technology. He has extensive experience and is an expert in learning design and development. His research interests focus on learning technologies and STEM education, which include but are not limited to the discovery, development, and advancement of technologies that can transform learning and the development of new teaching methods that can take advantage of innovative technologies to provide students with an enhanced learning experience.



    Phone: (470) 578-4481
    Location: J 378A

  • Dr. Peltsverger

    Dr. Peltsverger is a Professor of Information Technology and an Associate Dean of the College of Computing and Software Engineering obtained. Dr. Peltsverger received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Institute of Systems Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. His primary research and teaching interests include databases, computer networking, cybersecurity and privacy. She holds a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification. She created various curricular materials for information assurance courses both at undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Peltsverger served on ACM Education Board IT2017 Curriculum Review Task Group, University System of Georgia (USG) Cyber Security Initiative focus group, and IEEE/ACM IT Transfer Curriculum Guidance Task Force.

    Phone: (470) 578-3813
    Location: J 378C

    Research interests: databases, computer networking, cybersecurity and privacy, STEM education. 

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  • Dr. Pouriyeh is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology. Dr. Pouriyeh received a M.Sc. in Information Technology Engineering and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Shiraz University and the University of Georgia respectively in 2009 and 2018. He has published first-authored papers in Natural Language Processing and Semantic Web venues such as IJCNLP and ICSC, as well as Information Integration and Computers and Communication venues. He is currently a member of Decentralized Science Lab (dSL) working on security issues involved in Federated Machine Learning.

    Phone: (470) 578-6109
    Location: J 391

  • Dr. Shahriar

    Dr. Shahriar is currently an Associate Professor of Information Technology and BSIT/BASIT program co-ordinator. He received his Ph.D. in Computing from Queen's University. His current research interests include application security, health information security, connected health, blockchain application, and computing education. His research has appeared in various journals and conferences including Computers and Security, Information Security Journal: Global Perspective, Future Generation Computer Systems, Journal of Systems and Software, ACM Computing Surveys, Blockchain in Healthcare Today, and many conferences such as IEEE BigData, IEEE COMPSAC, SIGCSE, IEEE FIE, and ACM SAC.

    Phone: (470) 578-3866
    Location: J 336

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  • Dr. Tian is an Assistant Professor of IT and her research focuses on social media analytics and human behavior in cybersecurity. Dr. Tian has published over 30 peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings including Journal of Computer Information Systems, Industrial Management & Data Systems, and Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. She has been principle investigator or co-principal investigator of grants by KSU, RWJ and other agencies. And Dr. Tian has served as a curriculum standard panel member of National CyberWatch Center since 2019.

    Phone: (470) 578-5168
    Location: J 378B

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  • Dr. Valero

    Dr. Valero is an assistant professor in the College of Computing and Software Engineering, Department of Information Technology at Kennesaw State University (KSU). She received her Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Georgia in 2019 and Master in Computer Science from University of Los Andes (Venezuela) in 2009. She was an associate professor at the University of Tachira (Venezuela) from 2004 to 2015. Her research interests include IoT for smarth healthcare, distributed computing, signal processing, wireless sensor networks, and cyber-physical systems

    Phone: (470) 578-4552
    Location: J 312

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  • Dr. Xie
    Dr. Xie is a Professor in the Department of Information Technology at the College of Computing and Software Engineering. He received his PhD in 2004 and MS in 2001 in Computer Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research interests include Machine Learning, IoT, Big Data, Healthcare Informatics, and FinTech. Dr. Xie’s research has been sponsored by NSF and multiple private sectors. Dr. Xie has served as the research adviser for multiple PhD students. He has also served in the editorial board of the Elsevier Journal of Big Data Research. 

    Phone: (470) 578-2143
    Location: J 360

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  • Dr. Yang

    Dr. Yang is a tenured full professor of Information Technology. Dr. Yang obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tianjin University (Tianjin, China) in 1997 and 2000 respectively, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wright State University (Dayton, OH) in 2006. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed journal/conference papers and book chapters. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Monitoring and Surveillance Technologies Research. He is the TPC member and reviewer for numerous journals and conferences.

    Research interests: multimedia communication, computer vision, machine learning

    Phone: (470) 578-3809
    Location: J 363

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  • Dr. Zhang

    Dr. Zhang is an Associate Professor of Information Technology and University Ombuds. She received her Ph.D. in Information Technology and M.S. in Computer Science from University of Nebraska Omaha, and M.S. in Quantitative Management in Health Analytics from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Her current research interests are health informatics and analytics, game-based learning, and STEM and IT education. Dr. Zhang served as the interim department chair of Software Engineering and Game Development from 2016 to 2019, and an ABET program evaluator for the Computing Accreditation Commission since 2016.


    Phone: (470) 578-3796
    Location: J 379

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  • Dr. Zhao

    Dr. Zhao is currently an assistant professor of Information Technology at Kennesaw State University (KSU). He received his Ph.D in computer science from Georgia State University, GA, USA and M.S in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, PA, USA in 2016 and 2012, respectively. He was a research data scientist at IBM (U.S). His research interests span the areas of cyber security, big data computing & analytics, and machine learning. Dr. Zhao has a specific interest on developing efficient and secure computing frameworks for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT).

    Phone: (470) 578-4902

    Location: R2 302


  • Dr. Zheng

    Dr. Zheng is interested in Interactive Data and Information, which involves multiple areas including business intelligence, data visualization, user interface design, web/mobile/cross-device technologies and application development. He is now the coordinator for BSIT data analytics and technology concentration and MSIT data analytics and intelligent technology certificate. Dr. Zheng received his Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University.

    Phone: (470) 578-5036
    Location: J 383

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