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Overview

Government Information Strategy & Management (GISM) Concentration
CTG is a strong academic research and teaching partner of the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, ranked by U.S. News & World Reports as one of the nation's top public affairs schools. Because several of the programs at Rockefeller College closely align with the work that CTG has been doing for more than 22 years, several CTG staff members contribute to the educational environment at Rockefeller College.

gism staff
The main courses in the GISM concentration, developed by CTG, allow students to understand the real-world issues in government and learn to use information technology as an essential tool for problem solving and public management. Drawing from public administration and other fields, students learn how policies, organizational factors, information content, and information technologies influence decisions and performance in government settings. The GISM concentration is now available in the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy program and Certificate programs in addition to the Master of Public Administration.

CTG's Director Theresa Pardo and Senior Fellow Sharon Dawes, also Professor and Professor Emerita respectively, collaborated with Distinguished Professor David Anderson to develop the program. Together with CTG's Research Director J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Associate Research Director Mila Gasco, both Associate Professors, and Program Director Donna Canestraro, the concentration's effectiveness and notoriety continues to grow and is currently ranked 3rd in the nation for Technology Management in the Public Sector by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to learning from CTG staff and fellows in a classroom setting, select students from Rockefeller College also enjoy the opportunity to work as graduate assistants and collaborate on academic publications and research projects under CTG leadership.


Overview
CTG's research agenda produces and disseminates new knowledge about how information and technology strategies can be used to foster government innovation and improve public services. Our research projects focus on significant questions in public administration, organizational studies, information science, public policy, and managerial practice. We bring together researchers from many disciplines to study problems from multiple perspectives and using multiple research methods.

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For research staff and partners, CTG’s projects provide rich data and research venues to study contemporary public problems and complex organizational settings. For students, these projects offer experiential learning opportunities to develop and hone their skills. In addition, they provide access to valuable research data for theses and dissertations in their fields of study.

Research sponsors include both US and international funders such as the US National Science Foundation, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology, the United Nations, the World Bank, the US Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others.

CTG is closely engaged to the teaching and research missions of the University at Albany. CTG staff continue to develop and teach courses within the nationally ranked GISM concentration at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and also have a strong teaching and mentoring partnership with the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences for students pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Science.


CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS (Deadline 07/15/17)
Beyond Smart and Connected Governments: Sensors and the Internet of Things in the Public Sector

A book edited by: J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Theresa A. Pardo, and Mila Gascó


Introduction:
Generally speaking, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the network of interconnected everyday objects. IoT is increasing the universality of the Internet by integrating every object for interaction via embedded systems, creating a highly distributed network of devices communicating with human beings as well as other devices. Thanks to rapid advances in underlying technologies, IoT is opening tremendous opportunities for a large number of novel applications that promise to improve the quality of life. In recent years, IoT has gained much attention from researchers and practitioners from around the world (Xia, et al., 2012). The Internet of Things is one of the hottest topics in Information Technology (IT), and that’s reflected in spending. Since fiscal 2011, federal spending on IoT has been growing at a compound annual rate of 10 percent. New technologies, such as sensors, are providing new ways to systematically capture data and to use it to respond to complex public problems. Some of the new technologies and applications made possible through these advances have been identified and studied in recent literature in terms of their relevance to government. These studies make clear that such new applications resurface enduring topics in digital government research such as security and privacy. While the IoT entails a diverse group of IT applications, they seem to share common goals such as: (1) connected physical safety and security, (2) saving money by increasing efficiency and employee productivity, (3) automating processes rather than providing information that humans can use to make decisions, and (4) applying IoT to longstanding practices to achieve additional benefits. The use of these technologies and the data produced through them will have an impact on individual government agencies and government operations as a whole, potentially changing the very nature of the relationships between government, citizens, and other stakeholders. They present opportunity, but also critical challenges to governments in both the developed and developing world and across the branches of government.

Objective of the book:
This book will provide one of the first comprehensive approaches to the study of sensors and the Internet of Things from a government and public policy perspective. The book will include sound theories and concepts for understanding opportunities and challenges governments face, when seeking to improve public services and government operations through the use of IoT. It will also include innovative methodologies for building understanding of the potential of a smart and connected government. In addition, the book will offer relevant case studies and practical recommendations. We will welcome chapters on theoretical frameworks, empirical research and case studies of projects from around the globe. The book will be a compilation of selective high-quality chapters covering cases, concepts, methodologies, theories, experiences, and practical recommendations on topics related to smart and connected governments, sensors, cloud storage, data processing, and any other IoT related application in the public sector. It will address a diversity of technologies, applied to several contexts, as well as different levels and branches of government. We expect a volume with significant international content, including both developed and developing countries. As a whole, the book will argue that sensors and the IoT can enhance the public sector’s ability to create public value, and will, most importantly, present critical challenges that need to be understood and managed if the potential of the IoT is to be realized by the world’s governments.

Target audience:
The target audience will be academics and professionals who want to improve their understanding of sensors and the IoT (or objects) at all levels and branches of government and in very different political, economic, and cultural contexts. In addition, the book will welcome chapters focused on the use of sensors and IoT at different stages of the policy process, from agenda setting to design, implementation, and evaluation as well as chapters that address policy questions in the deployment of IoT.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Theories and concepts related to the Internet of Things
  • Empirical research about, sensors, data processing, cloud storage, and the Internet of Things
  • Innovative methodologies for understanding smartness, sensors, and the Internet of Things in the public sector
  • Case studies about the Internet of Things
  • Sensors, IoT, and data processing, data, and cloud storage, security, and privacy issues
  • The use of sensors and the Internet of Things to understand complex social phenomena
  • The use of sensors and the Internet of Things as part of the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies
  • The use of sensors and the Internet of Things as part of the design, implementation, and evaluation of government programs
  • Sensors and IoT in national, state and local governments
  • Sensors and IoT in the judicial branch
  • Sensors and IoT in the legislative branch
  • Sensors, IoT, and smartness in governments
  • IoT in developing countries
  • Practical recommendations for IoT applications and public projects

Submission Procedure:
Researchers are invited to submit on or before July 15th, 2017, a 1-2 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Full chapters for accepted proposals are expected to be submitted by August 15th, 2017. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Publisher
This book is scheduled to be published by Springer. Public Administration and Information Technology publishes authored and edited books that examine the application of information systems to common issues and problems in public administration. This series examines both the successes of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adoption and some of the most important challenges to implementation. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.springer.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.
Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:
Center for Technology in Government and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York
187 Wolf Road, Suite 301, Albany, NY 12205, USA


Grants
CTG receives grants from the National Science Foundation and other sources to support its ongoing research activities.


Academic Programs with CTG
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CTG works closely with Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences in teaching capacities, however CTG itself is not a degree granting institution.

Below are the academic programs at the University of Albany of which the Center for Technology in Government has staff involvement, with links to the appropriate pages on the University's main website.




Information Science Ph.D.
CTG partners with University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences as faculty partners and guest lecturers of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Information Science. As faculty partners, Sharon Dawes and Theresa Pardo participate in the design and management of the doctoral program as well as present courses that focus on information policy and information theory.

For more information, click here.


Faculty & Research Fellows
CTG research staff work closely with an impressive global network of researchers who serve as CTG Faculty and Research Fellows. Our Faculty Fellows come from various UAlbany departments whereas our Research Fellows come from external universities from around the world. All of these Fellows actively engage with us on both academic writing and new research activities; complementing CTG’s skills with their own research expertise and interests.

For more information on our current Faculty & Research Fellows, view our People page.


Students
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Over the past 20 years, CTG has worked with close to 100 graduate and undergraduate students from various departments at the University at Albany, all with a passion for technology, management, and policy aspects in digital government projects. Many have gone on to promising positions in government or academic institutions. The list below are those we have been able to find current information on ― we welcome updates from all who worked at CTG as graduate and undergraduate assistants and interns.




Visiting Scholars Program
The Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has a strong network of international scholars who have had the opportunity to visit and share their research, interacting with CTG staff and other University at Albany faculty on shared interests. CTG is open to advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and academic professionals from all over the world and all related disciplines.

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Successful applicants have the following characteristics:
  • Qualified educational background
    Applicants should be formally affiliated with a recognized academic institution.
  • Experience working in applied research settings
    Applicants should have experience in engaged scholarship with a focus on government organizations.
  • Ability to work in a team-based setting
    CTG projects rely on a team-based approach and strong relationships among the project staff. Applicants should be comfortable working in a team environment.
  • Recommendation from a CTG staff member or a CTG research partner
    Strong candidates typically have a recommendation from one of our staff members or one of our research colleagues.
Types of Visits

Short-Term Visits
Applications for visits of 1 month or less are accepted on a rolling basis. For short-term visitors, we ask that you submit your application to the visiting scholar coordinator at least 3 months prior to the date you wish to arrive.

Long-Term Visits
Individuals who are interested in visiting CTG for longer than one month should submit their applications to the visiting scholar coordinator, according to the schedule below. Generally, the Center accepts only one to two long-term visitors during an academic semester.

Application Calendar
Although CTG operates year-round, we try to schedule visits according to the University at Albany’s academic calendar. All applications should be submitted to the visiting scholar coordinator.

Academic Calendar
Fall: End of August to Mid-December
Spring: Mid-January to End of May
Summer: June to Mid-August

Application Due Dates
Fall Visits: April 1st
Spring Visits: October 1st
Summer Visits: February 1st

Funding
The CTG Visiting Scholar Program does not provide funding. We will provide a workspace, basic research resources, and opportunities to meet with CTG staff and others at the University. All applicants must provide their own funding for travel, accommodations, and other expenses.

Important Logistic Information
CTG is located off-campus. Therefore, travel to the University requires a car or the use of public transportation, which is limited between CTG and the UAlbany campus. The University at Albany does not provide short- or long-term housing. Visitors are responsible for finding their own lodging, whether they stay at a hotel or make arrangements for a rental.

Application Materials
If interested in being considered for CTG’s Visiting Scholar Program, please provide the following information:
  • Curriculum Vitae
    Applicant should be an established scholar at a recognized institution.
  • A Research Plan or Statement of Purpose, which includes:
    -The proposed dates of your visit.
    -How you learned about CTG.
    -Your interests and how they match CTG projects or topic areas.
    -The goals and expectations you have for your visit.


Past Visiting Scholars
Over the years, CTG has hosted many visiting scholars who have shared their expertise and research, and collaborated on CTG research and projects. CTG is open to long- and short-term visits from advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and academic professionals from all over the world and all related disciplines as part of its Visiting Scholar Program.

Testimonial from Jorge Lheureux de Freitas:

"The two months I spent at CTG were very productive because I wrote three papers, 80% of my master thesis and made 3 presentations. The last presentation may be a great insight to a future work. I'm very gratefull to CTG and all the people for this opportunity."

Alessia Neuroni

Alessia Neuroni
Current position: Professor in the Department of Business, Health and Social Work at Bern University of Applied Sciences & Deputy Head of the University's E-Government Institute.

Year at CTG: 2016

Country: Switzerland

Research Focus at CTG: During her time at CTG, Alessia's research focused on governance issues and design options for national data infrastructures. She met with several CTG staff to discuss shared research interests and explore potential areas of future collaboration.

Beatriz Barreto Brasileiro Lanza

Beatriz Barreto Brasileiro Lanza
Current position: PhD Student in Business Administration at Federal University of the State of Paraná (UFPR) and Senior Analyst at IT Company of the State Government (CELEPAR).

Year at CTG: 2015

Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG: During her time at CTG, Beatriz researched a conceptual eGovernment Business Model with a particular focus on low cost and long range technologies for developing countries.

Shaohui Wang

Shaohui Wang
Current position: Associate Professor in the School of Political Science and Public Administration, Wuhan University, P. R. China

Year at CTG: 2015

Country: China

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Shaohui researched about how to use social media to promote the innovation of government public services.

Lili Fan

Lili Fan
Current position:Associate Professor in Chang’an University, P.R. China

Year at CTG: 2015

Country: China

Research Focus at CTG: During her time at CTG, Lili researched about the business models and the cooperation between government and private sector organizations in the fields of travel information and meteorology data services in China.

David Valle-Cruz

David Valle-Cruz
Current position: PhD Student and Adjunct Professor at Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

Year at CTG: 2014

Country: Mexico

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, David studied new trends of technology implemented in e-government, trying to categorize the ideal technical features of electronic government systems that could help to improve efficiency and transparency and to reduce corruption.

Zamira Dzhusupovat

Zamira Dzhusupovat
Current position: Independent consultant and expert at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Year at CTG: 2014

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Research Focus at CTG: During her time at CTG, Zamira collaborated on her shared interests in research and capacity building projects focused on electronic government development in post-Soviet countries.

Nur Sat

Nur Sat
Current position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Hitit University

Year at CTG: 2014

Country: Turkey

Research Focus at CTG: During her time at CTG, Nur conducted research to complete her studies about sustainability concepts and smart cities and worked with CTG staff to support the Smart Cities Program and other research activities.

Jorge Lheureux de Freitas

Jorge Lheureux de Freitas
Current position: Master's Student at the School of Business, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

Year at CTG: 2014

Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Jorge conducted a review of “humans as sensors” in cities and presented his results to CTG staff to help support the Center’s smart cities program. He also worked on his master’s thesis and gave another presentation to CTG staff on his thesis and the Brazilian electronic voting system, which Jorge helped to design and implement.

Cristiano Ramos Moreira

Cristiano Ramos Moreira
Current position: Master's Student at the School of Business, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

Year at CTG: 2014

Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Cristiano conducted a review of the use of “smart sensors” in cities to help support CTG's smart cities program. He also worked on his research into smart city initiatives, looking specifically at New York City, to do further comparative work with his studies conducted in Porto Alegre; as well as worked on developing an approach for researchers who wish to work together on comparative analysis studies in Latin America.

Lyudmila Bershadskaya

Lyudmila Bershadskaya
Current position:Analyst, eGovernment Center, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics

Year at CTG: 2013

Country:Russia

Research Focus at CTG: During her time at CTG, Lyudmila presented on the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and Optics

Cláudio Sonáglio Albano

Cláudio Sonáglio Albano
Current position:Lecturer and PhD student in Business Administration, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Year at CTG: 2013

Country:Brazil

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Claudio conducted research to complete his degree, focusing on Open government data: a value chain model proposal.

Milena Yordanova Krumova

Milena Yordanova Krumova
Current position:Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, Technical University, Sofia

Year at CTG: 2013

Country:Bulgaria

Research Focus at CTG: During her time at CTG, Milena focused on her research in Web 2.0/3.0 applications for creating and sharing new knowledge, and in Public Administration 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 and Learning 2.0 principles, along with participating in several seminars, workshops, and presenting her research.
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Hannu Larsson

Hannu Larsson
Current position:Researcher and Teacher at Örebro University, Sweden

Year at CTG: 2012

Country: Sweden

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Hannu met with staff to discuss shared research interests, presented his research on Sustainability for eGovernment, and attended the ICEGOV 2012 conference.He also showed how us how Fika is done in Sweden, their morning social break ... we liked that!
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Marie Anne Macadar

Marie Anne Macadar
Current position:Associate Professor, School of Business at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Year at CTG: 2012

Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG: During her time at CTG, Marie focused on internationalizing her research on Information Systems in Brazilian Public Health and contributed to current CTG projects.
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Ignacio Criado

Ignacio Criado
Current position: Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Year at CTG: 2011

Country: Spain

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Ignacio conducted research about interoperability of e-Government developments in multi-level systems, with a special focus on the case of health policy in the United States and Spain.
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Rodrigo Sandoval Almazan

Rodrigo Sandoval Almazan
Current position: Teaching Professor, State Autonomous University, Mexico

Year at CTG: 2011

Country: Mexico

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Rodrigo met with CTG staff and students to discuss open government, social media, and advancements in e-government research. He also shared his research about open government adoption in Mexico.

Olivier Glassey

Olivier Glassey
Current position: Assistant Professor, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration

Year at CTG: 2011

Country: Switzerland

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Olivier met with staff to talk about shared research interests and presented a research discussion on the tensions between privacy and transparency issues from a European perspective through proposing a model for data, identity, and privacy management.
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Karim Hamza

Karim Hamza
Current position: Academic Researcher, Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands); Part-Time Professor, American University (Egypt); and Approved Tutor, Edinburgh Business School (UK)

Year at CTG: 2011

Country: Egypt

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Karim gave a research discussion on governance structures for building democracy in Egypt, and met with CTG staff to plan future research collaborations focused on the use of social media in government.
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Lorenzo Madrid

Lorenzo Madrid
Current position: Chief Technology Officer for the Latin America Region and World Wide Director for the Government Interoperability Initiative, Microsoft

Year at CTG: 2010

Country: Brazil

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Lorenzo worked with staff and graduate students on shared research interests. As part of his visit, he gave a presentation on The Economic Impact of Interoperability in Delivering Electronic Citizen Services and was guest lecturer at Theresa Pardo's Department of Public Administration and Policy class, Information Technology Innovation in the Public Sector.
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Antonio Cordella

Antonio Cordella
Current position: Lecturer, Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics

Year at CTG: 2010

Country: Italy

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Antonio met with staff at CTG to talk about shared research interests and presented a research discussion about an e-Government enactment framework.
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Evgeny Styrin

Evgeny Styrin
Current position: Senior Research Analyst, Institute for Public and Municipal Administration, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Year at CTG: 2009-2010

Country: Russia

Research Focus at CTG: During his time at CTG, Evgeny was an integral part of the project team gathering information on how New York State agencies used technology resources to capture, manage, and deliver the data required for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In addition, he also worked in close contact with his colleagues at UAlbany's Rockefeller College, where he held a faculty affiliation for his Fulbright Fellowship.

Lin Zhu

Lin Zhu
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration of East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai

Year at CTG: 2008

Country: China

Research Focus at CTG: During her time at CTG, Lin integrated herself as a member of various research project teams and was a co-author on several writing projects. She shared her work in China at a CTG research discussion, Improving Citizen Access to Government Information in China.

Enrico Ferro

Enrico Ferro
Current position:Head of Business Model and Policy Innovation Unit at ISMB; Lecturer of Innovation Management in the Public Sector at International Labour Organization (UNITED NATIONS); Adjunct Professor at Polytechnic of Turin

Year at CTG: 2004-05

Country: Italy

Research Focus at CTG: Enrico spent six months at CTG, during which he collaborated with researchers on a number of projects concerning the relationship between eGovernment and the digital divide, as well as the use of online auctions for the sale of government surplus property.
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Marijn Janssen

Marijn Jenssen
Current position: Professor of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Delft University of Technology

Year at CTG: 2004

Country: The Netherlands

Research Focus at CTG: While at CTG, Marijn worked with staff on international e-government business models. At the 2005 eChallenges conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Anthony Cresswell, Marijn Janssen, and Luis Luna-Reyes received the Best Paper Award for Modeling Methods for Information Integration: Comparative Cases in e-Government.
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Courses

PAD 305: Public Administration and Information Technologies

This course, available to Undergraduate students, provides an overview of topics related to the use of information technologies in public administration, including websites, social media, and mobile applications, among others. It covers topics such as e-government, e-democracy, e-governance, leadership, e-producrement, and information security and privacy.

PAD 550:Foundations of Government Information Strategy and Management

Introduces the interaction of policy, management, and information technology in the design, operation, and evaluation of government operations and public services.

PAD 577: Information Technology, Globalization and Global Governance

This course examines the role of information technology in globalization, democratization, diplomacy, security, and international development.

PAD 611: Decision Making in Government and Administration

Rational decision theory and decision-making practice as illustrated by case materials. Topics covered may include: the economic concept of utility and maximization, the analytic problems of modeling and uncertainty; the psychological considerations of individual preferences and risk taking behavior; the organiaztional and political context of decisions and its effect on agency choice; and current trends in public decision-making structures.

PAD 615: Strategic Planning and Management

This course focuses on strategic planning and strategic management theories, issues and techniques. Strategic planning topics include environmental scanning, organizational assessment, futures research and forecasting models, methods for analyzing organizational culture, goal=setting techniques, implementation of strategic plans, strategic issues management, analysis of managerial and production systems, and management by objectives (MBO) systems.

PAD 650: Building a Case for IT Investments in the Public Sector

This course, based on CTG's 'Making Smart IT Choices', presents a formal methodology for making IT investment decisions including problem definition, stakeholder analysis, process analysis, best and current practices, technology awareness, and case building.

PAD 652: Seminar on Information Strategy and Management

This seminar, intended to be taken in conjunction with PAD 550 or 650, provides perspectives on the field of information strategy and management by leaders from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private companies, and research organizations.


Dissertations and Theses

Master’s Theses

Dissertations

  • Helbig, Natalie (2010). Thinking Beyond Performance Indicators: A Holistic Study of Organizational Information Use, Ph.D, Public Adminstration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany. Now Senior Program Associate, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany.
  • Ackam, Badahir (2009). Socio-Technical Processes in Interorganizational Emergency Response and Recovery Process at the World Trade Center, Ph.D, Information Science, College of Computing and Information, University at Albany. Now Assistant Professor, School of Business, Western New England College.
  • Mulki, Fawzi (2009). The Effects of Leadership and Authority on Cross-Boundary Information Sharing in Response to Public Health Crises: A Comparative Study between the United States and Jordan, Ph.D, Informatics, College of Computing and Information, University at Albany. Now Senior Policy Analyst, The Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan.
  • Zheng, Lei (2009). Leadership Behaviors in Cross-Boundary Information Sharing and Integration: Comparing the U.S. and China, Ph.D, Public Adminstration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany. Now Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, China
  • Luna-Reyes, Luis (2004). Collaboration, Trust, and Knowledge Sharing in Information Technology Intensive Projects in the Public Sector, Distinguished Dissertation Award; Ph.D. Information Science, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. Now Assistant Professor, Business School, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico.
  • Zhang, Jing (2003). Cross-Boundary Knowledge Sharing: A Case Study of Building the Multi-Purpose Access for Customer Relations & Operational Support (MACROS) System, Distinguished Dissertation Award; Ph.D. Information Science, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. Now Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Management, Clark University, Worcester, MA.
  • Neely, Pamela (2002). A Framework and Associated Software Tool for the Analysis of Source Data for a Data Warehouse: Development and exploratory study. Ph.D. Information Science, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs &Policy. Now Assistant Professor of Accounting, Department of Business Administration and Economics, The College at Brockport/SUNY.
  • Zeng, Jihong (2002). Using Keywords/Phrases in Automatically Generating Hypertext Links: An Exploratory Study. Ph.D. Information Science, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs &Policy. Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems, New York Institute of Technology.
  • Powers, Jennifer Goodall (2001). Network Formation and the Development of Trust in Interorganizational Relationships Ph.D. Information Science, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs &Policy. Associate Dean, College of Computing and Information, University at Albany.
  • Kelly, Kristine (1999). A Systems Approach to Identifying Decisive Information for Sustainable DevelopmentPh.D. Information Science, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs &Policy. Now Assistant Professor, Business School, Endicott College.
  • Pardo, Theresa A. (1998). Reducing the Risks in Innovative Uses of Information Technology in the Public Sector: A Multidisciplinary Model. Ph.D. Information Science, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs &Policy. Now Director, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany
  • Han, Charles (1998). Exploring a Path to the Formation of Network Collaboration. Ph.D. Public Administration, University at Albany.
  • Kim, Soon Hee (1998). The Effects of Family Leave Policy on Employees and Agencies in New York State Government: Organizational Dynamics and Policy Evaluation. Ph.D. Public Administration & Policy, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. Professor, Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
  • Giguere, Mark (1995). Electronic Document Description Standards: A Technical Feasibility Study of Their Use in the Microform Preservation of Contextual Cues Embedded in Structured Electronic Documents During Digital/Analog/Digital Reformatting. Ph.D. Information Science, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. Now Electronic Records Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration.


Conferences
CTG researchers and fellows participate in numerous top academic conferences each year around the world by presenting papers, facilitating workshops, and delivering keynote speeches. Additionally, some CTG staff participate on the Advisory Boards, Organizing Committees and Program Committees of the international conferences outlined below, assisting with the planning and preparation to ensure the conferences' success. In addition to a few high-impact journals, these conferences are widely recognized as the most important outlets in the field of digital government around the world.

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV)

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The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) is a series organized by the United Nations University - IIST, Center for Electronic Governance. The conference annually brings together practitioners, developers, and researchers from government, academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations to share the latest findings in the theory and practice of Electronic Governance.

Annual Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o)

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The Digital Government Society (DGS) organizes and hosts an annual international conference, bringing together government managers, researchers, educators, industry leaders and others from around the world interested in furthering the investigation and practice of democratic digital government. Issues relevant to digital government are explored through keynote speeches, research paper sessions, panels, as well as poster and demo sessions.

Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

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The annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) conference is a unique and respected forum in computer science, information systems and technology for the exchange of ideas among research and development communities around the world. It is one of the oldest and most influential conferences in the field of system sciences. CTG has played a key leadership role in establishing both the size and stature of the Electronic Government track. The HICSS e-Government track has been a hotbed for groundbreaking studies and new ideas in this particular research domain and has assumed an excellent reputation among e-Government scholars. Ten minitracks cover the full spectrum of research avenues of electronic government including minitracks dedicated to emerging topics, open government, and social media and social networking, or most recently, insider threats.

IFIP Electronic Government (EGOV) & Electronic Participation Conference (ePart)

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The IFIP EGOV Conference is organized by the IFIP Working Group 8.5 on information systems in the public sector. CTG's Sharon Dawes and J. Ramon Gil-Garcia are regularly senior faculty of the PhD Colloquium, which aims to bring PhD students who are scattered across countries and disciplines more together. Both Dawes and Gil-Garcia also serve on the Program Committee of this conference, which brings together scholars from all over the globe to present the state of the art and most recent innovations in e-government, e-governance, e-participation, and related fields of study. The conference provides a highly interactive and professional forum for exchanging research concepts, progress and results.


Student Profiles

Abhishek Chaudhari

Abhishek Chaudhari
Abhishek is a first-year graduate student at UAlbany, studying Computer Science.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

My previous experience in web development technologies gave me a good foundation of the software engineering field. This piqued my interest in exploring more about various web technologies, and when I learned about the Center for Technology in Government, I knew it would be a good fit. CTG is giving me a great opportunity to achieve my long and short term goals. And hence, here I am.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I have been studying at the University at Albany as a Computer Science graduate student since spring 2017. Before that, I worked for Mphasis, an IT company based in India, as a software engineer for more than a year.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Utilizing my knowledge to get work done effectively and efficiently in the field of software engineering while working in organizations like CTG. Knowledge that I will gain here at CTG will help to shape my own steps toward my long term goal, which is to become an entrepreneur.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is already helping me by allowing me to work on my favorite technologies and programming languages.

Abhishek Gupta

Abhishek Gupta
Abhishek is a Masters student studying Computer Science at the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

My area of interest within Computer Science is in information retrieval and data mining and I was looking for a research opportunity in that field. I came to know about CTG through my classmates and fellow CTG interns Reena Sharma and Lalitkumar Borse. I feel lucky to have an opportunity where I can expand my knowledge while also working with my friends.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I was an intern in Webtek labs, IBM, in Delhi, India where I worked on web applications using advanced Java. It was my first industrial experience and I loved the working environment. I received my undergraduate degree from Rajasthan Technical University in India.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Because my area of interest is information retrieval and data mining, I plan to pursue phD after a few years of industrial experience.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

As a CTG team member, I am learning new things everyday. I am learning to handle new responsibilities and expand my knowledge in my area of interest and in addition, I am getting the opportunity to meet new people from many different backgrounds. This is an incredible and amazing experience for me.

Adarley Luiz Grando Gilho

Adarley Luiz Grando Gilho
Adarley is an undergraduate student of Computer Science at the University at Albany. He expects to graduate in December of 2014.

Country of Origin

Brazil

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I am participating in an exchange program at the University at Albany, paid for by the Brazilian Government. An internship/research is part of the program and I was looking for a good IT organization to improve my skills when I found CTG. Helping CTG's Web Team seemed like a unique experience for me, since web development has always been a subject of big interest and I was looking forward to enhance my skills.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I was an undergraduate student at the University of Brasília, Brazil. I’ve participated on small projects and had relevant course work in the computer science field.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After the completion of my exchange program at the University at Albany, I will go back to Brazil to finish my major at University of Brasília and graduate. After that I will continue my studies and get my Masters degree, perhaps abroad.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

From the research I am doing for CTG’s Web Team I am learning new things that will certainly help me professionally in the future. Having the experience of working at an American IT organization is also going to open new doors and expand my horizons.

Bahadir K. Akcam

Bahadir K. Akcam
Bahadir K. Akcam is a forth year Ph.D. student in the Information Science Ph.D. program at the College of Computing and Information, University at Albany. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). His research interests are application of system dynamics approach to organization management, information management, and information technology issues.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

While I was continuing my professional and academic carrier in Turkey, I was interested in pursuing a Ph.D. program that would give me the opportunity to work on current information management issues in Government. CTG’s active and pioneering research was one of the main reasons why I decided to attend the University at Albany.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I was the information technology manager of the Turkish Criminal Police Laboratories (KPL). In that position, I was managing information technology, organizational development, and quality management projects for KPL. I received my M.Sc. degree in Information Systems from M.E.T.U. with a focus on IT enabled organizational change and my other M.Sc. degree in Physical Examination and Criminalistics from Ankara University, with a focus on evidence databases.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

With the new knowledge and skills gained at the Information Science Ph.D. program and CTG, I would like to use them in an academic or professional organization where I can make the most impact.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

By actively participating in information management projects in government, we face the current challenges of the field and develop practical solutions from the academic perspective of organizations. This invaluable experience and research skills that I am gaining here can help me to reach my goals for the future.

Amanda Reis

Amanda Reis
Amanda Reis is pursuing a Bachelor's of Information Systems degree in Brazil and is a Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) grantee, which is a Brazilian government sponsored exchange program.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

CTG has a good reputation on helping and providing opportunities for BSMP students who want to learn. Reading CTG's mission, I realized that this was a good opportunity to develop my skills and to help the community.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I'm pursuing a Bachelor's of Information Systems degree in Brazil and working on a project for the Automatization of a process for arranging employees in job positions, wages, and career plan. I was also president of the Junior Enterprise of Information Systems at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa in Brazil.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completion of this academic year in the United States, I intend to return to Brazil to complete my degree and use what I learned here to help improve the technology and bring innovation to my country.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

As a technology and entrepreneurship lover, my goal is to seize the opportunities that I have had to impact the world, to learn and teach. I believe that CTG can help me better understand how to use technology for the benefit of society.

Andrew Roepe

Andrew Roepe
Andrew is a second year Masters of Public Administration student concentrating in Financial Market Regulation at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. He is currently doing an independent study with CTG.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Having heard a great deal about CTG through my studies at Rockefeller College and with Theresa Pardo, I felt it would be a good fit for an independent study. During this independent study supervised by Dr. Pardo, I will be researching Information Sharing and Integration in the field of Financial Market Regulation.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I was an options market maker on the New York Stock Exchange/AMEX Options.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Once I earn my Masters in spring 2017, I plan to continue my work in the field of Financial Market Regulation.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

While drawing on past experience, CTG is showing me how "knowledge and information are shared" among different stakeholders in the financial market sector and how these stakeholders may "collaborate to deliver quality" financial exchanges for the public. This new knowledge is proving to be very valuable to me.

Ashley Alteri

Ashley Alteri
Ashley is a third year PhD student at Rockefeller College at the University at Albany. She is specializing in Public Administration.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I like CTG’s focus on applied research and its continued work with government stakeholders to ensure that it is able to develop real-world solutions to complicated issues. I think it is exciting that CTG is able to use its expertise to tackle so many different types of projects.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

After completing my Juris Doctor and MA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the University of Minnesota in 2010, I worked for the Internal Revenue Service. At the IRS, I worked as a Labor Relations Specialist and advised management regarding compliance with the IRS’s labor contract, federal and IRS policies, and labor and employment laws. For the few years, I have been working as a teaching and research assistant under Dr. Ellen Rubin in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my PhD, I hope to teach personnel and public management in a school of public administration or policy.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I think that working at CTG will enhance my ability to work with practitioners in order to examine management and policy issues in the government. This will be invaluable for my future research because I want to focus my work on live issues within the government and working with stakeholders to develop practical solutions.

Andrea Baker

Andrea Baker

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

My background is as a newspaper journalist. I have written about everything from primary education to state politics. For the last decade, I have witnessed public agencies’ challenges and triumphs with incorporating information technology. In 2003 I decided to attend the University at Albany for a Ph.D. in information policy and management. I was familiar with CTG’s work in the e-government domain and decided to apply for a graduate assistant position. CTG is an excellent place to learn about the fundamental role of information technology in government and experience the art of conducting research.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

In the late 1990s, I was lucky enough to cover New York State’s transition to a new format of reporting data about students’ performance. Writing about the state’s creation and dissemination of information through the “school report cards” was a very interesting and challenging task. After spending a couple of years covering education, I moved to the Albany area to cover politics. I started by covering a small municipality and then moved onto county and then finally state government. In that role, I witnessed leaders create policies and laws that shape citizen’s everyday lives. Just prior to CTG, I worked out of the state Capitol part-time as a researcher for Newsday, a Long Island newspaper.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Whether I work for an academic institution or a center for research is part of the journey ahead. For now my main goal is to finish my doctoral studies and learn as much about the art of research as I possibly can. I am mainly interested in e-democracy and the government’s role in fostering improved information access. I am also interested in how candidates for public office use technology to communicate with citizens.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I believe the best way to learn is through a combination of formal training and first hand experience. CTG is an excellent place to learn the research process as well as network with leaders in the fields of information science and government. I have recently had the good fortune of being a part of the XML Testbed team. As a team member I have learned project management skills as well as research design skills. CTG is an exciting and interesting place.

Benjamin Solis

Benjamin Solis
Benjamin Solis is pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the University at Albany.

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Bhaumik Patel

Bhaumik Patel
Bhaumik is a first year graduate student studying Computer Science at the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I learned about CTG through my friend Bhavik Patel, who is also working with CTG this semester, and he recommended me for the position of Research Assistant. My area of interest is Data Mining and Data Visualization and I was lucky enough to be presented with such a wonderful opportunity here at CTG where I can work on projects within my area of interest.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before coming to CTG, I was a Web Developer Intern in Softvan Pvt Ltd in Ahmedabad, India. I completed my Bachelors in Computer Engineering in 2016 from Gujarat Technological University. Then, I came to UAlbany to pursue a Masters degree in Computer Science.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my Graduate Studies, I plan to pursue my career in the field of Data Mining, Data Visualizations, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I've always wanted to be part of an organization that encourages learning and that has a research environment, so that I can grow along with the organization and gain valuable expertise that will help me in the future. CTG provides me the opportunity to do just that.

Bhavik Patel

Bhavik Patel
Bhavik is studying for his Master of Computer Science degree at the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I came to know about CTG through my friend Meet Parikh, who was an intern here and had a great experience. So, when I was looking for an internship, he recommended CTG.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I was working as an android developer at Be Utopian technosoft in Ahmedabad, India.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my Master's Degree, I plan to pursue a career in Software Development.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

This experience is definitely helping me to expand my knowledge, which will help me achieve my future career goals.

Tamas Bodor

Tamás Bodor
Tamas is at the University at Albany, pursuing his third master's degree. While he already has degrees in history and sociology, in May he will complete his masters in communication. His research focus is on public opinion theory, and he is working on a case study of the 1998 Hungarian national elections for his thesis work.

What did you do prior to coming to the Center for Technology in Government?

Before coming to the United States, I received two master's degrees in Hungary. After receiving those degrees, I worked for the Gallup Institute in my home country. It was through this work that I became interested in political communication. After working for Gallup, I worked for the nationwide Hungarian Ambulance and Emergency Service as the head of statistics with the Department of Information Technology and Statistics. This department oversaw the operation of entire organization and attempted to make improvements based on the research I was doing.

Why did you come to CTG?

One day I received a message from the Communication Department listserv describing CTG and advertising for a graduate assistant position. My academic and professional background at Gallup and the Ambulance and Emergency Service seemed to match the skills I would need to work at CTG. Overall I figured it would be a good place to work, and in February 2003 I became a member of the CTG staff.

What have you been involved with since coming to CTG?

When I came to CTG the organization was in the process of working on its MIII project for which I was particularly hired. This project investigates social processes of information sharing across organizational borders. Through this study, I have collected data through observational research and participated in the project's literature review. I have also worked, and I am working on the project's research papers that have been submitted and will be submitted to various journals and conferences. Currently I am involved in the design activities of a national survey, which constitutes the next phase of the MIII project.

What are your plans for the future?

After finishing my Masters Degree in May I will either apply to a political science Ph.D. program, or return to Hungary. If I do not begin my Ph.D. studies right away, I expect to return home and will look for a job related to public opinion and market research or organizational consulting.

How can CTG help you with your future plans?

Eventually, I would like to get my Ph.D. in political science. Through my work at CTG I have been able to see how government works, and what it exactly does. I really enjoy the research culture within this professional environment. Being at CTG has also given me the opportunity to combine applied social science and academic research in ways I never imagined possible. CTG has opened my eyes to many new possibilities that I never thought existed.

What is one little known or interesting fact about you?

I love hiking, fishing, and just playing outdoors with my kids. New York State is beautiful and provides great opportunities to such things. I love gardening too but currently living in an apartment, I've had to give it up for now. Being from Hungary, I am also an avid soccer fan.

Minal Brahmbhatt

Minal Brahmbhatt
Minal Brahmbhatt is a first year Masters student in the Computer Science department at the University at Albany. Her research interests are in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I have come to the United States to gain international exposure and experience. I learned about CTG in my first semester at UAlbany and I was delighted when I received the opportunity to work here in my second semester. The work that I do here greatly reinforces my academic work.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I was born and raised in India. I completed my undergraduate in Bachelor of Engineering at Dharm Sinh Desai University.

What do you do at CTG?

I work in the Technology Services Unit an different projects. I have been working on the CTG Web site to bring it into better conformity with current Accessibility standards removing table formatting and replacing it with CSS. I have also been involved in some internal and external web applications developed at CTG using XML and mySQL.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My immediate plans are to complete my Masters and join the IT industry.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG has a wonderful work atmosphere. This is my first experience of working in a professional environment. I shall not find the transition from student life to professional life difficult because of the vast experience I shall have collected here.

Cameron Dublin

Cameron Dublin
Cameron is a Junior at the University at Albany at the College of Computing and Information, majoring in information science.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

The opportunity to work at the Center for Technology in Government seemed very interesting. I heard through my department that they were hiring interns, so I immediately contacted CTG to find out more information about the internship program. After discussing the program with Brian Burke, the rest is history.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I have been an Information Science major at the University at Albany for the past two years. My past work experience includes numerous retail jobs. I have also been a board member for a performing arts group on the UAlbany campus called "Phenomenal Voices."

What are your plans/goals for the future?

In the vast world of IT, there are many interesting opportunities I would like to pursue. I would love to be a network administrator and work up to being a systems manager. Hopefully after years of experience, I would like to possibly even become a CIO.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Working at CTG will help me gain a lot of valuable experience, receiving new knowledge and skills, also making connections to a lot of great people that can guide me along the way.

Connor Scott

Connor Scott
Connor is an undergraduate student at the University at Albany majoring in Information Science and expected to graduate in May 2015.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I found CTG as a result of my own efforts to seek out real world experience in data analysis. The projects at CTG have allowed me to do so, while at the same time finding effective ways to improve the community.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Science and intend to graduate in May this year. Most of my actual work experience prior to coming to CTG has been in the hospitality industry, so my time spent at CTG allows me to gain experience in the public sector as well as the technology industry.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My intentions are to pursue a career in Data Analytics. Eventually I hope to pursue a Master’s Degree in either Statistics or Computer Science so that I may advance to a Data Scientist.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG offers a unique opportunity to both bolster my current knowledge of data analysis in both its general use and how it is used in government. This will help prepare for my career as a data analyst and allow me to perform at the highest level.

Nancy Cowan

Nancy Cowan
Nancy is a second year Masters of Public Health student concentrating in Environmental Health Science in the School of Public Health. She expects to graduate May 2013.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

When I saw that CTG is participating in a project regarding the use of satellite data to determine air quality, I was interested. Air quality is a crucial aspect to overall health, and many health implications are linked to poor air quality. Finding accurate measurements of air pollutants is a challenge for environmental health scientists, and to invest in new technology that can possibly indicate better measurements of air pollutants is a major advancement for our society’s health and future.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I interned at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) prior to working at CTG. In the summer of 2012, I worked at the Wadsworth Laboratories as a research assistant intern investigating new and more precise methods to detect contamination in drinking water. In the fall of 2012, I worked at the NYSDOH Center for Environmental Health, Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment, where I conducted research on health implications associated with certain types of building insulation.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I hope to find a career that works with communicating, informing, and educating the public about health issues associated with environmental exposures. I am possibly considering continuing education in my field by applying for a PhD or DrPH program.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Communication and informing government agencies, non-profit agencies, educational institutions, and private sectors about STI are the main components of the project I am working on. Effective communication to an organization or the general public is a very important aspect in public health. I am also learning a lot of project management skills, which will be very useful for my future career in public health.

Lucy Dadayan

Lucy Dadayan

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

In the Spring of 2002 I took the course Foundations of Information Strategy and Management with Center Director Sharon Dawes, and the course strengthened my interest in the information and technology dimensions of government. As I moved to a Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2004, I gladly accepted the opportunity to work with CTG to get an hands-on experience of how to measure, analyze, apply, and evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of technologies in public sector.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I worked and still continue to work as a policy analyst with the Rockefeller Institute of Government. At the Rockefeller Institute I am working on making state and local government information more accessible to non-expert audiences. Thus I am working with large data sets on state and local government revenue, expenditures, and employment to identify and present trends and "fast facts" in a user-friendly way. At the Rockefeller Institute, I also worked on a project examining spending on social welfare programs in rich and poor states, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as on an eight-state study of state and local administration of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My short-term goal is to complete my doctoral studies in the field of Information Systems.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I hope CTG will serve as a niche for a professional growth in the field of Information Systems. In addition, I hope CTG will serve as a solid platform for research and will help to build a network of relationships with both academic and non-academic colleagues not only in the USA but also worldwide.

Fikret Demircivi

Fikret Demircivi
Fikret is pursuing his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. He is in his third year in the School of Criminal Justice. He is focusing on restorative justice and community change. Basically, he is studying different ways of looking at the criminal justice system, such as looking at alternative punishment methods. He is also studying ways to bring together the local, state and federal criminal justice systems.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I had wanted to come to CTG for a long time. I originally heard about CTG when I was a Masters student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. I was looking up information on my field of study and came across the CTG web-site. Upon learning what CTG does, I realized that I could do exactly what I was interested in through this organization. In fact, I mentioned CTG in my letter of intent when I was applying to the Ph.D. program at the University at Albany. Once I had been accepted into the Criminal Justice Program I paid close attention to any job openings that might be occurring at CTG. Finally a graduate student position opened up and I became an integral part of the CTG staff.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before even coming to the United States I worked at the Central Crime Lab in Turkey. Here I was basically a tech person, trying to create and keep the labs newly created networks running. What made things even more interesting is that the Turkish National Police were trying to connect eight countrywide laboratories, including the one I worked for, together onto one network. While working with the Turkish National Police I received a scholarship to obtain my graduate degrees. This brought me to the School of Criminal Justice at John Jay University to get my Masters degree. Upon completion of this degree I came to the University at Albany to obtain my Ph.D. and to hopefully gain a position at CTG.

What are some of your major accomplishments/projects you have completed while at CTG?

Because I have only been with CTG since February 2003, a little more than a year, I have only really worked on one major project. This project, entitled Modeling Interorganizational Information Integration or MIII focuses on two main governmental systems, the health system and the criminal justice system. I have been working on the criminal justice aspect of the project. I am studying how different criminal justice systems share information with each other. In addition the MIII project, I have worked on a few minor literature reviews.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

The scholarship that I obtained in order to come to the United States requires that I return to my job with the Turkish National Police. When I return to Turkey, I would like to teach at the college level. I would not like to focus solely on teaching though, I would also like to be able to do some research, but know that my ability to do this depends on the conditions.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Because I would like to go into academia in the field of criminal justice my work at CTG is very pertinent to my future. Being at CTG has given me the opportunity to do much research within my field, especially in working on the MIII project. Both qualitative and quantitative research types are important in criminal justice, and I think CTG provides an excellent opportunity to develop qualitative research skills and that will be very helpful in my dissertation and any other future research projects. Another benefit that CTG has provided me with is the amount of hands-on research that I am able to do. Because of the programs I am involved with through CTG I feel that when I return to the Turkish National Police I will be integrated directly into a project. I believe I will be knowledgeable and ready to handle anything that I will experience when I return.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I love aviation and model airplanes.

Djenielle Guerrier

Djenielle Guerrier
Djenielle is an undergraduate student studying Business at the University at Albany

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

One of the classes I'm taking requires community service. I did some research and when I learned about CTG, I thought it would be the perfect place. The different projects correlate perfectly with my major.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to interning at CTG, I completed my first year at the University at Albany. Prior to that, I graduated from the Academy of Finance and Enterprise, which is a high school concentrated specifically in business.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I plan on completing my bachelors degree majoring in Business and potentially double minoring in Informatics and Mathematics. With that, I may pursue my masters degree with the hopes of gaining an amazing successful career in my specific field.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is an applied research center where I can gain experience that will give me an idea of what it is to work in the real world, essentially giving me an upper hand in my field.

Denise Dreany

Denise Dreany
Denise Dreany is a first year graduate student in the master’s degree program in Library and Information Science and Information Policy at the University at Albany

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

This is a great opportunity for me to learn about technology in government, learn what is being considered and researched, and get to know some of the issues as well as people involved in research and government management.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

My previous career has been in marketing and advertising, as Director of Marketing and Advertising for Long Island University, Advertising Manager for Cushman & Wakefield, an international commercial real estate firm, and at the start of my career with the advertising agency Doyle, Dane, Bernbach. DDB was a great place to work and begin my career as it was considered the most creative advertising agency in New York at the time. I got to work with some of the legends in advertising and have some entertaining stories to tell of the experience.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After receiving my master’s degree, I hope to work as an academic librarian or in business doing information management.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG can give me background in research organizations, technology issues that are being evaluated and considered, and how technology and government interacts. It will give me access to issues and information that I can add to my store of knowledge, which will make me a more valuable person in the marketplace.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

My dad was a children’s book illustrator and illustrated a number of the Little Golden Book series in the 1950s, which are now collector’s items.

Tuuli Edwards

Tuuli Edwards
Tuuli Edwards is an MPA student at Rockefeller College at the University at Albany. She is specializing in Information Strategy and Management.

Country of Origin

Finland

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I was looking for a quality MPA program that offered a concentration in information management. Rockefeller College and CTG stood out, and after my first semester in the program, I was happy to join CTG as a graduate assistant.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary History at the University of Turku in Finland in 2007. After that, I moved to the U.S. and worked at an insurance agency before I entered the MPA program in January 2009.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my degree, I hope to work as an information manager in the public or not-for-profit sector.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Working at CTG allows me to explore the various ways in which information management is relevant to public administration. Through my work at CTG, I am developing a wide range of information management skills. The CTG community is also an excellent resource for exploring different career options.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

My favorite sport is orienteering.

Sudarshan Embar

Sudarshan Embar

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Technology in the private sector has been the key focus of most of my academic work since I enrolled in the University at Albany's MBA program. At the start of my second year, my advisor, Professor Lakshmi Mohan suggested that I apply for a GA position at CTG. Working at CTG helps me hone my research skills by providing me ample opportunities and avenues to learn state-of-the-art technologies and their applications in government agencies.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I graduated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI in 2002. I then worked as an intern/co-op in GE Power Systems, Schenectady for about two years, following which I joined the MBA program at UAlbany in Fall 2003. I have been involved in a project at the New York State and Local Retirement Systems in the Office of State Comptroller since the first year of the program. My role in this project is to work with the Web Development team of the IT division to help develop programs and generate data needed for various measures. The data is then represented graphically in the system.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I will be completing my MBA program with a specialization in MIS in May 2005. Following this, I hope to get a full-time job in the IT industry in the US.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Since joining CTG in September 2004 as a Graduate Assistant, I have been involved in a research project by conducting a literature review, collecting data, and assisting in data analysis. I have also had the opportunity to work with my supervisor in preparing project proposals, task plans, and facilitation plans for the project. I strongly believe that this valuable experience and knowledge that I am gaining will expand my horizons and improve my prospects of securing a job in the IT sector.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I am a quiet and reserved person with a great sense of humor. I also like to travel and visit new places.

Emmanuel S. Udoh

Emmanuel Udoh
Emmanuel is a graduate student at the University at Albany, majoring in Information Science, with a concentration in Information Systems and Technology. He has a graduate background in Computer Science, and is beginning postgraduate studies in Informatics in the fall of 2014.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I have been looking for industry experience in web/software development, especially in line with my research interests in security and social informatics, and the role of information and communications technologies in government and development. The Center for Technology in Government (CTG) was highly recommended by faculty and my advisor.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I have been working as a Graduate/Student Assistant at the Information Technology Services (ITS) Client Support Services Department at the University at Albany, and as the Webmaster for the Catholic Diocese of Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I am looking to explore and gain hands-on experience in as many areas in the IT world as possible as a preparation for a career in teaching, consulting, and research, after my postgraduate years. Spending this summer as an intern at CTG is a vital part of that plan.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

The projects done in the CTG internship are bound to challenge me beyond my zone of familiarity. Working on the JQuery Mobile Assessment APP project under the supervision of such seasoned mentors and professionals offers me invaluable hands-on practice in web development, data visualization, interactive design, and the use of cutting edge technology and tools, such as JQuery and D3 data visualization. Besides knowledge improvement, an opportunity to follow current research and to expand my professional network, the CTG experience will also support my growth in both team work and communication skills.

Eric Montanez

Eric Montanez
Eric is a Graduate student studying Information Systems and Technology at the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I was introduced to CTG through the Information Studies department while searching for internship opportunities. Participating in the internship program through CTG allows me to apply the skills I have learned through courses while obtaining experience in a professional environment.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before coming to CTG, I graduated from UAlbany with a Bachelors degree in Information Studies. My past internship experience was working for ARMA International LLC.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my Masters program, my plan is to pursue a career in either database or web development.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is allowing me to further develop my skills while experiencing new tasks. This opportunity will assist me in obtaining a career due to the variety of skills that I will acquire throughout the experience.

Felippe Cronemberger

Felippe Cronemberger
Felippe is a third-year PhD student studying Informatics at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Albany.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I am interested in socio-technical information systems and smart cities. Recently, I have been studying information sharing and integration and data analytics in the context of Smart Cities. CTG is involved in top-notch IT projects, which provides me an opportunity to explore those interests and advance my research agenda.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I received my Bachelors degree in Communications and a Masters degree in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resource Information Systems. Prior to my return to academia, I worked in Education – both in teaching and administrative roles – as well as in the consulting/services industry.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I intend to grow my research network and continue to contribute to the expansion of knowledge within my field of study. On top of conducting research and teaching, I also would like to explore opportunities in the private/public sector.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is a dynamic environment where challenging projects involving pressing issues are regularly brought to the table. I am motivated by having the opportunity to work with the best scholars in the field to develop my research skills, advance knowledge and find strategic solutions for our partners.

Felix Ofori

Felix Ofori
Felix is a graduate student at the University at Albany majoring in Information Science.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I have always challenged myself to learn and move forward in my educational endeavor. Looking at the different on-going projects, I was convinced that by interning at CTG I would be challenged beyond my comfort zone or familiarity.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to CTG, I have had the opportunity to work with some renowned professors in the information technology arena. We worked on a project with the South Australian Government where we researched the various technologies involving broadband in an effort to implement municipal wireless service in the city of Adelaide. Moreover, I have been involved in a project with some friends developing a financial educational webpage, particularly for minorities.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My future plans include completing my Ph.D. and going into researching or teaching. I enjoy learning and I believe the best way to educate myself is by learning constantly. Researching or teaching will give me the opportunity to learn all the time, especially given the pace at which technology is changing.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

By working at CTG, I’m challenged to critically think beyond the scope of what I learn in the classroom. The projects are challenging and it involves many phases of critical thinking which prepares one to adapt in any environment. I believe the experience gained from CTG will adequately prepare me for my future goals and endeavors. Moreover, I get to work with some of the professionals in their respective fields and learn from them as well.

Fellipe Gurgel

Fellipe Gurgel
Fellippe is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science at the Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

My desire to conquer my first hands-on experience, learn, take risks, try new paths, and accept hard technical challenges in a high-paced work environment, encouraged me to pursue an intern position in the IT field. I found my match when I met the CTG team and their goals. I am confident that I can enthusiastically contribute to CTG's mission.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I was studying at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, since June 2014, as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP), an exchange program.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My career goals include mainly software engineering and web development. Although, I believe I still have a lot to learn and explore throughout the IT field. I am also passionate about teamwork and leadership. After I graduate, I want to focus on a Master’s degree in Information Systems or a MBA.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG provides me many opportunities to explore and learn different technologies and real time problems beyond the academic settings, in addition to being an international experience. In addition, I can count on an incredible team of mentors and coworkers. This internship is the perfect first step to achieve my professional and personal objectives.

Gabriel Fernandes

Gabriel Fernandes
Gabriel is pursuing a Bachelor's of Computer Science from The Federal Institute of Espírito Santo in Brazil.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

My main goal professionally at the moment is to expand my knowledge and explore the Computer Science field. Being able to combine that with real world experience while also working for the community was a great opportunity to me.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Computer Science in Brazil and intend to graduate in December of this year. I've been in the United States since August of 2014 through the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (an exchange program) and was studying at Boston University for the past two semesters.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

While I still haven't narrowed down to a specific sector of the Computer Science field, my main goal for the upcoming years is to continue gathering as much experience as I possibly can. This will allow me to have a deeper understanding of the field as a whole and will help me to best apply my knowledge to the industry.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG offers the opportunity to not only obtain technical experience but also to implement it in the government or the public sectors. This will provide me with a unique experience which will help me prepare for my career.

Mohammed Gharawi

Mohammed Gharawi
Mohammed Gharawi is a third-year doctoral candidate at the College of Computing and Information at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. His research interests are related to the areas of IT governance, cross-boundary information sharing, comparative e-government, and transnational research.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Since I joined the Information Science PhD program, I have been connected to the CTG through different channels including my professors, colleagues, and the IISRN research group. Additionally, I regularly explore the news, publications, and reports that are published through the CTG website. This relationship has contributed to shaping my research interests. Therefore, I decided to join CTG to have the chance to explore and learn more about my area of study.

Additionally, I believe CTG is the right place to learn the skills of applying theory to practice. As a PhD student who plans to work as a consultant for government agencies in the future, I found CTG is the right place to build these skills, which I will definitely need to succeed in my future career.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

After I completed my Master of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2001, I worked as an instructor and consultant for the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) in Saudi Arabia for more than five years. Working for the IPA was a great experience for me as it provided me a chance to understand the nature of work in government.

In fall 2007, I joined the PhD program at SUNY. Since that time I have been collaborating with different teams and research groups toward working on research areas related to my research interests.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my degree, I will return back to my home country, Saudi Arabia. I will be working for the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) as a faculty member. My primary tasks at the IPA will include training, consultations, and conducting research within the public sector domain.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

The tasks I am learning at CTG are aligned with what I will be doing in my future work at IPA. At CTG, I have the chance to work with key persons in my area of study and that will allow me to build the skills to be good researcher in the area of e-government. Also, at CTG, I will learn the skills to be a consultant as I will have the opportunity to work on various consultation projects.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I love watching soccer games and I am a big fan of Barcelona (globally), and Al Nasser, (locally), a famous soccer team in Saudi. I like to to go to the stadium to watch important soccer games whenever I get the chance to do so.

J. Ramón Gil-Garcia

J. Ramón Gil-Garcia
Ramon is pursuing a Ph.D. through the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. Currently, he is doing research about how different social and organizational structures affect and are affected by the way technology is selected, designed, and used in government.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I started work at the CTG in January 2002 mainly because of my research interests. My academic advisor suggested that if I wanted to study the use of information technology in government, then CTG was the place to be. I have had the opportunity to work on several projects at CTG and have realized that this is actually the best place to be for a student interested in government IT research.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I held many positions within my home country of Mexico before coming to the University at Albany. Initially I went to work for the government of the State of Mexico, where I worked in IT until I was promoted to administrative assistant for a high-ranking political appointee. This position helped me to make one of the most important decisions of my life. That's when I decided to focus more on the academic side of politics instead of the practitioner side. In 1999, I became an Assistant Professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), the top-ranked Masters in Public Administration and Policy program in the country. At CIDE, I conducted a study on the budgeting processes in Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela. This research explored an organizational approach to understand the promises and limitation of a technique called performance-oriented budgeting.

What are some of your most meaningful accomplishments so far at CTG?

I feel that publishing is one of the main measures of my successes or accomplishments in the academic field. Because of this, CTG is a good place for me to be. Being at CTG has given me the chance to write several academic papers. Currently I am working on a project looking at how people used technology in government to respond to the events of September 11, 2001. I am part of a research team writing an article that covers one aspect of this research. Another major study that I am working on looks into information usage in the Criminal Justice field.

How will your experience at CTG help with your future?

Because my future plans include teaching and researching at the university level, performing research at CTG has allowed me to gain much knowledge in regards to the technological and informational aspects of government. In addition to this, CTG has given me the opportunity to research the field of digital government from a social science approach. This research has provided me with a solid base from which to grow and continue research in the future.

What have you learned?

A more technologically based government allows citizens greater access to their government. This cannot blind people to the traditional form of government though. When we see information technologies as the only aspect of government we are only seeing one side of the coin. One major problem with government going totally digital, is that not everybody has access to the latest technology, or they do not have the education to participate in it. I see the need for the public interaction in the creation of digital government. Similar to any other public policy in a modern democracy, we should ask the people what they want and whether they want or not electronic government.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I collect miniature dragons; in fact I have more than 200 of them.

Greg Haranczyk

Greg Haranczyk
Greg is a graduate student at the University at Albany majoring in Information Systems and Technology. He is expected to graduate in May 2015.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I always try to apply my education to situations where I can help my community. The projects at CTG proved to me that it was the ideal opportunity for me to contribute my skills as a web developer to benefit others.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I received my undergraduate degree in Information Science at the University at Albany in May 2014. Previously, I interned at the Kosciuszko Foundation where I worked as a web applications developer. My main project focused on developing a platform for the foundation to receive online applications for grants and scholarships.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I intend on pursuing a career as a web-database programmer. I enjoy computer programming and creating applications that benefit both the developers and users.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

The experience that I am receiving at the Center for Technology in Government helps me learn the best practices for web development. I have been introduced to new technologies such as Drupal that further support my fundamental core as a programmer. CTG also prepares me for the environment of my intended career as a web-database programmer.

Gregory A. Anderson

Gregory A. Anderson
Gregory is a senior at the University at Albany majoring in Information Science and expects to graduate in May 2015.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Throughout my college career I was always cognizant of doing an internship. I wanted to know how Information Science was applied in the work world, but more in depth. Last year I started searching for internships to apply my knowledge. By the summer of 2014 I came across CTG and later contacted them. I found out more through their website and realized that CTG is the organization I would want to work with to gain experience of how information is collected.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Although I have not had any work experience in the area of information science, I have worked with ATV as a camera man and volunteered in community service around SUNY Albany’s campus. I’ve also done community service in other various places around my hometown. As a hobby I like to do audio engineering.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

In the future I plan to go to graduate school to pursue my Master’s degree. I also hope to work at an IT department at a business and to continue doing web design.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG will help me gain new experience in an environment that I’m fairly new to. CTG will prepare me for future jobs and other endeavors. I came to CTG to learn more about technology and the movement of data. CTG will challenge me within that field so I’ll be ready for the work world.

Greg Venech

Greg Venech
Greg is a senior at UAlbany majoring in information science at the College of Computing & Information, with a minor in art.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

After applying to many different web development internships, I came across an email for a position at CTG. The position was perfect for my interests and studies and CTG seemed like an interesting place to work, so I applied immediately. I've been here for a few months now and could not be happier. They offer a great workplace environment and I was able to jump right into multiple projects that fit my interests.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before CTG I worked in a variety of different jobs. During high school I worked at Summer Camp with four and five year olds. As a college student, I've worked at a convertible furniture factory, an Italian restaurant, at SUNY Albany as a TA, and, most recently, the Intrepid Museum. I am currently a Senior in my last semester at SUNY Albany.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After I graduate this semester, I plan on moving back home to Queens and looking for a position in Web Development/Design somewhere in the city.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I've already learned a great deal working on the CTG Alumni Map project and have begun other projects as well. They have been great at gearing me towards projects that will help me to build new skills as a web designer. I am confident that everything I've learned and worked on here (interactive mapping and graphing, parallax design etc.) will carry on to my next job and make me a more desired candidate when job hunting.

Guilherme Xavier Ferreira

Guilherme Xavier Ferreira
Guilherme is an exchange student at the University at Albany, attending on a scholarship from the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. He is taking courses at UAlbany in Computer Science and IT Management, and expects to graduate from Federal University of Itajuba in Itajuba-MG, Brazil with a Bachelor of Science in December 2015.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I have been working in the IT field in Brazil for some years, developing solutions for both private and public organizations. I was looking for a summer internship and I heard about CTG through my classmates. I thought CTG could be an excellent place for my internship, especially because I always enjoyed researching the use of information systems in the government context. Also, working at CTG I expect to learn how a research center in U.S. operates and contribute with my knowledge.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before I came to U.S., I was involved in the research group VisPublica, researching the use of data visualizations in the government context. As a college student, I’ve worked at B2ML Systems for two years, developing e-commerce and other web-based systems. In high school, when I was pursuing my technician degree in Informatics, I worked as a freelance web designer.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My future plans are to finish my exchange student program, and return to Brazil to graduate. After that, I want to attend graduate school and in the future I hope to work in something that I really enjoy and keep always learning.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Working at CTG, I’m learning new skills in my study area and am also learning about the U.S. work environment. I think this experience will support my future career and be a great differential for me as a professional.

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Hanyu Yang

Hanyu Yang
Hanyu is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) student at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, UAlbany. Hanyu’s primary responsibility at CTG is assisting with the City of Schenectady Code Enforcement project. The focus of this project is to help the city develop a business case for automating and modernizing the operations of its code enforcement department.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I have a strong interest in information management in public sector. I think integrating technology into public administration will greatly improve service quality and enhance efficiency and effectiveness. CTG has always been a technology leader in dealing with public affairs. When I heard that CTG was looking for project assistant, I applied, and it is exactly an organization I hope to join.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before I came to CTG, I interned for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, working with the fundraising department and assisting with brand marketing. I have also volunteered at different events in the past.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I would like to work in a nonprofit organization where I can apply knowledge of information management in my daily work. I would like to collaborate with different groups and bring them together to work for public good.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

By working with CTG, I have the opportunity to work with government, and to help them evaluate their current system and make changes to be more productive. I have learned to use new software and to improve my applied research and analysis skills. This internship experience will prepare me for a professional career in the future.

Tara Hariprasad

Tara Hariprasad
Tara is a senior, majoring in sociology and minoring in psychology

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

CTG's involvement in various areas of research and its partnerships with a diversity of groups is what drew my initial attention. Within the first few days of working here as one of their students I became involved with CTG's efforts in aiding the National Youth in Transition Database. Being a sociology major with a passion for research this was the perfect project for me to delve into. I have CTG to thank for giving me the opportunity to advance my knowledge and experience in the workforce.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Currently I am a student at the University at Albany. Whilst pursuing a degree in sociology, I have been learning about the structure and function of society and human behavior. This to me is essential and absolutely irreplaceable knowledge.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I am looking to pursue a career where I can utilize what I have studied and learned in order to contribute to the betterment of society and social welfare. Thanks to CTG I have developed a strong interest in child services. My interest also extends to the mental health and counseling fields.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Sociology and research plays an essential part in the various projects undertaken by CTG. This is especially true working with NYTD. Working here I can learn how to properly use my skills while gaining real experience on meaningful projects and seeing the results of my work first hand. My decision to work at CTG is one that I will never regret.

Haseeb Kaurejo

Haseeb Kaurejo
Haseeb is in his senior year at the University at Albany, studying Informatics with a concentration in Cybersecurity.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

When I heard about CTG, I was instantly interested in interning there because it sounded like a place that would allow me to be involved with IT as well as cyber-security, which I knew would help me gain experience towards my future career.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to CTG I had the opportunity to enroll in an internship related to Cybersecurity for an organization called Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance. We learned about the NIST framework and implemented it to prevent cyber attacks for all types of organizations.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My plan is to graduate in December and begin my career in either New York City, New Jersey, or Albany. I plan to first start off as an Information Technology Specialist of a company but hope to work my way into the security department so that I can educate myself on how security works for large corporations and try to one day open up my own security firm.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is helping me towards my goals because it provides me an opportunity to gain real life experience in the security field. We are conducting research and collaborating in teams to learn about an attack surface. We are implementing ways to reduce the attack surface on CTG itself, which will allow me to learn about various different parts of vulnerabilities in hardware, network, and software infrastructures. After conducting the attack surface work for CTG, hopefully I will be able to further my career in Cybersecurity and implement attack surfaces for other companies as well.

Russell S. Hassan

Russell S. Hassan
Russell S. Hassan is a first year Ph.D. student in Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, University at Albany. His research interests are application and management of IT in public sector organizations, public governance, and economic development.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

During my M.Sc. work at the London School of Economics, I became interested in the organizational issues related to information systems development and management in public sector organizations and decided to pursue an academic career. While I was researching for a suitable Ph.D. program with a strong emphasis on public sector IT management, I came to know about CTG and its accomplishments. After a chat with Dr. Sharon Dawes and David Anderson, it became clear that CTG was the kind of place where I wanted to be to further my knowledge.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before coming to CTG, I was a graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where I received a M.Sc. in Information Systems with a focus on e-government. Prior to LSE, I worked as an IT consultant and research assistant for the Center for Management and Organization Development (the MOD Center) and the Distance Learning Systems Group at the California State University Northridge from 2000 to 2003. At the MOD Center, I was involved in a number of research and consulting projects with the California State Government and the City of Los Angeles.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Finishing my Ph.D. and starting an academic career.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

By providing a rich combination of research and practical experience in public sector IT management.

Natalie Helbig

Natalie Helbig
In her second year as a Ph.D. student at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Natalie's primary research focus is how public organizations design, organize, and use information systems. She is concentrating in information strategy and management as well as organizational theory.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

In June of 2003, I came to CTG to work with Center Director Sharon Dawes to coordinate the editing of a publication from a symposium on digital government. I stayed with CTG after the symposium to work on an NSF-funded project that is exploring the need for and feasibility of a new journal dedicated to digital government research.

What have you learned at CTG?

My work at CTG has allowed me to look deeper at the type of research, publications and resources dedicated to digital government research and has provided me with first hand experience being a project manager for a research grant.

I have also had the opportunity to conduct a lecture in Sharon Dawes' Strategies of Government Information Management class. We discussed the set up of the class, ways to teach the material, and how to grade students performance. I've been able to learn from a great teacher and hopefully that training will help my teaching in the future.

What are your plans for the future?

I worked in a variety of different organizations within the public and private sectors before returning to work on my Ph.D., and those experiences provided a strong foundation for my research agenda. I would like to continue doing research on digital government in addition to exploring the growing role of technology in society.

How will your experience at CTG help you with your future?

My experience at CTG has provided a learning environment, excellent resources, and interactions with smart people interested in the same things that I am interested in. I like CTG's approach to research because their focus is on working hand-in-hand with the governmental agencies implementing new programs using technology, and studying how it mixes with public policy. It is really one of a very few research centers of its size that focuses exclusively on public sector information systems.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I make Ukrainian Easter eggs, which are eggs that are dyed and decorated with different patterns and colors to represent different symbols and wishes.

Hiroshi Nakagawa

Hiroshi Nakagawa
Hiroshi is a second year graduate student majoring in Information Science, where he is exploring information as a meme. His research interests include the Semantic Web and the Open Source Community, where information is sharing is the goal and the means to get work done.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I’d like to bridge the gap between the state-of-the-art Information Technology (IT) driven by the Open Source Community as practical and what I’ve learned at UAlbany as theoretical. Also, I appreciate CTG's recognization of the priority of policy and management when implementing and practicing IT solutions.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I was an R&D engineer for more than 5 years, working for a Japanese manufacturer of machine tools.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I’d like to engage in the Open Source Community and the Semantic Web in my future career.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG allows me to work independently even though I am a newbie in the project, giving me a positive and supportive work environment.

Iseul Choi

Iseul Choi
Iseul Choi is pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the University at Albany.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

In the fall I will be a second year Public Administration Ph.D. student, focusing on performance management in government for my research. Last semester (Spring 2015), I had the great opportunity to take a Government Information Strategy and Management class taught by Professor Theresa Pardo, who is also the director of CTG. It was a relatively new concept to me and it gave me a lot of insight about how technology and IT strategies could be closely related to government performance. As I have known that CTG has done great empirical research, I knew that working at CTG would help me expand my research areas and do research in terms of linking government performance and IT strategies.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I was majoring in English Literature and Economics at Seoul National University in South Korea. After that, I came to the US to pursue my Master’s Degree in Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on public management. While obtaining my MPA, I did a couple of empirical research projects with my colleagues such as cost-benefit analysis of online voter registration system (prepared for Wisconsin Government Accountability Board) and Madison community carbon inventory (prepared for the City of Madison).

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My academic goals involve doing valuable research in public management, especially finding a better way to enhance performance in government agencies. After finishing my Ph.D., I would like to research and teach public management/administration at a college.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I am hoping to learn research skills and get empirical experience from CTG. In particular, CTG has valuable resources and a high level of expertise in research, so it will give me some practical insights of how technology in government could affect government performance. From my perspectives as a social scientist, I also hope to see links between these practical insights and public administration theories that I have learned.

Jonathon Stricoff

Jonathon Stricoff
Jonathan is a Senior at the University at Albany majoring in accounting with a minor in business.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Throughout highschool and college I have always had an interest in computers, programming, technology and its impact on life in the modern world. I wanted an internship that would give me real world exposure to accounting but with an emphasis on cutting edge technology. I came across CTG’s website and decided it would be the ideal group to work with.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to CTG I have had several positions, some I still hold. I serve as an elections commissioner for the University at Albany Student Association, and also as a student group treasurer. I’ve worked as a bookkeeper and as a sales associate in retail. In my free time I enjoy running and creative writing.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

In the future I hope to use my accounting degree in combination with information technology and “big data” to provide guidance making firms and governments more efficient.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

By working with CTG I have been challenged with tasks outside my zone of familiarity. I believe being able to adapt and overcome is paramount to success. For this reason I highly value the experiences I have had in addition to the professionals I have met here at the Center for Technology in Government.

M. Alexander Jurkat

M. Alexander Jurkat
M. Alexander Jurkat is an MSIS student at the School of Information Studies at the University at Albany. He is specializing in Information Systems and Technology.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

A fascinating portfolio of applied research projects.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science Swarthmore College waaaay back in 1982. Then, a JD from New York University School of Law in 1987. I've worked as an attorney, game designer and editor.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my degree, I hope to earn a PhD, do interesting work and earn some money.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Provide a great work experience with quality colleagues.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I toss a mean Frisbee.

Kareem Ullah

Kareem Ullah
Kareem is majoring in Information Science with minor in Computer Science.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Web development has always been one of my interests in the IT field. I was looking for an opportunity where I can enhance my learning and as well as help others accomplish their daily tasks. I received an email from school about the Center for Technology in Government (CTG) web development internship and decided to join the team. I think it is an exciting opportunity for me to be part of CTG and it will definitely help me build my career. I am looking forward to what CTG has to offer me.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Being a student, I have worked as a cashier and phone receptionist at a small restaurant. I have also done an internship at Vanderheyden Hall as an IT specialist. Likewise, being a member of Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) at school, I have volunteered in many fundraising projects.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I have many areas of interest within the IT field such as System Administration, Networking, and Web development. After graduation, my goal is to find an job within these areas that I enjoy working in.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Working at CTG will help me gain experience, utilize my knowledge, and also prepare me for real-life challenges that we come across every day.

Karthik Vinod

Karthik Vinod
Karthik is an International Student from India pursuing his Masters in Computer Science at UAlbany. He expects to graduate in December 2015.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Having worked before with a private software company in India, I undersand how IT solutions can help customers increase productivity and achieve efficiency in their processes. I have always been excited and curious to know how a Research Center operates, especially in the US. I found my match when I encountered the intern position at CTG, and I felt strongly about how I could contribute to its goals & missions.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I pursued my undergraduate degree in Bangalore, India in Information Science and Engineering. After graduation, I worked at Sonata Software LTD for three and a half years as an Oracle Application’s Systems Analyst & Programmer. I worked closely with financial, accounting, purchasing & procurement departments of customers in implementing ERP solutions.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my academic program at UAlbany, I intend to continue my research in databases, big data mining, and Web programming.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

At CTG I am exposed to an interface with a government organization through which I can understand its processes and workflows. I get the opportunity to interact with partners and users, encounter real time problems to solve using technology, and to them achieve high levels of efficiency.

Kashif Zaidi

Kashif Zaidi
Kashif Zaidi is pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Science at the University at Albany.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I found out about the Center for Technology in Government through my department at the University. After discussing CTG's role in the public sector and the requirements, I felt that this opportunity would be perfect to enhance my skills in my areas of interest and to contribute to improving government issues.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

After I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University at Albany, I worked as a software engineer at Endosoft LLC. My main work was focused on developing applications for people working in the medical field to use, database management and software testing.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my Master's Degree, I plan to pursue my career in my area of interest like Software Engineering, Web development and Database.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is a great place to learn new web technologies and research process. Currently I am part of the Data Visualization team and as a team member I am learning new methodologies to develop prototypes and implement projects. In addition to this, CTG offers a great opportunity to expand my professional network and work experience.

Katie DePalma

Katie DePalma
Katie is an undergraduate student at the University at Albany. She studies political science, in addition to violin performance.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Simple curiosity led me to apply for an internship position at CTG, but the challenging and rewarding work kept me here. As a political science student, it is absolutely essential that I learn to approach technology as an opportunity to improve the quality of public services. CTG is a great place to learn about and practice this approach. The environment here is perfect for students and leaders, both academic and professional, to come together to address cutting-edge topics in technology and policy.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

When I was sixteen years old I was hired to stick address labels on newspapers for the local paper company. Since then I’ve worked on my grandfather’s farm, volunteered at the local hospital, gave violin lessons to elementary students, and interned as an accountant/receptionist/engineer/machinist at an engineering firm in New Jersey. I have also read a lot of books, learned to drive manual-shift cars, graduated from high school, and completed three years of undergraduate work. I’m working on that fourth and final undergrad year now.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I intend to enroll in a graduate program and earn a masters degree in Public Administration upon completion of my undergraduate work. After that I would like to continue my education to the doctoral level, and someday I would like to become a university professor too. I’m also going to write an international bestselling book, perform on Broadway, and travel all over the world.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Working at CTG has been one of the most valuable experiences of my undergraduate career. I learned how to think and write analytically and how interact with important people in a professional style. I performed background research on a bunch of different topics including e-learning and government engagement with citizens, wrote a blog and made phone calls to hundreds of people that I have never even met. I also learned how to trust my own skills, abilities and knowledge. These lessons are the foundation of what I am sure will be an exciting and meaningful career both professionally and academically.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I am a classically-trained violinist by day and a bluegrass fiddler by night!

Cydney Klein

Cydney Klein
Cydney Klein is an MSIS student at the School of Information Studies at the University at Albany. She is specializing in Information Policy and Administration.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I discovered the wide range of projects and results CTG has been involved in which are relevant in today's information-focused world. Plus, the people here are extremely passionate about their work yet relaxed and open to new ideas.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Culural Anthropology at UMass Amherst. Then I spent about 8 years in the hospitality industry cooking/baking professionally and running my family's bed and breakfast in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my degree, I hope to do something meaningful with it while earning a decent income.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Hopefully, my time at CTG will expose me to various ways in which practical solutions to seemingly overwhelming problems are designed.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I usually have to make a mistake to learn something.

Kumar Aniket

Kumar Aniket
Kumar is a graduate student at the University at Albany majoring in Computer Science and expected to graduate in December 2014.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I was looking for the right internship for my coursework that can give me a chance to apply the technologies in real time and found CTG is the best place for that. My interest grew once I learned more about the ongoing projects and the people working here.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before joining CTG I was working as Web Developer Intern at the NYS Forum. There I worked on a project to make their website fully responsive and web accessibility compliant. I was also working as Student Assistant at the Office of Campus Recreation at UAlbany, maintaining and developing their website.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I want to learn about the best practices of industry and keep implementing them in the real world. I also want to utilize the experience and knowledge gained through all my internships and coursework to become the best asset for the organization I work at.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is the best place to learn all the latest cutting edge technology and industrial level best practices. It is the best opportunity for beginners like me to learn and cater the finished product to a wider audience to which CTG offers. In addition, one learns to do quality work with great support from co-workers and supervisors.

Hyuckbin Kwon

Hyuckbin Kwon
Hyuckbin is a third-year Ph.D. student in Public Administration and Policy at the University at Albany. His research interest is in information policy and management in the public sector, particularly information dissemination and access policy, privacy and security policy, and digital preservation. Currently he is studying the influence of social and organizational factors on the implementation of federal information access policy.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I first heard about CTG during my master's study at Indiana University. My mentors talked very highly of CTG's research works as well as the government information policy and management curriculum at the Rockefeller College, which motivated me to pursue doctoral study at SUNY Albany. After entering the Ph.D. program in Public Administration and Policy here at Albany, I could learn more about the great projects conducted by CTG in Professor Sharon Dawes' class. These experiences convinced me that CTG is a great place to study about information technology in the public sector. And finally I joined CTG as a graduate assistant in fall of 2004.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I did my undergraduate studies in Public Administration at Yonsei University, Seoul. During my senior year, I worked as a research assistant at the Seoul Development Institute, a research organization sponsored by Seoul Metropolitan Government, and participated in several research projects on urban policy and management. Then I came to the United States to continue my study at the graduate level. In 2002, I earned a Master's degree in Public Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington with a concentration in public management and information systems, and entered the Ph.D. program at the University at Albany.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After obtaining my doctoral degree, I plan to return to Korea and pursue an academic career at a university. I hope to make scholastic contributions to the design and improvement of information policies of the Korean government.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I hope and believe that my experience at CTG will be very helpful for my Ph.D. study and further academic career. Participating in CTG projects will give me valuable opportunity to gain more knowledge about the use of information technology in government and develop research skills. Also, I am looking forward to getting to know people at CTG and learning from their experiences and expertise.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I enjoy listening to hard rock and old-school hiphop, and playing computer games.

Chiu-pi Lai

Chiu-pi Lai
Chiu-pi is currently a student at the University at Albany pursuing her Masters Degree in Computer Science

What did you do prior to coming to the Center for Technology in Government?

Before even coming CTG in March 2004 I was an official servant in Taiwan. Here I worked for the Ministry of Examination helping to create the software needed for the national exams.

Why did you come to CTG?

Coming to CTG was a pretty easy decision. From all the things I had been hearing about the organization I realized that CTG was the place for me to be. CTG is a great place to apply the skills I have been learning in the classroom. One day a professor in the Computer Science Department informed me of a graduate position opening at CTG. I applied and got the position.

What have you worked on since being at CTG?

Since I have not been here for a long time I have not had a chance to really do a lot. I am still “learning the ropes” and trying to get a feel for the office. One major thing that I have done since being here though is that I have been put in charge of maintaining parts of the CTG Website. After learning some more programming languages I plan on getting involved in the MIII project.

What are your plans for the future?

After completing my Masters Degree I plan to apply for my Ph.D. in computer science.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I love to try all types of food and I enjoy delicious food.

Lalitkumar Borse

Lalitkumar Borse
Lalitkumar is a student at the University at Albany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, studying for a Master's Degree in Computer Science.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I found out about the Center for Technology in Government through the computer science department at UAlbany, where I'm studying for my Master's degree. Upon hearing about CTG and the types of projects they do, I knew that working with CTG would be a great opportunity to apply my skills and be a part of a team with diverse backgrounds.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to studying at UAlbany and interning at CTG, I was a software engineer at Vasundhara IT in India, where I worked on web application development based on Java Technology. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Computer Technology from the University of Pune in India.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my Master's Degree, I plan to pursue my career in Software architecture and GUI development.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG's environment is helping me learn how to handle new responsibilities. Additionally, working on the Digital Towpath project is really helping me expand my knowledge of Architectural frameworks and building patterns.

Larissa Silva Teixeira

Larissa Silva Teixeira
Larissa is an exchange student at the University at Albany, attending on a scholarship from the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. She is taking courses at UAlbany in computer science and expects to graduate from Federal Fluminense University, Niteroi - RJ, Brazil with a Bachelor of Science in December 2015.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I was looking to apply what I've learned throughout college and to experience how the real IT world works, so I looked for an internship where I could practice and improve my skills in my field. A friend who interned here last summer told me about CTG and it sounded exactly what I wanted from an internship.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Back in Brazil I've worked as intern developing websites for an e-commerce company. That was my first experience in my field, which gave me assurance that it really is what I want to do for my life's career. When the opportunity of studying abroad came up, I embraced it as way to make a differential on my resume.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

At the moment, I only want to enjoy my time in U.S. and learn as much as I can. After I go back to Brazil, my priority is to graduate. After graduation, I expect to work for an IT company that encourages creativity, new technologies, and innovation.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG will help me to improve my skills and resume and better prepare me to face other job experiences. Since my focus is to learn new technologies and innovate, CTG will prepare me very well in this aspect.

Roger Lishnoff

Roger Lishnoff

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

After listening to Center Director Sharon Dawes speak in a few of my classes during my first year at Rockefeller College, I was very intrigued by the work of CTG. I attended the New York State-Local Internet Gateway Prototype presentation, which encouraged me to get more involved in the information management field and made up my mind that CTG was where I wanted to be.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

In May 2003, I earned my bachelors in Public Communications from Buffalo State College. In one class during my last semester there, I worked for the City of Buffalo’s West Side Community Collaborative to develop a campaign that aimed at bringing small businesses and residents back into the West Side of Buffalo. I had already had an interest in public policy, but this project influenced my decision to go to graduate school to earn masters in public policy. I started at Rockefeller College in the fall of 2003 and prior to working for CTG I worked for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles in both the Budget and Revenue Accounting Offices.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

In the immediate future, I would like to apply some of the skills and knowledge I have acquired thus far at CTG towards writing my thesis and completing my graduate degree in May 2005. In the long-term, I would like to learn more about information management and possibly work in the healthcare policy field. I believe that in the coming years, information management and sharing will be crucial to improving the healthcare field.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

The great thing about CTG is that most of its principles can be applied to just about anything. The research and problem-solving techniques that are applied here will prepare me for work in either the public or private sector. However, I would like to work in the public sector and continue to work in information management and sharing in the healthcare field. I am also considering earning a Ph.D., sometime in the not-so-distant future.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I’m a big fan of the Olympics and went to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. When I flew back into Buffalo, I was surprised to see a crowd applauding as I walked out of the airport gate with my Olympics hat on. It turns out that my friends who were picking me up had played a prank and told everyone that I was an Olympic archer.

Lucas Quirino Freitas

Lucas Quirino Freitas
Lucas is an undergraduate Computer Science student, and is studying in the United States as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP). BSMP offers Brazilian students the opportunity to study in the United States at some of the world's best colleges and universities.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

In order to gain more experience in my field of study, I had to find research work during the Summer of 2016. I found out about an opportunity at CTG and contacted them, hopeful that it would work out. A few days after I applied, I had an interview and the ball has been rolling ever since. Now, I am currently working with Derek on Computer Visioning research where we are "training" computers to analyze photos in order to identify blight factors over time.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before I was accepted into the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program and came to the US, I was studying at the Federal University of Goias in Brazil. I arrived in the US in August of 2015 and went to study at Missouri State University in Springfield for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After I graduate from college, I want to begin my career and also try completing a master's degree.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Working at CTG is giving me a lot of experience and a lot of opportunties to explore for my future. It's been amazing working here and I believe it is preparing me for the "world outside of college." The research I'm working on is in the Computer Vision field and it is getting me more interested each day. Therefore, I might seek a master's degree and also look for a job is this specific field.

Luis Luna-Reyes

Luis Luna-Reyes
Luis is completing his Ph.D. in Information Science at the University at Albany. His research is focused on the process of designing information technologies in organizational and interorganizacional settings, particularly in the collaboration processes across functional or organizational areas that occur during the design process. He does that by creating system dynamics models, which are simulation models of either technical or socio-technical systems. The simulation models allow groups or individuals to learn about complex phenomena through simulation experiments as an alternative to direct experimentation with a system.

What did you do prior to coming to the Center for Technology in Government?

Before coming to the United States, I was a staff member at the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico. There I was a professor in the University's business school. While I was in Mexico I was given the opportunity to expand my studies and attend the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. It was through this program that I first became affiliated with CTG. And now, in fact my dissertation uses CTG research data.

What brought you to CTG?

Although I was not formally involved with CTG until January 2003, I have been working closely with the staff there for much longer. In the beginning phases of my Ph.D. my advisor David Andersen started the exploration of an innovative project idea with CTG Deputy Directors Tony Cresswell and Theresa Pardo. At that time, CTG was working on a research project that looked into information sharing among different groups and networks of people. Some of the learning from the research team was related to the observation of some dynamic elements in the cases that could involve rich feedback explanations. David Andersen suggested using system dynamics to create models about the theories developed by CTG with the purpose of extending the already rich set of insights and theoretical statements. I was part of the system dynamics team that began exploring trade theories in 2001. Since that time, I have worked closely with the CTG staff, who are an exciting mix of highly professional and reflective practitioners and researchers.

What are some of your accomplishments while at CTG?

My involvement at CTG has already produced 6 different papers, 3 of them presented at the International System Dynamics Conference, and 3 of them at the Hawaiian International Conference in System Sciences. I am currently involved in 4 other writing projects associated with this initiative.

What are your plans for the future?

Although I have been away for many years, I still have my job at the university in Mexico. In fact, I plan to return to it when my Ph.D. is completed in June. My primary focus will be on teaching and research in the area of management information systems and operations management at the business school.

What has CTG done to make you better prepared for your future?

One of the more important lessons I have learned while at CTG is that people matter. Originally, I cared more about numbers than stories, now it is the other way around. My thinking originally was more like that of an engineer than a social scientist. Being here has made me realize that developing information systems is not only a technical challenge, but also a social process.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I love music and am an avid guitar player as well as a Mexican folk singer.

Christopher Maitland

Christopher Maitland

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

The Center for Technology in Government is one of the leading institutions in the world dealing with the ways government use technology. As a student in public administration, I want to learn as much as I can about the manner with which technology can be used in various governmental situations. Working at the Center gives me this opportunity.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I was a student at the University of Pittsburgh. I graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and had a double major in political science.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

In the immediate future, I hope to complete my Master of Public Administration at the University of Albany. After that, I hope to be working in the public sector where I can use the skills and attributes I learned both in school and at CTG.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG provides me with opportunities to learn about areas of public administration that I am presently not familiar with. This added dimension will help to enrich my abilities as a public administrator.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I am a huge sports fan.

Natasha Malik

Natasha Malik
Natasha Malik is a first year student in the Computer Science graduate program at the University at Albany. She is also enrolled in the business program where she is primarily studying IT Management. Her field of interest is IT consulting and she would like to be involved in providing IT solutions for business processes to organizations after she graduates.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I had heard about CTG from my friends at Graduate School at the University at Albany and my Professors. When I first read through the CTG website, it appeared really interesting and it was evident that there was a lot of interesting stuff happening at CTG. This is what inspired me to apply for the position of a Graduate Assistant here. I started working as a Graduate Assistant in Fall 2006 and the experience has been very enriching this far.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I completed my undergraduate studies in India. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, I also worked with Wipro for a year as a part of the technical support team. I also worked with American Express in the Credit and risk analysis team for a year and a half. After this I realized that I needed to specialize rather than have generic knowledge about a couple of fields. Hence, my decision to pursue my graduate studies in the US. As a student, I worked with the NY State Education Department as an intern, developing Web applications for the department.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After I graduate, I intend to return to India to apply the knowledge and experience that I have acquired here. I feel that the global perspective that I have developed will be extremely helpful to me in the future.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I believe that CTG provides an opportunity to learn new things and implement them. For example, the extent to which XML is used in web applications here is fascinating and the concept was completely new to me when I first joined. Now I have begun to understand its positive impact on web management. I think working here will keep me updated on the latest technologies and their implementation which is very beneficial for my field of work.

Martin Robinson

Martin Robinson
Martin is an undergraduate at the University of Albany majoring in Political Science. He expects to graduate in May 2014.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I found out about CTG when I attended a Community Service Fair held at UAlbany’s main campus. Upon researching the organization further I found many of the activities and projects that CTG participates in such as, utilizing technology to improve government efficiency, mirrored the type of career I wanted after completing my education.

I saw CTG as a place where I would have the opportunities to gain practical experience and learn about the operation and practices of effective 21st Century government agencies and other public organizations.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

During the 2013 fall semester, I was accepted into an internship program at the New York Business Development Corporation (NYDBC) where I assisted with the organization of financial and legal records of small business owners across the state. Prior to this, during my time at Hudson Valley Community College, I served as the editor-in-chief of their student newspaper, The Hudsonian. While at the newspaper, I pioneered the use of social media to attract new readers and to make it more accessible for an increasingly tech-savvy student body.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I plan on pursing a Masters in Public Administration degree with concentrations in Local Government Management and Urban Planning and Policy. I hope to work at a public or private organization that advocates for and addresses issues regarding urban transit.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG will provide me with a framework for understanding how governments can effectively use technology in crafting policies that address the needs of the public. This understanding will be crucial in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology and for knowing how governments can meet the challenges that await us in the 21st Century.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I like to construct model airplanes and to collect foreign and rare coins. In addition, I host a news/talk program on UAlbany’s student-run radio station WCDB called The Weekly Current on Sunday mornings.

Matt Leger

Matt Leger
Matt is a second year Masters of Public Administration student concentrating in Homeland Security and Government Information Strategy & Management at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. He is currently doing an independent study with CTG.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I have been interested for some time now in the implementation of technological innovations in the delivery of services at all levels of government in areas ranging from smart city planning, to homeland security, and to urban blight removal. I was able to work with a few administrators at CTG to design an independent study where I will be analyzing best practices in these exact areas.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I have worked, and continue to work, as an Emergency Management Consultant at Tetra Tech, Inc. and I am also a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Government and Community Relations at UAlbany while I work to finish my MPA in the spring of 2017.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I am a strong believer in the power and ability of State and Local governments to carry out the necessary policy changes most relevant for their constituents. I hope to gain employment in the New York State Government out of college, working on issues related to Homeland Security to help protect New Yorkers using best practice against the myriad of threats they face every day. In the near future I hope to run for local and state office positions working to implement policies that help the State of New York function more efficiently in all aspects of government.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG can help me reach my goals by helping me refine the research and policy analysis skills that I can utilize in the work place. I am confident that the work I am doing at CTG will provide me with broad knowledge of the areas I am most interested in, as well as provide me access to a network of individuals I can learn a great deal from.

Meet Parikh

Meet Parikh
Meet is a Masters student studying Computer Science at the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I learned about the internship opportunities available at CTG through the Computer Science Department at UAlbany. After getting to know what types of projects CTG does, and which project team I might work on, I knew that working here would be a good experience. This internship is a great opportunity to apply my skills while also developing them further.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before coming to CTG, I was an undergraduate student at Gujarat Technological University in India. I also did an internship during my senior year. Then, I came to UAlbany as a Graduate student in 2015.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my Graduate study, I am planning to pursue my career in Web Development and Database Management. I would like to research further in the field of Big data, too.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

The experience at CTG is helping me gain insight and experience in new technologies and even responsibilities. Additionally, working with new JavaScript frameworks are helping me learn about advanced Web Technologies, which is my area of interest.

Meley Sennay Kifleyesus

Meley Sennay Kifleyesus
Meley is an undergraduate student of Computer Science and Applied Math at the University at Albany.

Country of Origin

Eritrea

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I found out about CTG through a recruiter at the University at Albany campus. What attracted me most was its focus on improving government issues through technology innovation and its vast research programs. When I learned that CTG was offering internship with the web team, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain real world experience and improve my skills.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I came to the United States in 2010 to pursue my undergraduate degree. I attended Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan for a year before I transferred to the University at Albany in 2011. Since then I have been working towards my BS in Computer Science and Applied Math while working part time as a sales associate.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Upon completing my undergraduate studies, I plan to enroll in the graduate program at the University at Albany and pursue a MS degree in computer science. Afterwards, I want to pursue a career in software development/engineering.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Interning at CTG will provide me with professional experience as well as valuable new technical skills that will be useful in my education as well as future career.

Jiaoheng Meng

Jiaoheng Meng
Jiaoheng is working on her Ph.D. in Computer Science.

What did you do prior to coming to the Center for Technology in Government?

Before coming to the United States I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the Inner Mongolia University in China and my Bachelor's degree of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law. After completing my degrees, I was assistant Prosecutor and Technology Officer at Beijing City Prosecutor's Office in China, providing tech support and programming assistance for the Prosecutor's Information Share System. In September of 2001, I came to the University at Albany to work on my Masters degree.

What brought you to CTG?

In the final years of completing my Masters degree I learned from one of my classmates that CTG was a great place to be. The classmate, who worked at CTG, was doing the same stuff I was interested in. Because of this recommendation, I applied for a job and became a member of CTG.

What have been some of the projects you have worked on at CTG?

When I first arrived at CTG, I began working on a project entitled e-Gov FirstStop. This was a project that helped different organizations throughout government use technology to share information. After the completion of this project I worked mostly on applying the research that CTG was doing. I helped to create programs that would help with research. In June 2003, I began work on what I would qualify as my most important project. At this time CTG was remaking its entire Website using the newest and most advanced technology available. The new Website is completely different and is able to be changed much easier than the old one.

What are your plans for the future?

After completing my Ph.D. I would like to teach as well as do research. I might even considering pursuing a career in software engineering. Mostly though I would just like to continue working within the field of technology.

How will your experience at CTG help you with your future plans?

Working at CTG has given me the opportunity to get "hands-on" experience with software engineering. Through CTG I have been able to see the full life cycle of a piece of software. In seeing this cycle, I feel that I am more prepared to figure out where improvements can be made on a particular piece of software. I also now have a better understanding about software design and development. Being at CTG has given me the opportunity to learn many programming languages.

What is one little known or interesting fact about you?

I love Chinese drawing but since being in the United States, I really do not have the time to do it anymore.

Akram Mohammed

Akram Mohammed
Akram Mohammed is a first year student in the Computer Science graduate program at the University at Albany SUNY.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I had heard about CTG from my friends at graduate school at the University at Albany and my professors. When I first read through the CTG Web site, it was evident that there was a lot of interesting work happening at CTG. This is what inspired me to apply for the position of a Graduate Assistant here. I started working as a Graduate Assistant in Spring 2007 and the experience has been very enriching this far.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I completed my undergraduate studies in India. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, I worked as computer lab assistant in Osmania University helping patrons with the programming skills.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After I graduate, I intend to return to India to apply the knowledge and experience that I have acquired here. I feel that the global perspective that I have developed will be extremely helpful to me in the future.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I believe that CTG provides an opportunity to learn new things and implement them. For example, the extent to which XML is used in web applications here is fascinating. Now I have begun to understand its positive impact on web management. I think working here will keep me updated on the latest technologies and their implementation which is very beneficial for my field of work.

Mojtaba Roshan

Mojtaba Roshan
Mojtaba is a senior at the University at Albany, studying Informatics with a concentration in Cybersecurity .

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

When I learned about CTG, I was very interested because it works closely with government and develops innovative solutions through technology. When I found out that they hire interns studying cybersecurity, I decided to apply. I’m glad that I can be part of this team as an intern.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to CTG, I completed another cybersecurity internship at the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance. We mostly used Nist Framework and focused on identifying, protecting, detecting, responding to and recovering from a cyber-attack.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I plan to enroll in more internships so that I can get more experience in different fields within IT. I would like to try to find a job working in Albany for New York State, which would allow me to stay in Capital Region.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is a great opportunity to get more knowledge about cybersecurity and solve real world problems. We research and gather information as a team, present it every week and hopefully soon we will be able to move forward with an attack surface assessment on different organizations.

Fawzi Mulki

Fawzi Mulki
Fawzi Mulki is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Informatics at the College of Computing and Information, University at Albany. Fawzi is specializing in Information, Government and Democratic Societies, with interests in information policy and public management, and e-government research, especially in developing countries.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Soon after joining the Ph.D. program, I began discussing my research interests with key faculty within the INF program, who directed my attention to CTG. After exploring CTG’s work, I became fascinated with their overall research framework. Their research approach was exactly what I was looking for, namely applied research with government agencies “to develop information strategies that foster innovation and enhance the quality and coordination of public services.”

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

After completing a masters in IT from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I worked as IT manager for the Arab Potash Company, a large manufacturing company in Amman, Jordan. During my time in Jordan, I became interested in information management and information policy within the public sector. This led to my search for a Ph.D. program that would incorporate IT, management, and public policy development. I joined the Ph.D. program in August 2005, and began working as a Graduate Assistant for CTG in February 2006.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After completing my degree, I plan on returning to Jordan to pursue a professional career in the Jordanian government. I would like to continue performing research in the domain of digital government in a similar framework to CTG’s.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG has offered an invaluable experience in developing my skills as a researcher. This has only been made possible by giving me the opportunity to work, as a team member, on actual research projects dealing with information management and public policy. It is difficult to quantify the amount and value of information and skills that I have gained from the different staff members.

Manabu Nakashima

Manabu Nakashima
Manabu Nakashima is a PhD student at Rockefeller College at the University at Albany. He is specializing in Public Management.

Country of Origin:

Japan

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

What mainly brings me to CTG is the "Understanding Transnational Public Sector Knowledge Networks" project that studies information and knowledge sharing among organizations dealing with public problems such as air pollution. Information and knowledge sharing is a critical part of inter-organizational relationships, which is one of my research interests, therefore this project is a great learning opportunity for me. The project studies cooperation between organizations across national boundaries. This is exciting to me because there is not much empirical research exploring in detail factors and processes that influence transnational information and knowledge sharing among organizations dealing with public problems.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

After I got my MPA from the University of Southern California in 2005, I worked for a public agency in Japan. From that work experience, I learned the importance of inter-organizational relationships and management for public agencies. Thus I decided to study inter-organizational relationships and management at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. I choose this school because it provides multiple perspectives and methods such as Social Network Analysis and qualitative analysis to study the subject.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

As a student of applied social science, my goals are to conduct research relevant to the practices of public agencies. I want to help solve public problems, especially in the domain of immigration policy, which also interests me as well as inter-organizational relationships.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG conducts research that is useful to the practices of public agencies. For instance, an objective of the "Understanding Transnational Public Sector Knowledge Networks" project is to provide practical tools for effective transnational information and knowledge sharing. As I mentioned, I also like to conduct research relevant to the practices of public agencies. To conduct such research, I hope to learn research processes and skills, especially how to find research topics and how to connect research findings to practical tools or policy proposals while I am working at CTG.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I currently live in a small farm with sheep and a vegetable garden. Besides being a full-time Ph.D student and Graduate Assistant to CTG, I am a farmer on weekends.

Taewoo Nam

Taewoo Nam
Taewoo Nam is a third-year doctoral candidate in Public Administration at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany. His research interests are cross-national comparison of e-governments in a global context, potentiality of the Internet to promote democracy, and the role of ICTs in public management and public services.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Since my MPA at Indiana University, I have been interested in the interaction among technology, public management, public service, and public policy. I learned from CTG’s homepage that they conduct many projects that commingle such key themes in the public sector and I also read published works by CTG researchers’ related to my research interests. From these sources, I recognized that we both keep an eye on the issues penetrating technology and public administration, so I hoped the graduate assistant position at CTG would be a good opportunity to learn from analyzing real cases of technology use and its application in government.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

During my second year at Rockefeller College, I worked as a teaching assistant for a Public Economics course. In 2007, I received a Master of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indiana University at Bloomington. Before coming to the United States, I worked on government projects about risk communication and social perception on technological risks in Korea.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I hope to get a teaching job in Korea soon after graduation. Globally high-ranked e-governments are raising new issues for evolution and development and I would like to research unexplored topics in this area.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I hope that CTG will foster my strategic thoughts as well as my research skills. My research experience at CTG will help to develop my practical ability to analyze, evaluate, and make solutions for a given case. I believe the valuable experiences in research projects will nurture my skills as an independent researcher.

Paul Rappoccio

Paul Rappoccio
Paul is a graduate student at SUNY Albany and is getting a combined MA/MSIS in Information Studies and English.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Throughout my studies, CTG has come up repeatedly as an important institute in the field of Information policy. I was attracted to CTG because of their focus on applying research, and their unique blend of working with public and private institutes.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I have been a chef and kitchen manager for the last 10 years, but I’ve always been interested in government policies, and how digitalization is utilized and implemented.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I hope to find a job that utilizes my skills as a writer and an information specialist, with the fast paced work environment of a restaurant.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Working at CTG is teaching me new skills for my professional career. Also, putting CTG on my resume will show that I’ve worked in one of the global leaders in the area of digital government.

Ping Li

Ping Li
Ping is a graduate student at UAlbany majoring in Information Science, with a concentration in Information System and Technology.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

The Center for Technology in Government (CTG) is one of the most highly recommended places to work by my department. By a chance I saw a CTG posting from school emails about looking for research assistant to support a data visualization with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Assignments with model/framework design, user experience, field study and data analysis are a perfect fit for my major and interests. I believe this experience in CTG will become a firm step towards career success.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I have been in U.S. to pursue my masters program degree for two years. In the first summer I was involved in a software development team to assist with financial stock data analysis and computer algorithms exploration. I have also been working as a student assistant in the Dewey Library for one year, secretary in the Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA), and a Chinese Multicultural Development Specialist in Rainbow Light with children as well. Currently I am also working in New York State Office of Information Technology and Services as an intern in the Quality Management Center.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Working in the MTA data visualization project with such professional supervisors and cooperative environment can help me get more hands on practice in data mining and analysis, user experience design, and research skills. Besides knowledge improvement, this environment can also support my growth in both team work and communication skills.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

By working with CTG I have been challenged with tasks outside my zone of familiarity. I believe being able to adapt and overcome is paramount to success. For this reason I highly value the experiences I have had in addition to the professionals I have met here at the Center for Technology in Government.

Priti Pachpande

Priti Pachpande
Priti is a PhD student studying Computer Science in UAlbany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I came to learn about the Center for Technology in Government through the the Student Assistant-ship postings at UAlbany, where I'm pursuing my Doctorate degree in Computer Science. I was looking for an opportunity in Computer Networking and Embedded Systems, and was very excited to learn that CTG had opportunities available that align with my interests. I am happy that I was given the opportunity to work with Professor Hany Elgala and CTG on an ultra wideband project where I am learning new technologies and updating my knowledge.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I worked for over three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Mumbai in India, where I taught various subjects related to Antenna Propagation, Analog and Digital Communication and VLSI and Embedded Systems. Also, I completed my Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Pune in India.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I look forward to pursuing a career in academia and research.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is very encouraging and helps me learn about upcoming technologies and how to handle projects working on different resolutions. My current project, working on ultra wideband technology, is helping me learn various new applications related to ranging, networking and localization.

Qianli Yuan

Qianli Yuan
Qianli Yuan is a first-year Ph.D. student studying public administration at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

My research interest lies in open government and collaborative governance. Particularly, I am interested in the private and public collaboration to generate public values in the open government data ecosystem. Recently, I have been studying citizen engagement in the process of ICT-driven co-production. CTG is the leading research center for data-driven governance and open government projects. It provides me great opportunities to explore those research topics and further develop my future directions in academia.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to CTG, I finished both my bachelors in political science and master in public administration in Fudan University in China. I have been a research assistant for 2016-2017 at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I will pursue an academic career in the future. After graduate from Ph.D. program, I intend to continue my research work back in China. I will keep contributing to the research community of open government through international perspective, especially with experiences in the Chinese context. I will also further expand my research network both in the U.S. and China.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG, with its diverse academic background and various research projects, could provide me great opportunities to develop my skills for academic research, social networking, and teamwork. I learnt new perspectives to advance my knowledge about technology in government and explore potential breakthroughs in the future.

Rahul Srivastava

Rahul Srivastava
Rahul is a student at the University at Albany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, studying for a Masters Degree in Computer Science.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I learned about the Center for Technology in Government through UAlbany's Computer Science department. I knew CTG would be the perfect platform to apply my knowledge while also improving my technical skills at the same time.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before I came to CTG, I receieved my bachelor's degree in Information Science & Engineering. I also worked as a software engineer at Dextral Solutions in India, where I am from. During my studies in India, I worked with my professors on an efficient compression technique for large data with minimum loss and high speed.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Once I graduate from UAlbany, I am planning on pursuing a career in the field of databases, distributed systems and data mining of spatial temporal, textual, or social media data.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Presently I am a part of the Digital Towpath project team at CTG. Working on this project is giving me hands-on experience with new technologies that I haven't previously worked with. This will help me grow professionally and will better prepare me for my career.

Rashmi Ruikar

Rashmi Ruikar
Rashmi is a Masters student studying Computer and Information Science at the University at Albany.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I inititally learned about CTG through the UAlbany student portal. I've always wanted to be a part of a dynamic organization, and CTG undoubtedly offers me that space. The student assistant position with CTG is helping me explore and expand my knowledge. I am happy to have this opportunity to work with CTG.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

After completing my Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering in India, I worked with Cognizant Technology Solution as a Programmer Analyst and was part of a software development team in building and enhancing software applications for Europe's leading bank.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I want to pursue a career in the data science field.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

As a student assistant, I am learning general administrative skills in producing strategic plans and reports under the direction of experienced professionals. CTG has an encouraging environment which helps me to develop my skills and grow as a professional. The experience I'm gaining at CTG will definitely help me perform well in my future jobs.

Reena Sharma

Reena Sharma
Reena is a Masters student studying Computer Science at the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

It was a combination of my passion for learning, my desire to work on a strong team, and my interest in software development that encouraged me to work in the IT industry. As an international student, CTG provides me with an excellent platform in the United States where I can use my skills and be a part of a team as we work to achieve our shared project goals.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I completed a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science at a university in India. Once I earned my Bachelors, I worked as a Programming Subject Matter Expert for Amdocs DVCI India, where I did both front end and back end application development for AT&T, an Amdocs customer.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I have equal interest in software development as well as in mining large datasets to get valuable information out of it. I aspire to work for a company within the IT industry where I can have the oppotunity to follow these interests.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is a great place to learn and enhance my technical skills while also providing a working environment where I can grow professionally and personally. This internship is a breakthrough for my professional career in the IT industry.

Sara Berg

Sara Berg
Sara Berg is a PhD student in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany who began in Fall 2005. Her primary research interest is computer crime – specifically how technology can be used to commit or prevent crime and what types of victimization result. She also has a secondary interest in information security/protection and computer forensic investigation.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I liked the diversity of the projects going on and felt this would be a great opportunity for academic-practitioner collaboration. It is also exciting to be in an environment that focuses on the study of the interaction between technology, information, and people.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before coming to CTG, I was a research assistant for Dr. Graeme Newman in the School of Criminal Justice and a discussion leader for the undergraduate Criminology course. I also earned a MS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where I was involved in the development, administration, and analysis of a large computer crime and ethics survey.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

In the short term, I plan on completing my PhD, after which I plan to seek a tenure-track university faculty position. Ideally, I’d like to be at a place where I can combine my CJ and IT knowledge and experience in both teaching and research.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I hope to continually hone my existing research skills and develop new ones during my time here. I also feel that CTG will provide a setting in which to network with professionals and academics in this field.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I love to sing, whether that means performing with a choir, being on stage in a musical, or doing karaoke at a bar.

Djoko Sigit Sayogo

Djoko Sigit Sayogo
Djoko Sigit Sayogo is in his final year as a PhD student at Rockefeller College at the University at Albany. He is specializing in Public Administration. His dissertation is focused on the motivations for data sharing in CTG's iChoose network.

Country of Origin:

Indonesia

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I have always had a keen interest on e-government issues, considering that it is newly implemented in my country. Even before I joined the Public Administration PhD program at the University at Albany, I often came across publications from CTG when I researched e-government from my home country. Hence, I noted CTG as one of the leader in e-government research and projects. Since then, I hoped that I could learn more and shape my research ability by joining CTG.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

After completing my Master of Accounting degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2003, I worked in the University of Muhammadiyah at Malang, one of the biggest Islamic universities in Indonesia. Part of my job was managing the internet training program for new students and also managing and designing on-going computer-related training. In 2007, I joined a transnational collaborative project between local government in Indonesia and counterparts from the Netherlands as Secretary for the Indonesian counterpart. In 2008, I received the Fulbright Presidential Scholarship for PhD study to attend the University at Albany.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

After the completion of my PhD study, I will return to Indonesia and continue as faculty member at the University of Muhammadiyah at Malang.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I hope the tasks I am learning in CTG will enhance my research skills as well as my perspective in looking at research issues. To have both quantitative and qualitative analytical skills will expand my research scope and point of view. The practical skills that I hope to learn while I am working at CTG will be beneficial in opening new work opportunities as a consultant in Indonesia.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I like listening to Bob Marley and reading Chinese Martial Arts fiction.

Carrie Schneider

Carrie Schneider
Carrie is pursuing her Ph.D. in American Politics with a concentration in Public Law. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy. Her research focuses on the role of interest groups in the judicial system.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I came to CTG in the summer of 2000, to help with organizing events. When CTG received $1 million from the National Science Foundation to work on a three-year project I decided to stay and help with the project. This helped me to become more involved in the research aspect of CTG. I wanted to be able to apply and develop more fully the skills that I was learning in the classroom and CTG would give me this opportunity.

What are some of projects you have worked on within CTG?

In my time at CTG, I have worked on three main projects. The first project was a three-year study of knowledge networking in the public sector. This research looked at how organizations and agencies share knowledge in order to get a project accomplished. I have also worked on a pilot that explored government's response to the World Trade Center attacks. I helped with the interviews and the "lessons learned" section of the final report. The third study I worked on while at CTG is a project designed to look at information sharing within the justice system.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Eventually I would like to become a professor at a liberal arts college, and continue my research into public law. Through my work at CTG, I have learned research skills I never could have learned in a classroom. Basically everything I know about research I have learned here. CTG is more of a lab for research. Working here has also allowed me to think outside of the "political science box" to explore the many different disciplines throughout the public policy fields.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

I volunteer with many different groups in the Capital Region, and am an avid reader. My favorite book is Light in August by William Faulkner.

Benjamin Schwartz

Benjamin Schwartz
In May 2004, Ben will complete his Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration at the University at Albany. He is focusing on information strategy management and his thesis project deals with helping public organizations best use technology for their information needs.

When did you come to CTG?

I originally came to CTG in June 2003 as a summer intern in the Outreach Department. My main work that summer revolved around designing the newsletter. That fall I joined the information solutions department and began working on the State-Local Internet Gateway Prototype project.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before coming to UAlbany, I worked in Japan for six years teaching English. Then, as a first year master's student, I worked as a graduate assistant for Professor Julian Zelizer at the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy. Working for him I mostly did research on the history of congress for the book he was working on.

Why did you come to CTG?

This place has an incredible reputation on the local, national, and international levels. Working at CTG has allowed me to participate in some really innovative research, research that will be incredibly important in the future. Another aspect that sets CTG apart is that the research is practically-based, and can be applied almost immediately to any organization.

What is main thing you have worked on since being at CTG?

I have done most of the quantitative research for the State-Local Internet Gateway Project. I have also helped with writing reports. Mostly, though, I have been used for support in multiple areas.

What are your plans for the future?

If I work in the private sector I would like to be a consultant for government agencies to help them with systems integration. If I work in the public sector I would look into different agencies such as the Office for Technology. Basically anything to stay working with government and technology.

How will your experience at CTG help you with your plans for the future?

Being at CTG has given me the opportunity to deal with questions that are going to be very important in the future. Because CTG deals with cutting-edge research, it is often ahead of the average government agency. Working here puts me in a good position to add value to any agency I might work with in the future.

What is a little known or interesting fact about you?

When I was in Japan I was involved in free-style Japanese hip-hop shows.

Sean Fagan

Sean Fagan
Sean is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Science with a concentration in Information Systems and Technology from the University at Albany.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

The Center for Technology and Government highly prioritizes information security within their organization which aligns with my goals of pursuing a career in cyber security.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG I received my Bachelor of Arts in Information Science at the University at Albany. I also interned in the IT department at Huntington Hospital where I did end user trouble shooting for doctors, nurses and other employees.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My plans for the future are to pursue a career in cyber and network security. Protecting information has become an essential task for any organization and I am interested learning best ways to accomplish this.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

The projects that I am working on at the CTG are giving me hands on experience with cyber security technologies. Currently, I am working on an Intrusion Detection System which will help protect CTG’s information and help me further pursue a career in cyber security.

Seth Lasky

Seth Lasky
Seth is a Senior at the University at Albany at the College of Computing and Information.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I had begun applying to internships at the beginning of my semester and it seemed as if all the positions at every company had been filled. Then I received an email that CTG was hiring undergraduate interns. It sounded perfect for someone in my position so I applied and I was a good fit for the Center and the Center was a good fit for me.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before CTG I received my Associates Degree in Business Administration and had started earning my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. I've also worked full time at Dominos Pizza for the last 6 years.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I would like to become a software developer or a web developer for a company in Albany. Albany is quickly becoming one of the major technology hubs in our state as well as the country and I see job growth here rapidly expanding.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG has helped me tremendously already. Since being here I've learned 3 new programming languages and various methods to implement them. This semester the other interns and I are collaborating on a project, which will not only bolster my resume but teach me valuable teamwork skills that are necessary in the programming world.

Smit Shilu

Smit Shilu
Smit is a Masters student studying Computer Science at the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

Right from the time I began my undergraduate education, I knew that I had a strong interest in research and development. I've always loved writing codes and learning new things, which has helped me to stay up-to-date. I really believe in the value of teamwork, so when I saw that an opportunity was available at CTG, I had to make sure my application was put in. I believe strongly in working with other people towards a common goal and I know the skills I bring not only as an engineer, but also as a team member, will bring me work satisfaction and will make me a valuable teammate as well. I consider myself an innovator and I would love to work for an organization that’s leading the future of the industry.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I completed my Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering Technology in India. I have always been very enthusiastic about learning new things and to take my interest to another level, I conducted research at the eITRA - einfochip Training and Research Academy in India. My research there was based on the efficiency of data mining algorithms, and the paper I wrote at the conclusion of my research was published by Springer Publishing.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My first goal is to successfully complete my internship at CTG, and then after completing my Masters Degree in Computer Science, I would like to work in the field of data mining and analysis. I plan on enhancing my skills and continuing my involvement in professional associations so that I am ready for any new challenges that come my way.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

My education has provided me with a great framework to achieve my goals, and CTG has provided me with an opportunity that is like the icing on a cake. Working with CTG on projects with organizations like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is definitely enhancing my skills and providing me with a platform to fulfill my goals that I would not have had otherwise. This opportunity matches my skills, experience and knowledge, while also boosting my experience and allowing me to make a contribution to the CTG team.

Sneha Jain

Sneha Jain
Sneha is a Masters student studying Computer Science at the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I am driven to be the best at what I do and I wanted to work in CTG where I’ll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting project, and work with people I can really learn from.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Information Science in India. I worked in a Data Processing department at the Indian Market Research Bureau where I carried out data analysis in support of management and customer requests. I was also a teaching assistant to Professor Gino Crispieri for the subject Computing and Information.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My plans after the completion of my Master’s degree is to pursue a career in the Software Development field. Eventually, I aspire to move into a position of responsibility where I can lead a team.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

The project I’m currently working on at CTG is the Digital Towpath (DTP) project which focuses mainly on improving the efficiency of the electronic record management system used by DTP member governments. As part of the project, I am learning new technologies that will help me in adding on to my knowledge and experience.

Sora Park

Sora Park
Sora is a Ph.D. student studying Public Administration & Policy at the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I am interested in using qualitative methods to study the institutional change process around technological innovations and I was looking for a research opportunity that could expand my horizons. I was lucky to find out that CTG happened to be looking for someone with qualitative research skills.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I had worked for the New York State Legislature for the past four years while working toward my doctoral degree in public administration at Rockefeller College. I learned a lot about the policymaking process as well as substantive policy issues at the state and federal levels.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I'll continue deepening my knowledge and working toward becoming an established scholar in my research field.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG will help me utilize and hone my research skills. I am sure that the project that I am working on at CTG will give me a fresh perspective on the use of technology in the public sector as well as how to tackle a research project with a team effort.

Stephen Russo

Stephen Russo
Stephen Russo is a senior at the University at Albany majoring in English with a minor in Judaic Studies

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I’ve been looking for a volunteer/intern position at an organization where I can gain valuable experience in Public Policy. I have an interest in Public Policy and Public Administration, as well as other government related work. The Center for Technology in Government is one such organization, in the Albany area, where I believe I can gain this valuable experience.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Prior to coming to CTG, I was working full time as a student intern with the New York State Office of General Services in downtown Albany. I still work part time with OGS, while I start up my final year at the University. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and writing music and creative writing.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My plans/goals for the future are to find a job in the Intelligence Community and/or to receive my Master’s degree in either Intelligence or Public Administration with a Homeland Security concentration. I plan to start moving towards these goals before I graduate this May.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I believe CTG can help me reach my goal through the exposure to the Public Policy world. Working on different projects related to Public Policy is very helpful in finding a job in the Intelligence Community. As well, I believe this experience will be valuable no matter where I my plans/goals take me.

Varun Narayanan

Varun Narayanan
Varun is a Masters student studying Computer Science at the University at Albany's College of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I came to know about CTG through a friend even before I came to the United States of America. I was excited and wanted to be part of the team after hearing about the projects and people associated with CTG. But, the opportunity came to me only during my second semester through the Computer Science Department of UAlbany. I've always felt that CTG would be the best place to apply my skills and learn new concepts related to my area of interest.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I completed my Bachelors in Computer Science in 2013 from Anna University in India. Later, I joined Cognizant Technology Solutions and worked as Programmer Analyst (for 2 years) where I got the opportunity to enhance and maintain three web applications for our client, AAA Insurance.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I have always been interested in Web development and have wanted to pursue a career in it. My goal would be to try and learn new concepts and keep myself up to date with the technological advancements.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

CTG is an amazing place where they provide you with an immense amount of time and freedom to learn new tools/technologies. This helps me learn new skills/concepts in depth and therefore I believe CTG is a perfect platform to launch my professional career.

Weijia Ran

Weijia Ran
Weijia is a third-year doctoral student at the College of Computing and Information, University at Albany. She is specializing in Information, Government, and Democratic Society and Decision and Policy Sciences.

Country of Origin:

China

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I’m interested in information management and information systems related issues in organizational settings. I have work experience in the private sector, but know little about public organizations. By working at CTG, I hope to develop a better understanding of public organizations, in particular fundamental issues related to information management and information systems in government and the special needs of the public sector in information and information systems management.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

My past experience includes work as a software engineer, where my job was to develop and maintain information systems. I was trained to use a technical perspective to look at and think of information related problems in organizations. Through real life working experience, I found that human elements such as communication and management related issues are much more crucial in determining the effectiveness and success of IT projects in organizations than technologies.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I like analyzing complex scenarios using modeling/simulation techniques. After graduating from the college, I wanted to be an excellent system analyst; a liaison between programmers and clients. But now that I am pursuing a Ph.D. Degree, my plans have changed a little bit. After my graduation, it is most likely that I will look for faculty positions relevant to information systems research and research for policy making, which require modeling/simulation techniques or other research skills.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

I hope I can practice and improve my research skills by working and learning at CTG. These research skills include writing literature reviews/research proposals, applying for research funding, collecting and analyzing data, and writing and publishing research papers.

Yi-jung Wu

Yi-jung Wu
Yi-jung has been working on her Ph.D. since 2001. While she started out with a focus on public administration, in 2003 Yi-jung decided to transfer to the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. She is exploring changes in the welfare system since the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.

What did you do prior to coming to the Center for Technology in Government?

I completed my Bachelors degree in Public Administration at National Taipei University in Taiwan. As a child, I wanted to be a journalist, but changed my focus to research while I was an undergrad. I came to the Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy to work on my Masters Degree. One of my first internships included work on a welfare reform study at the Rockefeller Institute.

What brought you to CTG?

In the final semesters of completing my Masters Degree I decided that I wanted to pursue my Ph.D., and I had heard from other students CTG was a good place to build my research skills.

What are some of the major projects that you have worked on at CTG?

When I came to CTG in 2001, the organization was in the final stages of completing a study about information sharing between different organizations and networks of people. Since the completion of that project, I have been working on a study of information sharing in the criminal justice and public health fields. I have worked on data collection and analysis, and conducted interviews. Currently I am co-writing a paper on how government structures and leadership influence the decision-making process in the justice community.

What are your plans for the future?

Eventually I would like to return to Taiwan to teach and conduct research. Whether I end up there or here in the United States, I believe my education and experience makes me qualified to teach in either the education or the public administration field.

How can CTG help you with your plans?

I believe that the skills I am picking up at CTG are invaluable to my future. This is really the place that showed me how to do research. They let students become involved in the projects and teach the skills required for being a good researcher.

What have you learned?

Technology can only get you so far; people working together have to do the rest.

What is one little known or interesting fact about you?

I love classical music; my favorite composer is Bach.

Zabeah Ahmadzai

Zabeah Ahmadzai
Zabeah is a senior at the University at Albany, studying informatics with a concentration in cyber security and a minor in computer science.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I was interested in interning at CTG becasue I knew it would provide me an opportunity to be directly involved with IT projects in the public sector, which will help prepare me for my future career in this field.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

Before coming to CTG this semster, I was a Summer Systems Analyst Intern at United Health Group in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Once I complete my undergraduate degree, I intend to pursue a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Cyber Security. I also am looking forward to a career in the Federal Government, combating Cyber Crime.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

This experience at CTG is helping me to better understand the industry, and when I combine this experience with my previous experiences, I know I will be prepared to do the best work in my future jobs.

Lei Zheng

Lei Zheng
Lei Zheng is a Ph.D. student in Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College, University at Albany. His research interest is in information strategy and management in the public sector, especially in the comparative and transnational domain of the field.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?

I became interested in information management and policy in the public sector when I was doing my MPA work at the University of Arizona. When I was searching for Ph.D. programs to further my education, Rockefeller College and CTG stood out. In 2004, I was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Public Administration at the Rockefeller College. I decided to concentrate my study on information strategy and management, which eventually brought me to CTG.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?

I worked in Shanghai, China for six years in various jobs before I came to the US for my graduate study. My early jobs include working as a tour coordinator in a travel agency, as a marketing assistant at Coty Cosmetics, and as a brand supervisor at Nestlé China. The most recent job before I left China was working as a market intelligence specialist at Xerox China for three and a half years. This job was the first to raise my interests in information management and gave me initial hands-on experiences in the field. In 2004, I obtained a MPA degree at the University of Arizona with a concentration in international management. Prior to coming to CTG, I have worked as a research or teaching assistant for a number of professors in both Arizona and Albany, and was involved in a number of research projects and course instructions.

What are your plans/goals for the future?

My short-term goal is to finish my Ph.D. study. My intermediate goal is to pursue a job in an academic institution or a research center. My long-term dream is to establish a research center like CTG in China and build collaboration with CTG in doing comparative and transnational research or consulting.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?

Everything I worked on and observed so far at CTG is of great help to me in reaching my goals for the future. I am learning how to design and conduct research; how to teach; how to conduct training and consulting; and how to manage projects and build collaborations. All the projects I have been involved in at CTG are exciting and enlightening and I am sure that I will learn more at CTG in the future.


Past CTG Graduate Assistants
Over the past 20 years, CTG has worked with close to 100 graduate students from various departments at the University at Albany, all with a passion for technology and policy. Many have gone on to promising positions in government or academic institutions. The list below are those we have been able to find current information on ― we welcome updates from all who worked at CTG as graduate assistants.

Rahul Srivastava

Rahul Srivastava
Department: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, UAlbany

Degree: MS, Computer Science, 2016

Country of Origin: India

Reena Sharma

Reena Sharma
Department: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, UAlbany

Degree: MS, Computer Science, 2016

Country of Origin: India

Sneha Jain

Sneha Jain
Department: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, UAlbany

Degree: MS, Computer Science, 2016

Country of Origin: India

Connor Scott

Connor Scott
Department: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, UAlbany

Degree: BS, Information Science, 2015

Country of Origin: USA

Sean Fagan

Sean Fagan
Department: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, UAlbany

Degree: MS, Information Science, 2015

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Junior Cyber Security Analyst, Oxford Solutions

Fellipe Gurgel

Fellipe Gurgel
University: Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil (Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program participant)

Degree: BS, Computer Science, 2015

Country of Origin: Brazil

Amanda Reis

Amanda Reis
Program: Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program participant

Degree: BS, Information Systems, 2015

Country of Origin: Brazil

Gabriel Fernandes

Gabriel Fernandes
University: The Federal Institute of Espírito, Brazil (Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program participant)

Degree: BS, Computer Science, 2015

Country of Origin: Brazil

Iseul Choi

Iseul Choi
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy (UAlbany)

Degree: Ph.D., Public Administration, in process (anticipated 2019)

Country of Origin: South Korea

Karthik Vinod

Karthik Vinod
Department: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences (UAlbany)

Degree: MS, Computer Science, 2015

Country of Origin: India

Kashif Zaidi

Kashif Zaidi
Department: College of Engineering & Applied Sciences (UAlbany)

Degree: MS, Computer Science, 2015

Country of Origin: India

Badahir Ackam

Badahir Ackam
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: Ph.D, Information Science, 2009

Country of Origin: Turkey

Dissertation Title: Socio-Technical Processes in Interorganizational Emergency Response and Recovery Process at the World Trade Center

Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Business, Western New England College

Kumar Aniket

Kumar Aniket
Graduated from the College of Computing and Information

Degree: MS, Computer Science, 2015

Country of Origin: India

Current Position: Software Engineer at HIXNY

Andrea Baker

Andrea Baker
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: Ph.D, Information Science, 2010

Country of Origin: USA

Dissertation Title: The Schenectady Virtual Internet Community: Exploring the Ecology of Political Discourse in a Local Context

Current Position: Online professor at Fayetteville State University

Stephen Bajjaly

Stephen Bajjaly
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: Ph.D, Information Science, 1993

Country of Origin: USA

Dissertation Title: Managing Emerging Technology in the Public Sector: The Case of Document Imaging

Current Position: Associate Dean and Director, School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Sara Berg

Sara Berg
Department: School of Criminal Justice

Degree: Ph.D. Criminal Justice

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Research Scientist 2 at the NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Tamás Bodor

Tamás Bodor
Department: College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Communication

Degree: Ph.D., Sociology/Communication, 2010

Country of Origin: Hungary

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Media Studies, Division of Communication, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Minal Brahmbhatt

Minal Brahmbhatt
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: M.A., Computer Science, 2005

Country of Origin: India

Current Position: Software Engineer, Cafe Press Inc.

Lai Chiu-Pi

Lai Chiu-Pi
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: M.A., Computer Science, 2005

Country of Origin: Taiwan

David Connelly

Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Public Administration, 2005

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Utah Valley University

Lucy Dadayan

Lucy Dadayan
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: Ph.D, Informatics, 2012

Country of Origin: Armenia

Dissertation Title: Health Information Technology: A Multiple Perspective Analysis

Current Position: Senior Policy Analyst, Rockefeller Institute of Government

Fikret Demircivi

Fikret Demircivi
Department: School of Criminal Justice

Degree: Classes in Criminal Justice

Country of Origin: Turkey

Current Position: Section Head, Diyarbakır Police Service

Katie DePalma

Katie DePalma
Department: Rockafeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: BA, Politcal Science, 2014

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Student, UAlbany

Denise Dreany

Denise Dreany
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: M.A., Library and Information Science and Information Policy, 2008

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Legislative Director, NYS Assembly

Cameron Dublin

Cameron Dublin
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: BA, Information Science

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Student, UAlbany

Tuuli Edwards

Tuuli Edwards
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: MPA, Public Administration, 2010

Country of Origin: Finland

Current Position: Senior Budget Analyst, University at Albany

Ophelia Eglene

Ophelia Eglene
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D, Political Science, 2003

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and French, Department of Political Science, Middlebury College

Sudarshan Embar

Sudarshan Embar
Department: School of Business

Degree: MBA, IT Management, 2005

Country of Origin: India

Current Position: IT Senior Audit Leader at Wells Fargo

Guilherme Xavier Ferreira

Guilherme Xavier Ferreira
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: BA, Computer Science, 2015

Country of Origin: Brazil

Current Position: Student, Brazil

Mark Giguere

Mark Giguere
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Information Science, 1995

Country of Origin: USA

Dissertation Title: Electronic Document Description Standards: A Technical Feasibility Study of Their Use in the Microform Preservation of Contextual Cues Embedded in Structured Electronic Documents During Digital/Analog/Digital Reformatting

Current Position: Lead Information Technology Specialist (Policy & Planning), Modern Records Program, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD.

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY

Degree: Ph.D., Public Administration & Policy, 2005

Country of Origin: Mexico

Dissertation Title: Enacting State Websites: A Mixed Method Study Exploring E-Government Success in Multi-Organizational Settings.

Current Position: Research Director, CTG; Assistant professor, Division of Public Administration, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico.

Adarley Luiz Grando Gilho

Adarley Luiz Grando Gilho
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: BA, Computer Science, 2014

Country of Origin: Brazil

Current Position: Student, UAlbany

Mohammed Gharawi

Mohammed Gharawi
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: Ph.D., Information Science, 2012

Country of Origin: Saudi Arabia

Dissertation Topic: Factors Influencing Sharing Activities in Transnational Public Sector Knowledge Networks: The Case of Mobile Disease Surveillance System Adoption in the Hajj of 2009

Current Position: Assistant Professor and General Coordinator for Electronic Services at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Jennifer Goodall

Jennifer Goodall
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Information Science, 2001

Country of Origin: USA

Dissertation Title: Network Formation and the Development of Trust in Interorganizational Relationships

Current Position: Assistant Dean, College of Computing and Information, University at Albany

Rachel Gaul

Rachel Gaul
Department: School of Business

Degree: MBA, Business Adminstration, 2005

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Budget Analyst, New York State Division of the Budget

Ahmet Guler

Ahmet Guler
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Public Administration, 2009

Country of Origin: Turkey

Dissertation Title: Explaining torture and its reduction in a police department: A view from below

Current Position: Superintendent, Turkish National Police (TNP)

Charles Han

Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Public Administration, 1998

Country of Origin: Taiwan

Dissertation Title: Exploring a Path to the Formation of Network Collaboration

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Tamkang University, Taiwan

Tara Hariprasad

Tara Hariprasad
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: BA, Sociology with a minor in Psychology, 2015

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Student, UAlbany

Shahidul Russell Hassan

Shahidul Russell Hassan
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY

Degree: Ph.D., Public Administration & Policy, 2010

Country of Origin: Bangladesh

Dissertation Title: Fair treatment, job involvement, and turnover intention of professional employees in government: The importance of organizational identification as a mediator

Current Position: Assistant Professor, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Natalie Helbig

Natalie Helbig
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Public Administration & Policy, 2010

Country of Origin: USA

Dissertation Title: Thinking Beyond Performance Indicators: A Holistic Study of Organizational Information Use

Current Position: Senior Program Associate, Center for Technology in Government

M. Alexander Jurkat

M. Alexander Jurkat
Department: School of Information Studies

Degree: MSIS, Information Studies, 2010

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Procurement Data Analyst, Clough Harbour & Associates Technical Services; Adjunct, University at Albany

Kristine Kelly

Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Information Science, 1999

Country of Origin: USA

Dissertation Title: A Systems Approach to Identifying Decisive Information for Sustainable Development.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Business, School of Business, Endicott College

Meley Sennay Kifleyesus

Meley Sennay Kifleyesus
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: BS, Computer Science and BS in Applied Math, 2014

Country of Origin: Eritrea

Current Position: Student, UAlbany

Soonhee Kim

Soonhee Kim
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Public Administration, 1998

Country of Origin: South Korea

Dissertation Title: The Effects of Family Leave Policy on Employees and Agencies in New York State Government: Organizational Dynamics and Policy Evaluation.

Current Position: Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Syracuse University

Cydney Klein

Cydney Klein
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: Current Masters Student (as of 2011)

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position (as of 2011): Masters student at University at Albany's College of Computing and Information

Amanda Kronen

Amanda Kronen
Department: School of Social Welfare

Degree: MSW, Clinical Social Work, 2012

Country of Origin: United States

Current Position: Community Connections Social Worker, La Salle School

Hyuckbin Kwon

Hyuckbin Kwon
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Public Administration, 2012

Country of Origin: South Korea

Current Position: Principal Researcher, Center for Social Survey, Korea Institute of Public Administration

Seth Lasky

Seth Lasky
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: BA, Computer Science, 2015

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Student, UAlbany

Mark LaVigne

Mark LaVigne
Department: Department of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences

Degree: M.A., Communication, 2003

Country of Origin: USA

Masters Thesis Title: Mobilizing Actors in an Intergovernmental Collaboration: An Actor-Network Theory Approach.

Current Position (as of 2011): Deputy Director, NYS Association of Counties

Ping Li

Ping Li
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: MA, Information Science, 2014

Country of Origin: China

Current Position: Student, UAlbany

Roger Lishnoff

Roger Lishnoff
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: M.A., Public Policy, 2005

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Director of IT Finance, NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications

Jeff Lorber

Jeff Lorber
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: M.A., Public Affairs and Policy, 2009

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Social Insurance Specialist, Social Security Administration

Luis Luna-Reyes

Luis Felipe Luna-Reyes
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Information Science, 2003

Country of Origin: Mexico

Dissertation Title: Collaboration, Trust, and Knowledge Sharing in Information Technology Intensive Projects in the Public Sector.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Business School, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico

Christopher Maitland

Christopher Maitland
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: MPA, Public Administration, 2006

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position (as of 2011): Legislative Budget Analyst, New York State Assembly

Natasha Malik

Natasha Malik
Department: College of Computing and Information

Year of Graduation: M.A., Computer Science, 2006

Country of Origin: India

Current Position: Manager, Ernst & Young

Jiaoheng Meng

Jiaoheng Meng
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: M.A., Computer Science, 2004

Country of Origin: China

Akram Mohammed

Akram Mohammed
Department: College of Computing and Information

Year of Graduation: M.S., Computer Science, 2009

Country of Origin: India

Current Position: PhD Candidate and Research Assistant at University of Nebraska Medical Center

Fawzi Mulki

Fawzi Mulki
Department: College of Computing and Information, Department of Informatics

Degree: Ph.D. Informatics, 2009

Country of Origin: Jordan

Dissertation Title: The Effects of Leadership and Authority on Cross-Boundary Information Sharing in Response to Public Health Crises: A Comparative Study between the United States and Jordan

Current Position: Director of Business Development, Royal Jordanian Airlines

Taewoo Nam

Taewoo Nam
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D. Public Administration, 2012

Country of Origin: Korea

Dissertation Title: Modeling Municipal Service Integration: A Comparative Case Study of New York and Philadelphia 311 Systems

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Publication Administration, Myongji University


Pamela Neely

Pamela Neely
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D. Information Science, 2002

Country of Origin: USA

Dissertation Title: A Framework and Associated Software Tool for the Analysis of Source Data for a Data Warehouse: Development and Exploratory study

Current Position:Assistant Professor of Accounting, Department of Business Administration and Economics, The College at Brockport/SUNY

Weijia Ran

Weijia Ran
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: Current Ph.D. Student, UAlbany

Country of Origin: China

Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Rockefeller College, University at Albany

Martin Robinson

Martin Robinson
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: BA, Political Science, 2014

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Student Assistant at NYS Department of Tax & Finance

Carrie Schneider

Carrie Schneider
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Year of Graduation: M.A, Political Science, 2004

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Program and Policy Analyst at Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Jochen Scholl

Jochen Scholl
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Year of Graduation: Ph.D., Information Science, 2002

Country of Origin: Germany

Dissertation Title: Firm Survival: A Theory-Integration Study

Current Position: Associate Professor with tenure, The Information School, University of Washington

Ben Schwartz

Ben Schwartz
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: MPA, Public Affairs and Policy, 2004

Country of Origin: USA

Master’s Thesis Title: New Developments in Intergovernmental Information Systems: The New York State Local Internet Gateway Prototype

Current Position: Research Analyst, New York State Office of the State Comptroller

Larissa Silva Teixeira

Larissa Silva Teixeira
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: BA, Computer Science, 2015

Country of Origin: Brazil

Current Position: Student, Brazil

Emmanuel Udoh

Emmanuel Udoh
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: MS, Information Science, 2014

Country of Origin: Nigeria

Current Position: PhD Student, Informatics, University of Indiana

Kareem Ullah

Kareem Ullah
Department: College of Computing and Information

Degree: BA, Information Science, 2014

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: Student, UAlbany

Greg Venech

Greg Venech
Graduated from the Information Science program at the College of Computing & Information, with a minor in art.

Degree: BA, Information Science, 2014

Country of Origin: USA

Current Position: UI Developer at Fitch Ratings

Yi-Jung Wu

Yi-jung Wu
Department: Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, School of Education

Degree: Ph.D., Educational Administration and Policy Studies, 2009

Country of Origin: Taiwan

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy and Management, Shih Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan

Hanyu Yang

Hanyu Yang
Department: Public Administration (MPA) student at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs

Degrees: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy 2015, UAlbany, BA in English, Qingdao University

Country of Origin: China

Current Position: Student Assistant at NYS Department of Health

Jihong Zeng

Jihong Zeng
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Information Science, 2002

Country of Origin: China

Dissertation Title: Using Keywords/Phrases in Automatically Generating Hypertext Links: An Exploratory Study.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Management Information Systems, School of Management, New York Institute of Technology

Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Information Science, 2003

Country of Origin: China

Dissertation Title: Cross-Boundary Knowledge Sharing: A Case Study of Building the Multi-Purpose Access for Customer Relations & Operational Support (MACROS) System

Current Position: Associate Professor of Management, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Lei Zheng

Lei Zheng
Department: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Degree: Ph.D., Public Adminstration and Policy, 2009

Country of Origin: China

Dissertation Title: Leadership Behaviors in Cross-Boundary Information Sharing and Integration: Comparing the U.S. and China

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, China; Director of the Lab for Digital and Mobile Governance, Fudan University


Academic Publications
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Since its establishment as part of the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1993, the Center for Technology in Government has generated significant contributions to the field of government information technology, or what has been recently called digital government. After two decades, CTG is an internationally recognized research center, identified around the world for its expertise in information strategy and management in the public sector.

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CTG’s record is also impressive in terms of academic publications and the influence of these publications is clearly reflected in a high number of citations in journal articles from multiple disciplines such as Public Administration, Information Systems, and Digital Government. In fact, over the last decade, CTG researchers have been recognized among the top 10 scholars in the field of digital government worldwide based on the number of publications and citations. In addition, a number of CTG publications have won “Best Paper” awards in prestigious academic conferences and peer-reviewed journals. CTG researchers also serve as editorial board members in 5 of the best academic journals in the field of Digital Government. They have played leadership roles in three of the four most influential Digital Government academic conferences worldwide. The below links provide access to CTG’s academic publications.