Plenary Speakers

  • Chakib Chraibi

    Dean

    Abstract

    Dr. Chakib Chraibi is the Dean for the School of Computer Information Systems at Virginia International University. Dr. Chraibi has extensive and diverse experience in higher education that spans over 25 years. He is steadfast in his commitment to student success, academic excellence, institutional effectiveness, and outreach to the community. As a member of DeVry University’s Academic Leadership Committee, he was involved in overseeing academic policies and procedures, including curricular, faculty, student, administrative, budgetary, accreditation, and regulatory issues. At Barry University, he worked extensively in curriculum development, evaluation, and assessment as the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and member of the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum and Policy Committee. Activities of the committee included reviewing academic policies and procedures, curriculum proposals and revisions, budgetary requests, academic partnerships, and other academic initiatives. He has taught more than 40 courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and published several research papers. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and his BSc, MSc, and doctorate degrees from the University of Bordeaux in France. His PhD dissertation was awarded the Distinguished Dissertation Award in the category of sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  • Koorosh Azhandeh

    Associate Dean

    Abstract

    Koorosh Azhandeh serves as the Associate Dean for the School of Computer Information Systems. Prior to joining VIU, he worked as a media director for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Koorosh has been an active member of IALLT and FLEAT since 2003. He is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Computer Science at the Catholic University of America. He received a MS in Computer Science from the Catholic University of America, a BS in Communication Science with a Minor in Technology of Communication from Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland, and a BA in English Literature and Translation from Azad University, Iran. He also received a certification in Methods in Distance Education from the Catholic University of America. Over the years, Koorosh has taught courses in computer science at both the Catholic University of America and Virginia International University. His professional and research interests include web design, project management, information centric networking, computer networking, computer security, and cloud computing. He enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, and learning different languages.

  • Mayyada AL Hammoshi

    Full Time Faculty

    Abstract

    Dr. Mayyada Al Hammoshi holds a PhD in Computer Science, Computer Networking, and Communications from the College of Computer Science and Math at Mosul University (Iraq). She served as the principle investigator for the Omani Research Council Grant’s research toward the development of a multiagent grid computing facility based on graphics processing units. In her more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Al Hammoshi has served as a faculty member, research department head, and journal editorial board member. She has been published in more than 15 referred journals.

  • Saiid Ganjalizadeh

    Full Time Faculty

    Abstract

    Dr. Saiid Ganjalizadeh serves as a full time faculty member in Virginia International University’s School of Computer Information Systems. Prior to joining VIU’s faculty, Dr. Ganjalizadeh has been an active member of the Washington DC E-Leaning Advisory Council and Instructional Technologist and led the initiatives in LMS selection, classroom pedagogy assistance, system administrator support, one-on-one faculty development, computer workshops, and beta testing/recommendations for all educational technology at the Catholic University of America. With more than 20 years of experience in academia, distance education, and LMS/Instructional Design, Dr. Ganjalizadeh will be supporting the Dean of Computer Information Systems at Virginia International University. Dr. Ganjalizadeh received his Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University and an M.S. in Management Science from University of Tennessee. Over the years he has taught courses in Computer Science and MIS at The Catholic University of America, Virginia International University, and Northern Virginia Community College. A Washington D.C. area native, Dr. Ganjalizadeh is happily married with 2 sons.

  • Faisal Abdul Alsaby

    Full Time Faculty

    Abstract

    Faisal Abdul Alsaby received his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, in 2012 and 2016, respectively, and his BS in Computer Science and Information Systems from the King Saud University in 2005. He also completed the requirements for his Graduate Certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance in 2012 at the George Washington University. With over 10 years of information technology experience, Dr. Alsaby’s research interests focus on data analytics, applied data science, databases, and pattern recognition. He has published multiple papers in those areas and also contributed a chapter in the book Big Data: Storage, Sharing, and Security, published by Auerbach Publications in May 2016. A provisional application for his doctorate dissertation was filed in the US Patent and Trademark Office on July 29, 2016.

  • Son Nguyen

    Academic Coordinator

    Abstract

    Son Nguyen earned both his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and his Master of Science in Information Systems from Virginia International University. He also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technical Education University. Previous to teaching at VIU, Son taught computer software courses and also worked as a technician at VMEP in his home country of Vietnam. He has also worked as both a web developer and teaching assistant in the US.