Mathematics and Computer Science
Dr. Dan Okunbor, College of Arts & Science
Dr. Sambit Bhattacharya, College of Arts & Science
Dr. Yufang Bao, College of Arts & Science
Dr. Zhenlu Cui, College of Arts & Science
Dr. Wu Jing, College of Arts & Science
Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem, College of Arts & Science
Dr. Lieceng Zhu, College of Arts & Science
Dr. Khalid Lodhi, College of Arts & Science
Chemistry and Physics
Dr. Shubo Han, College of Arts & Science
Dr. Cevdet Akbay, College of Arts & Science
Mr. William F. Lee (Ret. Army Col), Program Coordinator
Dr. Brian Kent, Adjunct Specialty Faculty, (Ret. Army Captain)
Mr. Steven Hunter, Adjunct Specialty Faculty, (Ret. Army Chief Warrant Officer)
Management Information Systems
Dr. Ruth C. King
Dr. Vikas Agrawal
Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Ed.
Dr. Kelly Charles, School of Education
Dr. Marlina Duncan, Science Education
Dr. Peter Eley, math Education
Dr. Shelton Ford, math Education
Dr. Terri Moore Brown, Chair, Social Work
Dr. Mark Marquez
Dr. Timothy Moore, Chair, Psychology
Dr. Daniel Montoya
Dr. Miriam DeLone, Chair, Criminal Justice
Geospatial Intelligence Studies/Geography
Dr. Rakesh Malhotra, Geography
Ms. Thea Credle, Director, Emergency management and Environmental Health and Safety
Business and Finance
Ms. Yolanda Bennette, Director of Contracts and Grants Accounting, Business and Finance
Dr. Daniel Okunbor is the Director of Research in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Professor of Computer Science. He obtained a B.S.(with first class honors) and a M.S. in Industrial Math from the University of Benin in Nigeria and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to coming to FSU in 2004, Dr. Okunbor served as Chair in the Department of Math and Computer Science of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for 5 years. Dr. Okunbor has served as a Principal Investigator for many federally-funded grant projects including the prestigious NSF Research Initiation Award (RIA). He is the executive director for the LSAMP, GEAR-UP, the McNair Scholar Program, and chief adviser for CPSER (uncfsu.edu/cpser). His research areas include scientific and parallel computing and operations research. He has numerous scientific research publications and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Decision Sciences and Information.
Dr. Sambit Bhattacharya is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Fayetteville State University. He received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005. He joined FSU in 2005 and his areas of research include computer vision and image processing, biomedical imaging, robotics and undergraduate education in Computer Science. He has several journal publications in these areas, has presented his research in international conferences and served as referee for academic journals. He has taught a wide range of courses, most frequently in introductory programming, operating systems and computer architecture. He is part of a faculty team that was awarded a seed grant to incorporate educational robotics in introductory and advanced courses: another grant was awarded to hold robotics summer camps to motivate students to study.
Dr. Bogdan Denny Czejdo is a Belk Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He received the M.S. and the Ph.D. degree from Warsaw Technical University. His research focuses on visual languages, databases, knowledge bases, and robotics. He received funding for many projects in these areas and has more than 150 research publications. He has served on many editorial boards for journals and on many program committees for prestigious conferences. He has taught a wide range of computer science courses.
Dr. Yufang Bao has been an assistant professor at Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Fayetteville State University since 2007. She received her first PhD degree in Probability/Statistics and Stochastic from Beijing Normal University (BNU), Beijing, China, and her second PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh NC. Her research in probability/ statistics focuses on Markov processes. She subsequently directed her research into the area of applying mathematics in signal/image processing and analysis. Her contributions in signal/image processing were development of algorithms that connected stochastic diffusion and multi-scale wavelet theory with scale space numerical analysis methods for image denoising and segmentation. These techniques have been successfully applied to study of infrared images. She has worked at VA center, University of California, San Francisco , and then at the University of Miami, School of Medicine, both as a research scientist focusing on statistical image reconstructions in frequency domain with MR spectroscopy imaging, and with parallel MR image reconstruction using mathematical modeling. Her research outcomes have been published in prestigious journals, IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI) and IEEE Trans. on Medical imaging (TMI), and she has published a book chapter. Currently, her research interests are in applying mathematics to statistical digital signal/image processing and analysis, mathematical modeling, and their applications.
Dr. Zhenlu Cui earned his Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from Florida State University in 2005 and worked at the Department of Mathematics of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) for two years. He joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Fayetteville State University (FSU) in 2007. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. Dr. Cui has over ten years of research experience with over twenty publications and a lot of conference presentations in liquid crystal field. He has published about thirty research articles and some of them are published in top physics and applied mathematics journals such as Physical Review E, Multiscale Modeling and Simulation and Rheological Acta. He was invited to attend the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) Fall Semester Program on "Novel Applications of Kinetic Theory and Computation" at Brown University in 2011 and Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) Thematic Year on Complex Fluids and Complex Flows in 2010. He won a Mathematics Research Fellowship at The Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research at Beijing University in 2011 and Early Career Travel Award from Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2010. He organized and co-organized two symposia at SIAM conferences in 2010 and 2009. He and his colleagues, M. Cristina Marchetti at Physics Department and Syracuse Biomaterials Institute of Syracuse University and Peter Palffy-Muhoray at department of Chemical Physics and Liquid Crystal Institute of Kent State University, are organizing a minisymposium on Active Fluids and "Living" Liquid Crystals at the 2013 SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science to be held on June 9-12, 2013 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The PI has a good record for working with both undergraduate and graduates. During his postdoc period at UNC-CH, he co-mentored two Ph. D students with Dr. Gregory Forest. At FSU, he has mentored both undergraduate students and graduate students for doing research at FSU.
Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem is a professor of Plant Biology and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Fayetteville State University. Dr. Kassem’s research is focused on genetic and quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping of important agronomic traits in soybean and other plant species such as disease resistance, yield, drought tolerance, isoflavones, and phyto-pharmaceuticals. Dr. Kassem has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in well respected international journals and serves as an Editorial Board and a Review Board member of Scientific Journals International (SJI); an Associate Editor of ‘Journal of Forestry, Horticulture, and Soil Science’; a member of the Editorial Board of ‘Journal of Biotech Research’, and a reviewer for several international journals.
Dr. Lieceng Zhu is a geneticist and assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She holds a Ph. D. degree in Entomology from Kansas State University and two Masters degrees in Plant Genetics and Breeding from South Dakota State University and Northwest Sci-Tech University of Agriculture and Forestry in China. Dr. Zhu’s research focuses on genetic aspects of host plant resistance and plant-insect/pathogen interaction. She has worked on genetic diversity of wheat plants, molecular mapping of wheat genes resistant to aphids, impacts of drought and heat stress on wheat resistance to Fusarium Head Blight, rice resistance to Rice Sheath Blight and responses of wheat plant to Hessian fly infection.
Dr. Khalid Mahmud Lodhi, assistant professor and Director of the Forensic Science program at Fayetteville State University (FSU), completed his doctoral degree from the Department of Biosciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Dr. Lodhi completed his postdoctoral training in molecular biology at Thomas Jefferson University, USA. In 2000, he joined ReliaGene Technologies, a private sector forensic organization, as a senior scientist, where he started his forensic career. At ReliaGene Technologies, Dr. Lodhi played a major role in building forensic DNA database. From 2001- 2006, he worked for Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency (IMCFSA), as a Forensic Scientist and worked in forensic biology (DNA) section. During his tenure at IMCFSA, he worked more than hundred (100) forensic cases involving DNA for criminal prosecutions and testified as an expert witness. He joined FSU in 2006, where he teaches forensic science courses and directs the program as well. Dr. Lodhi’s current research interest involves (1) the identification of one or more individual(s) using Low Copy Number or touch DNA from a touched object; (2) how different surnames relate to Y chromosomes? Moreover, if surname(s) could be used to predict the risk(s) of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease(s)? How Y chromosome linked to certain diseases running in male children of a family? In addition, how Y chromosome allelic information can be linked to criminal investigation? Dr. Lodhi supervises the research of graduate, undergraduate and high school students on these projects. He is the author of several high ranking international peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Dr. Shubo Han is an assistant professor of Chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences. He teaches Instrumental Analysis, Analytical Chemistry, General Chemistry, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Physical Sciences. His research interests include: Molecular Basis of Flavonoid Antioxidants inhibiting Protein Aggregation Related to Neurodegenerative Diseases; Fabrication and Characterization of Nanomaterials for the Development of Electrochemical and Optical Biosensors. He is a member of the Steering Committee of SENCRMIC.
Dr. Cevdet Akbay received his B.S. Degree in Chemistry Education in Turkey in 1990 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees under supervision of Isiah M. Warner at Louisiana State University in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to work for Georgia State University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Shahab A. Shamsi’s research laboratory from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Akbay joined Fayetteville State University in August 2004, and established his research laboratory with the financial support of the National Institutes of Health in 2007. His research interests include the development of stationary phases for separation of small (e.g., drugs) and large (e.g., proteins) molecules using capillary electrophoresis, a powerful separation technique. Two Postdoctoral Research Associates, about 20 undergraduate and 7 high school students have worked in his research laboratory since 2007. In last four years, he and his students have presented about 30 posters and oral presentations at regional, national and international scientific conferences and have received several awards for their outstanding accomplishments. Their scientific findings have also been published in peer reviewed scientific journals and several manuscripts are in preparation for publications.
COL(ret) Robert M. Toguchiis an Associate Professor of Intelligence Studies at Fayetteville State University. Prior to his arrival at FSU, he served as the Senior Concept Developer and Chief, Initiatives Group in the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Fort Monroe, Virginia working for LTG Michael Vane, Director, ARCIC. In his previous assignment, he served as the Chief, Strategic Plans (Conventional War Plans), J5 Directorate and Deputy Director, J8 Directorate, at the U.S. Pacific Command. Enroute to the Pacific, COL Toguchi served as U.S. Senior Military Observer with the U.N. Mission in Liberia where he advised the U.S. and U.N. Ambassadors on security issues. He has also spent a tour as a war plans officer in the War Plans Division, Army G-3, Department of the Army Staff. Earlier in his career, he as a combat engineer officer in the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division, VII US Corps, and 7th Infantry Division. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academic at West Point and the National War College. COL Toguchi also possesses MA and PhD degrees in History from Duke University. He has spent over 30 years on active duty with the U.S. Army.
Colonel William Fitzhugh "Fitz" Lee, (United States Army, Retired) is a Lecturer and the Program Coordinator for the B.A. in Intelligence Studies Program at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Prior to joining the faculty at FSU, Colonel Lee served for thirty years in the United States Army, in a variety of command and staff positions, in the Infantry and Psychological Operations branches. Key positions in Colonel Lee's career included service as Deputy Chief of Information Operations at the United States Pacific Command, and as the first Senior Military Advisor to the State Department Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS). He is an expert in the development and employment of integrated interagency capabilities to plan and execute U.S. Government-led Reconstruction and Stabilization operations in both preventive and post-conflict environments. Colonel Lee received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy in 1980, and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2004.
Dr. Wingyan Chung is an associate professor of MIS in the School of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University, where he is also the Founder and Director of Knowledge Systems Laboratory. He has received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona (UA), with a minor in Computer Science, and an MS and BBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Dr. Chung's scholarly interests and expertise include security informatics, cybercrime analysis, business intelligence, knowledge management, data and text mining, Web analytics, information visualization, and human-computer interaction. He received multiple honors and awards, such as NSF research grants, the Outstanding Performance Award from UTEP, the Best Research Paper Award, and the Young Investigators Initiative Award from DARPA. He has published over 50 refereed articles in academic journals and conferences such as Journal of Management Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Computer, and Decision Support Systems, among others. Dr. Chung has worked with FBI cybercrime special agents on a data analysis project,co-authored with international terrorism experts and cybercrime expert, and led the research of COPLINK Spatio-Temporal Visualizer, a crime analysis and visualization system for the Tucson Police Department at Arizona. He is a regular program committee member for the IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics. A Co-PI for the project titled "Living in the KnowlEdge Society (LIKES)," funded by National Science Foundation (amount: US$498,957, CCF-0752865), Dr. Chung hosted the first NSF LIKES Workshop in 2007 and received an additional grant of $16,000 in 2009 for the program "Research Experiences for Undergraduates." Dr. Chung has taught at the University of Arizona, Santa Clara University, and the University of Texas at El Paso. He can be reached at wchung@ uncfsu.edu and (910) 672-1028.
Dr. Neal Wagner is an assistant professor of MIS in the School of Business and Economics. His expertise lies in the field of Computational Intelligence, particularly in the application of bioinspired techniques such as agent-based modeling and evolutionary algorithms for simulation, prediction, and optimization of complex systems. He has published several articles in international journals, books, and conferences on this topic and has built intelligent systems for applications in the fields of business, management, and economics. Dr. Wagner holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology and a M.S. in Computer Science both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Dr. Kelly Jackson Charles is currently the Assessment Coordinator and the Director of the Office of School Services for the School of Education. She is a K-16 educator with over 20 years of classroom and administrative experience in public, private, charter and postsecondary institutions. She holds a Bachelors degree in Teacher Education from Methodist University, Masters degrees in both Special Education and School Administration from Fayetteville State University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Morgan State University. Dr. Charles served as Principal of an urban Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academy in Baltimore, Maryland as well as Program Coordinator of a multi-site 21st Century Community Learning Center in Spring Lake, North Carolina supervising elementary, middle and adult learners in academic, recreational and social activities. Further, she served as an educational consultant for the public charter schools movement in the greater Washington, D.C. area and has taught adult literacy and compensatory education classes, special education P-12 and homebound instruction in rural and urban communities. Dr. Charles' areas of research include male students' locus of control, self-efficacy and intelligence, learning strategies and motivation for special needs students as well as differentiated instruction and small learning communities in K-16 settings.
Dr. Miriam DeLone is a Professor in and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. Dr. DeLone graduated with her doctorate in Criminology in 1992. She is co-author of the book, The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America, coming out in its 5th edition (Wadsworth, 2012). She has published her research in such journals as Social Problems, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Crime, Law and Social Change, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Review. Her primary area of research is in the area of race, ethnicity and sentencing. She is also working on research projects involving data and colleagues from the country of Turkey. Her newest interest is the development of crime prevention strategies from a public health perspective. While at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Dr. DeLone chaired five Master's thesis committees, and five dissertations. She has worked with graduate students from five different continents. Before coming to FSU, she was awarded the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award by her peers.
Dr. Terri Moore Brown is an associate professor and Chair of Social Work at Fayetteville State University in the Department of Social Work. Her academic preparation focuses on children and family services, and higher education administration. Dr. Brown received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Sociology with a minor in Business Administration from Methodist University. She holds a MSW degree from East Carolina University, and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. In addition, Dr. Brown attended the Harvard University Management Development Program. Dr. Brown has more than fifteen years of university leadership and teaching experience, and seven years of practice experience. She served as an associate professor of Social Work at Methodist College and Campbell University before assuming the position as Chair of the Department of Social Work at Fayetteville State University. In regard to administrative experiences, she served as Social Work Program Director, and Chair of the Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice Department at Methodist University. She has also served as Coordinator of Field Instruction at both Methodist University and Campbell University. Dr. Brown has served as a member of On-site Reaffirmation Teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and serves as a site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education. Her professional experiences began as a child care counselor at Cumberland Hospital followed by serving as a school social worker in the Cumberland County School System in Fayetteville, NC. Dr. Brown also held the position of a child protective service worker where she conducted investigations and provided treatment in county department of social services in Fayetteville, N.C., and Raleigh, NC. Her professional experiences also include serving as a clinical social worker with the Behavioral Medicine Center in Fayetteville, NC.
Dr. Wu Jing is an associate professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Fayetteville State University. He joined Fayetteville State niversity in 2006 as an assistant professor. He has taught both undergraduate courses and graduate courses at several institutions for more than 10 years. Dr. Jing is also interested in K-12 mathematics competitions, such as MathCounts and AMC 8/10/12. Dr. Wu Jing received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Zhejiang University (China) in 2003 and University of Central Florida in 2006. He received his M.S. in Mathematics from Qufu Normal University (China) in 1994, and B.S. in Mathematics Education from Ludong University (China) in 1991. His research areas incldue frame theory, image recognition, signal processing, operator algebras, operator theory, preserver problems, mappings on rings, and quantum logics. Dr. Jing has published about 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is an active reviewer for both Mathematical Reviews and Zentralblatt MATH. Dr. Jing has served as referee for several international journals.
Dr. Rakesh Malhotra is a lecturer in the Geography program. He earned his Ph.D. in Geography, with a specialization in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing; Masters of Science in Computer Science; and a Masters of Science in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia. He also earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University, India. Before joining FSU, Dr. Malhotra established the Geospatial Research, Innovative Teaching and Service Center at North Carolina Central University, and served as Program Manager at Fugro EarthData Solutions. Dr. Malhotra's research focuses on the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information that describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the earth for planning, decision and action towards the mitigation and recovery of natural and man-made catastrophic disasters. Outcomes from his research will enhance situational awareness for the protection of critical infrastructure and improved management of incidents at Federal, State, and local and regional levels.
Mr. Carlton Spellman is the Budget Director at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is currently responsible for providing guidance to all departments, schools, and offices of the university concerning the establishment, revision, reporting, administration and control of budgets as directed by the Chancellor, Board of Governors, State Budget Director and North Carolina General Statutes. Prior to joining Fayetteville State University, he served in the United States Marine Corps as the Senior Advisor to the Commander for Inspector- Instructor Staff Raleigh, North Carolina. His Marine Corps career includes over 16 years experience in federal budgets, purchasing, and fiscal management. During his 22 years of service, he served in a variety of diverse and challenging leadership roles. Mr. Spellman earned a BA with a specialization in Management and an MBA from St. Leo University, St. Petersburg, FL.