Monday, June 3, 2024

Faculty Spotlight Matthew Rodriguez


Matthew Rodriguez joined our faculty this past fall in the Mathematics, Computer Science and Digital forensics department as an assistant professor.

A native of Pennsylvania, Assistant Prof. Rodriguez went to Wilson High School near Reading, PA. He then attended Carnegie Mellon University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. After receiving his degree, he worked as a Software Developer for Amazon, Barclaycard and Entech Consulting before entering Lehigh University as a graduate student. At Lehigh University, he attained his master’s degree in computer science.

Before joining the Commonwealth University team, he worked as a secondary instructor and research assistant at Lehigh University. He is currently on the verge of attaining his PhD in Computer Science.

His research interests include concurrent and parallel computing, data structures, algorithms, and programming languages. He has been a participant in multiple Ludum Dare competitions. These are game jam competitions where participants are given a theme and must create a video game within a specified time limit, usually two or three days.

When asked what he enjoys about teaching, he stated that “he enjoys having a positive impact on students and teaching them skills that will help them become successful in their chosen careers. He also likes giving students the freedom to choose projects they are passionate about in the capstone software engineering class.”

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Faculty Spotlight

 Dr. Abdulrahman Abumurad has joined our Mathematics, Computer Science & Digital Forensics Department as an Assistant Professor at the Bloomsburg Campus. C:\Users\jboyer\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Outlook\TYA75W5A\IMG_8882.jpegDr. Abumurad was born in Seattle, Washington, and lived his early years in Idaho state. He completed his elementary/secondary schooling in Jordan, where his parents live. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology. He would come back to the States to continue his education at Wilkes University, where he obtained his Master’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Penn State University. He started his teaching journey after his undergrad studies as a Teaching Assistant at Jordan University of Science and Technology. At Wilkes University, he was an Adjunct Professor. At Eastern Illinois University, he was a professor in the Computer Science and Mathematics department. Dr. Abumurad’s research interests include circuit design, automation algorithms, human-computer interaction, and reading & analyzing EEG signals. His interest in computers developed since childhood. His home had an early version of the personal computer (Sanyo Wavy MSX Personal Computer AX230) that he used to play video games and explore the Basic programming language. Though he had been working in Pennsylvania as a state employee, his desire to teach drew him to apply for the position at Commonwealth University. He enjoys interacting with students and watching them grasp an idea.