Pitt’s School of Information Sciences Announces Faculty Additions
Contact: Bruce Steele [412-624-1033; brsteele@pitt.edu]


PITTSBURGH - Ronald Larsen, dean of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Pittsburgh , has announced three new faculty appointments.

Daqing He joins SIS' Department of Library and Information Science as an assistant professor. His research interests include information retrieval, Web user context learning and user modeling, interactive retrieval interface design, computational linguistics, and World Wide Web log mining and analysis. After earning the B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing , China , He earned the Ph.D. degree from the Division of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom . Since then, He has worked as a research fellow at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen , U.K. , and, most recently, as a research scientist at the University of Maryland at College Park .

Glenn L. Ray is a new assistant professor in SIS's Department of Information Science and Telecommunications. His professional and research interests include software engineering, object- and aspect-oriented analysis and design, rule-based systems, Web services, formal methods, geographic information systems, and distance education. Immediately before coming to Pitt, Ray was an assistant professor in the IT department at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro , Ga. He also has held adjunct faculty appointments at Florida A&M and Florida State universities. In addition, Ray has served as an analyst/architect for digital ESP , Inc., of Raleigh , N.C. ; as president and owner of Capital Communications of America, a telecom and Internet services marketing firm in Tallahassee , Fla. ; as legislative coordinator for the Florida Association of Counties; and as a petroleum geologist/geophysicist for Amoco Corp. in New Orleans . He earned the Ph.D. degree in earth science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Master of Software Engineering Science degree from Florida A&M University , and the B.S. degree in geology Florida State University .

A new assistant professor in Pitt's University Center for Social and Urban Research, Stuart William Shulman also will have a secondary appointment in SIS' Department of Library and Information Science. Shulman's research centers on emerging issues in digital government. Most recently, Shulman examined the impact of new communications technologies, such as the Internet, on public involvement in the regulatory rule-making process, leading to more sophisticated and manageable information systems for citizen/government interaction. Most recently, Shulman was an assistant professor in Drake University 's Environmental Science and Policy Program. He also has been an adjunct assistant professor in Providence College 's political science department and a visiting assistant professor in the University of Puget Sound 's politics and government department. Shulman earned the Ph.D. degree in political science at the University of Oregon and the B.A. degree in political science and English from Boston University .

"These three new faculty members continue the school's tradition and reputation of excellence in expanding society's understanding of the multidisciplinary dimensions of an information-driven society," Larsen noted.

SIS educates information professionals for a wide range of specializations in the information field. The school emphasizes the integration of people, knowledge, and technology for decision-making, problem-solving, and learning. SIS offers six degrees and three certificate programs in telecommunications, information sciences, and library and information science. Its internationally renowned faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service.