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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Technology Administration

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Aryya Gangopadhyay
B. Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, 1984; M.B.A., Rutgers University, 1991; M.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1992; Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1993


Anthony F. Norcio
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1965; B.S., 1968; M.L.S., 1973; Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 1978

Dongsong Zhang
B.S., The BRANCH campus of Peking University (Beijing, China), 1990; M.S., Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China), 1995; Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 2002

Associate Professors

Gerald Canfield
B.A., University of Utah, 1978; M.A., 1979; M.S., San Jose State University, 1986; Ph.D., University of Utah, 1990

Zhiyuan Chen
B.S., Fudan University (China), 1995; M.S., 1997; Ph.D., Cornell University, 2002

Vandana Janeja
B.S., Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya University (India), 1997; M.S., 1999; M.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2001; M.B.A., Rutgers University, 2007; Ph.D., 2007

George Karabatis
B.S., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 1983; M.S., University of Houston, 1988; Ph.D., 1995

Anita Komlodi
M.A., Kossuth Lajos University (Hungary), 1994; M.L.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2000; Ph.D., 2002

A. Gunes Koru
B.Sc., Ege University (Turkey), 1996; M.Sc., Dokuz Eylül University (Turkey), M.S., Southern Methodist University, 2002

Ravi Kuber
B.Sc., University College London, 1999; M.Sc., 2004; Queen’s University Belfast, Ph.D., 2007

Wayne Lutters
B.A., Connecticut College, 1992; M.S., University of California, Irvine, 1995; PhD. 2001

A. Ant Ozok
B.S., Technical University of Istanbul (Turkey), 1996; M.S., Purdue University, 1997; Ph.D., 2001

Carolyn Seaman
B.A., College of Wooster, 1986; M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1987; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1996

Sredeevi Sampath
B.E., Osmania University (India), 2000; M.S., University of Delaware, 2002; Ph.D., 2006

Lina Zhou
B.S., Shanxi University (China), 1991; M.S., 1994; M.S., The University of Arizona, 2001; Ph.D., Peking University (China), 1998

Assistant Professors

Amy Hurst
B.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003, M.S. Carnegie Mellon University, 2007, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, 2010.

Helena Mentis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    B.S., Virginia Tech, 2000; M.S., Cornell University, 2004; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2010

Shimei Pan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          B.S., Tsinghua University, 1991; Ph.D., Columbia University, 2002

Nirmalya Roy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      B.S., Jadaupur University, 2001; M.S., University of Texas at Arlington, 2004; Ph.D.; 2008

Bin Zhou
B.S., Fudan University, China, 2005; M.S., Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2007; Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2011

Qian Zhu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              B.S., Sichuan Normal University, 2000; Ph.D., Shanghai Institute for Organic Chemistry, 2005

Senior Lecturers

Amy Everhart
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1984; M.S., 1992

Tate Redding
B.A., Dakota Weslyan University, 1978; M.A.S., The Johns Hopkins University, 1991


Dina Gorin Glazer
B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1993; M.S., 1995

Jeffrey D. Martens
B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1982; M.S., The College of William & Mary, 1986

Dana Smith
B.S., Salisbury State University, 1990; M.Ed., 1994; M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2001

Richard Sponaugle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1995; M.S.; 1997


Courses in this program are listed under IS and BTA.

The United States and other developed countries depend on computers for almost every transaction that occurs in our everyday lives. Many people refer to the present as “the information age”, and it is computer systems that have made this possible. The Department of Information Systems offers programs to prepare students to be the technical people who design, build and manage these computer systems or to be knowledgeable users of them.

The information systems program is interdisciplinary, including courses in mathematics and statistics, computer programming, management science, economics and technical writing, as well as specific courses in computer information system analysis, design, construction and management.Career learning through cooperative education assignments is strongly encouraged.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Technology Administration (BTA) is designed for students who want a firm grounding in the development and use of office systems based on microcomputers and a firm foundation in business management.

Career and Academic Paths

Graduates from the BTA program will find their end-user computer skills applicable to many positions in business and government. Students with a BTA often pursue careers in management and entrepreneurial careers in business.

Academic Advising

Undergraduates are advised by information systems faculty, some of whom specialize in academic advising and some of whom are primarily teachers. For students considering transferring to UMBC, Maryland community colleges have articulated programs that define the courses that will transfer as equivalent to UMBC courses. All students must meet with their assigned academic advisor before registering for courses. Students are also encouraged to meet with their advisor any time during the semester to discuss major or career plans.

Departmental Honors for Undergraduates in the BTA Program

The departmental honors program recognizes academic excellence for those students choosing to engage in a series of enhanced learning experiences offered by the department. Please see your IS advisor for more details regarding departmental honors.

Special Opportunities

UMBC has a very large and active cooperative education and internship program. All information systems students are encouraged to do co-ops or internships. The practical work experience gained is valued by employers in the field and is of considerable help in finding a job after graduation. One-third to one-half of IS majors take advantage of these opportunities.

Student Organizations

Information Systems Council of Majors

The Information Systems Council of Majors offers programs and tours in areas of interest to students. Council members also have opportunities to attend meetings of computer-related professional societies.

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