The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology

The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology offers educational and research programs that integrate information technology, information content, organizational forces, and business strategy to advance 21st century enterprises of all kinds. Five-year programs include three six-month periods of employment through the University's co-operative education program. Four-year programs include one six-month period of co-op employment.

In fall 2013, The  iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology became part of Drexel’s new College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), which combines the core strengths and assets of Drexel’s many undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in computing and informatics that are currently offered in three different colleges. The College of Computing & Informatics, led by founding Dean David E. Fenske, serves as a hub for multi-disciplinary computing and informatics activities by uniting the faculty, professional staff, and students from the former College of Information Science and Technology (the iSchool), the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and the Department of Computing and Security Technology in Goodwin College of Professional Studies.

Current students are continuing in their respective colleges/schools for academic year 2013-14, and will continue on their current curriculum trajectory. All students in the academic units in the iSchool, Department of Computer Science, and the Computing and Security Technology program will be matriculated in the new College beginning in the fall 2014 quarter.  

About the College

The College of Information Science and Technology is also known as the iSchool. This identity highlights the College’s participation in the iSchools Caucus, and its status as a founding member of the organization. The iSchools Caucus is a international alliance of library, information science and information system schools, the purpose of which is to raise awareness and understanding of the information sciences as a cutting-edge and progressive field of study. The iSchool educates interdisciplinary professionals to provide information services and systems to meet a wide range of needs. The iSchool complements its educational programs with research that increases the benefits of information science and technology for all sectors of society.

The College offers the majors in informatics, information systems, and information technology both as four and five-year programs, and offers the software engineering major as a five-year program. The degree programs are open to freshmen and transfers from other departments at Drexel and other universities. Students have access to the iSchool's iCommons and the computing facilities available to all Drexel students.

Transfer admission occurs in the fall and winter terms only due to the sequence of required courses. Internal transfer students can be admitted any term. Please contact an iSchool advisor for more information.

Co-operative Education

Co-operative education at the iSchool emphasizes career management through experiential learning as an integral part of the education process. The iSchool co-op is based on employment in practical, major-related positions consistent with the interests, abilities, and aptitudes of the students.

For more general information on Drexel University's co-op opportunities, visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center.

About Computer-Related Disciplines

Drexel offers real choices among majors that are genuinely distinct. By learning more about computer-related disciplines, students can decide which discipline is best suited to their interests:


The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology

Informatics majors learn to define information needs of individuals and organizations; select and transform data to increase usefulness for solving particular problems; analyze and synthesize big, unstructured data to create actionable information; create information visualizations for big data exploration and presentation; manage very large volume data sources from acquisition through disposal, and secure, preserve, and control access to data in a manner consistent with legal and organizational considerations.

Students who are interested in creating novel information products to solve problems related to big data should consider a major in informatics.

Information Systems

The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology

Information systems analysts and designers spend most of their time learning how to elicit system requirements from users, modeling these requirements, building and testing prototypes, developing software specifications, designing and developing graphical user interfaces, and evaluating the organizational effectiveness of information systems.

Students who are interested in designing requirements-driven information systems should consider a major in information systems.

Information Technology

The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program integrates closely with Drexel’s Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS) program. The two degrees share a common freshman year and the same set of major courses, but they have different requirements. The difference is in the nature of specialization in upper-level courses.

The BSIT is aimed at students who want a degree focused on applied information technology — but with an emphasis on IT infrastructure rather than applications in business.

Students who are interested in analyzing IT problems and design, as well as implementing and evaluating effective and usable IT solutions should consider a major in information technology.

Software Engineering

The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology and the College of Engineering

Drexel's software engineering program focuses on the application of processes, methods, and tools to building and maintaining quality computer software, at a predictable cost, on a predictable schedule.

Students in this major learn to appropriately apply discrete mathematics, probability, statistics, and relevant topics in computer science and supporting disciplines to complex software systems, and to work in one or more significant application domains designing software.

Students interested in analyzing, designing, verifying, validating, implementing, applying and maintaining software systems should consider a major in software engineering.

Computer Science

College of Engineering

Computer science majors spend most of their time studying and designing algorithms, implementing them into software systems, and improving their performance. Study of theories and techniques are covered in such courses as object-oriented programming, analysis of algorithms, software engineering, and programming language concepts. Areas of application range from operating systems to artificial intelligence, scientific computing to computer networks, and expert systems to computer graphics.

Students interested in enhancing the performance of computers via software and related technology should consider a major in computer science.

Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Computer engineers work for computer and microprocessor manufacturers; manufacturers of digital devices for telecommunications, peripherals, electronics, control, and robotics; software engineering; the computer network industry; and related fields. A degree in computer engineering can also serve as an excellent foundation to pursue graduate professional careers in medicine, law, business, and government.

Digital Media

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Drexel's major in digital media is designed to educate creative innovators and visual problem solvers in areas of theory and practice in traditional and new media. The freshman year includes foundation courses in basic design, art history, drawing, and liberal arts. In subsequent years, courses in several disciplines— including graphic design, photography, film and video, computer programming, and human-computer interaction—are required to broaden students perspective about digital media. These courses are taken concurrently with professional studio workshop courses in 3D modeling, animation, multimedia interactivity, and visual effects.

Management Information Systems (MIS)

LeBow College of Business

Combining the science, technology, and theory of information systems with an advanced knowledge of business functionality is the aim of management information specialists. The Management Information Systems concentration emphasizes human-computer interaction and the practical applications of computer systems in business, including effective data management and efficient systems of information relay. Career opportunities exist in a wide range of business settings.


Drexel University Libraries

Drexel University Libraries is a learning enterprise, advancing the University’s academic mission through serving as educators, supporting education and research, partnering with researchers, and fostering intentional learning outside of the classroom. For students and faculty in The iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology, the Libraries provide a collection of over 600,000 books, periodical literature from over 35,000 journal titles residing in over 460 databases. All fields of inquiry are covered, including: library and information science, computer science, systems engineering, information systems, and technology. Resources are available online at or in-person at W. W. Hagerty Library. The Libraries also make available laptop and desktop PC and Mac computers, printers and scanners, spaces for quiet work or group projects and designated 24/7 spaces. Librarians and library staff, including a liaison librarian for information science and technology, are available for individual research consultations.   


Located in Room 106 of the Rush Building, the College’s iCommons features desktop computers, a wireless/laptop area, free black and white printing, more collaborative space for its students and a furnished common area. There is a fully equipped conference room for student use with a 42” display and videoconferencing capabilities. The iCommons provides technical support to students, faculty, and administrative staff. In addition, the staff provides audio-visual support for all presentation classrooms within the Rush Building. Use of the iCommons is reserved for all students taking iSchool courses.  

The computers for general use are Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX machines with appropriate applications which include the Microsoft Office suite, various database management systems, modeling tools, and statistical analysis software. Library related resources may be accessed at the iCommons and through the Hagerty Library. The iSchool is a member of the Rational SEED Program which provides cutting-edge CASE and project management software for usage in the iCommons and iSchool classrooms.  The iSchool is also a member of the Microsoft Academic Alliance known also as “DreamSpark” which allows students free access to a wide array of Microsoft software titles and operating systems.  

iSchool students can access Drexel’s mail server from within the iCommons. The iCommons, student labs, and classrooms have access to networked databases, print and file resources within the College, and the Internet via the University’s network. Email accounts, Internet and BannerWeb access are available through the Office of Information Resources and Technology. 

 Other Facilities

The College maintains 6 classrooms equipped for audio-visual presentation. These rooms typically contain a networked PC, HD video player, ceiling mounted projectors, and other equipment for presentations and demonstrations. Four of these classrooms are fully equipped to function as laptop computing labs for networking, programming and database-related projects.

Information Technology Lab

In 2013, the iSchool redesigned its laboratory in support of the degree program in Information Technology. This lab consists of enterprise class information technology hardware that students would encounter in industry positions. The hardware includes 20 high powered workstations that are available to students and specialized networking lab simulation software. The hardware is networked and reconfigurable utilizing multiple virtual technologies as needed for the various classes the laboratory supports. In addition a special system has been built into to the classroom to allow for conversion into a standard laptop computing lab utilizing motorized monitor lifts that allow the monitors and keyboards to recess into the desk.

Alumni Garden

The Rush Building’s Alumni Garden provides additional collaborative space for students, alumni and faculty. The Garden features wireless networking, tables with built-in power outlets, accessible covered patio and balconies and a bicycle rack. The Alumni Garden may be reserved for Drexel events.

Information Science and Technology Faculty

Denise E. Agosto, PhD (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). Associate Professor. Information behavior, public libraries, gender, children, young adults, multicultural materials.
Larry Alexander, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Research Professor. Executive in Residence. Large scale modeling and simulation, pattern recognition, the future of information technology.
Yuan An, PhD (University of Toronto, Canada). Associate Professor. Conceptual modeling, schema and ontology mapping, information integration, knowledge representation, requirements engineering, healthcare information systems, and Semantic Web.
Norm Balchunas, COL (Ret), MSS (Air War College, Air University (Maxwell Air Force Base, AL)) Director of Strategic Solutions. Assistant Research Professor. Applied Informatics Group. Strategic planning, electronic warfare, information operations, cyber-attack, combat operations.
Ellen Bass, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Professor. Characterizing human judgement and decision making, modeling human judgement when supported by information automation, computational models of human-human and human-automation coordination.
Glenn Booker, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Software engineering, systems analysis and design, networking, statistics and measurement, process improvement, object-oriented analysis and design, bioinformatics, and modeling of biological systems.
Toni Carbo, PhD (Drexel University) iSchool Program Leader, Drexel University Center for Graduate Studies, Sacramento. Teaching Professor. Information policy, information ethics, academic librarianship, management and LIS education.
Chris Carroll, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Information technology within healthcare companies, IT infrastructure, networking technology, server technology, information security, virtualization and cloud computing.
Chaomei Chen, PhD (University of Liverpool). Professor. Information visualization, visual analytics, knowledge domain visualization, network analysis and modeling, scientific discovery, science mapping, scientometrics, citation analysis, human-computer interaction.
Catherine D. Collins, MLIS (Indiana University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Knowledge management, collection development, management of information organizations, information sources and services, international development.
Prudence W. Dalrymple, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Director, Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Research and Teaching Professor. User-centered information behaviors, particularly in the health arena, health informatics, evidence based practice, education for the information professions and evaluation, and translation of research into practice.
Susan E. Davis, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Associate Teaching Professor. Archives and special collections management, organization of and access to archival records, archival education, leadership in professions.
M. Carl Drott, PhD (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Systems analysis techniques, web usage, competitive intelligence.
David E. Fenske, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Dean of the College and Isaac L. Auerbach Professor of Information Science. Digital libraries, informatics, knowledge management and information technologies.
Andrea Forte, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Social computing, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, information literacy.
Susan Gasson, PhD (University of Warwick). Associate Professor. The co-design of business and IT-systems, distributed cognition & knowledge management in boundary-spanning groups, human-centered design, social informatics, online learning communities, grounded theory.
Christopher Geib, PhD (University of Edinburgh). Associate Professor. Probalistic plan recognition and planning, reasoning based on lexicalized grammars, grounding cognition in embodied systems, human-computer interaction, computer network security.
Sean P. Goggins, PhD (University of Missouri). Assistant Professor. Computer-supported cooperative work, computer supported collaborative learning, social computing, collaborative information behavior, distributed work, small group research, software engineering.
Peter Grillo, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Strategic applications of technology within organizations.
Tony H. Grubesic, PhD (The Ohio State University). Associate Professor. Geographic information science, spatial analysis, development, telecommunication policy, location modeling.
Gene Gualtieri, PhD (Michigan State University). Assistant Research Professor. Problems in medical imaging, MRI/PET/CT data, and related technology areas.
Trudi Bellardo Hahn, PhD (Drexel University) Director of Academic Outreach. Teaching Professor. History and origins of the field of information science; scholarly communication, particularly in regard to open access and author rights; development needs of students and faculty in the field.
Gregory W. Hislop, PhD (Drexel University). Professor. Information technology for teaching and learning, online education, structure and organization of the information disciplines, computing education research, software evaluation and characterization.
Xiaohua Tony Hu, PhD (University of Regina, Canada). Professor. Data mining, text mining, Web searching and mining, information retrieval, bioinformatics and healthcare informatics.
Weimao Ke, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Assistant Professor. Information retrieval (IR), distributed systems, intelligent filtering/recommendation, information visualization, network science, complex systems, machine learning, text/data mining, multi-agent systems, the notion of information.
Michael Khoo, PhD (University of Colorado at Boulder). Assistant Professor. The understandings and practices that users bring to their interactions with information systems, with a focus on the evaluation of digital libraries and educational technologies.
Alison M. Lewis, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Ethics of librarianship, collection development and services to humanists and social scientists.
Jiexun Jason Li, PhD (University of Arizona). Assistant Professor. Knowledge discovery, data mining, text mining, Web mining, machine learning, network analysis.
Xia Lin, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor. Digital libraries, information visualization, visual interface design, knowledge mapping, human-computer interaction, object-oriented programming, information retrieval, information architecture, information-seeking behaviors in digital environments.
Monica Maceli, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Human-computer interaction, informatics, social computing, meta-design/end-user development, online education, and instructional design.
Linda S. Marion, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Formal and informal communication, bibliometric studies of scholarly communication, diffusion of information, information use in the social sciences, academic and public libraries, information science education.
Katherine W. McCain, PhD (Drexel University). Professor. Scholarly communication, information production and use in the research process, development and structure of scientific specialties, diffusion of innovation, bibliometrics, evaluation of information retrieval systems.
Vanessa J. Irvin Morris, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Teaching Professor. Public libraries, social epistemology, youth services, multicultural literature, Web design, social media.
Delia Neuman, PhD (The Ohio State University) Director of the School Library Media Program. Associate Professor. Learning in information-rich environments, instructional systems design, the use of media for learning, and school library media.
Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD (University of Maryland at College Park) Dean of Libraries. Professor. Library metrics and use in management, library as place, and academic library service models.
Jung-ran Park, PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Associate Professor. Knowledge organization and representation (cataloging and classification, metadata, image indexing, thesauri, lexicons, ontologies, semantic web), computer-mediated communication, cross-cultural communication, multilingual information access and discourse.
Lori Richards, MA (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Electronic records management, digital curation, information governance under emerging technologies, cloud computing, economics of public information stewardship.
Harvey Rishikof, JD (New York University School of Law) Director of Cybersecurity and the Law in the iSchool and Earle Mack School of Law. Teaching Professor. National security law, civil and military courts, terrorism, international law, civil liberties, civilian/military relations, governmental process, and the US Constitution.
Jennifer A. Rode, PhD (University of California, Irvine). Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, digital anthropology, gender, security and privacy.
Michelle L. Rogers, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction, healthcare informatics, human factors engineering, socio-technical systems, health services research, patient safety.
Aleksandra Sarcevic, PhD (Rutgers University). Assistant Professor. Computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, healthcare informatics, crisis informatics, social analysis of information and communications technology (ICT).
Il-Yeol Song, PhD (Louisiana State University). Professor. Conceptual modeling, ontology and patterns, data warehouse and OLAP, object-oriented analysis and design with UML, medical and bioinformatics data modeling & integration, and digital forensics.
Gerry Stahl, PhD (University of Colorado, Northwestern University). Associate Professor. Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, theory of collaboration.
Julia Stoyanovich, PhD (Columbia University). Assistant Professor. Data and knowledge management, big data, biological data management, search and ranking.
Deborah Turner, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Information behavior/interaction, management of information institutions, orality and information.
Kristene Unsworth, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Information policy, ethics, government information.
Rosina Weber, PhD (Federal University of Santa Catarina). Associate Professor. Knowledge-based systems; case-based reasoning; textual case-based reasoning; computational intelligence; knowledge discovery; uncertainty, mainly targeting knowledge management goals in different domains, e.g., software engineering, military, finance, and law.
Christopher C. Yang, PhD ( University of Arizona, Tucson). Associate Professor. Web search and mining, security informatics, knowledge management, cross-lingual information retrieval, text summarization, multimedia retrieval, information visualization, information sharing and privacy, digital library, and electronic commerce.
Valerie Ann Yonker, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Human service information systems, systems analysis and design, measurement in software evaluation, knowledge engineering.
Lisl Zach, PhD (University of Maryland). Assistant Professor. Knowledge management/competitive intelligence, disaster-related information services, information-seeking behavior of decision makers, measuring and communicating the value of information, organizational use of information.

Emeritus Faculty

Michael E. Atwood, PhD (University of Colorado) Associate Dean for Research and for Undergraduate Education. Professor. Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, organizational memory.
Thomas A. Childers, PhD (Rutgers University). Professor Emeritus. Measurement, evaluation, and planning of information and library services, the effectiveness of information organizations.
John B. Hall, PhD (Florida State University). Professor Emeritus. Academic library service, library administration, organization of materials.
Carol Hansen Montgomery, PhD (Drexel University) Dean of Libraries. Professor Emeritus. Selection and use of electronic collections, evaluation of library and information systems, digital libraries, economics of libraries and digital collections.
Howard D. White, PhD (University of California at Berkeley) Visiting Research Professor. Professor Emeritus. Literature information systems, bibliometrics, research methods, collection development, online searching.
Susan Wiedenbeck, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) PhD Program Director. Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, end-user programming/end-user development, empirical studies of programmers, interface design and evaluation.
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