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College of Engineering and Computing

Our Faculty and Staff

 Department of Integrated Information Technology

Elizabeth Regan

Elizabeth A. Regan, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor

Dr. Regan is chair of the Department of Integrated Information Technology and Associate Professor of Health Information Technology. Her current research interests focus on health information technology and clinical transformation. Areas of interest include health information echange and interoperability, technology implementation, clinical process improvement, healthcare transformation, critical success factors and leadership, healthcare strategy, policy and advocacy. Other research interests include complex large-scae organizational change, e-commerce, end-user information systems, and knowledge management.

Janice Bedenbaugh, Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Bedenbaugh serves as administrative coordinator in the Department of Integrated Information Technology.

Robert G. Brookshire

Robert G. Brookshire, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Robert G. Brookshire is the Director of the Master of Health Information Technology program. He is the co-author of Using Microcomputers for Research (Sage Publications, 1985), and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Computer Information Systems, BYTE, Social Science Computer Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, The European Journal of Operational Research, and other journals. 


Jorge Crichigno, Pd. D., Associate Professor

Dr. Crichigno joined the Integrated Information Technology (IIT) Department at the University of South Carolina (USC) in January, 2018. Before coming to USC, Dr. Crichigno was a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern New Mexico College. Dr. Crichigno has also served as a research associate at the Electrical Engineering Department at University of South Florida and at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity since 2016.


Anthony Dillon, Internship Director

Mr. Dillon is the Director of Internships for the Department of Integrated Information Technology and clinical instructor for undergraduate and graduate programs within the IIT and MHIT programs. He has worked within the private and public sectors as it related to educational technology and brings numerous business partnerships and relationships to the university. 

John H. Gerdes, Jr.

John H. Gerdes, Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Gerdes serves as associate professor. His research interests are in the areas of web-based data mining, knowledge management, electronic commerce, distance learning, and data security.


Sharon Gumina, Instructor

Ms. Gumina is an Instructor within the Department of Information Technology IIT programs.  She has taught and worked in the field of Information Technology for over 25 years.  Her teaching interests include database design, introduction to networking and routing and switching, and systems analysis and design.

Neset Hikmet

Neset Hikmet, Ph.D., Professor

Dr. Neset Hikmet is a Professor within the College of Engineering and Computing, University of South Carolina. His research focuses on a broad range of topics related to creation and management of innovations, healthcare informatics and social enterprises. He has served as PI, co-PI, or co-Investigator in numerous research activities in a wide range of contexts specifically focusing on data management and analytics. He is currently teaching the graduate courses "Health IT Database Systems" and "Large Scale Health IT Systems." Dr. Hikmet was the recipient fo the IBM Shared University Research Award for establishing a "Center for Business Analytics and Performance Management" followed by the IBM Academic Initiative Award for launching a "Research Lab for Health-e Analytics with SPSS Modeler." His recent demonstration project Health Services Utilization Dashboard leverages Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) 2.7 million patent based clinical data set providing insightful information. Dr. Hikmet has over 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers published in leading scientific journals including European Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Information Systems Management, Communications of the SCM, and his work has been cited more than 1400 times. 

Dr. Mulchahey

Kenneth Mulchahey, DBA., Adjunct Professor

Dr. Kenneth Mulchahey joined the Integrated Information Technology Department in 2014.  Dr. Mulchahey is also the Director of Project Management and Implementation for Avtec LLC (a Motorola Subsidiary), a Voice Over IP (VOIP) software company located in Lexington, SC.  Dr. Mulchahey also served  32 years in the Air Force Reserves and worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense installing and managing Biometric Identification Systems throughout several countries in the Middle East.  He has taught Management of IT, Introduction to Hardware & Software, and Thriving in the Tech Age. 

Karen P. Patten

Karen P. Patten, Ph.D., Senior Instructor

Dr. Patten is a senior instructor in the Department of Integrated Information Technology. She currently is researching human-centered design considerations for the IoT. Her other research interests include flexible and agile IT management and leadership, small business IT management, wireless and mobile telecommunications, IT project management, and IT / IS curriculum development.

Benjamin Schooley

Benjamin Schooley, Ph.D., M.B.A., Associate Professor

Dr. Schooley's areas of research health information technologies (HIT), user experience design, mobile health (mHealth), decision science, and the design and field testing of software innocations within the context of large-scale, integrated, socio-technical systems. 

Dr. Wu

Dezhi Wu, PH. D., Associate Professor

Dr. Dezhi Wu is an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Information Technology at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA. Dr. Wu is a passionate scholar in the information systems fields, especially as it pertains to the intersection area among human-computer interaction, cybersecurity, Health IT, eCommerce, and computer-mediated learning. Her academic work explores how users interact with computers, the Internet, robotics and smart devices, as well as other emerging technologies, to accomplish their goals. Her passion also extends to creating innovative and cutting-edge interfaces and designing transformative experiences that fill the gaps between users and today's evolving technologies. Through all this, Dr. Wu engages and inspires her students through experiential learning methods to foster their lifelong learning experiences.

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