Associate Professor of Information Technology
Associate Professor of Information Technology
Using interdisciplinary and experiential approaches, the Information Technology (IT) Program lays a solid technological and digital knowledge base leading to further study and professional advancement in this competitive field. Students work with outstanding faculty to demystify and navigate the world of technology, envisioning their futures in IT. Blending theory and practice, the inclusive, high-impact curriculum ensures consistent opportunities for students to experience and apply the information and skills they acquire.
IT majors explore and learn fundamental aspects of web design, database management, programming, security, communication networks, and more. In addition to identifying the structures and functions of various multimedia systems, students expand their abilities to select, create, apply, integrate, and administer them. Complementing curricular emphasis on applied knowledge, the Program provides students exciting opportunities and essential support for internships and certification.
Innovative and applied learning and valuable practical experiences develop student familiarity with the industry, giving them an edge in their continued IT education and enhancing their job qualifications. Thus equipped with information, skills, experiences in the workplace, and industry certifications, IT graduates are poised to thrive upon transfer to a baccalaureate program and entering an intellectually and financially rewarding career.
The Information Technology program prepares students for the technological workforce of tomorrow. To this end, we strive to enrich our students with basic and fundamental knowledge of the technologies that will govern our world of tomorrow and equip them with the skill and hands-on expertise needed at the workforce.
To promote career readiness within the curriculum, the Program implements course design and experiences that promote and incorporate the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) Career Competencies:
Beginning in Spring 2019, the Information Technology (IT) Program has collaborated with Per Scholas to enhance our courses with IT industry certification. Per Scholas is an organization committed to closing the technological skills divide and preparing smart, dedicated people from underserved and underrepresented communities to work in key technical roles, creating transformative career opportunities for students and building a more diverse technical workforce.
Students in the IT Program are required to complete INFT 204: Internship in Information Technology, a course that fully embeds the NACE Career Competencies into major assignments throughout the semester and leads students to industry certification to further their IT careers. To date, students enrolled in this course have applied for certification in Network+. In the near future, industry certification will be expanded to additional IT courses and to include Comp TIA A+ and Cybersecurity.
Upon successful completion of the Information Technology program, students will be able to:
In Professor Juan Rodriguez’s Networking & Data Communications course (INFT 201-01), Guttman students learned a fundamental technological skill—how to make RJ45 cables. RJ45 cables are essential cables in networking; more specifically, as Joksan Erhlich Banegas Moran, a student in the class, describes, “RJ45 or twisted pair cables are cables with four wire pairs (eight wires) inside. With eight pins on the port used for networking (wired Ethernet connection).” Students in INFT 201 used patch cables and RJ45 connectors as well as a crimper tool for the assembly of the actual cables. Joksan notes that knowing how to create RJ45 cables “is a skill that everyone in IT should have.” Joksan is currently majoring in Information Technology at Guttman College, and, upon graduation, he is looking forward to transferring to a four-year college to pursue a career in computer science.Read Post
Assistant Professor of Information Technology Dr. Dara Pir has co-authored the paper, “Transfer Learning from Youtube Soundtracks to Tag Arctic Ecoacoustic Recordings,” which has been published in the Proceedings of the 45th Annual IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2020), held virtually from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, May 4-8, 2020.Read Post
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator of Information Technology Dr. Dalvin Hill and class of 2019 alumnus Hector Castro have co-authored an article titled “The Impact of Integrating Data Generated from Wearable Devices into a Patient Health Record (PHR)”. This paper was accepted for presentation at the 22nd International Conference on Collaborative Care, Integrated Health Systems and Management Models conference in the fall. The article proposes the inclusion of data generated from wearable devices, such as smart watches, in a patient’s health record.Read Post
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Information Technology Dr. Dalvin Hill will deliver the Keynote Address at the Technology Day 2019 conference to be held at Church Teachers’ College, located in Mandeville, Jamaica on November 20, 2019. The focus of the conference is Integrating 21st Century Technologies: Implications for Classroom Pedagogy.Read Post
First-year student Britney Puma has been selected as a 2019 America Needs You Fellow. The America Needs You (ANY) Fellows Program is a highly competitive, intensive, two-year program for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students. The program has four components: Intensive Career Development, One-on-One Mentorship, Robust Networks, and Holistic Support.Read Post
On May 2, Guttman Information Technology students Jacqueline Areas, Kouadio Serge Kouame, and Britney Puma were awarded the inaugural Amadou Diallo Memorial Scholarship, each receiving a $500 award. Established by Mrs. Kadi Diallo and the Amadou Diallo Foundation, this scholarship is named in honor of Amadou Diallo, who came to the United States in 1996 […]Read Post
Guttman students taking Introduction to Management Information System were given a tour of the development lab (nicknamed “The Garage”) at Infor. Infor is the largest privately held technology company in the world. Some of their clients include the Brooklyn Nets, McDonald’s and the MTA.Read Post
Dr. Dara Pir, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, achieved the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2018’s Top Performance in Eating Analysis and Tracking (EAT) Grand Challenge, Food Type Sub-Challenge. Dr. Pir was awarded with the Food Type Sub-Challenge Prize. His work is described in the ICMI 2018 Proceedings paper entitled “Functional-Based Acoustic Group Feature Selection for Automatic Recognition of Eating Condition.”Read Post
New York, NY, November 28, 2018: Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, part of The City University of New York, has received a $50,000 grant from the HERE to HERE fund at the James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation. The grant will enable the College to restructure its existing Information Technology program to offer students […]Read Post
In spring 2018, Guttman Community College faculty have published an impressive array of articles, books, and reports, received prestigious grants for their research and scholarship, and delivered important presentations at a variety of local, national, and international academic conferences and scholarly events. PUBLICATIONS Ryan W. Coughlan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is the co-author of “Progressive […]Read Post