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Dr. Sheldon BroedelDr. Sheldon Broedel

Graduate Faculty

Sheldon E. Broedel, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Graduate Program Director and Instructor

B.S., Biology, State University of New York at Geneseo
M.S., Microbial Genetics, UMBC
Ph.D., Microbial Genetics, UMBC

Sheldon Broedel, a member of the UMBC faculty since 2008, has a combined 33 years of industry and academic experience. He is a founder/CEO/CSO of Athena Environmental Sciences, Inc., a diversified biotechnology company that specializes in designing, developing and manufacturing bio-based products. Under the Athena Enzyme Systems™ brand, the company makes and sells a line of biotools designed to improve the expression and recovery of recombinant proteins. Additionally, Dr. Broedel has held research and management positions with Martin Marietta Laboratories (now Lockheed-Martin), Dorlin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly ChekTec Corporation). In 2005, Dr. Broedel received UMBC’s Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award. He has a diverse range of scientific publications, holds five issued patents, and has designed, reduced to practice and launched more than 160 products. Dr. Broedel and his development teams have received ten SBIR grant awards for their work with infectious diseases, environmental products and diagnostic tests. Athena currently has a portfolio of over 500 products serving world-wide biotechnology and consumer markets.

Dr. Broedel completed his B.S. in Biology at the State University of New York at Geneseo and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics at UMBC. He also holds positions as the Associate Graduate Program Director and Instructor for the MPS: Biotechnology at UMBC and as an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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UMBC Faculty Robert FentonRobert E. Fenton

Graduate Faculty

B.S., General Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
M.S.E.E., Electrical Engineering, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
M.S., Management (Sloan Fellow), MIT
M.E.A., Engineering Administration, George Washington University
M.A., International Affairs, Salve Regina University
Graduate (with Highest Distinction), U.S. Naval War College

Robert Fenton, a seasoned senior strategist in industry and in the military (U.S. Coast Guard), retired as Director of Technical Operations at BAE Systems in 2011. His BAE focus had been supporting the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) business planning and strategy development, through an FAA strategic management process based on the Balanced Scorecard concept.  He directly supported Mr. Russell Chew, the Chief Operating Officer of the FAA, in formulating and writing the first Air Traffic Operations Business Plan. Additionally, he was heavily involved in designing and implementing the FAA’s new Acquisition Management System for managing the selection and acquisition of new FAA capital assets.

Mr. Fenton has served as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Engineering Management at the University of Baltimore, the Catholic University of America, and George Washington University before joining the UMBC faculty. He has authored numerous articles and papers, including a seminal technical paper on “System of Systems” Enterprise Systems Engineering for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He has an unusually broad background in international affairs from his Coast Guard work for the United States in the United Nations international Maritime Organization (IMO). He served as the U.S. Delegate to the IMO conferences that created the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and the International Maritime Satellite Organization (INMARSAT).

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UMBC Engineering Faculty Ted FosterTed Foster

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia
Ph.D., John Hopkins University

Dr. Ted Foster is the Assistant Dean of the UMBC College of Engineering and IT. He joined UMBC in 2000 after a 36-year career at Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. Dr. Foster has served in various levels of management in advanced development or applied research in electronics, primarily for radar systems. For seven years he served as General Manager of the Electronics, Information, and Sciences Division at the Westinghouse Research Laboratory, in Pittsburgh, PA and Director of the Northrop Grumman Science and Technology Center. Other specialties include electro-optical surveillance, targeting, and missile warning, microwave design department, VHSIC programs, and surveillance radar systems.

Dr. Foster received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, Dr. Foster is a Senior member of IEEE, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, and serves as an Evaluator for ABET accreditation of EE and Computer Engineering programs.

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Toby GoukerToby Gouker
Graduate Faculty

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
MBA, University of Houston
Ph.D., Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University

Toby Gouker, an adjunct with UMBC since 2011, has over 33 years of management experience in industry and academia. Currently serving as a Principal for Two BG Consulting, Dr. Gouker advises various educational institutions and professional associations on training and education program development.  Previously, he was the Director of Operations at Certisusa where he managed several biotech facilities, an Engineering Research and Development Manager at W.R. Grace & Co commercializing power plant and other source air pollution control products, and a Project Leader at Exxon Research and Engineering Co.
Dr. Gouker's additionally has served as the Provost at Lyman Spalding Institute, where led the effort to build a global continuing education program for scientists and engineers to ensure pharmaceutical workforce capacity, the Vice President of University Affairs at American Graduate University, where he functioned as the lead academic and operating officer and Executive Director at Laureate Education, Inc. where he led National Technological University through its merger with Walden University.

Dr. Gouker received his Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, his M.B.A. at the University of Houston, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Gouker is also an Graduate Faculty member at American Graduate University and DeVry University.

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UMBC Faculty Anita GrinerAnita Griner

Graduate Faculty

B.A., Organizational/Personnel Psychology, UMBC
M.B.A., University of Baltimore

Specializing in project management consultation and instruction, Ms. Griner currently serves as Chief of Staff and Chief Performance Officer at Cognosante, a mid-size Health IT company.  Prior to this position she served as the Deputy Director for the Data Sharing & Partnership Group at the Center for Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Her programs included the ACA 6002 National Physician Payment Reporting Program: OPENPAYMENTS and the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership (HFPP). She previously was a Project Manager at Maricom Systems, IBM, and Applied Digital Solutions where she trained and consulted with private, State and Federal government clients. Ms. Griner is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified through the national Project Management Institute.

Ms. Griner received her B.A. from UMBC in Organizational/Personnel Psychology and her M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore. She is a member of the Project Management Institute and actively serves on various project management focus groups and practice teams to develop and implement project management guidelines and standards. She has been named the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service and the CMS CIO’s Citation Award for Project Management.

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Josh HerringJosh Herring
Graduate Faculty

Joshua Herring, recently joining UMBC faculty in 2012, is currently the Program Management Lead at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Program Integrity. Through this position, Mr. Herring leads all aspects of program management for the successful implementation of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a major component of the Affordable Care Act, requiring public disclosure of $1.6B of payments and other transfers of value between drug and device manufacturers and over one million physicians and teaching hospitals. He has previously worked in the CMS Innovation Center and Office of Information Services. Prior to joining CMS, Mr. Herring was a Software Development Deputy Manager and Strategic Planning Analyst with Northrop Grumman.


Mr. Herring is a UMBC alumnus with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Engineering Management. Additionally, he is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®, drawing on a breadth of project management, process improvement, strategic planning and portfolio analysis experience in the defense and federal sectors. He is a recognized expert in project planning tools & techniques.

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Illysa IzenbergMichelle Jones
Graduate Faculty

B.S., Business Administration, University of Baltimore
M.S., Accounting and Business Advisory Services, Towson University and University of Baltimore

Michelle Jones has over 20 years of experience in various accounting management positions.  Currently, she serves as the Corporate Controller of The Kane Company, the parent company of Office Movers, Office Shredding, Office Archives and Kane Third Party Logistics, based in Elkridge Maryland.  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day accounting and managing a staff of ten in the accounts receivables and collections, accounts payable, payroll and financial reporting departments. Ms. Jones is also responsible for handling year-end financial and bank audits, reporting and filing payroll and unemployment taxes and serves on the company’s executive committee.  Since starting at The Kane Company, Ms. Jones has successfully participated in a payroll system implementation and conversion. 

From 2011- 2013, Ms. Jones worked as Corporate Controller at ASG Security, where she managed all aspects of the financial, bank and tax audits and worked closely with the CFO on acquisitions.  From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Jones served as Controller of CBS Radio in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for all accounting functions for five radio stations, including financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, payroll, human resources, accounts payable and receivables, and credit and collections. While at CBS, Ms. Jones prepared the annual revenue and expense budgets and participated on several tactical initiatives, including the re-launch of the HFStival music concert. Previously, Ms. Jones served for 16 years at The Baltimore Sun holding various accounting positions.  While at The Baltimore Sun, Ms. Jones assisted in a financial reporting and general ledger software conversion, helped develop and completed Sarbanes-Oxley documentation and testing matrices and developed compensation plans used in labor union negotiations.


Ms. Jones holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Baltimore, and a joint M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services from Towson University and the University of Baltimore.  She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Keith KirkwoodKeith R. Kirkwood
Graduate Faculty

B.S., Computer Information Systems, Eastern Washington University
M.S., Engineering Management, UMBC, 2014
Graduate, U.S. Army Computer Science School

Mr. Kirkwood has almost 30 years of leadership and management experience in both industry and the U.S. Army.  He is currently an Engineering Program Manager for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Linthicum, MD.  He has been with Northrop Grumman for 18 years in a variety of leadership and management positions.  His assignments include serving as the Communications Integrated Product Team lead for the Tactical Exploitation System, Department Systems Engineering Manager for the C4ISR Department, Lead Systems Engineer and Chief Engineer for the Distributed Common Ground System – Army (Version 4), and the manager for the Processing Architectures Department in the Advanced Concepts & Technology Division.  Keith has also served as technical business development engineer and has been a functional manager for the previous 9 years.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Keith served as a Cavalry officer and a Systems Automation Acquisition officer for the United States Army for 11 years.  As an acquisition officer, he was responsible for the software lifecycle management for the All Source Analysis System (ASAS).  As a Cavalry officer, Keith was fortunate to be able to witness firsthand the fall of the East-West German border.

Keith’s principal areas of interest include cyber security, system of systems engineering, processing architectures, intelligence processing systems, component based software engineering and model driven engineering.


Thomas MooreDr. Thomas G. Moore
Program Director

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Northwestern University

Dr. Thomas G. Moore is the Assistant Graduate Program Director of the Engineering Management program and and Graduate Program Director for Systems Engineering program at UMBC. Dr. Moore has worked over 25 years in industry designing, developing, and testing products. His most recent position was the Director of Systems Engineering and Logistics for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. While at Electronic Systems Dr. Moore held a variety of positions ranging from technical strategy development to business area director responsible for capturing and executing technology development programs.

Dr. Moore received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.  He attended the Harvard Business School General Managers Program. Dr. Moore has published papers in the areas of computational electromagnetics, and radar signal processing. He holds several patents.  Dr. Moore is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of Sigma Xi.



Sam Negahban Ph.D.
Graduate Faculty

Doctor of Philosophy: University of Maryland, College Park
MS: Civil Engineering (Construction Management, Water Resources), Drexel University
BS: Civil Engineering (Construction Management, Transportation), Drexel University
Fluent in Persian-Farsi
Doctoral Thesis: Utilization of Enterprise Resource Planning Tools by Small to Medium Sized Construction Organizations, A Decision Making Model

Dr. Sam Negahban has been a fixture in the Maryland Commercial Construction Industry for over 30 years. He is a Senior Vice President with Brawner Builders, Inc. based in Hunt Valley, MD. Currently he is managing Brawner Builders Inc.’s facilities renovation programs for Federal, State, and local agencies.  He has successfully developed a program to allow Brawner Builders, Inc. to compete and be awarded multiple Task Order, IDIQ, On-Call, Time & Material, Design Build Contracts. In addition, he has developed and managed a team that is currently competing successfully in public and private sector construction contracting.

Over the last twenty years, Dr. Negahban has developed an expertise for completing projects for Universities and local school districts under severe budgetary and time constraints. These projects have consisted of renovations to dormitories, lecture halls, class rooms, theaters, sport facilities, laboratories, and offices.

Dr. Negahban has published numerous research articles in journals and international conferences.




Michael OliverMichael Oliver

Graduate Faculty

B.S., Case Western Reserve University
J.D., University of Baltimore

Michael Oliver has been in the private practice of law for 19 years, currently concentrating his practice in transactional intellectual property matters, primarily in acquisition, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in computer and internet technology including domain names, trademark prosecution including opposition, cancellation and interference proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, copyright acquisition and enforcement, and advertising law including Lanham Act cases (false and misleading advertising, dilution, tarnishment). Mr. Oliver also has extensive experience in licensing of computer software, and licensing and ownership resolution of digital information on the internet.

Mr. Oliver received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore. He has taught numerous courses, seminars and workshops including: Introduction to Intellectual Property and Cyberspace law at the University of Maryland School of Law, and is a regular speaker for the Maryland Institute of Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers and for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Additionally, he has also authored and co-authored numerous articles and seminar materials that have been published by the American Bar Association and in the Maryland Bar Journal.

Mr. Oliver is also active in local community organizations, including playing a key role in organizing the Maryland State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and regularly assisting low income artists for the Maryland Lawyers for the Arts. In his off time, Mr. Oliver enjoys playing classical guitar, being a past president of the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, writing database and ecommerce based software, and digital photography.


Alex PavlakAlex Pavlak
Graduate Faculty

B.E., Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Fluid Mechanics, Stevens Institute of Technology.
Post graduate courses, University of Pennsylvania.

Alex Pavlak has been a leader in the development of advanced systems since 1968, where he managed R&D programs ranging from hypersonic boundary layer transition to lake ice physics and liquid acoustic lenses for General Electric.  From 1976 to 1983, Dr. Pavlak was President and co-founder of ConSuntrator Inc, where he invented and directed development of a static solar concentrator.  From 1984 to 1992, he was Program Director of ASW development programs at Martin Marietta, where he orchestrated development of TAVA, a new tactical anti-submarine warfare sensor system.  Since 1993, Dr. Pavlak has been President of Thales Research, Inc. where he presents workshops, facilitates expert problem solving and serves as co-coordinator of a Strategic Leadership Seminar Series. Dr. Pavlak has a strong interest and commitment to clean energy systems and simplifying the global transition to a post fossil fuel economy.

Dr. Pavlak received his B.E. in Engineering and M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, all from Stevens Institute of Engineering He is a licensed professional Engineer, State of Pennsylvania, a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional, and a member of INCOSE, International Council for Systems Engineering.  He holds 4 U.S. patents and has two more pending in the field of alternate energy sources.

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PowellJonathan Powell
Graduate Faculty

MBA, University of Maryland
B.S., Systems Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy

Jonathan Powell, a Senior Program Manager for CACI, has over two decades of leadership experience both in industry and through service in the U.S. Navy. In his current position, he leads large complex software development efforts for the U.S. Army. Previously, Mr. Powell was a Project Executive for IBM’s Corporate Global Pandemic Strategy Task Force.  His other assignments at IBM included leadership roles on software implementations for various Federal Civilian and Classified organizations.  During this time he also achieved IBM certifications as a Senior Project Manager and Java Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Designer.  As an officer in the Navy, Mr. Powell was a Submariner as well as a Regional Director for Admissions at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Mr. Powell received his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. He also holds several advanced certificates, including a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and the Cyber Security credential Security+.  Mr. Powell’s written work has been featured in numerous publications, including the magazines PM Network and Contract Management, respectively, as well as the journal CrossTalk

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Jeff RayJeff Ray, D.Mgt.
Graduate Faculty

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Maryland
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Maryland
M.S. Engineering Management, George Washington University
J.D. University of Maryland School of Law
D.Mgt. SMC University (Zurg, Switzerland)

Dr. Jeffrey Ray, who began teaching for UMBC in 2011, is a Project Manager and Senior Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman with 30 years of broad based problem solving experience related to the structured acquisition of information technology systems. Through his various positions at Northrop Grumman, Dr. Ray has managed the development and integration of software and computer hardware systems into military vehicle platforms, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Integration and Test Lab (CITL) that brought in $25M worth of sales, implemented a data labeling system wrapper into the WinNT OS, qualified the integrated Command & Control software applications and introduced a streamlined IRAD documentation methodology adopted across the company.

Dr. Ray is a Subject Matter Expert in the areas of technical resource planning, staffing, and resource management, project planning and control, Scheduling, budget forecasting, and status reporting, systems engineering, integration and test, bringing structured process controls to software development, integration and test activities, and new business development and capture planning.
He received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, a M.S. in Engineering Management from George Washington University, his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, and his D.Mgt. from SMC University, Zurg, Switzerland.. Additionally, Dr. Ray is a PMI certified Program Management Professional (PMP), INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), licensed Attorney at Law, certified six sigma black belt, registered Professional Engineer, and instrument rated private pilot with detailed knowledge of the national airspace system.

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Lawrence StoutLawrence Stout
Graduate Faculty

B.A., Economics and Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Kansas State University
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University

Lawrence Stout, specializing in quality and reliability engineering and management, lean principles, and associated statistical methods, is the Branch Chief of Microphotonics in the Electro-Optics and Photonics Division at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD. He currently manages a group of scientists and engineers doing basic and applied research and development in a number of different areas of opto-electronics and photonics, provide technical leadership, and facilitate technology transitions into systems. Prior to this position, he was an associate professor of electrical engineering at Idaho State University and has taught 17 different engineering courses and received almost 2M dollars of research and equipment funding as either the principal investigator (PI) or as a co-PI. Dr. Stout has extensive leadership, management, supervisory, planning, mentoring, and budgetary skills and a wide range of technical hardware and software abilities.  Additionally, he has five years of active duty military experience as an Army field artillery officer with expertise in field artillery, combat arms, planning, operations, intelligence and personnel.

Dr. Stout received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. Dr. Stout has frequently been published and has attended many workshops and conferences to present on a variety of topics. He is also a member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Richard WilsonRichard Wilson
Graduate Faculty

M.A., Philosphy

Richard Wilson, a member of the UMBC Faculty since 2000, has been teaching philosophy for 30 years with a focus in applied ethics for 20 years. Currently, he is a full-time member of the UMBC philosophy department, where he developed a series of ethics courses and is currently teaching Ethical Issues in Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Ethical Issues in Information Technology, and Business Ethics at UMBC.

For the last 20 years, Mr. Wilson has taught traditional topics in applied ethics focusing on Medical and Bioethics, Business Ethics, and Environmental Ethics. He has been an ethics trainer for the Department of Justice with a focus on ethical issues in Police and Law Enforcement Agencies for the last 8 years. Additionally, Mr. Wilson has conducted numerous courses, seminars and ethics training workshops, including annual lectures during Ethics Week for the Community College System of Baltimore. Consultation work has included ethics training as part of Continuing Professional Education for the Administrative Judges of Maryland as well as numerous police agencies.

Mr. Wilson has also authored a number of books including Logic: Deductive, Inductive and Informal Reasoning; Logic, Values and Ethical Analysis; and, Business Ethics and Contemporary Issues. In his off time, Mr. Wilson currently is the chairman of the Board of Directors and ethics advisor for Family Building Center, Inc., a licensed child placement agency, and a board member of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Print, Drawing and Photography Society (PDPS) of the Baltimore Museum of Art.


Jim ZieglerJames Ziegler
Graduate Faculty

B.S., Accounting, Towson University
M.B.A., Loyola College

James Ziegler, a financial officer with 25 years of experience, is currently employed at Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) in Baltimore, MD.   In his current position, Mr. Ziegler manages a staff of seven professionals and is responsible for all facets of Accounting, Financial Reporting, Cash Management, Human Resources and Traffic related activities.  During his tenure at MASN, he has successfully implemented a five year business plan and assisted in the network achieving its short and long term financial goals.

Mr. Ziegler holds a B.S. in Accounting from Towson University and a M.B.A. with a Finance Concentration from Loyola College.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).