Michael T. Qaissaunee
Professor Mike Qaissaunee is Chair of the Engineering and Technology Department at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. Mike has been the driving force behind three National Science Foundation (NSF) grants awarded to Brookdale: Building a Pipeline of Cyber Warriors Through Education and Competition Offered Through Community Colleges, awarded in March 2013; E-MATE, E-books and Mobile Apps for Technician Education, awarded in October 2012; and a 2003 grant to found the Mid-Atlantic Institute for Telecommunications Technologies (MAITT). As Principal Investigator (PI) of MAITT, Mike led the development and implementation of several new courses related to wireless communications, and co-authored a 10th grade Engineering and Technology textbook. Mike has been active at his own campus and around the country in promoting the adoption of new technologies in and approaches to teaching and learning, including: blogs, audio and video podcasts, wikis, mobile computing, and educational gaming and simulation. He has conducted workshops and presented keynote addresses at more than 50 conferences and seminars nationwide on topics including interactive e-books, wireless, wireless security, iPhone programming, and Web 2.0.
In December 2013, Qaissaunee was recognized by the SANS Institute as a 2013 recipient of the People Who Made a Difference in Security award. Mike is also the recipient of two Educator of the Year awards, including the 2007 Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC) Wireless Educator of the Year Award and the 2009 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) Educator of the Year Award. The awards recognize his outstanding contributions to advanced technological education at both the local and national levels and significant contributions to the education and training of today’s technology workforce. Mike received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware (Newark, DE).
Co-PI Kelly Parr brings more than 25 years of project management and education experience to the E-MATE team. Prior to joining the E-MATE project in November 2012, Kelly spent 10 years as a Technology Learning Assistant in the Brookdale Community College English Department where she worked with faculty, staff, students, and administrators to successfully research, troubleshoot, and implement technology to support teaching and learning. As a certified English teacher with a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology, she brings an understanding of the importance of pedagogy when infusing technology into teaching and learning. Her coursework has furthered her education in and understanding of instructional design, educational psychology, learning theory, assistive technology, educational research, networking basics, grant writing, technology planning, and technology budgeting, all of which are important components of the E-MATE project.
Kelly collaborated with PI Mike Qaissaunee on a 2009 Brookdale Innovation Grant project to create a blog to showcase and share free and inexpensive Web 2.0 technology tools to engage today’s digital students. They also teamed up in 2012 to present Life Without Bullets: How to Overcome Death by PowerPoint at the Brookdale Scholar’s Day and Adjunct Faculty Orientation events.
Prior to joining Brookdale, Kelly spent some 15 years in various positions for Bearing Point/KPMG Consulting and KPMG Peat Marwick. During that time, she gained substantial experience in project management; proposal, brochure, newsletter, and website writing; research; and administrative management. She also gained event planning and management experience.
Kelly received a B.A. in English from Susquehanna University with minors in Business and Education and M.S. in Instructional Technology from St. Joseph’s University.