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    Dr. Richmond Adebiaye
    Assistant Professor


    Dr. Richmond S. Adebiaye is currently in the Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems, at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He is an expert in Information Systems and Security, Digital forensics and Research. He has over fourteen years’ experience teaching and developing various courses in Information Systems and Security. 

    Dr. Adebiaye earned his Doctorate (PhD) in Information Systems and Communications from the prestigious Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA and his Masters/MBA from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL.  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).  His main expertise and research interests involve Designing, Building, Managing Enterprise Network and Information Security Architecture, Mobile Security and Forensics development, Information and Data Analytical Science, Privacy-enhancing Technologies imprecision, Single sign-on, Security Level Management, Audit-proof Network management and protocols, Network Security Services and components improvement.


    Yutosha Alston
    Palmetto College Coordinator
    Engineering Technology Management


    Yutosha is currently the Palmetto College Coordinator and Instructor for the Engineering Technology Management discipline at The University of South Carolina, Upstate. Yutosha received her Bachelors of Science Degree from Winthrop University in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management, and continued on to earn her Masters of Science Management Degree in Business Management from Colorado Technical University. In addition to her educational background Yutosha brings over 20 years of proven multifarious experience in a diversely immense scope in the Business Arenas including but not limited to areas such as Management, Leadership, Sales, Recruiting, CRM, Quality Assurance, Portfolio Consultation for Process Improvement, Diversity, and Skilled Communication. Additionally, Yutosha has received several certifications consisting of but not limited to Greenbelt- 6 Sigma, Change Management, Becoming Agile, Being Digital, Statistical Process Control, IATF, NLP, Recruiting, and Sales which have been and continue to be a boundless platform to her industrial and educational diverse stability and prosperity.

    Deshia Leonhirth

    Dr. Deshia Breaux
    Associate Professor


    Deshia Breaux, Ph.D. teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of South Carolina Upstate in areas such as health informatics, public health statistics, vendor management, strategic management, and quality improvement. Deshia earned her Master of Business Administration at Winthrop University and her doctorate in health services policy management at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include health informatics, patient outcomes, quality improvement and health disparities. She has also taught courses at our partner university in Landshut, Germany. Dr. Breaux has received funding for undergraduate/graduate research assistants and a Magellan Scholar who have presented at multiple conferences. In 2015, she was a finalist for the Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award. Dr. Breaux is an active member in the American Public Health Association and the Southern Management Association.

    Ona Egbue, PhD, CPEM
    Associate Professor
    Engineering Technology Management 


    Dr. Ona Egbue is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Prior to joining USC Upstate, Dr. Egbue was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She received her PhD from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is a certified professional in engineering management (CPEM).

    Dr. Egbue’s research interests include socio-technical system analysis, critical infrastructure resilience, management of sustainable engineering systems, technology/innovation adoption, optimization and decision-making for complex systems as well as engineering education. Dr. Egbue has an extensive record of peer-reviewed publications and funding including funding from the National Science Foundation.


    Tim Ellis
    Senior Instructor
    Engineering Technology Management and Advanced Manufacturing Management


    Tim Ellis is a Senior Instructor Advanced Manufacturing Management and Engineering Technology Management programs and has worked for the University of South Carolina Upstate since the fall of 2009. Prior to USC Upstate, Tim Ellis had 20 years of diverse manufacturing, quality, leadership, consulting, and research experience in the textile industry with International Textile Group, Tyco Healthcare Kendall, Institute of Textile Technology, and Avondale Mills. Tim Ellis is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black, Certified Lean Leader, and has a Bachelor of Textile Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Textile Science from Institute of Textile Technology.

    Ron D. Fulbright

    Dr. Ron D. Fulbright


    Polinpapilinho F. Katina, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor

    Polinpapilinho F. Katina, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Advanced Manufacturing Management


    Polinpapilinho F. Katina is Assistant Professor (Tenure track) in the Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems at the University of South Carolina Upstate (Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA). He previously served as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering (Norfolk, Virginia, USA) and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Engineering and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia, USA).

    Dr. Katina holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Technology with a minor in Engineering Management, a M.Eng. in Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management/Systems Engineering, all from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia, USA) with additional training from Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy).

    His teaching/research interests include, among others, Complex System Governance, Critical Infrastructure Systems, Infranomics, Manufacturing Systems, System-of-Systems, Systems pathology, and Systems Thinking. Dr. Katina’s profile includes over 100 scholarly outputs (peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and books). His latest book (Critical Space Infrastructures: Risk, Resilience and Complexity, 2019) is published by Springer.

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    Dr. Dan Norris
    Assistant Professor


    Daniel T. Norris Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate where he teaches Network Technologies, Interactive Design, E-Commerce and IT Administration. After nearly 20 years working and consulting in the information technology industry Dr. Norris began to pursue his passion for teaching. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where his studies emphasized education in relation to technology adoption variables. Current research interests include strategies in using interactive media in eLearning, user experience design, and organizational technology planning. Dr. Norris has broad expertise in network technologies, user-experience design, and extensive knowledge in digital video production for training and education. Personal interests include SCUBA diving, aviation, aimless wondering on his motorcycle and spending every available moment with his wife of 30 years and his teenage son.

    Susan Richardson

    Dr. Susan Richardson
    Senior Instructor/ Director of PC

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    Nick Rouse

    Dr. Nick Rouse


    Dr. Nick Rouse received his doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia and his post-baccalaureate certification in health information administration from the University of Toledo. Additionally, he has a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science, a Bachelor of Science and associate degrees. His primary responsibility is managing the Health Information Management (HIM) program. Dr. Rouse has been a program director for more than a decade, with much of that time having been spent with the HIM program. Dr. Rouse’s publications include Effective Academic Advisory Committee Relationships, published in Contemporary Issues in Education Research (First Quarter 2014) 7(1); and Employing Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Framework to Determine the Effectiveness of Health Information Management Courses and Programs, published in Perspectives in Health Information Management (Spring 2011).

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    Part-time Instructor


    Tyrone Toland

    Dr. Tyrone Toland

    Professor and Chair
    Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems 


    Dr. Tyrone Toland earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science in computer science applied mathematics from the University of South Carolina Upstate (Spartanburg). He has extensive experience in systems development from industry. Dr. Toland teaches courses at USC Upstate in database design, data warehousing, programming, interoperability and security. His research interests include web analytics, database security, cyber security and developing frameworks to teach service-oriented architecture and cloud computing. He is a member of several associations, including the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Dr. Toland is a Graduate Assistant in Areas of National Need Fellow and the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of South Carolina.


    Dr. Grover Walters
    Assistant Professor


    Dr. Walters graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate with a Bachelor of Science in computer science, and then went on to earn a Master of Science in information technology from the Florida Institute of Technology and finall a Doctor of Business Administration (Information Technology) from the University of South Florida. In addition to his education, Walters brings over 25 years of experience in information technology and communications management, governance, and strategic influence for mid-level enterprises to his courses in programming, database architecture, business intelligence, information science and information technology management. Walters joined the informatics faculty in 2008.

    Douglas Williams

    Douglas Williams
    Part-time Instructor



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    Donna Sandor
    Administrative Assistant
    Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems 


Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems

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