Informatics

Student Testimonials

"I graduated from USC Upstate with a degree in Information Management & Systems with a concentration in Business. I just wanted to let you know that my senior seminar class that you taught (Spring '05) was an extremely relevant class. I was promoted to General Manager of my company's first expansion store. TeleComp is a small business that does a lot of business to business computer/phone services and computer repair/sales on a consumer level.

I am convinced that the education I got at USC Upstate, specifically in your senior seminar class, was why I got this position. The person I am replacing, as far as I can tell, never understood the concept that computer people have to be business-oriented in today's business world. This person was from the school of thought of "I'm a technician, all I do is work on computers" and no longer has a job because of it.

Being 22 years old, and only being with the company since August, I am very excited to make such progress already! 
  
Thank you and all the professors for such a great education, and tell all the other Informatics professors to keep up the good work!"

Nathan King 
Graduate - May 2005 
IMS - Business Concentration



"I just found a job as an IT Coordinator/Specialist with Southeastern Sports Medicine in Asheville, NC. I hope to start there in August and so far it seems like it will be a great place to work. The job includes several business roles as well; which is why I think that having a degree in IMS helped me get it. I also consider myself very lucky for landing a job on my second interview, especially when most people can go 10 or more interviews before they find a suitable position.

Thank you for being a great advisor and mentor during my 4 years at USC Upstate."

Jeremy Carraway 
Graduate - August 2006 
IMS - Communications Concentration


 

"I just wanted to take a few moments to let you know what an outstanding Department of Informatics the University of South Carolina Upstate has put together. I am a 32 year old non-traditional student that works full time and has been attending the University since 2001. Over the past years, I have steadily witnessed USC Upstate put together a staff that I believe tops that of any other university in the country.

Dr. Fulbright has been the person I have counted on over the last several years and he has never let me down. Even when he has not been one of my instructors during a semester, he has always been there to answer any questions that I have had. All the instructors in the Informatics Department have been great to work with and deserve to be recognized for their efforts. It is very evident that the Informatics team is dedicated to seeing students succeed. Just yesterday I had a great meeting with Dr. Routh and I am really looking forward to taking my senior seminar this summer with him as the instructor.

I am sending this email today as a direct result of how I was recently treated by the Informatics staff during advisement. I was reminded of how lucky I am to be a part of this university by how Dr. Fulbright and Dr. Routh both worked with me during advisement. Through their help and patience, we were able to get things scheduled so that my senior year will keep me on track to achieve my dream of being a college graduate in fall of 2005. This type of thing isn't too big of a deal for a normal college students, but when you try to schedule critical classes (needed to graduate) around your work, your wife, and your children, this type of cooperation really stands out. I really believe that these types of efforts from instructors should not go unnoticed. I truly hope that you would agree!"

Darren Cooke 
Graduate - December 2005 
IMS - Communications Concentration


 

 "I just wanted to share with you my current success. I was recently employed by GE in Greenville as their Data Analyst! I'm so happy and just wanted to share my success with you! 

Kanesha L. Nesbitt 
Graduate - May 2006 
IMS - Communications Concentration

I saw a listing for an IT position on craigslist.  Basically, it was a self-made independent consultant who designs and installs LAN/WAN and maintains the networks as well.  I sent him a resume.  He called me back and interviewed with him.  After he reviewed 100 resumes and performed 20 interviews, he picked me as the candidate for the position.

Basically, I am his apprentice and he is teaching me everything he knows.  It is mainly networking stuff, but the job focuses on using IT as a tool to meet his business's needs.  That's why I think that the IMS degree helped me land the job.  Interviewing skills come with age and wisdom. I just started yesterday, but the prospects look very healthy.  I am about to learn how networking applies to corporate businesses, where different VPN's are interlinked together. 

Also, I have the opportunity to work from a remote site, via my home.  That's good, considering LA traffic is a nightmare.  I love LA and I am very proud to be a graduate of USC-Upstate

Roman Salvador
Graduate - August 2005
IMS - Communications Concentration

Faculty

Ron Fulbright, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Professor 
Faculty website

Dr. Fulbright earned his Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in computer engineering from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Fulbright has over 30 years of experience in computer engineering, software engineering, autonomous robotics, distributed artificial intelligence, information technology, innovation theory and informatics. Prior to joining the USC Upstate faculty in 2003, Dr. Fulbright architected the system awarded the 2001 Microsoft Collaborative Solution of the Year award winning over more than 700 other entrants worldwide. In the 1990s, he designed and built many of the first websites, including the first online shopping site, for businesses in the Columbia, SC area. In the 1980s, he developed software systems in support of industrial automation and rocket engine testing. Since coming to USC Upstate, he has won multiple innovation awards for innovations ranging from plow-proof roadway reflectors to modular vehicles and holds the record for the most number of innovative ideas reaching the top-ten in the New Ideas for a New Carolina contest (17). In 2008, Dr. Fulbright won the grand prize for a nanotechnology-based rapidly deployed sensor network. He currently teaches courses in systematic innovation, management of innovation and social informatics. His primary research areas are computer-aided innovation, management of innovation and emergent systems.


Amy J. Connolly, Ph.D.

Dr. Connolly earned her doctorate, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in management information systems from University of South Florida. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in areas such as executive information technology management, project management, business intelligence and information architecture. Her principal research interests are the impacts of information systems on individuals within organizations and the effectiveness of social media for volunteer organizations. Since joining the USC Upstate faculty in 2014, Dr. Connolly has received numerous competitive grants to fund her research on social media use, including a Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) from USC Columbia. She is regularly invited to review for Transactions on MIS, DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, Journal of Community Informatics and other peer-reviewed outlets. She has published articles in prestigious conferences such as International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS). Dr. Connolly is an active member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). 


Deshia Leonhirth, Ph.D.

Dr. Leonhirth earned her MBA at Winthrop University and her doctorate in Health Services Policy Management at the University of South Carolina in the Arnold School of Public Health. Dr. Leonhirth’s concentration in her doctoral program was management. During her management coursework she completed doctoral courses in the Darla Moore School of Business. Her research interests include: health information technology, patient outcomes, quality improvement, operations management, and health disparities. In the summer of 2014 Dr. Leonhirth worked with the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the University of South Carolina to examine disparities in transitions in care among Medicare and Medicaid populations located in rural and urban areas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in areas such as public health statistics, vendor management, strategic management, healthcare compliance, quality improvement with six sigma, and health information systems. Dr. Leonhirth has received funding for undergraduate and graduate research assistants who have gone on to present at multiple conferences. In addition to her research work with students, she also recently one of twelve Research Initiative for Summer Engagement grant funding from the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina Upstate to publish dissertation research. Dr. Leonhirth is active in a variety of profession organizations including: the American Public Health Association, American Health Information Management Association, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and AcademyHealth.  


Susan Richardson

Instructor, Health Information Management (HIM) Program

Susan Richardson earned both her Bachelor of Science in health information management and her Master of Health Science Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston) She is a registered health information administrator (RHIA) and a certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ).  Susan joined USC Upstate with 35+ years of experience in health information management, predominantly in the area of acute care and quality improvement.  


Nick Rouse, Ph.D.

Instructor & Program Director, Health Information Management (HIM)

Dr. Rouse earned his Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Health Information Administration from the University of Toledo (RHIA). He received a Master of Science (Biology) degree from Georgia College and State University and his Ed.D. from the University of Georgia. In addition, he has nearly 20 years of experience in the academia, with much of the past decade as a HIM program director. His academic interests include program development, effective advisory relationships, and academic standards.


Tyrone Toland, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Informatics
Faculty Website

Dr. Toland earned his Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of South Carolina. He is an alumnus of University of South Carolina Upstate (Upstate) having earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science applied mathematics. Dr. Toland teaches courses in database design, data warehousing, programming and interoperability. His research interests lie in web mining, service-oriented architecture, web services and cloud computing. His is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) and the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group (WG) 11.3 Working Conference on Database Security. Dr. Toland has the honor of being a graduate assistant in areas of national need (GAANN), fellow and the first African-American to receive a doctorate in computer science from University of South Carolina.

 


Grover Walters

Instructor

Mr. Walters, a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate with a Bachelor of Science in computer science also earned a Master of Science in information technology from the Florida Institute of Technology. In addition to his education, he brings over 25 years of experience in information technology and communications management, governance and strategic influence for mid-level enterprises to his classes in programming, information management and information technology management. Mr. Walters joined the informatics faculty in 2008.


Ning Yu
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ning Yu earned his doctorate degree in computer science from Georgia State University in 2016 and his Master of Science in computer science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009. He earned both his Master of Science in signal and information processing and his Bachelor of Science in computer science from Communication University of China in Beijing. Dr. Yu has ten years of professional experience in system development, information and network technology. His research areas include data mining, deep learning, big data and data analytics, bioinformatics, cloud computing and information processing.