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Dr. Deborah Carstens

Dr. Deborah Carstens


Director

Dr. Deborah Carstens is the Director for the ABTA Institute and an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF), MBA from Florida Tech and B.S. in Business Administration also from UCF. She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and CompTIA Project+ Information Technology.

Dr. Carstens joined Florida Tech in Fall 2003. Previously, she worked for NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) from 1992 through 2003. She currently instructs undergraduate and graduate courses in MIS, human-computer interaction, usability, IT project management and system design and development. She has had an opportunity to work on funded research grants as her research interests are in human error analysis research resulting in the optimization of systems, safety, processes and human performance. Please click here to see her full faculty profile.

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Dr. S. Ann Becker

Dr. S. Ann Becker


Dean Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Dr. S. Ann Becker is the dean of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech. Dr. Becker has an MBA from St. Cloud State University; an M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park; and a Graduate Certificate in Contract Management from Florida Tech. Previously, Dr. Becker served as associate dean of research, academic chair of online programs in computer information systems and information technology management, and university professor with a joint appointment in the colleges of business and engineering. Dr. Becker also served as director of the National Center for Small Business Information; the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development; and the principal investigator for the Women's Business Center at Florida Tech.

Dr. Becker has over 100 publications in information systems and related fields of study. She has received research grants from both industry and government. Dr. Becker has previously held tenured positions at Northern Arizona University and American University, Washington D.C.

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Dr. Gary VanLandingham

Dr. Gary VanLandingham


Director, Results First
Pew Center on the States

Gary VanLandingham directs a national initiative to strengthen state policymaking and budgeting, enabling state officials to use a cutting edge approach to cost-benefit analysis to consider the long-term return on investment that would be generated by alternative policy choices. He joined Pew after leading the Florida Legislature’s policy research arm, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, for many years.

He has over 30 years of experience in program evaluation and policy analysis. Gary has served in leadership positions with the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society, the Southeast Evaluation Association, and the North Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He has a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy, frequently teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars in policy analysis and government accountability and has authored publications on performance budgeting, policy research utilization, and public management.

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Ayuba Audu

Ayuba Audu


Student Researcher & Web Developer

Keen on all things Web and Visualization, Ayuba is currently exploring his interests with accountability as a focus for the Institute. Ayuba sees art and code as one. He is a Senior in the College of Engineering, working on a Software Engineering with Management Information Systems Degree.

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Stephen Kies

Stephen Kies


Student Assistant

Stephen Kies is currently a sophomore in the College of Business studying Information Systems with a minor in Sustainability. He is from South Florida and enjoys going to the beach, sports, and traveling. After he graduates he plans on pursuing his Master's degree.

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Randy Stockman

Randy Stockman


Student Assistant

"I was born in Los Angeles, California and am currently a research assistant at the ABTA Institute. I am studying Information Systems at Florida Tech, and I am part of the class of 2013. I graduated high school and received my Associate in Arts degree from Brevard Community during the same week in 2011. While at BCC, I was on the President's and Deans list every semester and received awards for outstanding employment both years that I worked in the Chemistry lab as a lab assistant. I also held a job in the Information Technology department when I first came here to Florida Tech in Fall 2011. My areas of focus in my major are in the Cyber Security & Network Security aspect of Information Systems and the Human Computer Interaction / Usability aspects of the subject."

Phase I

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Dr. Deborah Carstens

Dr. Deborah Carstens


Director

Dr. Deborah Carstens is the Director for the ABTA Institute and an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF), MBA from Florida Tech and B.S. in Business Administration also from UCF. She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and CompTIA Project+ Information Technology.

Dr. Carstens joined Florida Tech in Fall 2003. Previously, she worked for NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) from 1992 through 2003. She currently instructs undergraduate and graduate courses in MIS, human-computer interaction, usability, IT project management and system design and development. She has had an opportunity to work on funded research grants as her research interests are in human error analysis research resulting in the optimization of systems, safety, processes and human performance. Please click here to see her full faculty profile.

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Dr. Robert Niebuhr

Dr. Robert Niebuhr


Dean of College of Business

Dr. Robert E. Niebuhr has been the dean of the College of Business at Florida Tech since August 2007. He came to the university from Tennessee Technological University where he had been the business dean for six years. Prior to that, Dr. Niebuhr served as a faculty member and administrator at Auburn University for twenty-four years. During that time, he was chairman of their management department, director of the Executive MBA Program, and also served one year as interim dean of the college. Dr. Niebuhr has published numerous academic articles and made presentations at national and international professional meetings. His research has focused on a variety of management and leadership topics.

Dr. Niebuhr is currently working with the faculty at Florida Tech to implement an Online MBA program. The 100% distance-based format provides flexibility and access to working professionals who are pursuing a graduate degree in business. The program began its first classes in summer, 2008.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Niebuhr worked as a metallurgical engineer for ten years and then completed his doctorate in management at the Ohio State University. His engineering degrees include a B.S. from the University of Cincinnati and an M.S. from the Ohio State University.

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Dr. S. Ann Becker

Dr. S. Ann Becker


Associate Dean

Dr. S. Ann Becker is an Associate Dean of Research in the College of Business, a University Professor of Management Information Systems and Computer Science, and President of the Womenís Business Center at Florida Tech. She has a B.S. and an MBA from St. Cloud State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Becker also holds a graduate certificate in Contract Management from Florida Tech. Dr. Becker has extensive experience in teaching, research, and consulting in electronic commerce, web usability, software engineering, database technologies, and acquisition management. She has published over 100 articles in these and related areas.

Dr. Becker has received over $1.5 million of research funding from Texas Instruments, IBM Corporation, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), among other sources. Dr. Becker was the principal investigator on a $2.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Labor as Director of the National Center for Small Business Information (2004-2008) and is the principal investigator on a $728,000 contract (2007-2011) from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Dr. Becker is an associate editor for the Journal of Database Management, Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, and International Journal of Cases on Electronic Commerce. She is the recipient of the Joan Bixby Womenís History Award at Florida Institute of Technology (2005, 2007) and Northern Arizona University's Mark Layton Award for Research Excellence (2002-2004). Dr. Becker's Faculty Profile.

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Dr. Martha Sale

Dr. Martha Sale


Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Martha Lair Sale is Associate Professor of Accounting she holds a Master of Accounting from the University of Florida, and a Doctor of Business Administration Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Sale recently joined Florida Institute of Technology after having served on the faculty of Sam Houston State University in Texas and the University of South Alabama. She has business experience in several industries including manufacturing, banking, hospitality, and construction.

Dr. Sale's teaching and research focus includes emerging issues in cost and managerial accounting, activity-based costing, performance evaluation, and governmental accounting. She has researched and published widely in these areas. In addition to teaching and researching in the area of cost accounting, balanced scorecard, and activity-based costing, she has worked as a consultant with a variety of manufacturing and service companies in these areas.

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Dr. LuAnn Bean

Dr. LuAnn Bean


Professor of Accounting

Dr. LuAnn Bean, Ph.D., CPA, CIA, CFE, FCPA, has over twenty-four years of experience in the Accounting field and is currently employed as Professor of Accounting at Florida Institute of Technology. She served on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and currently serves on the Board of the Brevard Chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA). During her career, LuAnn has been actively involved in many professional accounting organizations, including her service as President of the Brevard FICPA, two-term president of the Florida East Coast IIA chapter, two-term President of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the IIA, three-term District Director over the IIA district for the Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and two-term District Director over the IIA district for Orlando, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Melbourne.

LuAnn Bean is a widely published expert in The Journal Of Computer Information Systems, The CPA Journal, The Accounting Historians Journal, The Ohio CPA Journal, Internal Auditing, The Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal, Thunderbird International Business Review, The Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Benefit Plan Compliance, Oil & Gas Finance And Accounting, Journal of Customer Service in Marketing and Management, The Journal Of Business And Behavioral Sciences, and other professional journals.

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John Clarke

John Clarke


Technology Administrator

John Clarke is the Technology Administrator for the ABTA Institute. He has received an M.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from Florida Tech. He has experience with software development, web site design, and database design.

John has worked at Florida Tech for three years. Most of that time has been spent working for the National Center for Small Business Information (NCSBI) which has trained thousands of local individuals and business owners in computer skills and applications.

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ReneÈ Couperthwaite

Reneé Couperthwaite


Project Administrator

Reneé Couperthwaite is the Operations Coordinator for the WBC and the ABTA Institute

During Reneé's career, she has served in the marketing department of Space Coast Credit Union for six years. Her past positions include Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Generalist, and Marketing Specialist. Before being promoted to the marketing department, she served as a branch teller for four years. She has managed several projects during her time at SCCU, including the direct mail program, email program, member newsletter, website, and annual report.

Reneé has an Associates Degree from Brevard Community College. She is currently working on a Bachelorís degree in Business Administration/Marketing at Florida Institute of Technology.

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Fernando Soares

Fernando Soares


Researcher

Fernando Soares joined Florida Tech in 2005 to work on his Ph.D. sponsored by Fulbright (USA) and CAPES (Brazil). He has a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Science Education for Sustainable Development and extensive experience with environmental education programs. His areas of interest are in quantitative assessment and evaluation research applying multivariate statistics and geographic information systems. After completion of his program, he plans to develop a Citizen Science program in Conservation Biology to help people connect their consumption patterns with environmental consequences. He loves the outdoors and is always looking for an opportunity to hike and camp with his family.

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Chi-jung Huang

Chi-jung Huang


Researcher

Chi-Jung Huang (C.J.) has received both master and doctoral degrees from Science and Math Education department at Florida Tech. During and after her doctoral study, she serves as an Instructional specialist in NCSBI and WBC where she providing technology related professional enrichment. Her professional research interest is in developing quality and anxiety-free assessment tools and successfully applying them in learning environments. Computer and educational assessment are her passion. Her goal is to be a psychometrician and show everybody that statistic is existing in daily life.

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Robert McMillan

Robert McMillan


Industry Consultant

Robert McMillan, founder of ScotCro, LLC, has over 17 years experience in government operations and technology. ScotCro provides project management and enterprise design solutions to federal, state, and local government agencies, bridging the gaps between strategy, process, and technology. ScotCro professionals have been recognized by the Ford Foundation and Harvard University, in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government, for innovations in American government, as well as the State of Georgia for outstanding achievement in the field of information technology. Mr. McMillan holds an MBA from Crummer Graduate School, Rollins College, and a BS in Interdisciplinary Physics from Florida State University. He is also a Certified Enterprise Architect, CEA, employing the Zachman philosophy of enterprise architecture.

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Kevin Liska

Kevin Liska


Industry Consultant

Kevin Liska is director of Tennessee Tech University's BusinessMedia Center. For more than a decade, He has led the BusinessMedia Center in implementing emerging business technologies to assist various businesses, organizations, institutions, governmental agencies and universities. He has helped hundreds of high-growth entrepreneurs and implemented several unique state-wide public campaigns. The Center's recent projects include the first statewide implementation of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and the nation's first statewide booster seat education campaign. Liska directs marketing for the Tennessee Board of Regents Campus Collaborative. Kevin received a B.S. in Environmental Studies/Public Policy from Northland College and an MBA from Tennessee Tech University.

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Kathryn East

Kathryn East


Industry Consultant

Ms. East-Fausnaugh, CPA, CGFM is owner and CEO of Cost & Performance Solutions, Inc. - "CaPS" - a small, woman-owned business focused on helping government and non-profit entities gain better visibility into, and better manage, their costs and organizational performance. Kathryn has over 20 years experience in financial management and 17 years specialized cost management experience. Most recently, Kathryn led CaPS efforts with the ABTA Institute, including assisting with the development and compilation of ABTA Tables for a variety of state functions, including Education, Health Care, and Corrections. CaPS' clients also include the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Department of the Interior, and AARP.

Prior to starting CaPS in 2007, Kathryn was a Partner Candidate and Director at Grant Thornton LLP. During her tenure at Grant Thornton, her leadership and work for the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Strategic Cost and Performance Management Initiative was identified by the Office of Management and Budget as a federal "best practice" and presented by Department of Interior Deputy Secretary Lynn Scarlett to the President's Management Council in November 2006. In addition, this effort was recognized as a Semi-Finalist in Harvard's Innovations in Government Award in 2007.

Kathryn's other notable career accomplishments include her leadership over world-wide strategic planning and performance management for the US Marine Corps, training and coaching efforts for over 1,000 managers and executives at the General Services Administration, and activity-based costing and management methodology development within Grant Thornton. Finally, her leadership on Grant Thornton's Women's Initiative was identified as a National Best Practice in the area of Coaching and Mentoring across the US Firm.

Kathryn resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband Barry and two children, Will and Leora.

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Tamika Linton

Tamika Linton


Student Assistant

Tamika Linton is currently a Junior at the CoB, working towards a degree in Accounting. She is a transfer student from Brooklyn College in Brooklyn NY. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Tamika has worked in several industries including customer service, managed healthcare, and banking. Prior to working at the ABTA Institute she was a credit analyst and loan coordinator at WAMU. Once she has earned an undergraduate degree in accounting, Tamika plans on attending Law school, specializing in Tax Law.

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Jocelyn Wildman

Jocelyn Wildman


Student Assistant

Jocelyn Wildman is currently a junior at the College of Business, working toward a degree in accounting. She is a transfer student from Park University. She recently completed a four-year enlistment in the United States Air Force in the field of Security Forces. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree in accounting, Jocelyn plans on entering the work force in the field of forensic accounting and pursuing her MBA.

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Kenton Lord

Kenton Lord


Student Assistant

Kenton Lord is currently a Junior at the College of Business. He is originally from San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. Kenton is an avid outdoors man who is always ready for a new adventure. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in accounting, Kenton plans to work towards meeting the requirements needed to take the CPA examination and pursuing his MBA.

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Jorge Arias

Jorge Arias


Technology Student Assistant

Jorge Arias is a Senior, majoring in Software Engineering. After he graduates, he plans to attend graduate school to obtain his masters degree focusing on a mixture of web-based applications, software architecture, business administration and entrepreneurship. Originally from Panama, Jorge enjoys fishing, music, soccer, and loves traveling.

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Windy Thomas

Windy Thomas


Student Assistant

Government accountability means that the government should be held responsible for their use of our tax dollars. Currently, I believe that there is little accountability in government spending because of a lack of regulations and public ability to translate financial documents. Due to the financial crisis, tax payers have now realized that not enough has been done about frivolous governmental spending. Now that the average person and business have fallen into debt people want to know where all their tax money is going. The days of $20,000 toilet seats are over and it is time for those who make spending decisions to become responsible and treat our tax dollars as if it were their own money.

I graduate with my Bachelors degree in International Business in December 2009; then I hope to go on to receive a MBA. When I complete school I will strive to become an expatriate manager in South America where I can enjoy the tropical weather along the Pacific Ocean, surf and work with the natives.

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Alexandra Wienckoski

Alexandra Wienckoski


Student Assistant

To me, Government accountability means that the government is responsible for knowing where each and every cent of tax-payers' money is going. It also means that government expenditures should be recorded in an organized manner and should be made readily available for all tax-payers to view at any time.

The government should be held accountable for their actions and for making sure that tax dollars are being spent in a useful and ethical manner.

After college, I hope to acquire a job in the financial field and eventually open my own busines.