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PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Information Technology
Media Studies
Research Methodology
Post-Science Institute

Welcome to the Center for Information Technology and Media Studies

The globalization of information technology and media services is of immense importance to the future of most human endeavors. The extraordinary explosion of both technology and information, in ways that have considerably reduced our concepts of time and space has allowed information and communications technology to emerge as perhaps the most dominant force in contemporary human existence

Information technology is among the most dynamic technologies ever devised. Clearly, it has changed a great deal about our lives, where and how we work, learn, shop, spend free time, and make friends. To a greater degree, this information revolution has threatened all that humans value and we have learned to view the information revolution as fundamentally social and ethical, and not merely technological.

As information technology has accelerated, opportunities have widened to satisfy the fundamental human "need" for knowledge. Information has become the lifeblood of our societies, and our dependence grows daily with the advance of the global information network and the influence of the media

With the success of the information revolution, we have experienced a major turning point in the realm of the media. Media systems, once primarily local or national in scope, have evolved almost overnight into a global media market. The rise to dominance of the global media is more than an economic matter, it also has clear implications for media content, politics, and culture. There are scores of governments and international organizations that have influence in the regulation of media and communication and with a great number of languages and cultures, establishing global vision is a very difficult endeavor. However, with the emergence of a new breed of information technology professionals and media specialists, the trajectory is clearly toward vastly greater integration and leadership, and sustainable potentialities across the global community.

Charlie Leake, Director
Center for Information Technology and Media Studies

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PROGRAM AUDIENCE

The programs of the Center are designed to serve the needs of professionals in the fields of computer hardware and software technology, mathematics and data management services as well as professionals involved with communications and media services.

Computing professionals are welcome from companies that write and sell software; companies that design and manufacture computer components and peripherals; companies that provide engineering and management services; banks; educational institutions and government agencies; and companies proving Internet and other computer services. We encourage computing professionals to apply from the fields of Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Analysis, Microcomputer Programming, Mainframe Programming, Applications Programming, LAN/WAN Administration, Systems Administration, Computer Service Specialties, Database Administration, Technical Services Management and Telecommunications Analysis.

Communications and media professionals are welcome from newspapers, magazines, trade publications, radio, television, news services, and public relations publications and the new media of computer and Internet where they are involved in gathering, preparing, and communicating information and reporting, writing, editing, photographing, broadcasting or cablecasting news items. Students in careers as editors, reporters, columnists, staff or freelance writer, correspondents, photojournalists, copyreaders, news analysts, or public relations specialties are also encouraged to apply.

It is assumed that students applying to this program will be familiar with standard theories and practices associated with information technology or media services. It is also assumed that students seeking admissions to this program will have demonstrated professional experience and expertise in their field of studies.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Introduction
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Information Technology Faculty

The Information and Technology Program provides the education and training to meet the goals and objectives of mid-career IT and computing professionals. Our programs are flexible but challenging, and they are personalize to effectively address your career needs. Program faculty are dedicated to guiding you through an exciting and rewarding curriculum, which will open a new world of learning paradigms.

The Information and Technology Program at Akamai University provides the education and training necessary to design, implement, test, and utilize the hardware and software of digital computers and digital systems. The programs provide comprehensive and integrated studies of subjects in computer system architecture, computer networks, parallel and distributed computing, programming languages, Database systems, computer system modeling, algorithms, software engineering, project management and E-commerce technologies.

Learning should be interesting and rewarding. We welcome you to join us in exploring opportunities to enhance your professional career and collegiate experience. We wish you a happy journey to graduation.

Sincerely,
Niranjan Ray, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Information Technology

PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS
Program concentrations in Information Technology include:

Computer Hardware Studies
Mathematics and Data Studies
Computer Software Studies

Computer Hardware Studies
Concentrations include Internet Hardware Technology, Computer Design, Virtual Reality, History of Computers, Micromachines, Analog Computers, Applications and Peripherals

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Mathematics and Data Studies
Concentrations include Discrete Mathematics, Logic, Statistics, Theoretical Physics, Operations Research, Numerical Methods, Database Management Systems, Analog Data, Digital Data, and Data Warehousing

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Computer Software Studies
Concentrations include Data Processing, Internet Software Technology, Software Engineering, Distributed Systems, C Programming, Java Programming, C++ Programming, Object oriented Programming, Graphics, Software Quality Assurance, Verification Validation and Accreditation of Software, Encryption, Process Modeling and Languages

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PRIMARY FACULTY

Niranjan Ray, B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., Ph.D. (Engineering)
Department Chair

Dr. Ray received his B.S.E.E., M.S. E.E. and Ph.D. (Engineering) from Jadavpur University in India. He has taught at several universities including Jadavpur University, India, Engineering University, Bangladesh and International Institute of Management Science, India. He served as a Faculty Head of Computer Division of the Indian Institute of Material Management, Kolkata, India. He was an adjunct faculty of University of Redlands, California and Greenwich University, Norfolk Island. He served as a Principal Adviser, Software Design and Development of EDSA Micro Corporation., USA. As a corporate trainer he taught Managers, Engineers of Parsons Corporation, USA in Relational Database Management System (DBMS). He also provided training on courses of Computer and DBMS to Managers, Engineers of State Electricity Board, Kolkata, India, and Indian Administrative officers at Administrative training Institute, Kolkata, India. He is a Competent Toast Master (CTM) of Toast Master of International, USA. Dr. Ray was a senior member of IEEE, USA. He has a number of published papers to his credit. His primary interests are in teaching and research in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering, Management Information Systems, Computer Applications in Business Administration including Project Management, and Systems Analysis and Design.

Charles Leake, Ph.D.
Dean Leake received his BS, MS and his Ph.D. from New York University, and studied mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. He has taught at several universities in the areas of mathematics, business and computer science. He has most recently been serving as an Operations Research/Systems Analyst for the Department of Defense. His work has involved databases for administration of budgets in excess of $100 million, as well as optimization of procurement of scarce resources. He is also responsible for the security of these classified databases. Dr. Leake, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences, is a referee for the New York State Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science Teaching as well as a book reviewer for the Operational Research Society. He has also published three books and several articles on research analysis and mathematics.

Joseph Saaty, Ph.D.
Dr. Saaty founded a new field in theoretical physics in 1996, which has been entitled "Differential Geometrical Gauge Field Theory." He has pioneered an alternative to the Topical Instanton Solution for solving the magnetic monopole problem in Quantum Field Theory and was the first to extend this problem to Curved Spacetime (the presence of gravity). Dr. Saaty is a published author with strong creative problem-solving abilities including such projects as his application of spin quantum number to particles in the presence of both gravitational and electromagnetic fields. Dr. Saaty instructed upper level mathematics program in a Christian Institute and developed systems for standardized text preparation, and orientation of new faculty members in both academic and practical elements. He is a member of the physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma. Dr. Saaty earned his doctoral degree in Theoretical Physics from the Union Institute in 1997.

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MEDIA STUDIES PROGRAM

Program Concentrations
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Media Studies Faculty

PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS
Program concentrations in THE Media Studies Program include:

International Media
Internet Publishing
Communications Technology

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA
Concentrations include International Media, Investigative Journalism, and Writing

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INTERNET PUBLISHING
Concentrations include Internet Publishing, Electronic Self-Publishing, and Internet Reporting

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COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
Concentrations include Communications Hardware, Communications Software, Distributed Systems, Networks, Email TCP/IP, LAN, WAN, and Wireless Data Transmission

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MEDIA STUDIES FACULTY

Seamus Phan, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Dr. Phan has been an Asian pioneer in several fields, including computer-based training (CBT), web-based training (WBT), service quality, and the use of Human Resource intranets. He was the first in-house developer of network-based learning with multimedia in 1987, where at that time, all such programs were typically out-sourced to external development houses. In that capacity in Seagate Technology, Dr. Phan developed a total of 8 training programs, all with multimedia and interactivity, and online testing across an intranet. This was the first Asia Pacific network-based learning activity. Dr. Phan has also been an external corporate educator and presenter to many multinational corporations, teaching them about the adoption of vendor-neutral e-business, Internet connectivity, Internet security, wireless networks. He was the first in Singapore to establish the use of a virtual corporate campus, where learning resources are shared by intranet users. Some of the solutions were later adopted by leading law firms, manufacturing plants, and retail operations. Dr. Phan has been credited as a credible and incisive journalist and editor, and is currently the contributing editor for Network Computing Asia (CMP), one of the leading print magazines targeted at technical professionals. He report every Tuesday for TechTV Live in the USA as its Asia correspondent and analyst, and have also done analyst work for CNBC, Bloomberg, Channel NewsAsia and NewsRadio 93.8 FM. He is credited with launching several upstart media programs from USA, Israel and Europe into Asia Pacific, with very successful publicity. Dr. Phan received his doctoral degree in Business from Greenwich University, where he conducted a major dissertation concerning the use of the Internet as a self-analysis tool to improve small businesses in Singapore. For further information concerning Dr. Phan, visit Dr. Phan's Website.

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RESEARCH METHODOLOGY PROGRAM

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PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS
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Quantitative Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Participatory Action Research

Quantitative Research Methods
Concentrations include multivariate statistics, applied statistics, computational statistics and simulation, causal modelling, meta-analysis, and statistical software

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Qualitative Research Methods
Concentrations include case study methods, oral history, ethnography, focus group methods, qualitative research software, survey research, interview techniques

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Participatory Action Research
Concentrations include action science, action learning, and participatory research.

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Primary Faculty

Charles Leake, Ph.D.
Dean Leake received his BS, MS and his Ph.D. from New York University, and studied mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. He has taught at several universities in the areas of mathematics, business and computer science. He has most recently been serving as an Operations Research/Systems Analyst for the Department of Defense. His work has involved databases for administration of budgets in excess of $100 million, as well as optimization of procurement of scarce resources. He is also responsible for the security of these classified databases. Dr. Leake, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences, is a referee for the New York State Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science Teaching as well as a book reviewer for the Operational Research Society. He has also published three books and several articles on research analysis and mathematics.

Janet LeValley, Ph.D.
Dr. LeValley is a Cross-cultural Somatic Psychologist whose research and publications involve the juxtaposition of culture with transpersonal development and the somatic psychological implications of ritual and trance: computer mediated, therapeutic, spontaneous anomalous, shamanic. Dr. Le Valley has done fascinating fieldwork in the Indian Himalayas (Tibetan Buddhist perspectives on human development); Siberia (rural and urban shamanism; US (dispossessional trance among daycare toddlers, sacrificial blood trace/iconography, hypnotherapy case studies); and Cyberspace (virtual embodiment and community). She earned her Ph.D. in East-West Psychology (California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco) and her MA in Sociology (University of California, Riverside) with strong emphasis in research methodology. Dr. Le Valley has both extensive formal training and years of practical experience in early Childhood Education, Martial Arts, Acupressure, Massage, Chinese Traditional Medicine, Counseling Hypnotherapy, Complementary Medical Hypnosis, and Shamanism. She teaches, does educational administration, consults, counsels, ministers, and presents research internationally.

Manmohan Atwal, Ph.D.
Dr. Atwal has been a teacher, a researcher, administrator, an executive, inventor, and an author. He has been associated with a number of conventional as well as non-conventional universities including Punjab University, the Ohio State University, University of Illinois, Newport University, Akal University and Greenwich University. He served as Director of Universal Laboratories, President and CEO of Atwal Management and Consulting, Inc., Chief Operating Officer of Metastatin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and administrator of a managed care health organization. Dr. Atwal is founder and co-founder of several not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in healthcare and allied fields. He established the Akal University (a distance learning university in health education and health promotion), and served as the Provost and Chief Academic Officer for the same. He has been a mentor and advisor to many graduate students in health administration, business administration, public health, pharmaceutics and drug development, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, and environmental/occupational health. Dr. Atwal has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Punjab University Honours School in Chemistry, a Master of Science (MS in Biochemistry) from the Ohio State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from University of Illinois in Medicinal Chemistry. He participated in the Executive Training Program at Graduate School of Business Administration at Columbia University and was awarded an Executive MBA. Dr. Atwal also earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Atwal participated in postdoctoral training as Research Associate at University of California at Medical Center, San Francisco, as Senior Associate at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, and as Health Policy Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore. Dr. Atwal has published several dozen scientific papers, monographs, and reports in the pharmaceutical and health fields. He is inventor/co-inventor of more than two dozen drug and pharmaceutical patents, as a result of which two drugs on the market are to his credit, which is a rare honor for a scientist. At present, Dr. Atwal is working as an Executive Director of SIKH Education Foundation of North America and is engaged in consulting and health advocacy agencies. He is also serving as Dean for the College of Health Sciences in Greenwich University, Norfolk Island, Australia, which is a legally accredited university of distance learning. School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Lisa Mertz, Ph.D.
Dr. Mertz has long been passionate about the ideals and practices of distance learning. She completed her doctorate with the Union Institute in 1991 and has continuously served on learners_ graduate committees since 1986. Dr. Mertz's primary interest areas include energy medicine, bodywork and spiritual healing, and somatic and transpersonal studies, including meditation practices. For over a dozen years she has served as editor and production editor for the quarterly journal Anthropology of Consciousness (published by the American Anthropological Association). She currently contributes to the Massage Therapy Journal (published by the American Massage Therapy Association) as its book and video review editor. Dr. Mertz resides in Western New York where she is the director of a massage therapy program in a private community college where she emphasizes the transformative aspects of bodywork, exploring the convergence of holistic and allopathic medicines using imagery practices, deep relaxation, and touch therapy, both in instructional and clinical settings.

Anthony Maranto, Ph.D.
Dr. Maranto currently serves as an environmental consultant and program manager for the U.S. Army Environmental Center at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. He is also the Director of the Institute for Scientific Advisement, a scientific and educational consulting firm in Westminster, MD. Dr. Maranto received his BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; his MA in Environmental Science from Goddard College and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the Union Institute. As a researcher and educator, Dr. Maranto has a wide range of experiences and interests. He was formerly the Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Radioecology Laboratory. Additionally, he has held posts in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and in the Department of Biology at Essex Community College in Baltimore. He has published and presented on numerous topics including carcinogenic risk assessment, environmental management, radioecology, health physics, data quality control and neurological receptor modeling.

Douglass Capogrossi, Ph.D.
Dr. Capogrossi earned his Bachelors in Business Administration, his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and his Ph.D. in Educational Administration (Distance Education and Continuing Education) from Cornell University, where he completed an extensive dissertation investigating the effectiveness of the American education system. Dr. Capogrossi served as President at Greenwich University where he provided leadership in reorganizing and revitalizing the institution in preparation for successful accreditation in the Commonwealth of Australia. He facilitated development of the New York State Rural Literacy Initiative, a state-wide community-based project initiating adult literacy and community development ventures in the poorest of counties, funded by the Community and Rural Development Institute at Cornell University. Dr. Capogrossi has directed a variety of formal and non-formal education programs including trade apprenticeships, work experience projects and on-the-job training within industry and the human services, and adult job training through center-based programs. He holds permanent teaching credentials in commerce and social studies with special certification to teach the emotionally disturbed. Dr. Capogrossi coordinated innovative community-based education projects for troubled students through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York State. He also served as an Instructor with the Office of Continuing Education at Cornell University, where he developed and instructed distance learning courses in basic and corporate accounting for career track employees. Dr. Capogrossi is an experienced human service administrator, having worked as Executive Director of South Valley Collective, The League, and the United Minority Coalition, Assistant Director of Tompkins County Economic Opportunity Corporation and Director of Planning with the Community Service Organization in San Jose, California. Dr. Capogrossi has held top management positions in industry, serving as General Manager of Micrographic Systems, a medical camera-manufacturing firm in Santa Clara, California. For a number of years, he operated America Builders; a successful licensed general contracting firm in California. Dr. Capogrossi has extensive community volunteer experience emphasizing implementation and development of nonprofit organizations, preparing founding documents and serving as an officer of the Board of Directors. He was instrumental in developing an international professional membership organization dedicated to the amelioration of major world problems, a community legal center serving moderate-income communities, a human service coalition, an emergency service corporation, and an athletic league.

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Michael J. Cohen is an ecopsychologist who founded and coordinates Project NatureConnect, a distance learning degree program and extended education workshop and course offerings from The Institute of Global Education, a United Nations Non-Governmental Organization. He chairs the Department of Integrated Ecology on San Juan Island, Washington and networks his Natural Systems Thinking Process. For 36 years, Dr. Cohen has lived outdoors year round while researching, teaching and enjoying multi-sensory nature activities. He established and directed degree granting environmental outdoor education programs for the Trailside Country School, Lesley College, and the National Audubon Society. Dr. Cohen's many books and articles include Reconnecting With Nature: Finding Wellness through Restoring your Bond with the Earth, the 1990 award winning Connecting With Nature: Creating Moments that Let Earth Teach, and the self-guiding applied ecopsychology training manual, Well Mind, Well Earth. His most recent title, Einstein's World is now an integral part of an accredited graduate course.

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POST-SCIENCE INSTITUTE
Post-Science is knowledge beyond physical science. It deals with the laws of nature in social and life sciences. A single doctoral degree concentration, Post-Science Studies, is offered by the Institute. Currently available in post-science are solutions to value, software, and touch. Generally, these solutions are orders of magnitude more complex than those in science and have to be solved with standards of rigor higher than that of science.

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Hugh Ching, Ph.D.
Dr. Ching initiated the original Post-Science research in the fields of value, software, and touch. He is shown on the right of Dr. K.T. Li in the photograph at the left.

Dr. Ching holds the patent for the Completely Automated and Self-generating Software System (Patent Number 5,485,601). His patent, Quantitative Supply and Demand Model Based on Infinite Spreadsheet (Patent Number 6,078,901) will provide a quantitative foundation for economics. His pending patent, Active Shock Absorbing Devices Based on Rate of Increase of Acceleration is the basis for touch or bounceless collision. Dr. Ching received his doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Empirical verification is the bulwark of science, but is possible only when a deterministic event, described by an equal number of equations and unknowns, occurs within a finite time duration; scientific predictions rely on the possibility of fitting deterministic future phenomena onto deterministic past phenomena. Value, the foundation of social science, is defined in post-science as the sum total of all the expected benefits and losses to infinity in time. Life in post-science is defined as information stored in a permanent format, as in DNA of the living organism. In short, life is a permanent software. Deterministic set of data in problems involving value or life can never be collected, when the infinite future, which never arrives, is involved. Therefore, empirical verification (or predictions based solely on past data) is generally not possible in post-science, which involves time infinity. The solutions in post-science must depend on the rigor of mathematics and logic, which are the most reliable of human knowledge and, to be sure, are most frequently verified empirically.

The solution to value is disclosed in the patent "Quantitative Supply And Demand Model Based On Infinite spreadsheet" (Patent No. 6.078.901), and that to software, "Completely Automated And Self-generating Software System" (Patent No. 5,485,601). The solution to touch is initially disclosed in the book Table Tennis, Scientific Analyses by Hugh Ching, the founder of post-science. Working in collaboration with Tosiyasu L. Kunii and Hugh Ching in robot touch, Ta-You Wu, the Father of Chinese Physics with two Nobel Prize students, coined the word "jumpulse" to denote a sudden change of force, as impulse of Newton is a sudden change of momentum. For over three hundred years, no one has realized that Newton did not solve the problem of touch (or bounceless collision). Jumpulse has the unit of force with 1 wu = 1 newton.

Today, while all humans can touch by their natural ability to applying jumpulse, no robot can touch an object without bouncing off, as a ball bounces off a racket. Ball control is the ability of a player to keep a ball in contact with a racket for a prolonged period of time during impact and is the secret of consistency in sports. Ball control needs one jumpulse, and touch, two jumpulses. The discovery of touch requires the ability to think simultaneously two physics phenomena, namely, those at the two ends of a spring. It requires a perceptive mind with analytic training, such as that of Ta-You Wu. By introducing the Eastern natural perceptive ability into the Western science, which he had helped introduce to the East, Ta-You Wu opened a new world of knowledge beyond science and left mankind with his greatest legacy. In general, human abilities other than the analytical ability, which predominate in science, such as perceptive, creative, emotional, or even physical abilities, which often characterizes knowledge of the artistic tradition, are needed in post-science to handle the enormously complex problems. Yet, analytical rigor must still be the foundation of all knowledge of the rationalistic tradition.

From the perspective of post-science, human civilization can progress only through the advancement in knowledge. Knowledge has developed from pre-science to science and will soon enter into post-science, which, hopefully, will give mankind a holistic view of the universe and of the purpose of its existence. Only knowledge can change our fundamental viewpoint regarding our world, and only our changed viewpoint can change the world.

The Post-Science Institute provides an education environment to those who have the potential to surpass the current established knowledge, and to those who have traditionally contributed most to the advancement of knowledge, even if it has been done outside the established education system. Highly qualified and visionary thinkers teach the Program with demonstrated contributions to knowledge.

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