MPS IT Management Online Program Faculty

Earn your MPS IT Management degree from Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement and you will have access to some of the most knowledgeable academics and professionals in IT today. They bring real-world examples into the classroom and offer you a glimpse of current challenges facing businesses across the globe. Moreover, our professors serve as passionate mentors, offering personalized academic and career guidance to their online students.

What will you learn from these world-class scholars?

Meet a few of the renowned faculty teaching in MPS IT Management online program:

Dr. Chris Bogen, Ph.D., is an adjunct instructor at the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) and teaches courses such as CPST3650 Linux Administration and Security, CPST7800 Legal Issues in IT, and CPST7900 Computer Security. Dr. Bogen joined SoPA in May 2016. He completed his Ph.D. in 2006 while also serving as a computer scientist at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research Development Center (ERDC) (2004 – 2014). During his time at ERDC, Dr. Bogen contributed research and practical tools for domains such as long-term structural health monitoring (as a founding member of the SMART Gate project) and building information modeling (as a co-author of COBie related national BIM standards). He currently works full-time as a senior cyber security engineer for Fulor Federal Petroleum Operations (FFPO). In addition to part-time work with Tulane University, Dr. Bogen also works on free-lance programming or cyber security consulting projects. He is currently holds four GIAC cyber security certifications for Wireless Network Auditing (GAWN), Penetration Testing (GPEN), Incident Handling (GCIH), and Industrial Control System Security (GICSP). Dr. Bogen earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Mississippi State University (1999, 2002, 2006). His computer forensics dissertation research was published in the Journal of Digitial Forensics Practice. His publication list includes numerous building information modeling conference articles, an article in the Journal of IT in Construction, a textbook chapter, and building information modeling standards. Dr. Bogen served as the secretary for the OASIS technical committee of the Open Building Information eXchange (OBIX) from 2012 – 2014, and he also served as the secretary for the National Institute of Building Science’s National Building Information Modeling Standards committee from 2013 – 2014. In his time away from his career Dr. Bogen enjoys time with his family and music (listening, performing, talking about).

Bruce France has an extensive background in leadership and project management. He has provided organizational change management and project/program management support to both Federal and local government organizations over the past 19 years. A retired Naval Officer with 23 years of service he served as a Master Instructor at the United States Naval Academy in the Computer Science Department.

Mr. France holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Tulane University, a master of science in Information Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School and a master of science in Management from Troy University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) and a Louisiana Quality Foundation Malcolm Baldrige State Examiner.

Dr. Sean McCarthy is an adjunct professor within the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) and teaches CPST-7250 Software Development Methods. Dr. McCarthy earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010. He has spent his professional career at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at Stennis Space Center, MS, where he works primarily with satellite imagery to study the ocean. He started as a post-doctoral fellow workings towards developing ensemble methods to estimate uncertainties in remotely-sensed bio-optical properties, and in 2012 he moved from his post-doctoral fellowship to a permanent federal position. Throughout his tenure at NRL, he has published in academic journals, as well as presented at conferences around the world. He has collaborated with various organizations including NASA and local high schools as part of a student outreach program. His current research interests include exploring the potential use of nanosatellite imagery in Naval operations, as well as automatic detection of ocean features. He has served as the project lead for multiple projects during his tenure at NRL, and he has been a member of an Agile/Scrum team for multiple projects. Dr. McCarthy is taking the software methodology concepts he has learned and used over the years at NRL and teaching and implementing them in the CPST-7250 Software Development Methods course.

Mark Melasky is a Patent Attorney with Norton IP Law Firm in Metairie, Louisiana. Mark is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in patent cases. His practice includes patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and related intellectual property and business formation matters.

Additionally, Mark is an Adjunct Professor in the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business, where he teaches Law in Marketing, a course he designed to educate undergraduate business students on intellectual property issues in the context of marketing and business management. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Cyber Law & Policy in the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement.

Mark has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. He is also a licensed Zumba® Fitness and Strong by Zumba® instructor and teaches weekly classes, including three in the Tulane Reily Student Recreation Center.

Dr. William (Bill) Rials is the Associate Director and Professor of Practice of the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement Information Technology Programs Department, where he focuses on continually delivering and updating the program curriculum based on innovative and emerging technologies. In addition to the responsibilities of running the program, Dr. Rials is also a Professor of Practice and a Distinguished Faculty Member where he teaches innovative technology undergraduate and graduate classes.

Dr. Rials is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on information technology. He has had a career as an IT executive with broad experience delivering value to government, academic, and business partners through the innovative use of technology.

He has served as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for a law enforcement agency, and during this tenure, he was appointed the local government cybersecurity liaison for the MS-ISAC and U.S. Department of Homeland security efforts for government cybersecurity safety. During this role, he was selected as a committee member to develop national cyber exercise guidelines for the National Center for Internet Security, resulting in him helping to conduct a nationwide cybersecurity exercise involving 12 state government, four federal agencies, and private sector infrastructure organizations in the MS-ISAC headquarters in Albany, NY.

In 2006, he was appointed as Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for local government operations ranging from law enforcement, court systems, tax collections, land records, voter registrations, and other government functions. During this tenure, he implemented innovative technology solutions that not only improved efficiency but also reduced the budget. Dr. Rials was a pioneer in technology virtualization where he implemented virtualization in every piece of the legacy infrastructure. These efforts led him to be credited with first public safety agency in the nation to successfully implement a full virtual desktop deployment in an entire fleet of 100+ emergency vehicles.

In 2011, Dr. Rials joined the MS State Guard and completed Officers Candidate School conducted by the MS Military Department. His military service included working with the National Guard Assistant Chief of Staff (ACoS) G6 Office performing cybersecurity analysis and training for staff as well can a commander for a military police company. He was awarded the emergency service medal by the Adjutant General (TAG) of the MS National Guard for his service in leading the MP company that was in charge of the joint force headquarters security detail during hurricane Isaac in 2012.

Dr. Rials discovered his passion for teaching and higher education when he started instructing as an adjunct professor for Tulane University in 2012. He has taught many technology classes both on-ground and online helping hundreds of students reach their goals. One of his most proud achievements was being awarded the Distinguished Faculty Member Award in 2016. Recently joining the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement as an assistant program director and professor of practice, he is passionate and focused on utilizing his skills and experience to help aspiring IT professionals reach their potential.

In 2012, Dr. Rials became the Cybersecurity Operations Manager for the MS Department of Information Technology Services, where he created the state’s first continuous vulnerability management program as well as the state’s first cybersecurity exercise. In 2014, he was promoted to the senior manager of state data center infrastructure and cloud operations teams. Later, he was promoted into the state’s Chief Enterprise Architect (CEA) role where he implemented statewide policies and strategy. In this role, he crafted the blueprints for the state’s first hybrid cloud strategy and served as chair of the statewide Chief Information Officers (CIO) council. His government technology leadership was recognized in 2015 when he was elected Vice-President of the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) southern region; he was later asked to serve as president in 2016. In 2017, he was given an award as one of the top 50 IT government professionals in the Nation by States Scoop magazine. Additionally, he continues to serve as the principal consultant and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for a technology managed service company specializing in delivering cloud solutions to small businesses.

Dr. Rials holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Belhaven University, a master’s degree in computer information systems from Missouri State University as well as a Ph.D. in higher education administration and public administration from Jackson State University. His dissertation research involved the critical factors that affect the adoption of cloud services in the public sector. He has presented his dissertation at many national conferences including the NASTD annual conference in Big Sky, Montana and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers conference in Washington, DC. Recently, he presented and led a discussion on embracing shadow IT in the digital era at the Center Digital Government, Digital Performance Institute CIO conference in Milwaukee, WI. He has given numerous presentations and served as an expert panelist in many technology conferences across the nation.

Dr. Rials is a pioneering member of the NASCIO technology multi-sourcing workgroup founded to propose a new CIO management methodology and theoretical framework around CIO as a Broker of technology services. This work has resulted in two publications, CIO as Broker: A New Model, and The State CIO Top Ten: Why It’s More Than a List in 2018.

Additionally, he is a life-long New Orleans Saints fan and enjoys being in the Superdome screaming with the rest of the WhoDat nation on football Sundays.

Alessandro is an IT professional with over 15 years of industry experience in business analysis, software development and architecture. He has a diverse background in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering which he applies in his current position as an Enterprise Architect in the field of Electric Utility. Alessandro holds a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering both from Tulane University.

Michelle Russo is an adjunct professor in Information Technology (IT) for the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement (SoPA). Ms. Russo also served as a subject matter expert in the development of new online courses for SoPA’s new Master of Professional Studies in IT Management. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Management of Information Systems, and cumulative applied knowledge from an ongoing 25+ year career in IT solutions delivery and management. Ms. Russo has directed strategic and large-scale IT programs in multiple domains including Government Intelligence & Homeland Security, Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Financial & Banking, and Healthcare.

Ms. Russo specializes in emerging trends in IT delivery. Since 2008, she has been a principle consultant in enterprise agile transformations and successfully coached executives, program management, IT architects, and development teams in transforming business models to embrace digital disruption. As of 2017, Ms. Russo is part of the program management team partnered with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to deliver contractor-owned secure commercial cloud solutions on the Department of Defense Information Network – one of the first commercial cloud platforms authorized to host classified data. Ms. Russo has developed corporate training courses in Scrum and agile delivery, has been an invited international conference speaker, served as co-Chair for Scrum Alliance Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans 2014. She is a certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) Program Consultant and licensed trainer. She also holds current certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI) including PMP®, and PMI Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP); from Scrum Alliance: Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO); from Amazon Web Services: AWS Solutions Architect Associate (SAA).

Tom is a decorated military combat veteran who served in the United States Air Force. He is the author of the best-selling book OSPF Network Design Solutions, a definitive resource for routing design and solutions. He has authored many Cisco technical documents and configuration guidelines, and delivered numerous technical presentations to Cisco partners and other organizations. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Network Architectures from Capella University. He is a leader driven by customer satisfaction and delivering secure high-quality services and solutions with strong cloud and enterprise experience. He has a history of service creation and strong partnerships providing proven abilities in business process optimization as well as technical leadership.