Dr. Walter Rodriguez, P.E., directs Coursewell's Project Management (PM) and Information Technology (IT) career certification training programs. He is a Professor at the Lutgert College of Business (LCOB) and Founding Director of the Institute for Technological Innovation at Florida Gulf Coast University. Formerly, he was Director of Grants and Research at LCOB; Alico Endowed Chair and Eminent Scholar in Operations Management & Strategy; and Founding Chair of the Departments of Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, and Decision Sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in engineering project management (interdisciplinary CE/ISE) from University of Florida in 1982. He founded and chaired the Engineering Computer Graphics Program at Georgia Tech (1985-1993) and was awarded the Harvard Foundation Medal (1994) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship (Information Technology) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996), while holder of the Louis Berger Endowed Chair at Tufts University. Dr. Rodriguez research focuses on visual-based systems development, advanced distributed learning technologies, and e-business operations management and strategy. He has published over 120 research articles and four McGraw-Hill books. During the last 30 years, he has obtained continuous National Science Foundation and private industry sponsored grants in: systems development, collaborative decision-support, distributed learning technologies, and multi-project management areas. Dr. Rodriguez is the proud father of two very successful grown children practicing in the healthcare and education fields. He is the grandfather of five smart, communicative, engaging and handsome grandchildren.
Dr. Peter Reuter, MD, PhD is co-Associate Director of the Institute for Technological Innovation. And coordinates the iHealthEdu Initiative. Dr. Reuter received his medical degree as well as his research doctorate from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz/Germany. He worked as an orthopedic surgeon in England before switching this main focus to compiling medical and scientific dictionaries and databases for print and digital publications. In 1998 Dr. Reuter moved to Florida and founded Reuter Medical, Inc., a reference publishing company. He is an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has published or contributed to more than 100 dictionaries in six languages and 19 countries. Dr. Reuter is the proud father of three wonderful daughters.
Dr. Valerie Weiss co-directs the iHealthEdu Training Initiative. Dr. Weiss developed the Medical Scribe program in coordination with hospitals and physicians in the Southwest Florida region. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor with the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Weiss received her B.A. in visual arts from Brown University, including a year of study at the Rhode Island School of Design. She then earned an M.D. from Brown University Medical School followed by an M.S. in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia, where she further studied Anatomy and Physiology while learning to draw the human body. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Weiss had her own business as a medical illustrator, providing medical illustrations to physicians, attorneys, educators, and other professionals. Her illustrations have been published in various books. Additionally, she has lectured to public and business groups about the connection between art and anatomy. Dr. Weiss taught at Hodges University from 2005 to 2012, culminating in Program Chair of the Health Studies Department and Associate Professor. In 2010, she was named Hodges University’s Professor of the Year. Dr. Weiss is happily married with two beautiful, young children. Along with spending time with her family, she enjoys running and swimming.
Dr. Jamusz Zalewski is co-Associate Director of the Institute for Technological Innovation. He is Professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering programs at the Whitaker College of Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering in 1979 from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Warsaw University of Technology. He previously held academic positions at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Central Florida and joined Florida Gulf Coast University in 2002. In the past, he worked on projects for the Superconducting Super Collider, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA, FAA, Air Force Research Labs, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as for a number of private companies, including Lockheed Martin, Harris, Boeing, and others.
His research interests include safety-critical real-time embedded systems, software engineering, computer networks and distributed systems, and computing education. Most recently, he published his research in IEEE Computer, IEEE Control Systems, and Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering- A NASA Journal. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and serves as a Deputy Editor of Annual Reviews in Control, a journal of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).