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School of Computer Science and Mathematics

Message from the Dean

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In the 34 years I have been at Marist College, the college has grown in the number of students, the size of its physical plant, the quality of its students, and its reputation. Marist has gone from a regional college to a nationally recognized college. The School of Computer Science and Mathematics has also experienced significant growth and reputation. 

The technology available to our students is incredible; rivaling what would be available at a large research1 university, without the large class sizes, the graduate teaching assistants, and faculty teaching hundreds of students. The School also houses the Enterprise Computing Research Lab, the Software Defined Networking Innovation Center, the Institute for Data Center Professionals, and is now the New York State Center of Excellence in Cloud. And speaking of faculty, the School’s faculty members are outstanding teachers and researchers, who take a personal interest in each of their students. Quoting from the recent edition of the Princeton Review, “students gush about their professors.”

Our students are extremely successful both while at Marist and after they graduate. Our students, while still undergraduates have interned at Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Goldman Sachs, to name just a few. They have participated in NSF-funded research experiences at both Marist and other institutions including University of North Carolina, Texas A&M, and the University of California San Bernardino. Our graduates have gone on to jobs at IBM, Morgan Stanley, Apple, Microsoft, USAA, Goldman Sachs, or have gone to graduate schools at places like RPI, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, and Wesleyan. Some have even started their own successful businesses. And what’s also impressive about these students is their loyalty to Marist College. When these students become successful at these companies, they don’t forget where they started. 

Please explore our variety of programs and robust network of resources.

Roger Norton, Dean

Office Location: Hancock Center 3013
Phone: (845) 575-3610
Email: Roger.Norton@Marist.edu

Degrees Held:

B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.S. Ph.D. candidate; Brandeis University
M.Phil., Ph.D. Syracuse University

Bio:

Roger L. Norton is the Dean of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist College where he has been employed for thirty-four years. He is the Director of the Center for Collaborative and On-Demand Computing and is also the Founder and Director of the Institute for Data Center Professionals and a Principal Investigator for a Collaborative Enterprise Computing Community funded by the National Science Foundation. He also recently was the PI for a Marist College $3 million grant from New York State to fund the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center, helping companies to understand and use analytics and cloud computing to help their companies grow.

Dr. Norton holds a PhD in Computer Science from Syracuse University, an MA in Mathematics from Brandeis University and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His areas of interest include semantics of programming languages, the object-oriented programming paradigm, virtual economies, and distributed computing.

In addition to Dr. Norton’s extensive research, teaching and academic leadership experience, he has held senior management positions in industry including his role as the Director of the Center for Mental Health Management Information Systems where he was responsible for the design, installation and administration of numerous Local Area Networks for various New York State and County Mental Health organizations.

Dr. Norton’s entrepreneurial character coupled with his firm belief in the faculty/student research model has prompted him to secure funding for the development of several programs that partner academia with industry including the NYSTAR-designated Center for Collaborative and On-Demand Computing (CCODC) and the new New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center.

He has made numerous presentations at professional and academic conferences and has authored or co-authored many publications.

Interests:

Dr. Norton's areas of interest include semantics of programming languages, the object-oriented programming paradigm, and distributed computing. Currently, he is developing a categorical model for describing agents in a distributed environment.

Publications:

Norton, Roger., Coleman, R., Baker, H., Gowen, S. “Electronic Commerce in Virtual Worlds and Open Simulator.” Proceedings Mardi Gras Conference 2009, February 19-21, 2009, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Lauría, Eitel, Norton, R., Tanner, N., Baron, J., Prajugo, M. “Deconstructing Sakai:  A Case Study.” Sakai Conference 2009, July 8 – 10, Boston, MA

Norton, R.L., Matheus, A., Longo, R., “Teaching Information Fluency: A New Pedagogical Framework”

Proceedings of IRMA, San Diego, CA (May 2005).

Norton, R.L., “Using Virtual Linux Servers,” IEEE Computers (November 2002).

Norton, R.L., “Utilizing Virtual Linux Servers to Teach Computer Science & Information Technology

            Courses,” Journal of Computing in Small College (April 2002).

Norton, R. L., “Dealing with the Changing Employer Expectations of Computer Science & Information

            Science Students,” Proceedings of the IAIM, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995.

Norton, R.L., “ADA and its Role in the Undergraduate Curriculum,” The Journal of Computing in Small Colleges

            4, no. 2 (November 1988).

Norton, R. L., “Information Systems as Implementations,” Proceedings of the 15th Annual ACM Computer Science

            Conference, St. Louis, MS (1987).

Greenfield, S. & Norton, R. L., “Detecting Uninitialized Modula 2 Abstract Objects,” SIGPLAN Notices 22,

            no. 6 (June 1987).

Norton, R.L., & Thomas, R., “Domain Semantics for Agent-Oriented Programming,” Proceedings of the

            Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Symposium, Orlando, FL (2000).

Norton, R. L., “Predicate Transformers as Homomorphisms on Scott's Information Systems,” Proceedings of

            the 17th Annual Computer Science Conference, Louisville, KY (1989).

Norton, R.L., Using Virtual Linux Servers, IEEE Computer. November, 2002.

Norton, R.L., & Thomas, R., "Domain Semantics for Agent-Oriented Programming", Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Symposium, Orlando, Florida. 2000.

Norton, R.L., Greenfield, S., TenEyck, J. & Thomas, R., "Utilizing CORBA and IBMs SOM(System Object Models) in the Undergraduate Curriculum," The Northeast Conference on Computing in Small Colleges, Boston, Massachusetts. 1997.

Norton, R. L. , "An Informal Introduction to Classes and Multiple Inheritance in an Object-Oriented Programming Language," Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Eastern Small College Computing Conference, Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania. 1996.

Norton, R. L., "Dealing with the Changing Employer Expectations of Computer Science & Information Science Students", Proceedings of the International Academy of Information Management, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995.

Norton, R. L. , Zanetich, J. A., & Lobiondo, V., "The Total Quality Management of the HRRO Information System", Proceedings of the International Academy of Information Management, Dallas, Texas, 1992.

Norton, R. L. & Zanetich, J. A., "Public/Private Partnerships", Second Annual Institute on Mental Health Management Information, Poughkeepsie, NY. 1991.

Norton, R. L., "E Pluribus Unum: Integrating Databases", First Annual Institute on Mental Health Management Information, Poughkeepsie, NY. 1991.

Norton, R. L., "Predicate Transformers as Homomorphisms on Scott's Information Systems", Proceedings of the 17th Annual Computer Science Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, 1989.

Norton, R.L., "ADA and its Role in the Undergraduate Curriculum", The Journal of Computing in Small Colleges, V.4, No. 2, November, 1988.

Norton, R. L., Information Systems as Implementations", Proceedings of the 15th Annual Computer Science Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, 1987.

Greenfield, S. & Norton, R. L., Detecting Uninitialized Modula 2 Abstract Objects", SIGPLAN Notices, Vol. 22, No. 6, June 1987.

Affiliations:

Member of Association of Computing Machinery
ABET Program Evaluator