Penn State New Kensington has first-rate faculty, many of whom are recognized nationally and internationally in their disciplines.
New Kensington faculty bring exciting new developments from their fields into the classroom and are at the forefront of a national trend to bring hands-on, student-centered, active-learning techniques into the classroom. They are committed to collaborative work, including challenging discussions in class, team projects, multi-media presentations, and interactive Web use.
Our faculty welcomes opportunities to incorporate internships, service-learning projects, and community involvement into their courses and programs as employers continue to look very closely for these experiences in applicants' resumes.
Three new faculty join Penn State New Kensington
Natacha Bolufer-Laurentie, Instructor Spanish
I am an example of hybridity born in Paris, France from a French mother and a Spanish father; before the age of 12 I had lived in Paris, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Cullera, Spain. I returned to the U.S. for college and have been living around the Philadelphia area off and on since then. I have a Masters in Sociology from Temple University and a Masters in Spanish from Villanova University. I am about to defend my dissertation in Spanish with a concentration in Latin American Studies at the State University of New York at Albany. My research focuses on the changing identities of Spanish expatriates, immigrants and Republican exiles of the Spanish Civil War living in New York City in the 1930s and 1940s.
For the past 5 years, while completing my PhD work, I have taught Spanish language, Sociology and Latin American classes at SUNY Albany, Saint Joseph’s University, and Cabrini College. In my personal life I enjoy reading, movies, traveling with my husband, and I embrace and practice “slow cooking” for health and the environment.
Xiang Ji, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
I graduated from Nanjing University with a BS degree in computer science in 2004, and received a doctorate degree in mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013. My research interest is in differential geometry and mathematical physics. In 2011, I received a Teaching Associate Certificate from the Penn State Math Department. I am happy to join Penn State New Kensington as an assistant professor in mathematics.
Michael Manojlovich, Instructor, IST
I spent over 27 years in industry working in Information Technology / Networking / R&D for several Steel / Manufacturing companies.
Since 2000 I have been teaching in the Information Science and Technologies Department at Penn State University.
IST210 – Organization of Information (for World Campus and resident)
IST220 – Data Communications (for World Campus and resident)
IST230 – Discrete Mathematics
IST301 – People and Organizations
IST302 – Project Management
IST331 – Human Computer Interaction
IST402 – Medical Informatics
IST420/421 – Systems Analysis
IST440W – Senior Capstone Class
IST442 – Information Technology in International Context
IST446 – Introduction to Gaming and Animation
MIS204 – Management Information Systems (for World Campus and resident)
B. S. in Computer Science – Youngstown State University 1987
Minors in Math and Economics
M. S. in Information Science – University of Pittsburgh 1997
Ph.D -ABD in Information Science - University of Pittsburgh Current
Areas of Interest:
- Data Visualization
- Information Security
- Business Intelligence and Analytics
- Social Technologies and Social Media Design and Analysis
- Medical Informatics
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